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A little bit of this, a little bit of that:

Outside of bringing an NBA franchise back to Seattle and a new NHL franchise to town, the best thing about building a new arena? NCAA basketball. There’s no reason not to believe that Seattle would wind up a regular on the NCAA tournament trail. Boise, Spokane, Portland and Salt Lake host games all of the time. Why wouldn’t the NCAA want to come back to Seattle?

In a year, maybe two, I think Dustin Ackley will be starting in the outfield for the Seattle Mariners, possibly in right field if the M’s don’t re-sign Ichiro Suzuki at the dend of this season. Kyle Seager will be the second baseman. Vinnie Catricala will be the third baseman.

Speaking of the NCAA tourney, Joe Lunardi of ESPN bracketology fame, currently has the Huskies as a No. 10 seed in the Midwest and Gonzaga a No. 7 seed in the East. Lunardi has the Huskies playing San Diego State in Columbus, Ohio, and the Zags opening against Long Beach State in Greensboro, N.C. Of course, that will all change after the weekend games are in the books.

Tom, my favorite blackjack dealer who happens to be the biggest New York Giants fans in Kitsap County, tells me that Syracuse is going to win the NCAA tournament and they just might.

Outfielder Aaron Cunningham, a South Kitsap grad who sat out Cleveland’s intrasquad games on Wednesday and Thursday due to a sore left hand, took part in Friday’s morning workout. Manager Manny Acta has indicated that Cunningham should be fine to play in Saturday’s spring opener. With Brady Sizemore out 10-12 weeks after back surgery, Cunningham has an good opportunity to earn some serious playing time if he can put together a solid spring.

In case you missed it, here’s Marvin Williams denial of the rumors that surfaced about the Bremerton player asking to be traded from the Atlanta Hawks.

White Horse Golf Course in Kingston has plans for a new clubhouse and director of golf Bruce Christy tells me it will be similar in style to the one at Suncadia Golf Courses and Resort in Roslyn. Christy and a group from the Suquamish Tribe, which owns the course, took a look at several clubhouses in the Northwest before making a decision.


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