A's submit plans for stadium in Fremont
The Oakland Athletics' ownership group on Thursday applied to the City of Fremont to develop 226 acres for a new ballpark and surrounding village. The City of Fremont is expected to take between 12 and 18 months to review the team's application. If approved, the A's would like to break ground on a new stadium -- to be called Cisco Field -- as soon as possible. The stadium -- with a price tag of around $500 million that will primarily come from private funds -- would seat between 30,000 and 34,000 fans, an intimate venue with an impressive range of technological capabilities and surrounding features outside the fences.
Forbes: Maple Leafs NHL's most valuable
The Toronto Maple Leafs are the most valuable NHL team, even though the Original Six franchise hasn't captured the Stanley Cup in 40 years, according to Forbes. The value of the Maple Leafs has gone up 23 percent a year since the initial investment by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in 1994, said Forbes, which released its annual valuations of all 30 NHL teams Thursday. The Maple Leafs team has a current value of $413 million, $48 million more than the New York Rangers in second place. The San Jose Sharks are 17th at $165 million.
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NCAA title trophy given a new look
The NCAA championship trophy is getting a face-lift. An arched center cutout has etched glass that includes the sport, division and year of the championship. The edges of the trophy are more rounded, for a more contemporary look. "It was updated to be more here and now," MTM Recognition spokeswoman Donna Lamprecht said in Thursday editions of The Oklahoman. The Oklahoma City company MTM Recognition was selected with Jostens as the NCAA's new trophy supplier in April.
Kings' Artest loses tooth during practice
Perhaps because Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest is still serving his league-issued suspension, he's taken to treating practices like the games themselves. Case in point was Thursday, when Artest was hit by center Darryl Watkins and watched a front tooth fly out of his mouth. After picking up the broken root and taking a breather, he finished practice. "You know how tough Ron is -- I tell you," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "I had one player get kicked in the shin, and he was out for the whole practice, but I have (Artest) lose a tooth where you could see the root, he's playing with the root in his hand, and he finished practice."