The NCAA men's basketball tournament games held at the Spokane Arena last weekend generated an estimated $4.58 million in tourism income, the Spokane Regional Sports Commission announced.
Next year, the NCAA women’s basketball tournament will stage subregional games at Gonzaga’s McCarthey Athletic Center and regional games at the Spokane Arena.
Howie Stalwick, contributing writer
No. 2-ranked Novak Djokovic lost his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open to Olivier Rochus, 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4. No. 4-seeded Rafael Nadal beat Taylor Dent, 6-4, 6-3, and No. 6 Andy Roddick defeated Igor Andreev, 6-4, 6-4. In women’s play, former No. 1 Justine Henin, No. 2-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and No. 14-seeded Kim Clijsters advanced to the third round. … Wayne Odesnik, a 24-year-old American tennis player ranked No. 98 in the world, pleaded guilty to importing human growth hormone into Australia before a tournament leading to the Australian Open. He was fined more than $7,000 and could be banned from tennis for two years. … Guillermo Canas, 32, announced his retirement from tennis. He is known for twice upsetting Roger Federer, including once to end Federer’s 41-match winning streak. …
Adam “Pacman” Jones is trying hard to come back to the NFL this season. At least three teams – the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals – have expressed “great interest” in the troubled cornerback, though no signing was imminent, agent Ray Savage said. … Charlie Batch has signed a two-year contract to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a backup quarterback. … Omar Cummings scored a goal in the 54th minute as the Colorado Rapids beat Chivas USA, 1-0, in an MLS soccer match. …
New America’s Cup trustee Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco announced that it and vanquished trustee Societe Nautique de Geneve agreed to drop their remaining legal actions against each other, ending a 21/2-year court battle. … Eighteen college athletes and one coach whose gastrointestinal illnesses delayed the NCAA Division I men’s swimming and diving championships had norovirus and were on the same flight from Dallas to Columbus, Ohio, health officials said.
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