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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:39 AM

 

NBA

In an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years, the Sacramento Kings finally appear to be staying put in California’s capital city.

The NBA’s relocation committee voted unanimously to recommend that owners reject the application for the Kings to relocate to Seattle, the latest — and by far the strongest — in a long line of cities that almost landed the franchise. The committee made the decision over a conference call and forwarded the recommendation to the NBA Board of Governors.

The board, which consists of all 30 owners, will convene the week of May 13 to vote. The recommendation doesn’t guarantee the Kings will stay put, but it’s likely they will.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A groundbreaking pronouncement from NBA veteran Jason Collins — “I’m gay” — reverberated through Washington, generating accolades from lawmakers on Twitter and a supportive phone call from President Barack Obama.

Hours after Collins disclosed his sexuality in an online article, Obama reached out by phone, expressing his support and telling Collins he was impressed by his courage, the White House said.

Collins, 34, becomes the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. He has played for six teams in 12 seasons, including this past season with the Washington Wizards, and is now a free agent.

FOOTBALL

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Alouettes would welcome Tim Tebow to the CFL, provided he’s willing to compete for a job as a backup quarterback.

The New York Jets released the former Heisman Trophy winner just a year after acquiring him in a ballyhooed trade with the Denver Broncos. Tebow has been one of the league’s most popular players since his arrival but has drawn constant criticism for his passing mechanics.

If the former Florida star, whose NFL future is very much in doubt, wants to keep playing quarterback and chooses the CFL, Montreal has exclusive negotiating rights.

But Tebow would have to compete for a backup spot behind entrenched starter Anthony Calvillo.

NHL

TORONTO (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche won the NHL draft lottery after finishing the regular season with the worst record in the Western Conference.

Colorado, which went 16-25-7 during the lockout-shortened season, had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the lottery. Picking second in the June draft will be the Florida Panthers, who finished last in the NHL at 15-27-6 and had the best odds of winning the lottery at 25 percent.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will pick third.

All 14 non-playoff teams had a shot at winning the first overall pick, with the remaining 13 squads selecting in reverse order of their regular-season point total.

OLYMPICS

MOSCOW (AP) — The Interfax news agency says the former Russian Olympic official who was forced to quit in a scandal over preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games has been diagnosed with high levels of arsenic in his blood.

The agency says the diagnosis of Akhmed Bilalov was made in a statement from the clinic of German doctor Wolfgang Kelling, where he is a patient. The clinic declined comment to The Associated Press.

Last week, the agency quoted Bilalov as saying he had been diagnosed with high mercury levels. He resigned as deputy head of the national Olympic committee after Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded his dismissal. Putin was angered by delays and massive cost overruns.

SOCCER

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer’s referees and their assistants are unionizing.

The match officials voted to certify the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) as their collective bargaining agent in a vote conducted under the rules of the National Labor Relations Board. Referees, linesman and fourth officials are included in the bargaining unit.

The Professional Referee Organization (PRO), responsible for managing match officials for MLS, will be required to bargain with PSRA over the terms and conditions of employment.

A lawyer for PSRA said the vote was 55-7 among 77 eligible voters. He said some referees had annual contracts for 2013 but that many refs, all assistants and fourth officials did not.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 01, 2013 8:03 AM
 

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