Stern says Seattle group has filed for relocation
SEATTLE (AP) — NBA Commissioner David Stern says the group that has reached agreement to purchase the Sacramento Kings has formally filed to relocate the franchise to Seattle.
Stern spoke on Wednesday night in Minneapolis before the Timberwolves hosted San Antonio. He called the Seattle group, led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, "very strong," and said the appropriate committees have been convened to look over the proposed sale of the Kings and the prospective move to Seattle.
The deadline for teams to file for relocation is March 1.
It's been expected that the Hansen/Ballmer group would file to move the team to Seattle, but Stern's comments were the first time that decision has been verified.
Mayo, Mavs beat Blazers for Carlisle's 500th win
DALLAS (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, Vince Carter hit a critical jumper in the final minute and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-99 on Wednesday night for coach Rick Carlisle's 500th career victory.
Mayo had 20 in the first half and was mostly quiet before getting two important baskets with Portland trying to rally late in the fourth quarter.
Carter put Dallas ahead 99-94 with a jumper just inside the 3-point line with the shot clock winding down.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds a week after he beat the Mavericks at the buzzer in Portland.
Lauren Jackson to miss 2013 WNBA season
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Storm will be without three-time league MVP Lauren Jackson for the 2013 season while she stays in Australia to recover from recent hamstring surgery.
The Storm made the roster announcement Wednesday. Her contract has been suspended and she is expected to play for Seattle during the 2014 season.
Jackson underwent surgery last month in Melbourne. She is expected to make a full recovery, but in a statement from the Storm, Jackson said she was not going to be "fit, ready or confident" for the WNBA season.
Seattle coach and general manager Brian Agler said he supports Jackson's decision to take the time to let her body heal.
Jackson has not played a full season since 2010, when Seattle won its second league title.
In nine games last year after the London Olympics, she averaged a career-low 10.2 points.
Oregon State cruises past Utah for 82-64 victory
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Roberto Nelson had 26 points and five rebounds, and Oregon State pulled away from Utah in the second half for an 82-64 win Wednesday night.
Joe Burton added 17 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists for Oregon State (12-11, 2-8 Pac-12), which recorded its highest point total in a conference game this season.
Brandon Taylor had a season-high 21 points and six assists, and Jarred DuBois scored 20 points, for Utah (10-12, 2-8).
Oregon State bumped its nine-point halftime lead to 18 less than 7 minutes into the second half. The Beavers scored eight straight points, the last two on a Challe Barton lay-in off a Burton assist with 13:20 left, to make it 47-29.
Utah came back with a 12-2 run, the last five points by Taylor, to close within 49-41.
Nelson scored the next five points to give Oregon State a 13-point lead with 8:52 remaining.
HAMLINE COACH SUSPENDED
Suspended Hamline basketball coach leaves school
(Stations: Note Spokane, Wash., interest.)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hamline University says suspended basketball coach Nelson Whitmore has left the school after a player was accused of punching a woman.
Hamline said Wednesday Whitmore and the St. Paul university agreed he did not violate any NCAA or MIAC policies. But Hamline says there is "mutual agreement" his departure "is the best course of action."
Whitmore was suspended in early January after former Hamline forward Eugene Lawrence III was arrested in Spokane, Wash., while on a team trip. Lawrence was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly hitting a woman in the face at the team hotel and has pleaded not guilty.
Whitmore was in his sixth season as the Pipers' head coach. Hamline athletic director Jason Verdugo (vur-DOO'-goh) will continue as acting basketball coach for the rest of the season.
Agency says no connection with Florida clinic
SEATTLE (AP) — The agents who represent Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero and Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera say no one at their agency has ever heard of or knows anyone at the Florida anti-aging clinic currently under investigation by Major League Baseball.
In a statement Wednesday, Sam and Seth Levinson say no one at their agency, AECS, had ever heard of Anthony Bosch until his name surfaced in news reports recently.
The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Montero is named in records from Biogenesis of America LLC.
The Miami New Times recently released clinic documents that purportedly linked Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez and other players to purchases of banned drugs from the now-closed anti-aging center.
Ducks get 2 surprises on signing day
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Chip Kelly's departure doesn't look to have affected Oregon's recruiting all that much.
