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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivered the swiftest, strongest penalty he could, then called on NBA owners to force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team for making racist comments that hurt the league.

Almost unanimously, owners supported the commissioner Tuesday as he handed down one of the harshest penalties in the history of U.S. sports.

Sterling, 80, is banned for life from any association with the league or the Clippers, and was fined $2.5 million -- the maximum allowable under the NBA constitution. If three-fourths of the other 29 owners agree to Silver's recommendation, Sterling will be forced to sell the team he has owned since 1981.

A message left seeking comment at Sterling's business office hadn't been returned Tuesday afternoon. Team spokesman Seth Burton said in an email that the Clippers had no plans to issue a statement from Sterling on Tuesday, but the franchise released a statement "wholeheartedly" supporting Silver's decision.

• Baseball

Chapman passes test: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw 25 pitches during batting practice on Tuesday, passing the final test before he can begin a rehabilitation stint in the minors.

Chapman might pitch at Class A Dayton on Thursday, his first time in a game since suffering a head injury. He's hoping to be activated after four or five appearances in the minors.

Tribe makes moves: The Cleveland Indians have moved starter Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen and replaced him with Zach McAllister for Wednesday's series finale against the Los Angeles Angels.

Carrasco, in his fifth season with the Indians, --is 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in four starts, allowing 17 earned runs, 24 hits and nine walks in 22 innings.

Harper out: Washington outfielder Bryce Harper had surgery on his injured left thumb and will be out for an extended period of time.

Manager Matt Williams would not commit to a time frame, but said "that time frame is out there" after reports Monday that he would be out until at least July.

• Basketball

Clippers up 3-2: Hours after owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, the Los Angeles Clippers returned to an energized Staples Center and beat Golden State 113-103 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 18 rebounds while Chris Paul scored 20 points for the Clippers.

Wizards advance: John Wall finished with 24 points and Nene scored 20 as Washington clinched the first-round series in five games with a 75-69 win.

Bradley Beal scored 17 points, and the fifth-seeded Wizards advanced in the postseason for just the third time since the 1970s. They will meet Indiana or Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Memphis wins thriller: Mike Miller scored 21 points and Memphis held off Oklahoma City in a record fourth straight overtime game 100-99 to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

Zach Randolph added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who will host Game 6 on Thursday.

Mavs' Blair suspended: Dallas Mavericks center DeJuan Blair was suspended for Game 5 of the first-round series against San Antonio for kicking the Spurs' Tiago Splitter in the head.

• Elsewhere

Philly forces Game 7: Wayne Simmonds scored three goals and Steve Mason stopped 34 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Begay has heart attack: Notah Begay suffered a heart attack last week in Dallas and is expected to make a full recovery, Golf Channel said.

Begay, a 41-year-old analyst for Golf Channel and NBC Sports, was taken Thursday to Methodist Hospital in Dallas where a stent was inserted to unblock his right coronary artery.

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