Sports briefs 5-9-14: Shelly Sterling wants to keep Clippers

TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press Published:

LOS ANGELES -- An attorney representing the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling said Thursday that she will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team.

"She will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure of her interest," said Shelly Sterling's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell. "As her lawyers we will fight vigorously to defend her property rights."

O'Donnell also told The Associated Press that Shelly Sterling has been separated from her husband for the last year and is considering divorce.

Last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the NBA for life and urged league owners to force him to sell the team. The move came after a recording surfaced in which Sterling made racist comments.

• Basketball

Spurs up 2-0: The Portland Trail Blazers were clearly rattled by the San Antonio Spurs in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals, and they were almost snake bit before Game 2.

A baby rattlesnake, estimated at about 3 to 4 feet, was discovered in the team's locker room at the AT&T Center about two hours before the game Thursday.

Portland didn't fare any better in the game, losing 114-97 to fall into a 2-0 hole in the seven-game series.

Halfway there: Strange as it sounds, missing shots worked wonders for the Miami Heat.

And after the Brooklyn Nets went nearly 2 minutes -- a basketball eternity -- without the ball down the stretch, the two-time defending NBA champions would soon find themselves two wins from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Nets 94-82 on Thursday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals.

Crawford honored: Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers won the NBA Sixth Man Award, becoming the oldest recipient and the first to do so with different teams.

• Hockey

OT winners: Matt Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Ducks take lead: Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, Corey Perry got his first goal of the series, and Anaheim trimmed Los Angeles' series lead to 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinals.

• Elsewhere

Kaymer ties record: Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer tied the course record with a 9-under 63 to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of The Players Championship.

Along with tying the course record on the Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass, he broke the nine-hole record with a 29. It gave the 29-year-old German a two-shot lead over Russell Henley.

Murray beaten: Andy Murray hit error after error and was eliminated from the Madrid Masters in the third round.

The Wimbledon champion lost to Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-2. Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams had little trouble reaching the quarterfinals.

Opposes ruling: Baylor University President Ken Starr voiced strong opposition Thursday to a regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are technically school employees and thus entitled to collective bargaining rights.

Starr, a former federal judge and prosecutor, said it would be very disruptive if college athletes were allowed to unionize.

Retiring number: The Yankees will retire former manager Joe Torre's No. 6, leaving Derek Jeter's No. 2 as the last single digit in New York's pinstripes.

Torre, Rich Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill also will be honored with plaques in Monument Park.

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