Hansen announces ticket waitlist in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — The prospective new owner of the Sacramento Kings is calling on fans in Seattle to sign up for a "priority ticket waitlist" as a way to show the NBA how much interest there is in bringing pro basketball back to the area.
Chris Hansen made the announcement on his SonicsArena.com website on Monday afternoon. It was his first statement since the announcement of the sale of the Kings from the Maloof family to Hansen and Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer on Jan. 21.
That sale is pending league approval.
Hansen says no inference should be drawn between the start of a ticket waitlist and the efforts in closing the purchase of the Kings and relocating them to Seattle for the 2013-14 season.
No. 1 Gonzaga rolls over Saint Mary's 65-51 at WCC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and top-ranked Gonzaga bolstered its case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by routing Saint Mary's 65-51 in the West Coast Conference final Monday night in Las Vegas.
Already headed to the NCAA tournament for the 15th straight season, Gonzaga (31-2) sure had the look of a No. 1 seed, playing a superb game at both ends.
The deep Zags shot 52 percent, dominated inside and teamed up to hound Gaels leading scorer Matthew Dellavedova everywhere he went. Elias Harris added 19 points for Gonzaga, which had a 42-18 in the paint.
Saint Mary's (27-6) labored against Gonzaga's attacking defense, particularly after point guard Jorden Page injured his right knee midway through the first half.
Dellavedova struggled for the second straight game, scoring two points on 1-of-8 shooting, and the Gaels went 7-for-27 from 3-point range.
Gonzaga starts 2nd week at No. 1
(AP) — Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1.
Gonzaga received 54 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Duke, which received the other 11 first-place votes, moved up one spot to second after beating Virginia Tech and North Carolina last week. Indiana dropped one place to third after losing to Ohio State then rallying for the dramatic win at Michigan that gave the Hoosiers the outright Big Ten title.
Louisville jumped from eighth to No. 4 and was followed by Georgetown, Michigan, Kansas, Michigan State, Miami and Ohio State.
The week's lone newcomer is Missouri Valley Conference champion Creighton, which returns after being out of the poll the last four weeks.
The Bluejays replace Oregon, which dropped out from 19th after losing two games last week.
Gonzaga beats San Diego for WCC women's title
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Haiden Palmer scored 18 points, Taelor Karr added 14 and Gonzaga earned its fifth straight NCAA tournament berth with a 62-50 win over San Diego in the West Coast Conference championship game Monday in Las Vegas.
The tournament's top seed, Gonzaga (27-5) struggled offensively early and didn't shoot well from the perimeter until late. The Bulldogs made up for it with their defense and two big runs, one spanning halftime and another to pull away in the second half.
Sunny Greinacher added 12 points and Karr, the WCC player of the year, had six assists and five rebounds to help Gonzaga win the WCC title for the fourth time in five years.
Second-seeded San Diego (21-9) didn't make a 3-point shot in five attempts and had 20 turnovers to come up short in its bid to win a fourth WCC tournament.
USC suspends 2 players for violating team rule
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California starting center Dewayne Dedmon and backup big man James Blasczyk have been suspended indefinitely following allegations the pair was involved in a melee in Spokane, Wash., over the weekend.
Interim coach Bob Cantu said Monday the suspensions were the result of violating an unspecified team rule. It wasn't immediately clear whether the 7-footers would be allowed to play in the Trojans' opening game against Utah in the Pac-12 Conference tournament on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
Spokane police are investigating a series of fights in the downtown area early Sunday morning. The Trojans were staying there after losing 76-51 to Washington State on Saturday in Pullman.
Huskies set to face rival Cougars in Pac-12 opener
SEATTLE (AP) — It was less than two weeks ago that Washington last saw its rival, yet Lorenzo Romar believes Washington State is a completely different team now.
There may only be a little bit of evidence, but to Romar it's clear the Cougars that swept UCLA and USC last week are not the same team the Huskies beat in Seattle on March 3.
Romar will get an up-close view of just how different the Cougars are when the rivals face off Wednesday night in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament in Las Vegas. Washington (17-14) is the No. 6 seed in the tournament while Washington State (13-18) is the No. 11 seed.
It will be the third time the rivals have met in the conference tournament.
AP Source: Vikings trade Harvin to Seahawks
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Percy Harvin is on his way to Seattle to join the Seahawks.
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade the unhappy receiver to Seattle for a package that includes the Seahawks' first-round draft pick in April. The person requested anonymity because the deal will not be official until Harvin passes a physical.
Foxsports.com first reported the trade and also reported that Seattle included a seventh-rounder this year and a mid-round draft pick in 2014. The deal gives Russell Wilson one of the league's most dynamic playmakers.
Harvin was unhappy with his contract and his role in the Vikings' struggling passing offense.
He missed the final six games last season with an ankle injury.
Report released on incident involving UW standout
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police report on an incident involving Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins says the driver of a vehicle involved in a weekend accident had a bloody nose consistent with hitting his face on the windshield and the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.
Seattle police released the report on Monday morning. Names are redacted in the report, but a detective said Sunday that Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The school also released a statement Sunday acknowledging Seferian-Jenkins was involved in an incident Saturday night.
The police report states the vehicle was found at the bottom of a catch basin at a park near the University of Washington.
The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he objected to a blood test before police obtained a search warrant to draw his blood.
Martins says he's leaving Levante for Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins says on Twitter he is leaving Spanish club Levante to join the Seattle Sounders.
Martins made his posts on Monday, which was followed by an announcement from Levante that he was leaving. Martins wrote that he wanted to give thanks to Levante for the chance to play in La Liga, but that signing with Seattle is, "a big step to take in my career."
At training on Monday, Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer told reporters there was nothing official to announce but did not deny "indicators" that pointed to Martins playing for Seattle in the near future.
The Sounders have been seeking a replacement at forward to play alongside Eddie Johnson since Fredy Montero was loaned to Colombian club. The 28-year-old Martins had nine goals in 22 matches in all competitions for Levante this season.
His best seasons were with Inter Milan (2001-06) and Newcastle (2006-09).
Former champion Mitch Seavey reclaims lead in tight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former champion has grabbed the lead back in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in a furiously contested match between seasoned veterans.
Sled positioning trackers show 2004 Iditarod winner Mitch Seavey ahead of Aliy Zirkle, last year's runner-up, and four-time champion Jeff King Monday evening as they headed to the checkpoint at Elim, 123 miles from the finish line in Nome.
King snatched the lead earlier Monday from Seavey, leaving the Koyuk checkpoint first.
King left Koyuk just six minutes after arriving, then camped out for a while 8 miles from the checkpoint.
His team began moving again late morning.