Sports Report: Steve Ballmer Welcomed To Los Angeles As New Clippers Owner

Aug 19, 2014



Steve Ballmer has introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.

The former Microsoft CEO made his way through the crowd inside Staples Center, exchanging high-fives and clapping furiously as he took the stage Monday.

Ballmer paid a record $2 billion for the team in a sale that was confirmed by a judge last week. The name of disgraced owner Donald Sterling, who controlled the team for 33 years, was never uttered during the rally.

Ballmer assured the crowd that he has no plans to move the team to Seattle, where he lives.


In Major League Baseball, in the American League, the Los Angeles Angels extended its AL West lead to a half-game over Oakland with a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit consecutive RBI doubles. David Ortiz reached base four times with a double, single and two walks for the Red Sox, who have lost three of four after winning four straight. Elsewhere, Baltimore topped the White Sox 8-2, and Kansas City defeated Minnesota 6-4, giving Kansas City a two-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central. The Yankees had a day off and will face Houston at home tonight.

In the National League, the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets, who were held to four hits. Meanwhile, Washington edged Arizona 5-4 in 11, Atlanta won against Pittsburgh 7-3, and St. Louis slid past Cincinnati 6-5 in 10.

In interleague play, Philadelphia beat Seattle 4-1.


In NFL preseason action, Washington beat Cleveland 24-23. Browns head coach Mike Pettine had hoped to name his regular-season starting quarterback by Tuesday, but that was before Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel failed to impress during Cleveland's 24-23 loss to Washington Monday night. Hoyer was just 2 for 6 for 16 yards in five series, and Manziel completed just seven of his 16 throws for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Two weeks after ending his NFL career due to a neck injury, former New York Giants running back David Wilson is turning to track and field. The 23-year-old intends to train in the event with an eye on making the United States team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Wilson competed in the triple jump during high school and at Virginia Tech.

Two influential NFL voices said Monday they likely won't use the term "Redskins" when discussing the franchise. CBS broadcaster and former Giants quarterback Phil Simms says, "my very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game." NBC's Tony Dungy said in an email that "I will personally try not to use Redskins and refer to them as Washington. Personal opinion for me, not the network."


Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist. Nadal and the tournament announced his withdrawal yesterday, a week before the year's last Grand Slam tournament begins. The 27-year-old Spaniard was hurt late last month while practicing on his home island of Mallorca ahead of the North American hard-court circuit.

Ice Skating:

A major ice skating complex planned in the Bronx is getting an assist from a top hockey equipment manufacturer. The Kingsbridge National Ice Center's organizers have announced that Bauer Hockey has agreed to invest $4 million to help develop the facility. Bauer Hockey is owned by Exeter, New Hampshire-based Performance Sports Group. The nine-rink center is expected to open in 2017.

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