Sports Business Journal reports today that Tom Ricketts has lined up three banks -- JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America -- to arrange the $450 million in financing needed to close the Ricketts family's $900 million acquisition of the Cubs. The magazine said the deal could be done by this week, and that the potential closing date is in July, after the bid is sent to the court overseeing the Tribune Co. bankruptcy. The Cubs have been on the market since April of 2007. The Ricketts family still must be approved by Major League owners, though that should not be a problem.(Chicago Tribune) Comment
Quarterback Robert Marve plans to announce his next collegiate destination Friday. "I'm undecided," the transfer from the University of Miami told the News Sentinel on Monday evening. Marve is deciding between two schools: Tennessee and Purdue. Marve hoped to make his decision sooner but will wait to confer with his father when he returns home from a business trip on Wednesday.(Knoxville News Sentinel) Comment
The Mavs might be able to get the best big man of this generation by sending Erick Dampier and Jerry Stackhouse to the Suns. That deal, assuming Phoenix would buy out Stack, would represent eight-figure savings to Suns owner Robert Sarver. That could free up money to sign Amare Stoudemire to a long-term extension, instead of trading their franchise player and beginning a rebuilding project.(Dallas Morning News) Comment
Colorado Rockies left fielder Ryan Spilborghs (19) fends off center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) to retire Atlanta Braves' Yunel Escobar in the ninth inning. (AP)
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Nuggets vs. Lakers, 9 p.m ET. Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
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