NHL ownership group for potential Seattle expansion floats idea of bringing NBA team back

The ownership group that applied to bring the NHL to Seattle is optimistic as it begins a season-ticket drive Thursday. It is also leaving the door open for another feat: bringing an NBA franchise back to the city.

“The answer is absolutely,” investment banker David Bonderman told ESPN. “If there is a franchise to be had from the NBA, we want to be up there fighting for it for Seattle.”

“The way we are going to structure all of our contractually obligated income is making sure there will be revenue upside built in should the NBA ever consider Seattle,” Leiweke said. “We are committed to making sure the building, all of our contracts, all of our partnerships and all of our relationships, are done in a way that we can maximize value.

“There is no need to ultimately build two [arenas] when you can make one work as long as you have the foresight and the vision to make sure you’re thinking through that at the beginning of the process, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Leiweke said he has already been approached by a half-dozen companies for naming rights to the arena.

“For the first time in my 40-plus-year career in building facilities, naming facilities and running franchises, they’re chasing us.” Leiweke said. “It’s a remarkable change from everything else I’ve ever done. It’s a first for me. Usually we’re out aggressively pursuing. The fact that we’ve had so many people approach us and sit down and talk to us about naming rights is, I think, a very good indication about the pent-up demand and the opportunity in this marketplace.”

The Lakers are still six games back of the No. 8 spot in the West — but Thomas wants them to think big.

“I want this team to think we’re going to win,” Thomas said. “We have the Cheap Kids Soccer Jerseys talent to win. We have the players in this locker room to win and the only thing we should be thinking Cheap Jerseys World about is trying to take that next step — and that’s get to the playoffs.”

They keep playing like this, who knows what can happen.

Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang loses sentencing appeal, leaving return to MLB in question

It appears increasingly unlikely Jung Ho Kang will play for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, and there are legitimate questions about whether his MLB career will continue at all.

A Korean court on Thursday rejected the infielder’s appeal of a sentence handed down in March in the wake of a drunken-driving conviction, Yonhap News reported.

Kang was sentenced to eight months in jail, with the term suspended for two years, after his conviction in the wake of a December DUI incident ’ his third such arrest. Kang has been unable to secure a visa to return to the United States in the wake of the sentencing, and his attorneys appealed to the court in part on grounds that he believes the sentence is preventing him from earning a living.

There are big games and there are BIG GAMES. What the Dodgers’ Shawn Green did against the Brewers on this day in 2002 definitely qualifies as a BIG GAME.

On May 23, 2002, Greene, in an extraordinary showing with the lumber, tied the MLB record with four home runs as part of a 6-for-6, seven-RBI performance that also saw him set the MLB record for the most total bases in a single game (19). Have a look back at Green’s huge day in all its 2002, standard-definition glory.

Green is the only player in MLB history to have a 6-for-6 day that included four home runs.

His victims: Glendon Rusch (double; first inning); Rusch (home run No. 1; second inning); Brian Mallette (home run No. 2; fourth inning); Mallette (home run No. 3, fifth inning); Jose Cabrera (single; eighth inning); Cabrera (home run No. 4; ninth inning).

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Chicago man dies after falling over railing at Wrigley Field

The Pirates held the first overall pick in 2011 and spurned the two-way star Hultzen, instead opting to take an established right-handed pitcher from UCLA named Gerrit Cole, who now anchors their rotation.

The Mariners quickly scooped Hultzen up at No. 2 and gave him a $6.35 million signing bonus. Now, nearly six years later, Hultzen is a free agent with multiple shoulder surgeries, having never thrown an inning in the majors. It will never be known what effect, if any, being a two-way player in college had on his professional career, or any of the physical ailments he faced after being drafted, but the fact remains that the Pirates brought their organization back to life with an established college pitcher and the Mariners did not.

A Chicago man died one day after plunging over a Wrigley Field railing following Tuesday night’s Cubs game.

Richard E. Garrity, 42, fell from an undisclosed height and landed on his head while leaving the ballpark around 11 p.m. CT Tuesday, causing head trauma.

Garrity was pronounced dead at 3:33 p.m. Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with his family during this difficult time, the Cubs said in a statement.

Garrity, a marketing manager with Heineken, attended the game as a work outing with colleagues and his wife, his father, Richard Garrity Sr., told the Chicago Tribune.

The incident occurred after the Cubs defeated the Reds, 9-5 ’ a game which ended at 10:20 p.m.

Further details about the circumstances that led to Garrity’s fall were not released.

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