In brief: Seattle group makes its pitch regarding Kings

NBA: The future home of the Kings may not be settled this month after all.

With owners facing a difficult choice between a move to Seattle or the team staying put in Sacramento, NBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday the expected vote in two weeks may be delayed.

“We’ve never had a situation like this,” Stern said.

A Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a pending agreement with the Maloof family to buy 65 percent of the team and move it back to the city the SuperSonics left in 2008. Sacramento has put together its own group to make a competing bid.

Both sides made presentations to a committee of owners Wednesday that left enough questions that Stern says he doesn’t know when a decision will be made.

A vote was expected during the April 18-19 board of governors meeting. But Stern said questions remain about real estate and arena construction timelines, and owners may need more time to sort through them.

It couldn’t go much past that date, because a 2013-14 schedule has to be made and tickets have to be sold.

The Seattle group went first, touting the financial strength of its city and the passion of its fans. Sacramento followed, stressing the support it’s shown for the Kings, even during their many losing seasons, and the city’s plans for a new arena that would revitalize its downtown.

Stern again ruled out expansion at this time.

Associated Press

Seahawks sign 3, add to depth

NFL: The Seattle Seahawks turned to a familiar name to try and add depth at quarterback, signing former practice squad QB Josh Portis to a two-year contract.

The signing of Portis came after the team earlier in the day officially announced the signing of free agent defensive tackle Tony McDaniel and the re-signing of restricted free agent Clinton McDonald.

Associated Press

Boise St. adds to Rice contract

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Boise State has rewarded coach Leon Rice for posting consecutive 20-win seasons and getting the Broncos to the NCAA tournament last month.

Athletic director Mark Coyle announced a contract extension and pay hike for the third-year coach. The former Gonzaga assistant and the university have agreed in principle to a two-year extension and a $43,000 bump in pay next year.

Associated Press


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