AP Source: Maloofs reach agreement to sell Kings
(AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Maloof family has reached an agreement with a Sacramento group headed by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings at a total franchise valuation of $535 million.
The person, speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press late Thursday night because they weren't authorized to talk publicly, said there are about 30 investors in the group. An official announcement is expected Friday.
The NBA is expected to officially approve the agreement next week. The person said the agreement has to be closed by May 31.
On Wednesday, the NBA Board of Governors rejected a bid from a Seattle group that wanted to buy and move the franchise to the Pacific Northwest.
Chillious returns to Washington as assistant coach
SEATTLE (AP) — After a year away, Raphael Chillious is returning to work as an assistant coach under Lorenzo Romar at Washington.
Washington announced the coaching move on Thursday. Chillious is the second hire made to Romar's staff in the past two weeks after the hiring of T.J. Otzelberger from Iowa State.
Chillious and Otzelberger join a staff that already includes Jim Shaw, Paul Fortier and Brad Jackson. The school said any corresponding moves on the staff would be made in the near future.
Chillious worked at Washington from 2010-12 before leaving to join the staff at Villanova for one season.
Chillious says it was hard leaving Washington originally, but that his year coaching and recruiting in the Big East will help as he makes the return to the Huskies program.
Pettitte hurt as Mariners beat Yankees 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) — On a night of injuries, the Seattle Mariners patched together just enough pitching to win.
Andy Pettitte (PEHT'-iht) and Chris Stewart became the latest Yankees to get hurt, and emergency Seattle starter Hector Noesi (noh-eh-SEE') pitched into the fifth inning in place of ailing Aaron Harang to lead the Mariners over New York 3-2 Thursday night.
Pettitte (4-3) left after 4 2-3 innings because of an injured back muscle near his left shoulder. New York said Pettitte hurt his trapezius muscle, and there was no immediate word on his prognosis.
Chris Stewart, who took over as the Yankees' starting catcher when Francisco Cervelli broke a hand last month, limped off after the seventh inning and was replaced by Austin Romine.
Harang, Seattle's scheduled starter, felt a twinge in his back Wednesday and notified the Mariners, who in turn told Noesi to prepare for his first big league start of the season.
M's manager Eric Wedge ejected for arguing
NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge was ejected in the second inning of Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees.
Wedge argued from the dugout on a called third strike against Raul Ibanez, who had homered three times in the first two games of the series.
It was the first ejection of the season for Wedge.
A's get insight from Hall of Famer Henderson
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Rickey Henderson bounced through the Oakland clubhouse from one player to the next, one corner to the other, with a stop at the breakfast table to greet a few more guys before moving on to meet with Daric Barton by his locker.
The high-energy Henderson helped awaken a tired group just 11 hours after losing in extra innings to the rival Texas Rangers.
The Hall of Famer sure has been a positive influence in his role as roving instructor for the reigning AL West champions. From offering instruction on the art of baserunning to hitting techniques and even mental approach, Henderson is doing a little bit of everything while back in his old green and gold A's uniform at age 54.
Baseball's career stolen base leader is loving it.
Beavers and Ducks put Pac-12 focus on Oregon
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — There's a certain civility to the Civil War baseball rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State.
Since the Ducks brought back baseball in 2009, the rivalry with the Beavers has been growing. But this season both teams are nationally ranked in the top 10 and sit 1-2 in the Pac-12 standings.
The outcome of this weekend's Civil War series between the two teams could lead to the league championship and have postseason implications.
Yet there's no trash talk between the Beavers and the Ducks.
Oregon coach George Horton and Oregon State coach Pat Casey agree: This rivalry is really about respect.
Seahawks sign 6th-round pick Spencer Ware
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have signed fullback Spencer Ware to a multi-year contract, leaving the team with just three unsigned draft picks.
Seattle announced the signing of its sixth-round pick on Thursday. Terms of Ware's deal were not announced.
Ware is being moved from running back, his position at LSU, to fullback. He received praise from coach Pete Carroll during last weekend's rookie minicamp for his versatility as a runner.
Ware's signing leaves just running back Christine Michael (second round), cornerback Tharold Simon (fifth round) and offensive tackle Michael Bowie (seventh round) as Seattle's unsigned draft picks.