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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Carlos Peguero had four hits, including
a two-run homer, in the Seattle Mariners’ 9-8 loss to the Colorado
Rockies yesterday. Peguero collected his fifth spring homer and
three singles. He was sent to the minors last week, then recalled
when Mike Carp was injured. Munenori Kawasaki, Kyle Seager and
Casper Wells had two hits apiece for the Mariners, who committed
five errors, including two on one play. Erasmo Ramirez gave up two
runs and four hits in three innings for Seattle.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Mariners have sent a letter to the
city of Seattle and King County officials saying as of now they
don’t support the idea of a new NBA/NHL arena in the same
neighborhood as the Mariners’ home of Safeco Field. The letter was
sent from the team yesterday, signed by Mariners chairman Howard
Lincoln. He says the team supports the idea of the NBA returning to
Seattle, but an exhaustive examination of various sites for a new
arena in the greater Seattle area needs to be done.

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington guard Tony Wroten has announced he
will declare for the NBA draft and hire an agent, ending his
collegiate career after one season during which he was the Pac-12
freshman of the year but could not get the Huskies to the NCAA
tournament. Wroten made his announcement yesterday, less than 48
hours after teammate Terrence Ross announced his intention to leave
Washington following his sophomore season. Wroten averaged 16
points per game while at Washington.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Ducks have opened spring practice
without an audience and a couple of familiar faces from last year’s
Rose Bowl-winning team. But their speed is still there. Oregon
coach Chip Kelly says he was pleased with the tempo of the first of
15 practices this month. This is the first year that Oregon has
closed drills to supporters, as well as the media. Also different
this year: the absence of running back LaMichael James and
quarterback Darron Thomas, who went to the NFL.

NEW YORK (AP) – Reebok wants a judge to lift a ban on its sale
of apparel with the name of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow
(TEE’-boh). Reebok International Ltd. says it can prove it wasn’t
selling merchandise in violation of its expired 10-year licensing
deal with the NFL. The ban came after Nike filed a lawsuit last
week, days after Tebow was traded from Denver to New York. Nike has
NFL licensing rights. The Beaverton, Ore.-based company says it’ll
lose a one-time opportunity if the ban is lifted.

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