KHSAA announces matchups for Sweet 16
The KHSAA held its annual draw to determine the matchups for both the boys’ and girls’ Sweet 16 State basketball tournament on Tuesday.
On the boys’ side, the Second Region winner will match up with the winner of the Fourth Region on Wednesday, March 16.
For the girls, it will be the First Region against the Second Region on Thursday, March 12.
Horse dies on training track at Santa Anita, 6th since December
A horse died on the training track at Santa Anita last weekend, the sixth death at the track since late December.
A 6-year-old gelding named Double Touch and trained by John Sadler suffered what was described as a “sudden death” on Saturday, according to an incident report on the track’s website. A necropsy required by the California Horse Racing Board was pending.
There have been 43 deaths at Santa Anita since December 2018, including six beginning shortly before the winter-spring meet began on Dec. 28.
Double Touch finished fourth in his last start in the $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes on Jan. 26. Owned by Hronis Racing, the gelding was claimed for $40,000 by Sadler last September. Double Touch had four wins in 22 career starts and earnings of $201,496.
LAFC trades USMNT’s Zimmerman to expansion Nashville
Los Angeles FC has traded standout defender Walker Zimmerman to expansion Nashville for at least $950,000 in allocation money.
LAFC announced the deal Tuesday. The club also acquired an international roster spot for the upcoming season.
LAFC gets $600,000 in general allocation money from Nashville this season and $350,000 next season. The club will get $150,000 more in each of the next two seasons if Zimmerman meets undisclosed performance metrics.
Zimmerman has been a stalwart in LAFC’s defense since its inaugural season two years ago. He was an MLS All-Star and an MLS Best XI selection last season while LAFC won the Supporters’ Shield with Major League Soccer’s best record.
The seven-year MLS veteran started 51 regular-season league games for LAFC, contributing five goals and two assists. The Georgia native immediately becomes a key player for Nashville, which begins its first MLS season Feb. 29 against Atlanta.
Zimmerman has also earned 12 starts for the U.S. national team.
LAFC made the move one week before it faces Mexico’s Leon in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Tristan Blackmon is likely to be Zimmerman’s replacement in central defense for LAFC. The 23-year-old Las Vegas native’s role has grown since he joined the club during its first season.
Vegas agency allocates $2.4M to host NFL draft in April
Tourism officials in Las Vegas are allocating $2.4 million to host the NFL draft in April.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board on Tuesday approved the budget for promotions, police, and “marquee event elements,” including $500,000 for contracts to be signed by the authority chief executive, Steve Hill, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Plans for the April 23-25 draft include closing a central part of the neon-lit Las Vegas Strip near Caesars Palace and setting a red carpet area amid the iconic fountains in front of the Bellagio resort.
Boats will ferry players
and VIPs to the stage.
A main viewing area is planned near the High Roller observation wheel next to the Caesars Forum, where teams will make their selections in a conference center the league and city are dubbing Selection Square.
The NFL began moving the draft around in 2015. It has been in Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Nashville, Tennessee.
Plans call for the draft to be in Cleveland next year.
Forbes: Knicks, at $4.6 billion, NBA’s highest valued team
Forbes is listing the average value of NBA franchises over $2 billion for the first time, a figure that has grown nearly 600% in the last decade.
The average NBA franchise is now valued at just over $2.1 billion, with Forbes saying the New York Knicks — worth $4.6 billion by the magazine’s calculations — ranking atop the league list.
The Los Angeles Lakers were listed with a worth of $4.4 billion by Forbes, with the Golden State Warriors at $4.3 billion.
The rest of the top 10: Chicago ($3.2 billion), Boston ($3.1 billion), the Los Angeles Clippers ($2.6 billion), Brooklyn ($2.5 billion), Houston ($2.475 billion), Dallas ($2.4 billion) and Toronto ($2.1 billion).
Forbes also calculated the revenue of the 30 NBA teams at a combined $8.8 billion last season, a new record, and forecast it would exceed $9 billion this season.
Rockies beat Wolters in arbitration, clubs 4-0 vs. players
Teams improved to 4-0 in salary arbitration this year when the Colorado Rockies defeated catcher Tony Wolters, who will earn $1.9 million rather than his request for $2,475,000.
Arbitrators Jeanne Vonhof, Dan Brent and Edna Francis made the decision Tuesday, a day after hearing arguments.
The 27-year-old made $960,000 last year, when he hit .262 with one homer and 42 RBIs in 411 plate appearances.
Teams had won the first three decisions this year, beating Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, Minnesota pitcher José Berríos and Atlanta reliever Shane Greene.
Nine players remain scheduled for hearings, which run through Feb. 21.
Dodgers reliever Pedro Báez asked an arbitration panel for a raise to $4 million on Tuesday and Los Angeles argued he should be paid $3.5 million.
A right-hander who turns 32 next month, Báez was 7-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 71 relief appearances last season, striking out 69 in 69 2/3 innings while walking 23. He had a $2.1 million salary.
A decision by arbitrators Robert Herman, Jeanne Charles and Margaret Brogan is expected Wednesday. Báez is eligible for free agency after this season.
Oilers’ Connor McDavid out 2 to 3 weeks with quad injury
Edmonton captain Connor McDavid will be out two to three weeks with a quad injury.
“That’s a normal timeline for this injury. We’re hoping less,” general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday.
The injury was initially said to be a bruised knee from Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators. McDavid later called it a charley horse/quad injury.
“I just banged it,” he said Monday, saying the leg was “sore and swollen.”
The Oilers captain said the injury was not related to the knee problem sustained in last year’s season finale against Calgary. McDavid suffered a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament, a torn meniscus and cracked fibia.
The 23-year-old McDavid was second in the league in points with 81 going into Tuesday’s games. He has 30 goals and 51 assists.