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Posted on January 22, 2013 at 6:01 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has introduced the first part of his four-step plan to keep the Kings from going to Seattle. Johnson said he has 19 local investors who have pledged at least $1 million each to buy the NBA franchise. He said the major partner he hopes to anchor the last-ditch deal "will be revealed soon." The Maloof family says it has signed an agreement to sell the Kings to a Seattle group.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have activated center Anze Kopitar from the non-roster list after their longtime leading scorer missed the season opener with a knee injury. The defending Stanley Cup champions also assigned newly acquired forward Anthony Stewart to their AHL affiliate in Manchester today. Kopitar injured his knee shortly before the lockout ended in a collision while playing in Sweden.

CHICAGO (AP) — Colorado forward Edson Buddle and San Jose defender Steven Beitashour have left the U.S. national team's training camp in Carson, Calif., because of injuries. The U.S. Soccer Federation said today that Buddle is experiencing problems in his right knee. Beitashour has been slowed following surgery after last season to repair a sports hernia.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Time Warner Cable has won a contract to carry Los Angeles Dodgers games for at least the next two decades starting in 2014, snatching the games away from Fox Sports after this year's baseball season ends. That's according to a person familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to speak publicly. The deal has not yet been finalized, although it is to be announced within days.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three-time Olympian Deena Kastor plans to run in her hometown Los Angeles Marathon on March 17. Kastor, the American record-holder in the marathon, will be running in the race for the first time. She won the 2005 Chicago Marathon and the 2006 London Marathon, where she set a women's marathon record of 2 hours, 19.36 minutes. She won a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics

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