LOS ANGELES – With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning today will focus on whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal.
Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after Donald Sterling’s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as team owner.
In order to do so, she had two doctors examine her 80-year-old husband, and they declared him mentally incapacitated and unable to act as an administrator of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.
Jones wins with pass on final turn
In Winchester, Brandon Jones won in his ARCA Racing Series debut, passing Mason Mitchell on the final turn at Winchester Speedway. The 17-year-old Jones, from Atlanta, made contact with Mitchell on the pass.
Hawksworth out with bruised heart
In Long Pond, Pennsylvania, Jack Hawksworth missed the IndyCar race at Pocono because of a heart bruise. Hawksworth was injured Saturday in an accident during the second practice session.
Win helps Hamilton cut Rosberg’s lead
In Silverstone, England, Lewis Hamilton won a dramatic crash-hit British Grand Prix to cut Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s lead in the drivers’ championship from 29 points to four after the German had his first non-finish of the season.
Force notches 140th NHRA win
In Norwalk, Ohio, John Force raced to his 140th career victory, beating Ron Capps in the Funny Car final in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Antron Brown won in Top Fuel, Erica Enders-Stevens in Pro Stock and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock.
US takes U17 title
In Pilsen, Czech Republic, Lauren Cox scored 20 points and blocked eight shots to help the United States beat Spain 77-75 in the women’s under-17 world championship game.
Free-agent point guard Jordan Farmar agreed to take the Clippers’ bi-annual exception of two years for $4.2 million. Boris Diaw tweeted that he agreed to terms on a new contract with San Antonio, and a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that it’s a three-year contract worth $22 million.
Walsh Jennings ties wins record
Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings tied the women’s record for beach volleyball tournament victories in the United States with 69, teaming with April Ross to win the AVP Milwaukee Open.
Buckeye arrested on cocaine charge
Lorain, Ohio, police say Ohio State University football player Tracy Sprinkle has been arrested on charges of cocaine possession, rioting and failure to disperse after a bar fight in northeast Ohio. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig said that the 19-year-old defensive end was suspended from the team because of the arrest.
Bad back forces Mize out of Open
In Edmond, Oklahoma, Larry Mize withdrew from the U.S. Senior Open on because of a back injury. The tournament starts Thursday at Oak Tree National.
Ex-Purdue player’s match canceled
Former Purdue football player Matt Mitrione’s scheduled mixed-martial arts bout in UFC 175 did not come off Saturday night. His opponent, Stefan Struve, suffered a panic attack in the dressing room before the bout, leading to the cancellation of the fight.
Weidman defends middleweight title
In Las Vegas, Chris Weidman won a unanimous decision over Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 on to retain his middlewieght title. In the co-main event, women’s bamtamwieght champion Ronda Rousey stopped Alexis Davis at 16 seconds of the first round.
At the World Cup
World Cup attendance is set to achieve the second-highest average in tournament history. FIFA says the average crowd after 60 matches in Brazil is 52,762, beating the 52,491 mark for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The four quarterfinals averaged more than 10 million viewers in the United States combined on ABC, ESPN networks and Spanish-language Univision.
Nigeria risking ban over interference
Nigeria officials are not backing down after sacking the entire national football federation leadership, ignoring a FIFA directive and risking an international ban for the African champion.