NEW YORK (AP) NBA owners seem as committed as Commissioner Adam Silver to ending Donald Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The league’s advisory/finance committee held its first meeting about Sterling on Thursday, two days after Silver said he would urge owners to force a sale of the team.
The 10-member committee held a conference call to discuss ”the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers,” NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a statement.
”The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week.”
Silver banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million Tuesday for making racist comments. Sterling can have no association with the league or the team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – An attorney representing the woman Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks said that the hour-long conversation was taped by mutual agreement last September and provided to a friend for safekeeping, who leaked it to TMZ.
V. Stiviano sent two snippets of the conversation, recorded in her Los Angeles duplex, to a friend who released them without her permission, lawyer Siamak Nehoray said. He would not identify the friend.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP resigned following outrage over a decision he later reversed to give Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for promoting civil rights.
Leon Jenkins was to honor Sterling later this month, but rescinded that offer Monday after a recording surfaced over the weekend on which Sterling disparaged black men.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kevin Durant’s mom had a bone to pick with the Oklahoman after the newspaper printed a sports page headline that read ”Mr. Unreliable” over a photo of the Thunder star.
Durant’s mother, Wanda Pratt, came to her son’s defense on Twitter: ”UNBELIEVABLE!! KEVIN is RELIABLE!!!”
Durant scored 36 points in Game 6 to lead the Thunder to a 104-84 win over the Memphis Grizzlies that forced a Game 7 in Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Wizards say the NBA has investigated a person who threatened the team on Twitter during its first-round series against the Chicago Bulls.
Center Marcin Gortat said there was ”one gentleman who really threatened us, actually made some terrorist threats to us.”
Gortat, who is from Poland, said that ”he was saying there was a bomb on the plane and stuff, that my country’s going to get bombed and all my family’s going to die, just stuff like that.”
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was indicted in an alleged jail assault in February and an alleged threat at the jail last November.
The Bristol County district attorney’s office said Hernandez was indicted on charges of assault and battery and threats to do bodily harm. The statement said the alleged assault occurred Feb. 25 at the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth, and the alleged threat occurred there on Nov. 1.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Eli Manning will miss all of the New York Giants’ spring activities.
General manager Jerry Reese said that Manning’s left ankle surgery will keep him ”out of spring ball.”
”We will not rush him back,” Reese said. ”We want him for the summer – that’s most important to us.”
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) – Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to assault charges stemming from an incident with his then-girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino elevator. His lawyer said Rice is ”ashamed” and ”sorry” about his conduct but would not specify exactly what Rice did.
After the five-minute court hearing, Rice applied for New Jersey’s pretrial intervention program, which allows for charges to be dismissed against first-time offenders who participate in the program and meet certain conditions. The county prosecutor will decide whether Rice is allowed to enter the program.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) – The Browns signed free agent quarterback Vince Young, who hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011.
Young was given a tryout this week at Browns’ three-day minicamp and showed enough to earn a deal. The team also signed quarterback Tyler Thigpen.
The Denver Broncos exercised their 2015 option on pass-rusher Von Miller.
He now has two years remaining on his rookie deal. He’ll make $3.25 million this upcoming season and $9.754 million in 2015 if he’s on the Broncos roster next March.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The Vancouver Canucks fired John Tortorella one year into the his long-term deal.
The fiery coach signed a five-year contract last summer after being dismissed by the New York Rangers, but went 36-35-11 and failed to reach the playoffs behind the Vancouver bench. Assistant coach Mike Sullivan was also fired.
NEW YORK (AP) – Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux are finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy given to the NHL’s MVP.
The winner will be announced June 24.
TORONTO (AP) – Longtime defenseman Tom Poti is retiring from hockey after 14 NHL seasons.
Poti had 69 goals and 258 assists in 824 regular-season games with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals.
DENVER (AP) – Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left Colorado’s game against the New York Mets in the fourth inning because of a bruised left index finger.
The team characterized Gonzalez’s playing status as day to day.
NEW YORK (AP) – Hall of Fame sports announcer Bob Wolff was honored by the Guinness Book of World Records for having the ”Longest Career as a Broadcaster” in a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
The 93-year-old Wolff, still working for News 12 Long Island, was celebrated on the field before New York played the Seattle Mariners. He has been broadcasting for 74 years, 6 months, 7 days, the Yankees announced.
The giant scoreboard in center field showed black-and-white photos of Wolff at work with an old-fashioned microphone decades ago. In one shot, he was interviewing Babe Ruth.
NEW YORK (AP) – Minor league baseball games will air nationally on the CBS Sports Network cable channel this season.
CBS said that 15 games will be televised this spring and summer. The network can change its schedule if a major league star is set to make a rehab appearance with a minor league affiliate.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Phil Mickelson was entertaining to the very end and finished one shot behind Angel Cabrera in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.
Cabrera played in early, calmer conditions and thrived on the new Bermuda greens at Quail Hollow. He made seven birdies, including a 40-footer from just off the green, and turned in a 6-under 66 that stood as the lead the rest of the day.
Coming off his first missed cut at the Masters in 17 years, Mickelson handled the strong, swirling wind in the afternoon for a 5-under 67, tied with Martin Flores. Mickelson hit only one fairway on the back nine. He bogeyed both par 3s. He chipped poorly and atoned for that with long par putts.
IRVING, Texas (AP) – Suzann Pettersen shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the North Texas LPGA Shootout.
Pettersen had a one-stroke lead over playing partner Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie, Caroline Masson, Christina Kim, Cydney Clanton and Dori Carter.
NEW YORK (AP) – The PGA Championship is going to Trump National in New Jersey.
The PGA of America announced a partnership that will bring the 2022 PGA to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. The Senior PGA Championship will be played at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, in 2017.
The final of European soccer’s No. 2 club tournament will be an all-Iberian matchup, just like in the Champions League.
Benfica and Sevilla will meet in the Europa League final at Turin on May 14, 10 days before Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid play in the Champions League final at Lisbon.
Sevilla, the 2006 and 2007 winner, advanced on 1-0 away goals despite a 3-1 loss at Valencia.
Bentica tied 0-0 at Juventus to advance on 2-1 aggregate.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Walter R. Walsh, who captured gangsters as an FBI agent in the 1930s and went on to train Marine Corps snipers and become the longest-lived Olympian, has died.
Walsh died Tuesday at his home in Arlington, Virginia, his son Gerald Walsh confirmed Thursday. Walsh, who would have turned 107 on Sunday, had suffered a minor heart attack a few weeks ago and his health deteriorated, Gerald Walsh said.
CHICAGO (AP) – Thomas Jaeschke had 24 kills and top-seeded Loyola of Chicago beat fifth-seeded Penn State 3-2 on Thursday night in the NCAA volleyball semifinals.
Third-seeded Stanford beat second-seeded BYU 3-2 in the first semifinal. The championship is Saturday.