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Group to buy WNBA's Storm

The Baltimore Sun

A group of Seattle women, led by former Deputy Mayor Anne Levinson, will buy the WNBA Seattle Storm from SuperSonics owner Clay Bennett for $10 million.

The purchase option for the franchise was finalized in the past few days, ensuring the Storm will remain in Seattle while Bennett continues his push to move the SuperSonics to his hometown of Oklahoma City.

"How big is the smile on my face today?" Storm CEO Karen Bryant said. Bryant, who is not part of the ownership group, will remain with the Storm in her current role.

More basketball -- The judge who was to have led the prosecution team in the manslaughter retrial of former New Jersey Nets star Jayson Williams has been replaced and is no longer with the Hunterdon County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office. Katharine Errickson, an assistant prosecutor, is considering legal action against her former employer, according to a published report.

Horse racing -- The California Horse Racing Board approved allowing some or all of Santa Anita's racing dates to move to Hollywood Park if the drainage problem at Santa Anita is not quickly resolved. Heavy rain on Santa Anita's new synthetic Cushion Track forced racing to be canceled for three consecutive days.

Dakar Rally -- The Chilean government will back a proposal to bring the off-road endurance race to South America after terrorist threats forced the cancellation of the event traditionally staged across the Sahara desert.

Tennis -- David Nalbandian injured his back practicing with Marat Safin at Melbourne Park and withdrew from the coming Kooyong tournament. Nalbandian, a 26-year-old Argentine whose past two title wins came over No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal, said he is doubtful to compete in next week's Australian Open.

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