MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A Minnesota delegation will try to convince an NBA committee to recommend against the Timberwolves’ proposed move to New Orleans.
That means coming up with a local offer to match the Timberwolves’ sale price of $152.5 million to the New Orleans group, which also will make a presentation to the committee Wednesday.
But the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and Star Tribune reported a snag may have developed in negotiations. They said Ogden Entertainment Corp., which manages Target Center, had been expected to contribute $10 million to $14 million to help keep the team in Minnesota. But that contribution now is in doubt.
″We ran into some roadblocks with Ogden, but we’ll figure a way around it,″ Henry Savelkoul, chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, told the Pioneer Press.
The Star Tribune said the city of Minneapolis could get more involved in the deal. Under that scenario, the Minneapolis Community Development Agency would loan money to help pay off the mortgage on Target Center, the Timberwolves’ arena.
Minneapolis finance director John Moir said city taxpayers would not have to foot the bill to buy Target Center.
LLANWRTYD WELLS, Wales (AP) - Once again, the horse was faster than the man.
Eskalabar finished 17 minutes ahead of the first human in the annual man vs. horse race on Saturday. Ridden by 16-year-old Celia Tymons, Eskalabar completed the 22-mile cross-country course in one hour, 51 minutes, 31 seconds.
″He has proved that four legs are faster than two,″ Tymons said.
The first man across the finish line, Mark Croasdale, clocked 2:08.44, a course record for humans. The leading woman, world 100-kilometer champion Carolyn Hunter-Rowe, finished in 2:39.
No human has ever won the race, which started in 1980 to settled a barroom dispute over the relative merits of runners and horses over long distances. The closest winning margin by a horse was four minutes in 1982.
About 350 runners and 15 horses took part in this year’s race.
TOKYO (AP) - Koichi Sekikawa tripled home three runs with two outs in the 14th inning to give the Hanshin Tigers a 5-2 victory over the Yokohama Bay Stars on Saturday.
Both Central League teams used four relief pitchers in the second half of the five-hour game. Hanshin’s relievers held the Bay Stars to one hit after starter Koji Nakada allowed seven.
The Yomiuri Giants remained in first place with a 3-0 win over the Chunichi Dragons in Nagoya. They are now 8 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Dragons.
Chunichi starter Dwayne Henry, formerly of the Seattle Mariners, took the loss.
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - German boxers won three titles to help the country take first place in the World Cup Amateur Boxing Championships on Saturday.
Cuba came in second with two titles.
Also winning titles were fighters from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Romania, Ukraine, Armenia, Bulgaria and Kazakhstan.
Title bouts were fought in 12 weight classes.