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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The presidential showdown isnt the only contentious race on the minds of Arlington voters, who also must decide whether to approve public funding for a $1 billion retractable-roof stadium for the Texas Rangers.Figuring that the larger turnout for the presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would benefit a new stadium, city officials rushed to get the initiative on Tuesdays ballot, and observers say it could be close, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported (http://bit.ly/2ewqHYB ).The new stadium would replace Globe Life Park, which opened in 1994. To pay for as much as half of the new stadium, voters are being asked to extend Arlingtons half-cent sales tax, 2 percent hotel-occupancy tax and 5 percent car-rental tax. Arlington currently uses those revenues to pay down the remaining $155 million debt it owes for its share of the construction cost of the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium, which opened in 2009.The vote also would allow for a maximum 10 percent admission tax and $3 parking tax for the Rangers use, which opponents have criticized because the city legally could have used those taxes for its share. It approved the same deal for the Cowboys.Vote Yes! Keep the Rangers, a political action committee that includes the mayor as chairman and all city council and school board members, has said the Rangers should get to use that revenue since they will take responsibility for maintenance and operation of the stadium.Sarah Patterson voted against the new stadium during early voting because she didnt see a point in spending money that doesnt need to be spent.And Juddie Rice echoed the concerns of city officials, who struck a deal with the Rangers in May to keep them in Arlington through the 2053 season. If the stadium proposition fails, she said, I just think it opens it up for Dallas or Frisco to talk to them. I want to keep them.The Rangers havent publicly threatened to leave, although a team representative held preliminary talks with Dallas officials about a covered stadium.Vote Yes! campaign manager Brian Mayes told The Associated Press on Monday that a lot of supporters have turned out to vote and the group will campaign until polls close Tuesday.He said he believes the opposition has been turning people off by being aggressive and negative. Nobody wants to be accosted at a polling location. Our people stayed positive, he said.Peggy Rudd and her husband, Bill Gaut, had distributed fliers denouncing the new stadium to thousands of Arlington homes. And during early voting, they had more fliers critical of the stadium, including a rip on the roof: The Rangers have played ball here 44 years. 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Russell Westbrook signed a contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, ending speculation that has run rampant since Kevin Durant departed for the Golden State Warriors.The team did not disclose terms of the deal, but sources told ESPNs Ramona Shelburne and Chris Broussard that the new contract is potentially worth $85.7 million over the next three seasons. The deal includes a player option that would allow Westbrook to still become a free agent after the 2017-18 season.Theres nowhere else I would rather be than Oklahoma City, Westbrook said at a news conference to announce the deal. You guys have basically raised me. Ive been here since I was 18, 19 years old. You guys did nothing but great things for me. Through the good and the bad, you guys supported me through it all, and I appreciate it. Definitely when I had the opportunity to be able to be loyal to you guys, thats the No. 1 option. Loyalty is something that I stand by.Asked why he agreed to the extension now rather than wait until next season, Westbrook was emphatic: Theres no need to wait if you know where you want to be.Talks between the sides centered around the addition of two more years to Westbrooks current deal, which expires after the 2016-17 season. The new deal calls for Westbrooks salary to jump from $17.8 million next season to the maximum $26.5 million. He would then earn the max the next two seasons if he exercises the third-year option.The player option for the third season of the deal will allow Westbrook to capitalize on the league rule allowing players who have completed 10 seasons to earn a larger max salary.In the wake of Durant leaving, the Thunder made locking up Westbrook to a long-term deal their primary offseason objective. Oklahoma City removed its qualifying offer to restricted free agent Dion Waiters to free up cap space to offer Westbrook a max extension. Waiters agreed to a deal with the Miami Heat last month.Westbrook said he found out about Durants departuree through social media.ddddddddddddAsked if Durant choosing the Warriors made it sting more, Westbrook responded, Sting for who?With Kevin going it opened up a few things for me, he said. For me, just being able to see the team we have, the guys we have ... I felt like this is the best place for me and the best team. I love being here, and this is the place I wanted to be.In a statement released Thursday, Thunder chairman Clayton I. Bennett said: On behalf of the Thunder organization and the entire State of Oklahoma I want to congratulate Russ and offer my sincere appreciation for not only his profound presence and skill as a player, but for his high character, personal integrity and extraordinary leadership. We are thrilled he will continue with us and we look forward to exciting days ahead for the Oklahoma City Thunder.Enthusiasm for Westbrooks signing extended to the Oklahoma City city hall, with mayor Mick Cornett proclaiming Thursday Russell Westbrook Day.Westbrook excelled in 2015-16, tying Hall of Famer Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in the past 30 years with a league-high 18, including seven in the month of March.A five-time All-Star and two-time All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook averaged 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.4 assists last season and finished fourth in the MVP voting.Russell has been an outstanding leader of this team since he was drafted by our organization eight years ago. His competitiveness, character and unique athletic ability have propelled him to the forefront of the game, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. Russell personifies many of the traits that are synonymous with Oklahoma and Oklahomans. 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