Sports briefs 7-29-14: Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press Published:

LOS ANGELES -- Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks.

Shelly Sterling sought the probate judge's approval to ink the deal after taking over the family trust that owns the team because doctors found Donald Sterling had signs of Alzheimer's disease and couldn't manage his affairs.

The judge said Shelly Sterling had negotiated a good deal and the removal of her husband as a co-trustee was in good faith and not part of a secret plan to seize the team.

An unusual provision of the ruling bars Donald Sterling from seeking a court-ordered delay of the sale as he appeals. His lawyers plan to seek permission from an appellate court to file an appeal.

• Basketball

Scott confirmed: The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Byron Scott is their new coach, finally making the long-anticipated announcement in a news release.

Scott was to be introduced at a news conference Tuesday at the Lakers' training complex.

Scott told reporters during the weekend he had been hired by the Lakers, who have been without a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30. Scott is the 25th head coach in the 16-time NBA champions' franchise history.

LeBron homecoming: LeBron James' Ohio hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron were released Monday and were gone within hours.

Akron spokeswoman Stephanie York won't divulge how many tickets were offered but says demand was overwhelming. She says organizers hope to make more available.

Williams to T-Wolves: Mo Williams is on his way to Minnesota, which means J.J. Barea could be on his way out.

The Timberwolves and Williams have agreed to a $3.75 million, one-year contract, the player's agency, Priority Sports, announced.

• Football

Pinkston not cleared: The Browns say offensive guard Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared to practice.

The team and Pinkston's agents released a joint statement Monday saying the four-year veteran has been in communication with the Browns. The team says it will respect Pinkston's privacy and not provide further details "at this time."

Pinkston started 16 games as a rookie in 2011. The next year he was sidelined with blood clots in his lungs, threatening his career.

Eagles brawl: For the second straight day a fight broke out between an offensive and defensive player at Philadelphia Eagles training camp.

Cornerback Bradley Fletcher took on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin one day after linebacker Trent Cole got into it with All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy.

Maclin walked off the field and declined to speak to reporters. He looked angry about the fight.

• Elsewhere

Archer not mad: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn't mad at David Ortiz.

A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases following a home run off him, Archer had more thoughts about Big Papi's style.

"I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat," Archer said Monday.

Wings sign Tatar: The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a three-year contract with Tomas Tatar after the left wing was second on the team in goals last season.

Tatar's deal is worth $2.75 million per year. The 23-year-old forward had 19 goals and 20 assists in 73 games.

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