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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.

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World Cup:

Germany stunned host Brazil with five goals in the first 30 minutes and went on to a shocking 7-1 win to earn a spot in the title game. The result set World Cup records for most goals by one team and largest margin of victory in the semifinals. It was Brazil's worst loss in World Cup play and their first home loss in a competitive match since 1975.


Over on the ice, Los Angeles blanked the Rangers 3-0 in the Stanley Cup finals, giving the Kings a 3-0 series lead. Los Angeles will look to complete a sweep Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.


In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, Los Angeles skated past the Rangers 3-2 in overtime. Game 2 is Saturday at the Staples Center where the Kings will host.

Herbert London: Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is NBA

May 14, 2014

L’affaire Sterling is nearing an end. Almost every sentient human being is aware of Don Sterling’s rancid racist comments. He has been banned from the NBA forever and he is being forced to sell his team, the Los Angeles Clippers. All of this is known. Adam Silver, Commissioner of the NBA, has been heralded for his quick, and “appropriate” action. The legendary Michael Jordan summarized the view of players and owners by noting: “As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. As a fellow player, I am completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed.”


Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling only dug himself into a deeper hole after slamming Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own racist remarks.


Union College men’s baseball team is going to the Division III NCAA tournament for the first time since 1965. This comes after winning the Liberty League title for the first time last Saturday.

The UAlbany softball team is headed the the Division I NCAA tournament on Friday.

Sports Report: LA Clippers Owner Battling Cancer

May 2, 2014

The New York Post reports, Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers recently banned from the NBA and hit with a $2.5 million fine for racist comments, has been battling prostate cancer for an extended period of time.

Keith Strudler: NBA Bans Clippers Owner

Apr 30, 2014

Adam Silver looked about as comfortable as a kid during his Bar Mitzvah. But for Silver, there would be no party at the end or a stack of checks to build his college fund. Just a room full of questions from hungry journalists, any of whom could ask the question that submarined Silver’s legacy before he’s even bought his own office furniture. The stakes were as high as they could be for a league that thrives on dramatic finishes. And Silver was all alone with the ball in his hands.

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Banned for life from the National Basketball Association and a $2.5 million fine: the penalty handed down yesterday by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, who was recorded making racist comments regarding African-Americans. Olden Polynice played 15 years in the NBA, including with the Clippers. Polynice, who is now a guest commentator on Fox Sports News, says he did not have a relationship with Sterling, but there were some disturbing incidents.

Sports Report: LA Clippers Owner Banned From The NBA

Apr 30, 2014

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has given the LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, a lifetime ban and fined him the maximum penalty, $2.5 million, for making racist comments in a recorded conversation. It's the first step toward forcing a sale of the club and permanently removing Sterling from the league.

4/29/14 Panel

Apr 29, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and WAMC Newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Ukraine Sanctions
Grimm Charged
Drone Use
Sterling Update

The NBA has called a news conference later today to make an announcement about the investigation involving the owner of the LA Clippers, Donald Sterling, and a set of racially charged comments attributed to him.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been accused of making discriminatory racial comments in an audio recording released by TMZ. In the recording the man speaking urges his girlfriend not to bring black friends to Clippers games. The NBA and the Clippers are investigating the accusations, including whether the male voice on the recording is in fact Sterling's.