Hawks coach Woodson offered extension
Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson has been offered a two-year extension, a person close to the negotiations said Thursday.
The person familiar with the situation requested anonymity because the negotiations are ongoing.
Woodson’s contract will expire at the end of June.
New Hawks general manager Rick Sund would not confirm the offer to Woodson.
Also: The SuperSonics’ argument for why they should be allowed to move to Oklahoma City next season is succinctly stated in the trial brief for the team’s upcoming court battle with the city of Seattle.
“Leases are generally not specifically enforceable,” reads the first sentence of the Sonics’ brief, obtained by The Associated Press after it was filed in federal court in advance of a trial set to begin here Monday.
The Sonics, Seattle’s oldest professional sports franchise with 41 years in town, are seeking to break the final two years of their lease at KeyArena by paying the city a sum of no more than $10 million, which the team believes would satisfy the rental agreement with the arena.
Guard Doneal Mack wants more playing time than he’s receiving with the Memphis Tigers, and his father says his son will be transferring once he receives his release.
The Commercial Appeal reported on its Web site that the 6-foot-5-inch guard feels it’s time to move on. Greg Mack told the newspaper that they believe it’s time to go now with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Florida’s Marreese Speights has decided to keep his name in the upcoming NBA Draft, hiring an agent and skipping his final two years of eligibility.
The center averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season. He also led the Gators with 49 blocked shots and 10 double-doubles.
Jane Albright has been named head women’s basketball coach at UNR.
Albright, 52, comes to UNR after five seasons at Wichita State. She replaces Kim Gervasoni, who resigned last month for personal reasons.
Albright had one winning season at Wichita State, finishing 15-13 in 2005-06.
Croatia stuns Germany in Euro 2008 soccer
Croatia stunned European Championship pretournament favorite Germany 2-1 in Klagenfurt, Austria.
The Germans hardly looked the odds-on choice, often appearing confused on defense and sloppy on offense. And the Croats were unlucky not to score more often in advancing to the quarterfinals.
Croatia now has six points and clinched the group when Austria tied Poland 1-1. In that match, Austria broke through in the closing moments of injury time to force the tie.
Also: Cat Whitehill, a defender for the U.S. women’s national team, will miss the Olympics after tearing a knee ligament.
Whitehil tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during Tuesday’s practice in Seoul, and will have surgery sometime in the next few weeks, according to U.S. Soccer.
Cuban hurdler Robles sets 110-meter mark
Cuba’s Dayron Robles broke the world record in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing 0.01 seconds ahead of the mark set two years ago by Liu Xiang, China’s Olympic and world champion.
The record at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, overshadowed Usain Bolt’s victory in the 200 in 19.83. That was a world-leading time for the season in what was the Jamaican’s first appearance in his favorite event this year. He was a half-second shy of what he needed to set world records in consecutive meets.
Bolt set the 100 world record of 9.72 last month in New York.
Robles was timed in 12.87 seconds, just ahead of the record by set by Liu in 2006 at Lausanne, Switzerland.
Also: Hozumi Hasegawa of Japan defeated Uruguay’s Cristian Faccio by technical knockout in the second round to retain his WBC bantamweight title in a fight held in Tokyo.
Hasegawa (24-2), making his sixth title defense, dominated from the start and won with a left hook that sent Faccio (15-3) to the canvas midway through the second round.
Edwin Valero (24-0) of Venezuela defeated Japan’s Takehiro Shimada (22-4-1) by technical knockout to retain his WBA super featherweight title on the same card.
France’s Cyril Dessel used a late breakaway to win the fourth stage of the Dauphine Libere cycling race in Annemasse, France, while Spain’s Alejandro Valverde retained the overall lead.
Dessel finished the 120-mile leg in 4 hours, 37 minutes, 16 seconds, beating fellow Frenchman Pierre Rolland by 19 seconds. Amael Moinard, also of France, was 1:21 back in third.