NBA receives bid for Kings from Sacramento group
The NBA has received an official offer from 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and billionaire Ron Burkle to buy the Sacramento Kings and keep the team from moving to Seattle.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the league received the bid Friday.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson had announced the Mastrov-Burkle bid during his State of the City address Thursday night. Johnson tweeted Friday: "The proposal is IN!! A proud day for Sacramento!!"
Mastrov is hoping to become the majority owner of the team. Burkle will lead the effort to build a new downtown arena that he hopes will lure back a WNBA franchise.
A Seattle group has a signed agreement to buy the Kings from the Maloof family. The NBA Board of Governors is expected to vote by mid-April on the bid.
If the league blocks the Seattle deal, the Maloofs would still have to agree to sell the team to any prospective buyers.
Bay homers, Mariners connect 4 times vs Texas
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jason Bay, Michael Morse, Michael Saunders and Carlos Peguero homered Friday and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-6.
The Mariners lead the majors in homers this spring. They have connected for 18 in eight games.
Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus doubled and walked in his return to the lineup after a bizarre setback. He was scratched the previous day with what the team called "sensitivity in his left arm" — apparently caused by an elaborate tattoo.
Andrus will now join Team Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic.
Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer for Texas.
No. 19 Colorado women beat Oregon 60-49
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Arielle Roberson scored 16 points to lead No. 19 Colorado to a 60-49 victory over Oregon Friday night.
Chucky Jeffery added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Buffaloes (23-5, 12-5 Pac-12), who won their eighth in a row to clinch a bye in next week's conference tournament.
Colorado is a game ahead of Washington for fourth place in the Pac-12, but the Buffaloes own the tiebreaker because they won the head-to-head matchup with the Huskies last weekend in Boulder, Colo. Colorado's last regular-season game is Sunday at Oregon State.
Roberson's three-point play with 43 seconds left in the half gave the Buffaloes a 24-21 lead. The Buffs led 30-29 with 12 minutes to play, and outscored the Ducks 14-3 over the next four minutes to build a 12-point lead.
Liz Brenner led Oregon (4-25, 2-15) with 12 points. Jillian Alleyne had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Ducks.
Oregon State women top Utah 54-46
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Deven Hunter scored 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting and Oregon State defeated Utah 54-46 Friday night to end a 10-game losing streak.
Hunter scored 13 of her points in the second half, when the Beavers (10-19, 4-13 Pac-12) rallied from a 29-20 deficit. The Utes led by as many as 12 points in the first half.
Oregon State shot 62 percent in the second half and 47 percent for the game. Ali Gibson scored 14 points and Mollee Schwegler scored 10 for the Beavers.
Utah (16-12, 7-10) lost despite the efforts of Michelle Plouffe, who finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Only four Utes scored in the game, and Utah only managed 17 points in the second half with Plouffe accounting for 10.
It was the Beavers' first game since a 58-56 loss at No. 6 California, in which Oregon State led by 17 in the first half.
Mushers, dogs line up for Alaska's Iditarod race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The world's most famous sled dog race kicks off Saturday with an 11-mile trot through Alaska's largest city.
Think of the short jaunt in Anchorage as the festival part of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The real competition begins Sunday in Willow, 50 miles to the north.
Sixty-six mushers and their dog teams are signed up for the 1,000-mile trek through unpredictable wilderness to the old gold rush town of Nome on Alaska's western coast. Participants include 25-year-old defending champion Dallas Seavey, the youngest musher ever to win.
Whoever reaches Nome first wins a new truck and a cash prize of $50,400.
The rest of the $600,000 purse will be split between the next 29 mushers to cross the finish line.
Craft beers and soccer: This must be Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Green Bay Packers fans have the cheese head. For fans of the Detroit Red Wings, there's octopus.
Portland Timbers supporters? They have their own beer.
But Widmer Brothers Brewing's new Green & Gold Kolsch is not just a random beer with the Timbers' colors slapped on the label: It was actually created by a longtime member of the Timbers Army supporters group. Abram Goldman-Armstrong's recipe won last year's Timbers Army Homebrew Competition.
Green & Gold Kolsch, which Goldman-Armstrong described as a lighter, straw-colored ale with both fruity and spicy aromas, will be on tap at all Timbers games at Jeld-Wen Field this season, starting at the opener on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls.
The beer will also be available in pubs and retail stores in the Pacific Northwest.