Briefs: Klay Thompson picked to USA Basketball national roster pool
BASKETBALL: Former WSU standout Klay Thompson was selected by USA Basketball on Thursday as one of 28 potential players for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain this summer and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Thompson joins LeBron James and 10 others from the 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team as well as a group of newcomers hoping for their first chance at gold. Only Kobe Bryant, who has said he is finished with international competition, wasn’t selected. Carmelo Anthony and James have a chance to play in a fourth Olympics and win a third gold medal.
• For selections, see Scoreboard /B4
Zduriencik hopes to add starter
MLB: The Seattle Mariners would like to add another veteran to their starting rotation before the start of spring training to bridge the experience gap between staff aces Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma and a handful of promising prospects who lack experience.
That was one of the messages from Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik during the club’s pre-spring training gathering. Seattle has a pair of stars at the top of its rotation in Hernandez and Iwaukuma, but a lot of questions after that.
Manager Lloyd McClendon said he would be disappointed if top prospect Taijuan Walker didn’t make the rotation out of spring training, but he’s expected to contend with James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer for one of those final spots.
Also, outfielder Endy Chavez agreed to a minor league contract to remain with the Mariners and Seattle announced it will induct former manager Lou Pinella into the team Hall of Fame on Aug. 9.
Proctor has shoulder surgery
RODEO: Shane Proctor, the 2011 world champion bull rider and Grand Coulee native, had shoulder surgery on Jan. 14 that will keep him from competing until at least July.
Proctor, 28, won the first two rounds at the National Finals Rodeo but failed to make a qualified ride the last four rides. He finished third in the average and fourth in the season standings with $148,575.