Sports Report: Steve Ballmer Official Owner Of The LA Clippers
Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The NBA team says the sale of the franchise from the Sterling Family Trust has closed.
The transaction was completed after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Family Trust, to sell the franchise. Her husband, Donald Sterling, had unsuccessfully fought the sale of the team he owned since 1981 in court.
In Major League baseball, the Royals' eight-game winning streak is over after Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers, four RBIs and three runs scored in Oakland's 11-3 romp at Kansas City. Former Red Sox Pitcher Jon Lester won for the third time in as many starts since joining the A's, striking out nine and allowing three runs in six innings. The A's stayed 3 ½ games ahead of the Angels in the AL West and kept the AL Central-leading Royals a half-game ahead of Detroit after the Tigers lost to the Pirates 4-2 which puts Pittsburgh within 1 ½ games of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will likely miss at least one start after leaving Monday night's game in Pittsburgh due to a sore right shoulder.
In interleague play, Yoenis Cespedes belted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Boston past Cincinnati 3-2. Elsewhere the Angels defeated Philadelphia 7-2, and the White Sox bested San Francisco 3-2 in 10.
In the American League, the New York Yankees' game against the Orioles in Baltimore was rained out and rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on September 12th. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been diagnosed with a strained right knee after suffering the injury Monday. Meanwhile Seattle doubled up Toronto 6-3, Texas edged Tampa Bay 3-2 in 14, Oakland blew out Kansas City 11-3, and it was Houston over Minnesota 10-4.
In the National League, Washington bested the Mets 7-1, the Dodgers beat Atlanta 4-2, Miami blanked St. Louis 3-0, the Cubs shut out Milwaukee 3-0, and it was San Diego over Colorado 4-1.
Major League Baseball could have a new commissioner as soon as tomorrow. Baseball's 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Bud Selig's replacement. A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and Tim Brosnan, MLB Vice President of Business.
Newschannel 13 is reporting that Larry Collmus will take over for Tom Durkin as the voice of NYRA. Collmus currently calls the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races for NBC. The official announcement is expected to come this morning at 10:30 during a press conference. Durkin is set to retire at the end of the Saratoga meet.
A member of the FCC says the time has come to repeal NFL television blackout rules. Ajit Pai says the FCC needs to "be on the side of sports fans" regarding league rules that prevent games that are not sold out from being broadcast in the home team's market. Pai is one of five FCC commissioners.
In the WNBA, Phoenix beat New York 76-64 and Los Angeles won against Minnesota 71-63.
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