AP Source: Former Microsoft CEO wins Clippers bid

TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press Published:

LOS ANGELES -- Shelly Sterling reached an agreement Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion in what would be a record deal if approved by the NBA, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations.

The individual, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA.

Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale after her husband, Donald Sterling, made racist remarks that were made public. The remarks included Sterling telling girlfriend V. Stiviano not to bring blacks to Clippers games, specifically mentioning Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. Donald Sterling must also approve the final agreement as a 50 percent owner.

• Basketball

Cavs interviewing pair: A person with knowledge of the talks says the Cavaliers are interviewing Los Angeles Clippers assistants Tyronn Lue and Alvin Gentry for their coaching job.

The Cavs are meeting with Lue on Thursday and Gentry on Friday.

Pacer duo fined: Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers were fined for flopping in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Stephenson was fined $10,000 for his second violation of the playoffs. Hibbert was fined $5,000.

• Football

Three counts for Lewan: Top Tennessee Titans draft pick Taylor Lewan punched an Ohio State fan, according to his ex-girlfriend and an alleged victim.

Lewan, a former offensive lineman at Michigan, was charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery after a confrontation with two Ohio State fans after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines last season.

Launch campaign: The Washington Redskins launched a Twitter onslaught at Sen. Harry Reid in their campaign to keep the team's name.

The Redskins instructed fans to tweet the Nevada Democrat to show their "RedskinsPride" and "tell him what the team means to you."

Fans did just that -- but not always in a manner the Redskins would have preferred. Many told Reid they support his efforts to change the name. Soon, both "RedskinsPride" and "changethename" were trending in the D.C. area.

Browns hire VP: The Browns have hired Morocco Brown to serve as their vice president of player personnel.

Brown spent the past six seasons as director of pro personnel for the Redskins.

• Elsewhere

Nadal now 61-1: Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal improved his French Open record to 61-1 by beating big-hitting Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.

Other seeded men to advance included No. 5 David Ferrer, No. 7 Andy Murray and No. 12 Richard Gasquet. For the women, No. 4 Simona Halep, No. 5 Petra Kvitova, No. 6 Jelena Jankovic, No. 10 Sara Errani, No. 11 Ana Ivanovic and No. 15 Sloane Stephens all moved on.

Tide, Kentucky winners: Jaclyn Traina threw a one-hitter, and Peyton Grantham and Jadyn Spencer both homered in second-seeded Alabama's 6-2 victory over defending national champion Oklahoma on Thursday night in the opening round of the Women's College World Series. Kelsey Nunley threw a one-hitter, Lauren Cumbess homered and had an RBI double and Kentucky won the first WCWS game in program history, beating Louisiana-Lafayette 4-1.

Rangers win series: Dominic Moore scored in the second period, Henrik Lundqvist bounced back from his worst performance in the playoffs and the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Thursday night to advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

Brothers share trophy: Native American brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson, the Albany stars who each broke the Division I lacrosse record for most points in a season, are co-winners of the Tewaaraton Award.

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