Port Authorities roller derby match set Saturday
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Roller Derby’s All-Star Port Authorities will play host to Worcester (Massachusetts) during its home-opening match on Saturday at Happy Wheels in Portland.
The “Lucky Lass” St. Patrick’s Day-themed bout begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door, and $5 for children ages 5 and up.
For more information, visit mainerollerderby.com
Mayweather, Pacquiao hype megafight
LOS ANGELES — After five years of bickering, posturing, and false alarms, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao stood face-to-face on Wednesday to mark the official countdown to one of boxing’s most anticipated fights.
Pacquiao, wearing a dark suit and tie, arrived on stage for the news conference as AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” blared through the speakers. He was followed by Mayweather, who was in a light suit with no tie and walked in to Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”
The two men then stood face-to-face and side-to-side, as a roar of camera shutters tracked their every move, before sitting with their respective camps in the only news conference they will hold to hype their May 2 fight.
NBA players reject league’s ‘cap-smoothing’ proposal
The NBA announced Wednesday that the players union formally rejected a so-called “cap-smoothing” proposal the league put forth in anticipation of the largest salary-cap jump in league history for the 2016-17 season.
In a meeting Tuesday in New York, the National Basketball Players Association informed league executives that it would not agree to an artificially gradual increase in the salary cap related to the nine-year, $24 billion broadcast agreements that begin in 2016, CBSSports.com reported.
Suns sign Seth Curry
The Phoenix Suns signed guard Seth Curry to a 10-day contract, the team announced.
Curry, the younger brother of Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, averaged 23.5 points in 36 games with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League this season.
Clippers’ Griffin likely to return soon
OKLAHOMA CITY — Although he missed his 14th game due to a staph infection in his right elbow Wednesday night, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is on the verge of returning.
Griffin underwent surgery Feb. 9 to clear the infection from his elbow, and he was given a four- to six-week timetable for his return to action.
In 51 games this season, Griffin is averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He was selected to the Western Conference All-Star team but was replaced due to his injury.
Durant expected back in 1-2 weeks
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant went through an extended workout on Wednesday before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers and is close to coming back from his foot injury.
The Thunder (35-28) currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. With guard Russell Westbrook picking up the slack, Oklahoma City was 6-3 without Durant entering Wednesday night’s game.
The All-Star forward underwent a small procedure last month to help alleviate pain on his surgically repaired right foot. Durant, 26, originally had surgery in October to repair a fracture in his right foot.
Durant is averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 27 games this season.
Washington sues over Super Bowl ticket cancellations
SEATTLE — Washington state’s top lawyer filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against an online company that sold tickets to last month’s Super Bowl to fans who traveled to Phoenix for the game only to find out they did not have seats.
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson accuses New York-based SBTickets.com LLC of deceptive sales practices ahead of the Feb. 1 game between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, saying the company sold tickets it did not have to consumers who paid up to $3,500 per seat.
The attorney general’s office has received 24 complaints regarding 60 tickets sold to Washington state customers.
In the lawsuit, Ferguson describes SBTickets as a short-seller who “sold tickets it did not have, hoping to fulfill its orders by buying tickets at a later date for a lower price.”
Luongo not likely to play Thursday
Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo likely will miss a third straight game on Thursday, according to reports Wednesday.
Luongo sustained a shoulder injury March 3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dan Ellis, who is 1-0-1 since his recall from San Antonio of the American Hockey League, is expected to make a third straight start Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.