Mariners DH Hart Out With Strained Left Hamstring

Mariners designated hitter Corey Hart will miss four to six weeks with a strained left hamstring. Hart was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday. Seattle recalled infielder-outfielder Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday to take Hart's place on the roster. The 32-year-old Hart injured his leg while stealing second base during the fourth inning of the Mariners' 6-2 victory at Minnesota on Sunday. He has appeared in 37 games, hitting .209 with five home runs and 17 RBIs. With no one other natural DH on the roster, manager Lloyd McClendon says he will mix and match to fill Hart's vacancy in the batting order. May 21, 2014

The LPGA Will Return As Portland Classic

The Portland Classic is making a comeback. The LPGA's annual tournament stop at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, known as the Safeway Classic for the past 18 years, has a new sponsor in locally based Cambia Health Solutions. The tour stop, which dates back 43 years, is the oldest non-major on the LPGA tour. The Portland Classic was its original name. The 72-hole tournament with a purse of $1.3 million will be played at Columbia Edgewater from Aug. 28-31. Suzann Pettersen won the tournament last year by two strokes over runner-up Stacy Lewis. Proceeds from the Portland Classic will benefit children's charities in Oregon. May 21, 2014

Sacramento Approves $477 Million Kings NBA Arena

Sacramento's City Council has approved a financing plan for the Kings NBA franchise, clearing the way for construction on a $477 million downtown arena. The council voted 7-2 on Tuesday after a lengthy meeting. The effort was championed by Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former three-time NBA All-Star. The city had nearly lost the team to Seattle last year, a fight that resulted in new ownership and a deadline to replace the Kings' aging home. Under the deal, the city would be responsible for a $223 million subsidy, much of it financed through a parking revenue bond. The Kings would contribute $254 million to construct the arena and develop surrounding land. Construction on the crown-shaped sports facility will break ground this summer and open in time for the 2016-17 season. May 21, 2014

Pac-12 Presidents Back New NCAA Model

Pac-12 university presidents have sent a letter to their colleagues at the other four major football conferences calling for sweeping changes to the NCAA model and autonomy for those leagues. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday night. It was sent last week to the other 53 university presidents from the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference. Spurred in part by Northwestern football players' move to unionize, the Pac-12 presidents outlined a 10-point plan for reform that includes many proposals commissioners have been advocating for several years, including a stipend for athletes. The NCAA is working on a new governance structure that will allow the five wealthiest conferences to make some rules without the support of smaller Division I schools. May 21, 2014

Seahawks FB Coleman To Be Honored At Celebration of Hearing Event Friday

d colemanThe event benefits Special Teams for Hearing, five Seattle-based nonprofit organizations working in different aspects of the hearing loss field with the overall goal of betterment of life and opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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