Seattle takes a step toward reuniting with NBA, NHL
SEATTLE – Attempts to build a nearly $500 million arena that could bring the NBA back to Seattle took another step forward Wednesday.
And if an NHL team turns out to not be part of the equation, the public investment will be less than originally believed.
The city, King County and private investor Chris Hansen announced a memorandum of understanding Wednesday, laying out the financial responsibilities for the proposed venue.
The goal remains to bring both professional leagues, but the project can move forward with only the NBA in hand.
MVP, Coach of the Year ... NBA Executive of the Year
NEW YORK – Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird was voted the NBA’s Executive of the Year on Wednesday, becoming the first person to win that award, plus the MVP and Coach of the Year honors.
The Pacers went 42-24 and are tied 1-1 with Miami in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Bird’s moves to strengthen the team during the offseason included promoting Frank Vogel from interim to head coach and signing starting forward David West.
He acquired point guard George Hill in a draft-night deal with San Antonio and traded for Lou Amundson and Leandro Barbosa to fortify the bench for the Pacers, who earned the No. 3 seed in the East and had the fifth-best record in the league.
Bird received 88 points and 12 first-place votes from a panel of his fellow team executives Wednesday. San Antonio’s R.C. Buford was second with 56 points and eight first-place votes, while the Los Angeles Clippers’ Neil Olshey finished third with 55 points (six first-place votes).
Harrington has surgery to fix torn meniscus in right knee
DENVER – Denver Nuggets forward Al Harrington underwent surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his right knee Wednesday.
Harrington is expected to be back on the court in time for summer workouts.
A key reserve, Harrington hurt his knee in a win over the Orlando Magic on April 1 but played through the persistent pain down the stretch. Harrington also broke his nose in the Nuggets’ first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers after catching an inadvertent elbow.
Per the original play, Mets will host All-Stars in 2013
NEW YORK – Major League Baseball finally announced Wednesday the 2013 All-Star game will be hosted by the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 16.
The Mets last hosted the All-Stars in 1964, the year Shea Stadium opened. The game was last in New York in 2008, the final season of the old Yankee Stadium.
Kansas City is host of this year’s game, and the 2014 game is expected to be played at Minneapolis’ Target Field.
Ferrari speeds to his first Grand Tour stage victory
MONTECATINI TERME, Italy – Roberto Ferrari sprinted to his first Grand Tour stage victory in the 11th and longest leg of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday, while Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead.
There was another crash on the final corner, 400 meters from the finish line, but it did not distract Ferrari, as the Androni rider won the 158-mile leg from Assisi to Montecatini Terme in 6 hours, 49 minutes, 5 seconds.
Sagan makes it four in a row at Tour of California
CLOVIS, Calif. – Slovakia’s Peter Sagan raced to his event-opening fourth consecutive stage victory in the Tour of California on Wednesday to increase his overall lead to 16 seconds.
The 22-year-old Sagan, riding for Liquigas-Cannondale, finished the 130.2-mile stage from Sonora to Clovis – the longest leg in the race – in 5 hours, 18 minutes, 8 seconds in 95-degree conditions.