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Wizards lose lottery tiebreaker to Warriors

Saturday, April 17, 2010; D02

PRO BASKETBALL

Wizards' lottery hopes dwindle just a bit

The Washington Wizards' chances of winning the NBA draft lottery on May 18 got slightly worse on Friday when they lost a tiebreaker to the Golden State Warriors in a random drawing.

The Wizards, who tied with the Warriors for the league's fourth-worst record at 26-56, will have the fifth-best odds of winning the No. 1 overall pick at 10.3 percent, while the Warriors have the fourth-best chance at 10.4 percent. The Wizards will pick 34th or 35th overall in the second round, depending on whether they or the Warriors draw a higher first-round selection in the lottery. The worst pick the Wizards can receive in the first round is eighth.

Also Friday, NBA Commissioner David Stern informed teams at the board of governor's meeting that revenue hadn't decreased as much as expected and the projected salary cap next season would be $56.1 million, an increase of between $3 million and $6 million over the previous projection.

-- Michael Lee

The Utah Jazz say Carlos Boozer will be a game-time decision in Saturday's playoff opener at Denver. Boozer has a strained muscle in his rib cage. . . .

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss one to two weeks.

PRO FOOTBALL

The Miami Dolphins have traded wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. to the San Francisco 49ers, the teams announced.

The Dolphins receive a fifth-round pick in next week's NFL draft in return, according to announcement by the 49ers.

"We added a talented player, that fit a need," 49ers Coach Mike Singletary said, according to the team's Web site. "He's a bundle of potential and his upside is off the charts. This guy can fly."

The move comes after the Dolphins obtained wide receiver Brandon Marshall in a trade with the Denver Broncos.

-- Mark Maske

SOCCER

Liverpool's American owners put the Premier League club up for sale.

Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. have finally conceded they no longer have the resources to strengthen the team and build the new stadium they promised after buying the 18-time English champions. . . .

Some 130,000 World Cup tickets have been sold in the first 36 hours of the final phase, and the semifinals and final are sold out. FIFA said 29 of the 64 matches are sold out.

MISC.

Tony Stewart is on the pole for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race for the first time in five years.

Stewart will start from the front in his 400th career race in NASCAR's top series after turning in a qualifying lap of 191.327 mph at Texas Motor Speedway. . . .

Rafael Nadal moved into the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero, extending his winning streak in the event to 30 matches.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 win over David Nalbandian.

Nadal, seeded second, next meets David Ferrer in another all-Spanish match. . . .

Durrell Summers and Kalin Lucas will return to Michigan State for their senior seasons, according to Coach Tom Izzo. . . .

Holy Cross has hired Milan Brown to coach its men's basketball team.

-- From news services

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