National Basketball Association
NBA Rookie of the Year? Griffin is a slam dunk
LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named the Rookie of the Year on Wednesday after a landslide vote, becoming the NBAs first unanimous choice for the award in 21 years.
Griffin received every first-place vote from a panel of 118 media members, easily outdistancing Washingtons John Wall.
The Clippers electrifying dunker is the first to win it unanimously since San Antonios David Robinson in 1990 and just the third unanimous choice in NBA history after Ralph Sampson in 1984.
The No. 1 overall draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2009 missed all of the 2009-10 season after breaking his kneecap in the Clippers final preseason game, but Griffin returned with one of the most impressive debut campaigns in a generation.
Griffin led all rookies in scoring and rebounding while playing in all 82 games for the Clippers, finishing 12th in the NBA in scoring (22.5 points) and fourth in rebounds (12.1) while ranking second among rookies in assists (3.8).
The 6-10 power forward was the NBAs first rookie All-Star since Yao Ming in 2003.
Sweden beats USA 6-2 at world championships
KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) Patrik Berglund scored twice to help Sweden wrap up the group stage of the world hockey championship with a 6-2 victory over the United States on Wednesday.
In Bratislava, Milan Michalek and Jaromir Jagr scored to lead the Czech Republic 2-1 over Finland to complete the group stage with a perfect record in Group D.
Sweden topped Group C with seven points, one more than the United States, which will face Canada on Friday.
ManU to play Barcelona in Champions League final
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United routed Schalke 4-1 on Wednesday night as Anderson scored twice, advancing to the Champions League final against Barcelona with a 6-1 aggregate win.
Antonio Valencia and Darron Gibson also scored for Manchester United, which will play Barcelona at Wembley on May 28 in a rematch of the 2009 final, which Barcelona won 2-0.
Pac-10 adds TV network to go with its new TV deal
PHOENIX (AP) The Pac-10 has a new network to go with its monster television deal.
The Pac-10 announced the launch of its own television network Wednesday, a venture made possible by a 12-year joint deal with ESPN and Fox worth about $3 billion.
The TV deal, the richest in college sports at about $250 million per year, will go into effect in 2012 and allow the conference to televise every football and mens basketball game.
The Pac-12 Network and its digital network will show some football games and about 120 in mens basketball, along with womens basketball and Olympic sports within the conference.
The conference will be renamed the Pac-12 in July with the addition of Utah and Colorado.
UNLV hires away Augmon from Nuggets staff
LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV is welcoming former NBA player and Denver Nuggets assistant coach Stacey Augmon as its new mens assistant basketball coach.
The announcement Tuesday came a month after Dave Rice was named the teams new coach.
Augmon played for UNLV from 1987 through 1991. He earned a degree in social work and went on to play for Atlanta, Detroit, Portland, Charlotte and Orlando during his 15-year NBA career.
Most recently, he worked for the Nuggets for four seasons.
Rice and Augmon were teammates on the 1990 NCAA championship team and 1991 Final Four team.