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NBA: Kings likely to stay put

on April 30, 2013 10:00 AM

SACRAMENTO (AP) — In an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years, the Sacramento Kings finally appear to be staying put in California’s capital city.

The NBA’s relocation committee voted unanimously to recommend that owners reject the application for the Kings to relocate to Seattle, the latest — and by far the strongest — in a long line of cities that almost landed the franchise.

The board, which consists of all 30 owners, will convene the week of May 13 to vote. The recommendation doesn’t guarantee the Kings will stay put, but it’s likely they will.

Jets release Tebow; CFL calls

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Alouettes would welcome Tim Tebow to the CFL, provided he’s willing to compete for a job as a backup quarterback.

The New York Jets released the former Heisman Trophy winner just a year after acquiring him in a ballyhooed trade with the Denver Broncos. Tebow has been one of the league’s most popular players since his arrival but has drawn constant criticism for his passing mechanics.

If the former Florida star, whose NFL future is in doubt, wants to keep playing quarterback and chooses the CFL, Montreal has exclusive negotiating rights. But Tebow would have to compete for a backup spot behind entrenched starter Anthony Calvillo.

Report: Arsenic found in Russian

MOSCOW (AP) — The Interfax news agency said the former Russian Olympic official who was forced to quit in a scandal over preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games has been diagnosed with high levels of arsenic in his blood.

The agency said the diagnosis of Akhmed Bilalov was made in a statement from the clinic of German doctor Wolfgang Kelling, where he is a patient.

Last week, the agency quoted Bilalov as saying he had been diagnosed with high mercury levels. He resigned as deputy head of the national Olympic committee after Russian President Vlad-imir Putin demanded his dismissal. Putin was angered by delays and massive cost overruns.

MLS officials certify union

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer’s referees and their assistants are unionizing.

The match officials voted to certify the Professional Soccer Referees Association as their collective bargaining agent in a vote conducted under the rules of the National Labor Relations Board. Referees, linesman and fourth officials are included in the bargaining unit.

The Professional Referee Organization, responsible for managing match officials for MLS, will be required to bargain with PSRA over the terms and conditions of employment.

A lawyer for PSRA said the vote was 55-7 among 77 eligible voters. He said some referees had annual contracts for 2013 but that many refs, all assistants and fourth officials did not.

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