Fri, Jul 02, 2004 - Page 23 News List

Sports Briefs

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■ Basketball

Suns sold for US$401m

The US$401 million sale of the Phoenix Suns to San Diego banking executive Robert Sarver was completed as scheduled on Wednesday. NBA owners unanimously approved the transaction, the Suns said in a brief news release. Sarver owns about one-third of the franchise, with the remainder split among a group of investors that includes former NBA player Steve Kerr and Suns' president Bryan Colangelo. Former NBA stars Charles Barkley and Sean Elliott had been listed as owners but decided against making the investment before the transaction was completed. Bryan's father, Jerry Colangelo, who came to Phoenix as general manager of the expansion Suns 36 years ago, relinquished his 20 percent ownership but will remain as Suns' chairman and chief executive.

■ Auto Racing

Scott Pruett in pole position

Scott Pruett won his fourth pole of the season Wednesday for the Grand American sports car race at Daytona International Speedway. Pruett put his Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley on the pole with a best lap of 192.888kph to take the inside of the front row for Thursday's Paul Revere 250. Starting second will be David Donohue in a Porsche Fabcar after a lap of 191.682kph.

■ Basketball

Ha secures deal with Nike

The first South Korean player in the National Basketball Association has landed a four-year sponsorship contract with sports apparel giant, Nike, the company announced yesterday. Ha Seung-jin, a 223cm center from Seoul's Yonsei University, was a second-round pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in last week's NBA draft.

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