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Sterling apologizes, says he’s ‘not a racist’

– In his first public comments since being banned for life from the NBA, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized for racist comments captured on tape, saying they were a “terrible mistake.”

In the interview taped Sunday and set to air today with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Sterling says he’s “not a racist,” he loves the league, his partners and believes he’s “entitled to one mistake” after more than three decades as an owner.

The interview came nearly two weeks after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for his comments, fined him $2.5 million and urged the other league owners to force him to sell the team.

Sterling’s estranged wife gave her first interview since the ban. Shelly Sterling said she would fight to keep her 50 percent ownership stake in the Clippers and plans one day to divorce Donald Sterling.

“I don’t know why I should be punished for what his actions were,” Shelly Sterling said, according to a short story that ABC News posted Sunday with excerpts from her conversation with Barbara Walters.

To add to the intrigue, Miami Heat superstar LeBron James said NBA players believe nobody in the Sterling family should be able to own the Clippers.


Hamilton, Rosberg extend 1-2 string

In Montmelo, Spain, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg sped away to their fourth straight one-two finish at the Spanish Grand Prix in a dominant performance that does not bode well for the rest of the Formula One field.


OSU lineman tops Colts free agents

The Colts signed 19 undrafted free agents including former Ohio State offensive lineman Marcus Hall. Other signees include: cornerbacks Qua Cox, Kameron Jackson, Keon Lyn and Darius Polk; defensive linemen Tyler Hoover, Zach Kerr and Nnamdi Obukwelu; offensive linemen Jonotthan Harrison, Eric Pike and Josh Walker; quarterback Seth Lobato; safety Dewey McDonald; receivers Gregory Moore, Eric Thomas, Tony Washington; kicker Cody Parkey; tight end Erik Swoope; and running back Zurlon Tipton.

N. Illinois QB signs with Bears

Chicago signed nine undrafted free agents, highlighted by former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. The other players are defensive tackles Brandon Dunn and Lee Pegues, offensive guards Ryan Groy and James Dunbar; linebackers Tana Patrick Christian Jones and Devekeyan Lattimore; and offensive tackle Cody Booth


Bruins forward fined $2,800

Boston forward Shawn Thornton was fined more than $2,800 for squirting water from the bench at Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban in the final minute of their playoff game Saturday.


Fighter in hospital after Ohio bout

In Cincinnati, mixed martial arts fighter Erick Silvawas taken out on a stretcher at the end of a fight and then to a Cincinnati hospital for evaluation.


Mastodons lose In Summit final

IPFW lost 12-5 in the Summit League championship winner-takes-all final game against North Dakota State in Fargo, North Dakota, on Sunday. The Mastodons’ Larissa Franklin, Alex Bousquet, Ashleigh Bousquet and Miranda Kramer were named to the all-tournament team.


Gatlin clocks 10.02 to win 100 in Tokyo

In Tokyo, Justin Gatlin won the men’s 100 meters at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix in a time of 10.02 seconds.


Nadal wins Madrid; Sharapova rallies

Rafael Nadal won his fourth Madrid Open title after Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw with an injury when trailing 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 in the final. Earlier, Maria Sharapova bounced back from a poor start to defeat Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the women’s title.

Around the courts

Novak Djokovic is ready to return from the right wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the Madrid Open a week ago. … Andy Murray is taking his time finding a coaching replacement for the departed Ivan Lendl because he wants to find a long-term solution.


Superintendent’s name misspelled

Because of a reporting error, the name of the Fort Wayne Country Club course superintendent was misspelled on Sunday’s Recreation page. The correct spelling is Brian Chalifoux.