Tigers hold on at plate, edge Mariners 2-1 in 14 innings
SEATTLE (AP) — Detroit catcher Brayan Pena held onto Prince Fielder's relay throw and absorbed a collision with Justin Smoak at home plate for the final out, and the Tigers outlasted the Seattle Mariners 2-1 in 14 innings Wednesday night.
Smoak singled with one out off Joaquin Benoit, and with two outs Dustin Ackley doubled into the right-field corner. Third base coach Jeff Datz didn't hesitate in waiving Smoak around with the potential tying run.
The relay from the outfield was up the third base line a bit, but Pena caught it in plenty of time and held onto the ball during the collision.
Detroit took the lead in the top of the 14th when Pena's bases-loaded groundout scored pinch-runner Don Kelly.
The conclusion came long after starters Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer pitched gems in a game that included a whopping 40 strikeouts.
Curry sets 3s mark; Warriors beat Blazers 99-88
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry set a NBA single-season record for 3-pointers with 272 and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 99-88 on Wednesday in the season finale for both teams.
It was the 13th straight loss for the Blazers, equaling the franchise record set in the 1971-72 season.
Curry surpassed Ray Allen's single-season 3-point total of 269 set in 2005-06. Needing two for the record, Curry opened the game with two straight misses from beyond the arc, but hit his first midway through the first quarter before making the record-breaker with 6:49 to go in the second.
His backcourt teammate Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 24 points. Golden State (47-35) had to wait for the game between the Lakers and Rockets to finish before learning their first-round opponent in the playoffs.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and a season-high 21 rebounds for Portland (33-49), which lost its eighth straight at home.
Stern says vote on Kings sale still few weeks away
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner David Stern says a decision on the future home of the Kings franchise is still at least two weeks away.
Stern tells reporters after a meeting of owners considering the team's sale Wednesday that it could be the first week of May, "but it could slide a bit."
Stern says the committee will brief the full board of governors during their two-day meetings Thursday and Friday, but that there will be no vote. He says the committee, comprised of 12 owners, has a number of questions regarding to real estate and legal matters.
He also says they will likely meet again next week, either in person or via teleconference.
A Seattle group led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen has a deal to purchase 65 percent of the franchise from the Maloof family, and Sacramento has put together a group to make a backup offer. NBA officials have refused to say if the second bid matches Seattle's.
Stern reiterates that expansion has not been discussed.
Sacramento rallies to keep Kings in season finale
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Is this the end?
The chatter around Sleep Train Pavilion centered on that question Wednesday night. With NBA owners debating whether to approve the franchise's sale and relocation to Seattle, the ever-faithful fans of the Sacramento Kings pushed the uncertainty aside and did what they have done for parts of four different decades during the regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Maybe for the last time.
Hope rang out in those trademark cowbells. Optimism showed through purple-painted faces and in the jerseys of players past and present worn throughout the expected sellout crowd expected to pack the 17,317-seat arena to capacity.
Most touted the game as the "regular-season finale" and not the "finale" as Sacramento mounts a bid to try and keep the team in town.
Washington adds pair to 2013-14 recruiting class
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has added high school guard Jahmel Taylor and junior college transfer Mike Anderson after they signed their national letters of intent to play basketball for the Huskies.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar announced the signings on Wednesday. The two join an incoming class that includes McDonald's All-American Nigel Williams-Goss, Darin Johnson and college transfers Perris Blackwell and Gilles Dierickx.
Taylor, a 5-foot-11 guard, helped lead Pacific Hills High in West Hollywood, Calif., to the California Division IV state title. He averaged 22.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists this past season.
Anderson played last season at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri.
He was ranked as one of the top 50 junior college prospects in the country and averaged 17.2 points and 10 rebounds last season.
Lawhorn to play basketball at WSU
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Junior college transfer Danny Lawhorn has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Washington State next season.
Lawhorn played the past two seasons at San Jacinto College in Texas.
The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 9.6 points and 9 assists per game at San Jacinto.
Lawhorn joins an incoming class that also includes freshmen Josh Hawkinson and Ike Iroegbu.
New coach wants OSU women to compete with elite
(Stations: Note Washington interest.)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kevin McGuff stepped onto center court of Ohio State's arena and called it an amazing day.
The 43-year-old McGuff made his first official appearance as the new coach of the Buckeyes on Wednesday. After spending nine years as the head coach at Xavier and the past two at Washington, he said it was good to be back home and to take over a job that he had always wanted.
Ohio State is paying McGuff $850,000 a year, not counting performance and academic bonuses, along with $500,000 in retention payments if he remains on the job through the 2020-21 season.
McGuff, a father of six including a newborn, is on the hook for a $1.75 million buyout at Washington — where he signed a contract extension just three weeks ago.
Seattle announces 1-year deal with Winfield
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Antoine Winfield is officially a member of the Seattle Seahawks after the team formally announced a one-year deal with the former All-Pro cornerback.
The Seahawks announced the deal with Winfield on Wednesday. Winfield reached agreement on a deal with the Seahawks late last week.
Winfield joins one of the most talented defensive backfields in the NFL, likely as an extra cornerback to play in the slot. The secondary features two All-Pros in cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas and past Pro Bowl selections Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor.
Seattle general manager John Schneider says Winfield's agent was aggressive in reaching out to the Seahawks.
While Winfield doesn't fit the mold of the larger cornerbacks Seattle looks for, Schneider is confident Winfield will fit the Seahawks' needs.
Spring painful for Pac-12 teams
(Stations: Note general conference interest.)
PHOENIX (AP) — A painful spring has taken a toll on football teams in the Pac-12.
Teams across the conference lost key players to significant injuries and many were forced to prohibit tackling during scrimmages to prevent more players from getting hurt.
Arizona's Jordan Hill, expected to be one of the nation's best receivers, went down with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament during spring practice and will likely miss the 2013 season.
USC receiver George Farmer is out for the upcoming season after tearing two ligaments in his left knee and Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb will seek a sixth year of eligibility after tearing his right ACL.
Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes also may not be ready for the fall after suffering an undisclosed injury to his throwing arm during a workout.
UAA names 4 finalists for hockey coaching job
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Anchorage has named four finalists for its vacant head men's hockey coach position.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the finalists include two assistant coaches at Division I programs and two men who are currently head coaches at Division III schools.
The finalists include Air Force associate head coach Mike Corbett and Damon Whitten, an assistant at Michigan Tech. The other two finalists are Chris Brown, the head coach at Augsburg College in Minnesota, and Gary Heenan, the head coach at Utica College in New York.
Both Brown and Whitten are former UAA assistant coaches.
The university will conduct both phone and in-person interviews with each candidate.
As part of the latter process, forums will be held so the public can meet the candidates.