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Associated Press

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 2:04 AM


Sacramento council approves Kings arena deal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento is in a stronger position to convince the NBA to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle with a deal now in place to build an 18,500-seat arena downtown.

The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to approve a deal that contributes $258 million to the $447 million project. The city plans to use money earned from leasing parking garages for events at the arena to help pay the public cost of the new arena on the current site of an aging shopping mall.

The other $189 million will come from the California investment group seeking to have the NBA negate a pending sale that would move the team and restore the SuperSonics name.

Opponents argued that the city should not be paying to subsidize billionaires.


Louisville guard on a roll in the NCAA Tournament

(Stations: Note Oregon interest.)

(AP) — Drop in any barber shop and sports is usually a hot topic.

That's especially true these days at Big Russ' Barber Shop in Harlem, N.Y., where folks are buzzing about the owner's son — Louisville guard Russ Smith.

Of course, they're somewhat biased toward the Brooklyn native, but they're not alone in their praise of the 6-foot-1 guard.

Smith, considered the best player on the top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament, has garnered attention for his dominating play on both ends of the floor. He is averaging 25.0 points and 5.0 steals per game.

Playing the best he has all year, Smith and the Cardinals (31-5) will take on 12th-seeded Oregon (29-8) in the round of 16 Friday in Indianapolis.


Jackson recovering from hamstring surgery

SYDNEY (AP) — Lauren Jackson says she has no plans to play basketball until she returns to the Seattle Storm next May for the 2014 WNBA season, and that she's experiencing no pain for the first time in three years.

Jackson, who has won four Olympic medals with Australia, including a bronze last year at the London Games, underwent surgery on her right hamstring in January — a chronic injury which she says nearly forced her to retire.

The three-time WNBA MVP told Australian media that "now I'm running up hills, doing everything I can, pain-free."

Jackson has not played a full WNBA season since 2010, when Seattle won its second league title.

In nine games last year after the Olympics, she averaged a career-low 10.2 points.


Washington's McGuff agrees to contract extension

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington women's basketball coach Kevin McGuff has agreed to a contract extension that goes through the 2020 season.

The school announced the extension Tuesday. Terms were not immediately released.

McGuff's original deal signed in the spring of 2011 was for five years.

McGuff just completed his second season at Washington. The Huskies posted 20 wins for the second straight season, the first time Washington has won 20 games in consecutive seasons in nearly two decades.

McGuff is 41-26 at Washington and was on the verge of an NCAA tournament bid before a late-season swoon.

The Huskies reached the quarterfinals of the women's NIT last season and the second round this year.


Hayes gets 4 hits, Royals beat Mariners 11-6

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals set a team record for spring training wins with their 23rd victory, beating the Seattle Mariners 11-6 Tuesday behind Brett Hayes' four hits.

Hayes tripled and drove in two runs. The Royals had 18 hits, including seven doubles.

Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and Miguel Tejada (tay-HAH'-dah) added two hits for Kansas City. The Mariners took a 4-1 lead before a six-run seventh for Kansas City.

Mariners starter Jeremy Bonderman gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Morse homered for Seattle in the seventh.


Nike's Tiger Woods ad draws critics

(Stations: Note Beaverton, Ore., interest.)

NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe winning doesn't take care of everything.

Nike is causing a social media storm with its latest online ad showing a picture of Tiger Woods overlaid with a quote from him, "Winning takes care of everything." Woods has used the phrase with reporters since at least 2009 when they ask him about rankings.

The ad, posted on Facebook and Twitter, is supposed to allude to the fact that the golfer recovered from career stumbles to regain his world No. 1 ranking on Monday, which he lost in October 2010.

But some say it's inappropriate in light of Woods' past marital woes.

It's the latest controversy for Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike, which has recently had to cut ties with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and sprinter Oscar Pistorius because of separate scandals.


Canucks slip past Blue Jackets in shootout 1-0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Cory Schneider stopped 17 shots and Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal in a shootout and the Vancouver Canucks won their fifth straight by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 on Tuesday.

Schneider only saw two shots in the first period, but stopped 15 in the final 45 minutes for his seventh career shutout, and third this season.

He stopped all three Columbus attempts in the shootout, including Matt Calvert's deke attempt to clinch the win.

The Canucks moved past Minnesota into third place in the Western Conference, regaining the Northwest Division lead, though the Wild have two games in hand.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves for Columbus, which lost its second in a row but is still on a 7-1-3 run.