NBA: The Washington Wizards released former Gonzaga University standout Adam Morrison and 10-year veteran Sean Marks on Thursday.
Morrison’s agent, Aaron Mintz, confirmed the release in a text message. Morrison, whom the Charlotte Bobcats chose as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers the past two seasons but has not seen significant action since his rookie year in Charlotte.
In four preseason games, Morrison averaged five points. Coach Flip Saunders said he “did some good things.” But it wasn’t enough to secure a spot.
Coaches rank Zags No. 12
Men’s basketball: Gonzaga is ranked No. 12 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll.
The Bulldogs, who return four starters from last year’s 27-7 team, are the only West Coast Conference team in the Top 25. GU finished the 2009-10 season ranked No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, No. 22 in the Associated Press rankings.
Defending national champion Duke received 29 of 31 first-place votes to hold down the top spot. Washington is No. 17.
Hockey: Spokane Chiefs captain Jared Cowen has been named to the WHL team for the Subway Super Series.
The WHL team will face Team Russia Nov. 17 in Kamloops and Nov. 18 in Prince George. Cowen will play in the Kamloops game.
The team consists of 32 players, including 10 defensemen and 20 forwards. Only a couple of players, including both goalies, will suit up for both games.
The Russians open the series with two games against the Quebec League stars followed by two against the Ontario League.