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Sonics trial ends; decision expected next week

SEATTLE - The judge hearing the case on whether to force the Seattle SuperSonics to remain in Washington will decide the team's fate next Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The trial to determine whether the Sonics must play out the final two years of their lease at KeyArena wrapped up on Thursday afternoon, with both sides delivering their closing arguments.

Lawyers for the Sonics targeted the actions of U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton as the main reason why the team should be allowed to abandon Seattle.  Brad Keller wondered in his closing argument why Gorton, whom Seattle officials hired to lead the effort to keep the team in town, could have been separately involved in a plan to inflict financial suffering on Sonics owner Clay Bennett without telling Seattle's top leaders.

The Sonics contend because the city was part of the plan, it should not be entitled to have the team play in KeyArena into 2010.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)