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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:04 PM

MARINERS-ATHLETICS

A's spoil Maurer's debut for Mariners with 8-2 win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) gave Brandon Maurer a rude welcome to the big leagues by hitting two-run homers off the Seattle rookie that led the Oakland Athletics to an 8-2 victory over the Mariners on Thursday.

A.J. Griffin (1-0) allowed two runs in six innings and John Jaso drove in a run against his former team as the Athletics won back-to-back games to earn a split of the season-opening series.

Michael Morse homered for the third straight day and joined Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997 as the only Mariners to homer four times in the first four games. But that wasn't enough as Maurer (0-1) struggled in his major league debut.

KINGS SALE

Sacramento, Seattle groups present to NBA owners

NEW YORK (AP) — The future home of the Kings may not be settled this month after all.

With owners facing a difficult choice between a move to Seattle or the team staying put in Sacramento, NBA Commissioner David Stern says the expected vote in two weeks may be delayed.

Stern says, "We've never had a situation like this."

A Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a pending agreement with the Maloof family to buy 65 percent of the team and move it back to the city the SuperSonics left in 2008. Sacramento has put together its own group to make a competing bid.

Both sides made presentations to a committee of owners Wednesday that left enough questions that Stern says he doesn't know when a decision will be made.

OILERS-CANUCKS

Schneider, Canucks blank Oilers, 4-0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Cory Schneider made 23 saves and Henrik Sedin (seh-DEEN') had a goal and an assist for Vancouver in a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night that moved the Canucks past Minnesota for first in the Northwest Division and third in the Western Conference.

Schneider, making his ninth consecutive start, had to make just 12 saves through 40 minutes, but stopped 11 in the third for his fourth shutout of the season and eighth of his career.

Sedin set up Kevin Bieksa's first-period goal and then scored in the second. Chris Higgins and Zack Kassian scored in the third to help Vancouver snap out of a two-game skid.

Nikolai Khabibulin (NIHK'-oh-ly ha-bee-BOO'-lihn) made 24 saves for Edmonton, which had its five-game winning streak snapped and fell into ninth in the conference, outside the playoff picture.

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