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Sports digest for June 25, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Lawsuit over hot dog-tossing mascot revived

A longtime baseball fan has persuaded the Missouri Supreme Court to revive his negligence lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals over a detached retina he claimed to suffer when a hot dog tossed by the baseball team’s mascot struck him in the face.

The court said the trial judge erred by letting jurors consider whether being struck by a hot dog was one of the inherent risks of attending a baseball game. It said this was a question of law that the judge should have decided.

John Coomer said he was struck during a hot dog launch, a regular feature of Royals games in which the mascot Sluggerrr either threw or used an air gun to shoot hot dogs to fans from the roof of the visiting team’s dugout.

In Tuesday’s decision, the Missouri Supreme Court rejected the Royals’ contention that the stunt was part of the overall stadium “experience,” even as the team conceded it had nothing to do with the game itself.

The case was returned to the trial court.

Chandler returns to Mavs in trade with Knicks

The Dallas Mavericks acquired center Tyson Chandler and guard Raymond Felton from the New York Knicks in a trade on Wednesday that include six players and two draft picks.

The trade cost Dallas two starters — point guard Jose Calderon and center Samuel Dalembert — along with point guard Shane Larkin, reserve guard Wayne Ellington and the 34th and 51st picks in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Chandler, 31, was let go in free agency after the Mavs’ championship run in 2011. He then signed a four-year, $60 million deal in free agency with the Knicks.

Felton was in a Manhattan court on Monday in hopes of resolving the felony gun case that came about the same time his marriage was breaking up. He is expected to enter his plea on June 30 and receive a $5,000 fine and 500 hours of community service.

A’s finalize 10-year lease extension

The Oakland Athletics finalized a 10-year lease extension for O.co Coliseum on Wednesday.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement that read, in part:

“The agreement on this extension is a crucial first step towards keeping Major League Baseball in Oakland.

“I continue to believe that the Athletics need a new facility and am fully supportive of the club’s view that the best site in Oakland is the Coliseum site.”

Oklahoma regents approve $370M stadium upgrade

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents on Wednesday approved major upgrades to the Sooners’ stadium totaling $370 million.

The renovation and modernization of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will include a new south end zone complex that will fill in the open corners, creating a full bowl.

The plan also includes substantial additions to team facilities below the south stands. Those facilities will include a new weight room, equipment room, new team areas, coaches’ offices and the relocation of the athletic offices that are currently housed in the north end zone.

Kings extend qualifying offer to Thomas

The Sacramento Kings officially extended a qualifying offer to point guard Isaiah Thomas, making him a restricted free agent, the team announced Wednesday.

The Kings made the $1.1 million qualifying offer to retain refusal rights.

Thomas, a three-year NBA veteran, has accrued averages of 15.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.03 steals per game through 216 outings (started 153 games) with Sacramento after being selected No. 60 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Nets’ Anderson to opt out

Brooklyn Nets forward Alan Anderson is planning to opt out of the second year of his contract and test free agency next month, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Anderson, 31, came to the Nets as a free agent last summer after spending parts of the previous two seasons with the Toronto Raptors.

Anderson played in 78 regular-season games, averaging 7.2 points and shooting 34 percent from 3-point range in 22 minutes a game, before averaging 5.9 points in the 12 playoff games.


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