Seattle group raises offer for Sacramento Kings

April 12, 2013|Staff and wire reports
  • A Sacramento Kings fan show her support to keep the team in Sacramento during an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on April 3, 2013.
A Sacramento Kings fan show her support to keep the team in Sacramento during… (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated…)

The Seattle group attempting to buy the Sacramento Kings says it has reached agreement to raise the purchase price by $25 million.

Chris Hansen, who is teaming with Steve Ballmer to lead the group, announced the decision to raise the valuation late Friday night. In a statement on his website,, Hansen says the group has voluntarily raised the purchase price as a "sign of our commitment to bring basketball back to our city."

Hansen's group entered into a binding agreement with the Maloof family in January to purchase the controlling interest of the franchise based on a $525 million value. The purchase agreement has been countered by Sacramento's attempts to put together a potential ownership group that would keep the Kings in California.

The NBA Board of Governors meets next week in New York and is expected to vote on the potential sale and relocation.


Kyle Busch wins Nationwide race

Kyle Busch raced to his third consecutive NASCAR Nationwide victory this season and his sixth overall at Texas, leading the 91 of 200 laps Friday night.

Busch is the first six-time winner in the series at the 11/2-mile, high-banked Texas track.

While driving a car he owned last season, Busch didn't win in the Nationwide Series. He is back in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this year. After finishing 32nd in the season opener at Daytona, he has four wins and a runner-up finish to push his series victory record to 55.

Busch finished 2.27 seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski, while Austin Dillon was third and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth.

The Busch brothers will start on the front row at Texas on Saturday night.

Kyle Busch set a track qualifying record with a lap of 196.299 mph Friday night to earn his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Texas. It is his second pole in his Toyota this season.

That was all that could knock Kurt Busch off the pole after his lap of 195.688 mph in his Chevrolet.

The only time the brothers started on the front row together was at Las Vegas in 2009, when Kyle also had the pole position and won that race. Kurt finished 23rd that day.

Series points leader Jimmie Johnson, who won at Texas last fall, starts seventh after a lap of 194.503 mph.


An investor who helped launch Anthony Bosch's Biogenesis of America has been trying to sell purported documents from the closed anti-aging clinic to Major League Baseball and players, several people familiar with the matter said Friday.

MLB has bought some of the documents, the people said, all speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation. MLB has been investigating the clinic for allegedly distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to players.

MLB's purchase was first reported Thursday by the New York Times, which said Friday that MLB investigators have "what they believe is evidence" that a representative of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records.

An associate who works closely with Rodriguez denied that the player has ever tried to buy the documents, telling the Associated Press the Yankees slugger "doesn't even care" what's in the records. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Rodriguez did not authorize the release of that information.

Those familiar with the situation also told the AP that the person selling the documents has called representatives of players and MLB officials in recent weeks offering the records for a price. Baseball could try to use the documents in disciplinary proceedings against players under the sport's drug agreement. The individual who provided the documents would be needed, presumably, to authenticate them in any grievance hearing.


Reggie Theus was introduced Friday as Cal State Northridge's men's basketball coach.

Theus, who was hired last week, guided New Mexico State to the NCAA tournament in 2007. He also has been a head coach of the NBA's Sacramento Kings and an assistant at Louisville and for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Theus, a two-time all-star in 13 NBA seasons, most recently was coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.

Theus, 55, said one immediate goal is for his new team to be "the hardest-playing team" in the Big West Conference.

— Eric Sondheimer


Tony Bland and Jason Hart have been hired as assistant coaches for Coach Andy Enfield's men's basketball staff, USC confirmed in an announcement.

Bland was an assistant at San Diego State, where the former Westchester High star played his final two college seasons after transferring from Syracuse.

Hart is a former NBA player who attended Westchester and Inglewood highs and played in college at Syracuse. He was a Pepperdine assistant last season.

— Gary Klein


San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin is skipping his senior season to enter the NBA draft. Franklin led the Aztecs in scoring and rebounding the last two years and helped them to three straight NCAA appearances and the first three NCAA tournament victories in school history.

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