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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Seahawks Make Roster Moves May 19

seahawksRenton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have signed tight end Rashaun Allen, fourth-round draft choice defensive end Cassius Marsh (108th overall), guard Nate Isles, terminated the contract of tight end Travis Beckum and released cornerback Jimmy Legree, the team announced this afternoon.

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Mariners Over Twins 6-2

felix 5182014Felix Hernandez stopped another slide for Seattle on Sunday. Hernandez pitched eight strong innings, and Robinson Cano had four hits, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-2. The Mariners were winless since King Felix's previous start, but the skilled Hernandez (5-1) helped snap their four-game skid by giving up two runs and seven hits while striking out five and walking one.

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