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NBA: Raptors lure Ujiri to be new GM

on June 02, 2013 2:00 AM

TORONTO (AP) — From the moment he took over the moribund Toronto Raptors last month, Tim Leiweke vowed to make some significant changes to return the team to competitiveness in the Eastern Conference.

It didn’t take him long to show everyone that he means business.

Leiweke lured Masai Ujiri away from the Denver Nuggets, giving the Raptors the reigning NBA executive of the year and a rising star among the league’s front office ranks. It will be a homecoming of sorts for the 42-year-old Ujiri, a native of Nigeria and the first African-born GM in America’s four major sports. Ujiri was the assistant GM for the Raptors for three seasons before leaving for the Nuggets in 2010.

Sale of NBA’s Kings final

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new owner is in place. A new coach is on the way. And for the first time in 14 years, Sacramento Kings fans can celebrate a new era.

The Maloof family completed the sale of the Kings and Sleep Train Arena to a group led by TIBCO Software chairman Vivek Ranadive, officially transferring ownership of the NBA franchise. Ranadive’s group acquired a 65 percent controlling interest in the team at a total franchise valuation of more than $534 million, topping the NBA record of $450 million that Joe Lacob and Peter Guber paid for the Golden State Warriors in 2010.

 Ex-NBA player hurt in crash

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Former NBA All-Star guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock was in critical condition at a hospital after his SUV crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a van in suburban Atlanta, fatally injuring a passenger in the van.

Blaylock was driving in Jonesboro when he crashed and was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center. Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said that 43-year-old Monica Murphy, a passenger in the van, died just before 10 p.m.

 Kyle Busch wins trucks race

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kyle Busch pulled away in the final laps to win the NASCAR Truck Series race Friday at Dover International Speedway. Busch won in the series for the second straight race following his victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Matt Crafton was second and Ryan Blaney third. Chase Elliott and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top five. At 19 years old, Darrell Wallace became the youngest pole winner in series history and finished 10th.

 Big 12 rebounds, nets record profit

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 Conference has gone from the brink of collapse only a few short years ago to record revenue.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the league’s 10 schools will share a record $198 million for the 2012-13 school year, an amount expected to increase significantly going forward.

Millican races to NHRA lead

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Clay Millican raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Millican had a run of 3.792 seconds at 321.27 mph during the second of two qualifying sessions. If the effort stands, it will be Millican’s first No. 1 qualifying position in his 155-race career.

Matt Hagan led the Funny Car field, Mike Edwards topped the Pro Stock order, and Steve Johnson led in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Hagan powered his Dodge Charger to a 4.050 at 315.64, points leader finished at 6.545 at 210.73 in a Chevy Camaro, and Johnson had a 6.931 at 192.22 on a Suzuki.

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