The Ducks saw one recruit get away but they also got a pair of unexpected letters of intent on Wednesday from four-star defensive end Torrodney Prevot from Houston and offensive lineman Cameron Hunt from Corona, Calif.
Both were believed to be leaning toward other schools.
The additions were a boon to Mark Helfrich's first recruiting class as head coach of the Ducks.
Helfrich was named coach of the Ducks last month when Kelly decided to make the jump to the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
SIGNING DAY-OREGON ST
Beavers (finally) land Dashon Hunt
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Dashon Hunt kept the Oregon State Beavers hanging.
The four-star cornerback from Westlake Village, Calif., long ago gave his verbal commitment to the Beavers, but on Wednesday he didn't send in his letter of intent until early afternoon.
Hunt, who got offers from numerous schools, including Nebraska, UCLA, and Washington, had 32 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior as Westlake High School.
He also ran for 404 yards and five touchdowns as a running back.
Hunt was the highest-ranked player in Oregon State's 2013 recruiting class, but the Beavers and coach Mike Riley are known for finding overlooked talent.
Brothers Jacquizz (ja-KWIZ') and James Rodgers weren't highly recruited, nor was Jordan Poyer, who finished his college career this past season as one of the most decorated cornerbacks in the school's history.
SIGNING DAY-PORTLAND ST
Portland State signs 21
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland State coach Nigel Burton strengthened the offensive and defensive lines with his latest recruiting class.
Five offensive linemen and four defensive linemen were among the 21 players who signed letters of intent to play for the Vikings on Wednesday. The overall group includes 15 prep players, four junior college transfers, and two transfers from four-year schools.
All five offensive linemen are Oregonians, including Chad Bach from Mountain View High School, Ryan Brown of Jesuit, Justin Outslay of Salem Academy, Austin Powell of Crescent Valley High School and Alex Sirois of Century High.
New defensive linemen include ends Davond Dade of Crespi Carmelite High School in Los Angeles, and Desmoun Thompson of Kennedy Catholic in Washington.
Transfer Daniel Fusi and Crescent Valley High School's Bryon Bodon will play at tackle.
Washington's 2013 class highlighted by WRs
SEATTLE (AP) — Steve Sarkisian believes that Washington's recruiting class makes up in quality what it might lack in numbers.
The Huskies signed 22 players to national letters of intent Wednesday, a smaller number than the typical 25.
The highlight of the class is a trio of wide receivers. The Huskies landed 6-foot-4 Darrell Daniels out of Pittsburg, Calif.; 6-foot-3 Damore'ea Stringfellow out of Paris, Calif.; and 5-foot-11 speedster John Ross from Long Beach, Calif.
Sarkisian says he'd put that trio of receivers up against any other group of receivers that signed with schools Wednesday.
Washington also made a commitment to more length and speed on defense in an effort to help stop the spread offenses that have chewed up the Huskies in recent years.
SIGNING DAY-WASHINGTON ST
Washington State signs QB Bruggman
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State signed its top recruit, quarterback Tyler Bruggman, after a bit of drama Wednesday.
Various media reports said Arizona State made a late pitch to the four-star prospect from Phoenix. Washington State coach Mike Leach said he did not know if that was true, but said he had little doubt that the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Bruggman would sign with the Cougars.
Bruggman was the only four-star recruit in Leach's second recruiting class.
Leach pronounced himself happy with a class that was heavy on offensive and defensive linemen.
The Cougars recruited heavily in Washington and Southern California.
Scout.com rated their recruiting class 39th in the nation Wednesday.
EWU signs 17 high school players
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Eastern Washington's football team was in the market for wide receivers and linebackers, and that's what coach Beau Baldwin landed.
Baldwin on Wednesday announced the signing of 17 high school players to letters of intent to play for the Eagles, perennial playoff contenders in the FCS.
The 17 players signed include seven all-state selections from Washington, as well as two from Oregon.
The Eagles signed a trio of wide receivers: Nic Sblendorio from Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash.; Victor Gamboa from Washington High in Tacoma, Wash.; and Kendrick Bourne from Milwaukie Arts Academy in Portland, Ore.
At linebacker they signed Albert Havili from Federal Way (Wash.) High; Jake Gall from Cle Elum (Wash.) High; and John Kreifels from Downey High in Modesto, Calif.