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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 9:33 PM


Oregon track community responds to bombings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon runners will assemble on Portland's waterfront on Wednesday evening to pay tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Portland Triathlon Club has invited the community to take part in a run to support and to remember friends, families and fellow competitors in Boston.

The gesture in response to the tragedy was one of many in Oregon, which has a rich track and field history and a tight-knit community of runners — including 351 residents who took part in Monday's Boston Marathon.

Gov. John Kitzhaber asked that flags on all state buildings be flown at half-staff, and Mayor Charlie Hales ordered the same for Portland municipal buildings.


Deal reached to ready KeyArena for Sonics return

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says a tentative deal has been reached to ready KeyArena for the NBA's return.

Under the agreement, which still needs City Council approval, the prospective new owners of the Sacramento Kings would pay a guaranteed rent to Seattle, ensure that all city employees at KeyArena retain their jobs, and assume operations of the arena beginning this July and lasting as long as NBA basketball is played at the facility.

A group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen is seeking to buy the Kings and move them to Seattle, where they plan to build a new $490 million arena for professional basketball and hockey. The sale requires league approval, which could come this week.

The NBA's SuperSonics played in Seattle from 1967 to 2008 before moving to Oklahoma City.


Sacramento, Seattle? Kings fate to be decided soon

(AP) — For the second time in three years, the Sacramento Kings will host their regular-season finale with the franchise's future uncertain.

Hours before the Kings tipoff against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, NBA owners will gather in a New York boardroom to begin deliberating where the team will be located next season.

Sacramento or Seattle?

Nobody quite knows for sure.

The NBA's joint committee assigned to give a recommendation on the issue will convene again Wednesday.

The league's annual Board of Governors meeting is Thursday and Friday, when a full assembly of owners could finally end all the twists and turns of this turbulent tale involving two cities.


Clippers rout Trail Blazers 93-77

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caron Butler scored 18 of his 22 points in the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Portland Trail Blazers 93-77 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Blake Griffin added 16 points, DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Chris Paul had 11 assists for the Pacific Division champions, who finished their home schedule with a 32-9 record. They end the regular season on Wednesday at Sacramento, and another win would ensure the Clippers have home-court advantage to start the playoffs.

Will Barton scored 17 points and Joel Freeland added 13 points for the Blazers, who never led while losing their 12th in a row.


Warriors' Stephen Curry on verge of 3-point record

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two shy of setting a new NBA standard, the question circulating around the Golden State Warriors locker room is when — not if — Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry will break Ray Allen's single-season record of 269 3-pointers during Wednesday night's finale at Portland.

With the way Curry has shot the ball this season, he's given plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

The rejuvenated Warriors point guard, with his twice surgically repaired right ankle no longer an issue, has shown just what he can do in a season of near-perfect health.

He is shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and averaging almost 3½ baskets from long range over his 77 games played.


Ohio State hires Kevin McGuff as women's coach

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kevin McGuff is the new women's basketball coach at Ohio State, three weeks after signing a contract extension with the University of Washington.

Ohio State announced the hiring Tuesday.

The 43-year-old McGuff, who spent nine years as the head coach at Xavier before winning 41 games the last two seasons with the Huskies, follows Jim Foster, who was fired last month after the Buckeyes failed to win 20 games or make the NCAA tournament for the first time in his 11-year tenure.

After seasons of 20-14 in 2011-12 and 21-12 last year, McGuff signed a contract extension with the Huskies through the 2019-20 season.


Mariners purchase majority stake in TV network

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners and DIRECTV Sports Networks have announced partnership on a new regional sports network where the Mariners will be the majority stakeholder in the operation.

The deal was announced on Tuesday and will run through the conclusion of the 2030 baseball season. DIRECTV Sports Networks will take on a minority position with the venture, but will oversee the daily management of the network.

The Mariners said the new network will continue to operate under the ROOT Sports brand.

Mariners vice president of business operations Bob Aylward says the franchise is confident that it is maximizing the value of its television rights by becoming majority partner in the network.

The channel will continue to show other pro, college and high school sports programing.


Cabrera powers Detroit past Seattle 6-2

SEATTLE (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and drove in Detroit's first four runs, and the Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Cabrera's homer came with two outs in the fifth inning off Seattle starter Aaron Harang and was his second of the season. Cabrera drove a pitch off the edge of the plate out to right-center field to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.

Cabrera also had RBIs in the first and seventh innings. Austin Jackson scored twice, giving him 19 runs scored in just 13 games.

Jackson and Torii Hunter both walked with the bases loaded in the eighth to drive in runs.

Doug Fister (3-0) pitched seven strong innings for his first victory against his former team.


Seattle recalls RHP Medina from Triple-A

SEATTLE (AP) — Pitcher Yoervis Medina was recalled by the Seattle Mariners from Triple-A Tacoma to take an open spot in the bullpen after right-hander Stephen Pryor was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Seattle made the move before Tuesday's opener of a three-game series against Detroit. Pryor was placed on the DL after leaving Sunday's game against Texas with a muscle tear in his right lat. Manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday that it will likely be longer than two weeks that Pryor is out.

Medina had allowed one earned run in six innings for Tacoma early in the season.

The 24-year-old impressed the Mariners staff during spring training.


Documents: Oregon proposed 2-year probation

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon proposed a self-imposed two-year probation and the loss of a scholarship for three years because of possible recruiting violations involving the Ducks' football program.

The university released documents late Monday that included a proposed summary disposition from September which discusses the violations and characterizes at least one as "major." The contents of the documents were first reported by KATU television in Portland.

The NCAA began looking into possible violations following reports about payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2010. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.

Oregon and the NCAA failed to come to an agreement on the matter and the case is expected to go before the infractions committee this year.


Earthquakes forward Gordon suspended 3 games

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for what Major League Soccer called "unacceptable and offensive language" toward an opponent after using an anti-gay slur.

In announcing the penalty Tuesday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber also ordered Gordon to attend diversity and sensitivity training on top of what all teams undergo to start the season.

Gordon was ejected in the second half Sunday after receiving a pair of yellow cards for fouls. But minutes before his ejection, he was seen on the television broadcast using a slur toward Portland's Will Johnson.

Gordon apologized after the match and said his comments don't reflect his views.

He already faced an automatic one-game suspension and fine for a red card in the match.