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    Will Bennett Move Sonics
    To Oklahoma City?
    David Stern said at the Hornets’ final game in Oklahoma City on Friday, “It would be my expectation or projection that there will be another team here someday.” Well, “someday” may be here sooner than most would have expected, as the Sonics’ future in the Pacific Northwest is now murkier than ever with the Washington Legislature electing not to vote on public funding for a new arena in Renton. Gov. Christine Gregoire wants to continue discussions after the legislative session ends this weekend, but Sonics Owner Clay Bennett is refusing to budge off a November 1 deadline for a deal to be in place.

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    “They’re probably advertising some sponsorship.”

    — Versus announcer Larry Rawson, on the two runners wearing banned Spira shoes who broke away with an early lead in yesterday’s Boston Marathon (CNBC, 4/16).

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    Take It Or Leave It?
    Michael Heisley says he’ll take Grizzlies off market if team is not sold by May 1.

    Tragedy On Campus
    Sports media joins national news outlets in reporting on Virginia Tech shootings.

    All For One, One For All
    NFLPA threatens action against dissident retired players’ chapters.

    Just Like Riding A Horse
    McDonald’s in talks to cast Wade, LeBron in remake of iconic Jordan-Bird spot.

    No Cursing Allowed
    Vince Young to appear on cover of EA’s “Madden NFL 08.”

    Put On Ice
    NBC sports telecasts, including NHL playoffs, being pre-empted by Cardinals games on St. Louis affil.

    Spira Springer
    Banned shoe gets some major buzz during Boston Marathon.

    Words Can Never Hurt Me
    News programs, talk shows look to Jason Whitlock as voice of reason in Imus flap.

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