Seattle Sounders add Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Macklemore to group

The Seattle Sounders are adding Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and wife Ciara, hip-hop artist Macklemore and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to the MLS club’s ownership group.

Other investors also are coming aboard while current majority owner Adrian Hanauer is increasing his investment stake in the club. Hollywood producer Joe Roth, who helped bring the MLS to Seattle, is leaving the franchise.

Wilson has been attempting to get into sports ownership. He previously was a partner in an effort to build a basketball arena in Seattle and also has been part of the project in Portland, Ore., to build a baseball stadium in the hopes of luring an MLB team to the city.

“When I got here in 2012, Seattle was a place that I felt I could call home forever. And obviously because of the Seahawks, and now because of the Sounders, it makes that really come to life,” Wilson said in a statement. “We’re really excited about building that winning culture. This city is a special place. The Pacific Northwest is a place we love and we get to raise our kids here and have a lot of fun while doing it.”

Other notable members of the ownership group, such as actor Drew Carey and Jody Allen, sister of the late Paul Allen, will remain with the club.

• Last season’s Champions League semifinalist Ajax Amsterdam came close to crashing out in qualifying, coming from behind to beat PAOK Thessaloniki 5-4 on aggregate.

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WCC releases basketball schedule

The WCC released its men’s conference schedule Tuesday. Each team will play 16 games.

The schedule begins with St. Mary’s playing at USF on Jan. 2. Santa Clara plays its opener two days later, against San Diego at the Leavey Center. The St. Mary’s-Gonzaga matchups are set for Feb. 8 in Moraga and Feb. 29, the final day of the regular season, in Spokane, Wash.

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• The arbitrator in the dispute between UConn and Kevin Ollie has ruled that the former head coach is protected by a union contract when it comes to the standard the school must meet in proving his firing in March 2018 was justified.

The collective bargaining agreement between the school and the American Association of University Professors requires a showing of serious misconduct in order to fire an employee for “just cause” and also affords Ollie other union protections. UConn had argued that Ollie’s personal contract superseded the union deal when it fired him for a broader range of offenses.

Obituary: Former University of Oklahoma running back Mike Gaddis, who former head coach Barry Switzer called the best running back from the state of Oklahoma he ever signed, died Monday at 50. A cause of death was not released.

As a sophomore in 1989, Gaddis rushed for 829 yards in six games before suffering a severe knee injury against Texas. Gaddis returned in 1991 to rush for more than 1,300 yards and was a sixth-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings, but did not play in the NFL.

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