GPS suggests racing yacht hit rocks off Mexico

Posted May 01, 2012, at 8:28 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — A website that tracks boats by GPS shows that an American yacht mysteriously destroyed during a Pacific Ocean race left a track landing on the rocky shore of an island off Mexico’s northern coast.

The GPS track potentially undercuts the theory of a collision with a ship.

A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said Tuesday that investigators have not recovered the GPS device from the yacht but that they would consider the coordinates it recorded.

Tracking information shows the yacht landing on Mexico’s Coronado Islands about 1:30 a.m. PDT Saturday at a speed of about 6 knots.

Michael Patton, a spokesman for the yacht owner’s family, says it shows the device landed on the rocks but not necessarily the boat.

Three members of the boat’s crew were found dead and the fourth remains missing.

Dodgers sale finalized; Magic now among owners

LOS ANGELES — The $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers was finalized Tuesday, ending the tumultuous era under former owner Frank McCourt, who took the team into bankruptcy and made his private life public through a nasty divorce battle with his ex-wife.

The closure of the deal was announced in a terse statement. The Dodgers were sold to Guggenheim Baseball Management, a group that includes former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson.

Mark Walter, chief executive officer of the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, will become the controlling owner, and the team will be run by former Atlanta Braves President Stan Kasten. They will hold a news conference Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

McCourt met with Dodgers employees Tuesday, expressing his appreciation and introduced Walter, said Howard Sunkin, a spokesman for McCourt.

Spurs’ Popovich is the NBA Coach of the Year

SAN ANTONIO — Gregg Popovich can’t win like the old days. No longer can the San Antonio Spurs simply feed Tim Duncan the ball, let their defense do the rest and ride that game plan to NBA championships.

But the new way Popovich has them winning isn’t bad, either.

That acknowledgment came Tuesday when Popovich was honored as the NBA’s Coach of the Year after leading San Antonio to 50 wins and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs defied naysayers who have written them off as too old since their last title in 2007 and did so in a lockout-shortened season that tested every coach when it came to managing minutes and finding practice time.

“If you can draft David Robinson and follow that up with Tim Duncan, that’s a couple of decades of very, very possible success unless you just screw it up,” Popovich said. “So it’s hard to take credit when circumstances have gone your way so consistently.”

Popovich also won the award in 2003 when San Antonio won its second of four championships, and he might be headed for a fifth ring if the Spurs keep this up. They’re doing it partly thanks to a supporting cast of rookies and former NBA no-names that Popovich has turned into a surprise frontrunner.

Former No. 1 pick Beckham gets 50-game drug ban

NEW YORK — Tampa Bay prospect Tim Beckham, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, has been suspended 50 games after a second violation of the minor league drug program.

The commissioner’s office announced the penalty Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Beckham was hitting .204 in 13 games for Triple-A Durham. The shortstop had been on the disabled list because of a sprained left wrist.

Beckham played in the All-Star Futures Game last July after a slow start in his pro career.

In a statement released by the Rays, Beckham says he’s sorry for his actions and takes “full responsibility” for his “poor judgment.”

Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman says Beckham “must rededicate himself.”

There have been 37 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.

Fans can watch every Olympic event live online

NEW YORK — Usain Bolt could be defending his Olympic 200-meter title on a Thursday afternoon in the United States.

Fans will be able to watch the race live online for the first time during this summer’s London Games, but what they’ll see is very different from the tape-delayed, prime-time package that will still air a few hours later.

NBC executives decided to shift from their longtime philosophy and make every event available as it happens, convinced that the plan will build interest in the Olympics and not siphon off viewership from the traditional nightly broadcasts. That means the Internet streams will be fairly minimalistic, a move aimed at tempting fans to re-watch the competition in a more stylized presentation on the network that evening.

“You’ll be able to live the moment,” said Rick Cordella, the vice president and general manager for NBC Sports Digital.

The online coverage will use the world feed instead of NBC camera angles. That’s what viewers in many smaller countries see on their local networks, so the production is high quality, if less specialized than Americans are used to for the Olympics. There will be basic graphics and, for some popular sports, announcers from the Olympic Broadcasting Services.

Skiles to return for final year of Bucks contract

MILWAUKEE — Scott Skiles will return to coach the Milwaukee Bucks next season.

Skiles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday that he would be back as the team’s coach. His agent, Keith Glass, confirmed the decision in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Glass said Skiles would not necessarily receive an extension before next season. Skiles has a year left on his contract, which was extended in 2010.

Bucks officials did not immediately confirm the decision.

Skiles is 146-166 in four seasons with the Bucks. He led Milwaukee to a 46-win season and made the playoffs in 2009-2010, where the Bucks lost to the Atlanta Hawks. They have missed the postseason two straight seasons since then.

The 2011-12 Bucks didn’t really fit Skiles’ typical hardnosed, defense-first approach to the game. They averaged 99 points per game this season, fifth-most in the league. An impressive passing team when they were at their best, the Bucks averaged 23.5 assists per game — third-best in the league.

But they gave up 98.7 points per game, putting them in the lower third of the NBA. And they were outrebounded by an average of 2.24 per game, the fifth-worst margin in the league.

Vikings cut running back King after weekend arrest

ANOKA, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have released running back Caleb King three days after he was arrested in an alleged beating outside a birthday party last weekend.

Anoka County prosecutors’ spokesman David Cossi says King was released from jail on Tuesday with no charges being filed. The case is still under investigation.

King was accused of punching a 22-year-old man and throwing him headfirst to the ground early Saturday. The alleged altercation began after the man allegedly teased the 24-year-old King about his resemblance to an unspecified celebrity.

Authorities say King denied assaulting the man and told detectives the man fell to the ground when King was talking to him.

King signed with the Vikings as a rookie free agent last year, but didn’t play in a game.

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