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Westbrook, White sign deals

First-round picks Russell Westbrook and D.J. White have signed multiyear contracts with the Seattle SuperSonics.

Westbrook, a guard, was taken fourth overall out of UCLA. White, a forward, was drafted by Detroit with the 29th overall pick out of Indiana and traded to the Sonics for the 32nd pick, Walter Sharpe, and the 46th selection, Trent Plaisted.

Westbrook and White signed on Friday, Seattle general manager Sam Presti said. Contract terms were not released.

The NBA’s rookie scale calls for Westbrook to make about $6 million over his first two seasons, while White would make about $1.6 million combined over the first two years.

The SuperSonics announced this week that they will be moving to Oklahoma City starting next season.

Westbrook averaged 12.7 points and 4.3 assists last season as a sophomore at UCLA, where he was also named the Pac-10 defensive player of the year.

White averaged 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds as a senior at Indiana last season, earning Big Ten player of the year honors.


Sorenstam beats Ochoa in skins

Annika Sorenstam won 11 skins and $165,000 to beat Lorena Ochoa in an exhibition event at Ixtapa, Mexico, the Swedish star’s third straight victory over the top-ranked Mexican in the competition.

“It was a great experience thanks to all the Mexicans. Every time I played here was a great one. You have always been nice to me,” said Sorenstam, set to retire at the end of the season.

Ochoa earned $105,000.


Mayweather Jr. accuses bias

Recently retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. accused HBO’s announcers of bias against him and other black fighters.

Mayweather, a 31-year-old former Olympic bronze medalist from Grand Rapids, Mich., told The Grand Rapids Press in an interview Friday that the network “is great,” but criticized its boxing announcers.

“They talk about Kelly Pavlik, a white fighter, like he’s the second coming. Or they go crazy over Manny Pacquiao. But I’m a black fighter,” Mayweather said. “Is it racial? Absolutely. They praise white fighters, they praise Hispanic fighters, whatever. But black fighters, they never praise.

“I’ve noticed it for a long time, but I couldn’t say anything because I had to do business with them. I’ll still do business with them, but I’m done holding my tongue.”

HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg said in a statement that the network, which has carried many of Mayweather’s fights, was disappointed to hear of the boxer’s remarks and denied his claims.