COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Brittney Griner is an All-American for the third straight season and joins a select group.
The Baylor center becomes the fifth three-time Associated Press All-American, following Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke’s Alana Beard, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and Connecticut’s Maya Moore. Paris and Moore were the only two to earn the honor all four years.
Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims were also on the team announced Monday.
Raveling heads to Hall of Fame
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: One of Washington State’s greatest coaches is headed to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
George Raveling, who coached at WSU for 11 seasons and led the Cougars to two NCAA tournament appearances, is part of a seven-person class that will be inducted on Nov. 24 in Kansas City, Mo.
Raveling, 75, became the Pac-8’s first African-American head coach when he took over at WSU in 1972. He stayed in Pullman through 1983 before moving on to stints at Iowa and later USC, and his 167 wins rank third all-time at WSU.
He is currently the director of international basketball at Nike. Raveling and Tony Bennett are the only WSU coaches to appear twice in the NCAA tournament. When Raveling first guided the Cougars there in 1980, it was their first such appearance since 1941.
Ticket demand high in Seattle
NBA: The man who’s trying to bring the NBA’s Sacramento Kings to Seattle says fans have requested 44,000 season tickets in the event the team actually relocates.
Hedge fund manager Chris Hansen had urged Seattle fans to join a “priority ticket waitlist” to show the NBA how strong support is for bringing professional men’s basketball back to the city and calls the result “nothing short of stunning.”
Owners are meeting today to discuss the sale and a counter-offer to keep the Kings in Sacramento. A decision is expected this month.