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LOS ANGELES---Steve Ballmer officially
became the new owner of the Los Angeles
The team said the record US$2 billion
sale closed after a California court confirmed
the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf
of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the
franchise to the former Microsoft CEO.
Her estranged husband, Donald Sterling,
had unsuccessfully fought the sale of the
team he owned since 1981 in court.
The NBA Board of Governors had pre-
viously approved the sale.
"I am humbled and honoured to be the
new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers,"
Ballmer said in a statement. "Clipper fans
are so amazing. They have remained fiercely
loyal to our franchise through some extraor-
Ballmer was nearly an NBA owner last
year before owners chose to keep the Kings
in Sacramento, rather than allow them to
be sold to a group that included Ballmer
and moved to Seattle.
Adam Streisand, Ballmer s attorney, said
yesterday that Superior Court Judge Michael
Levanas signed the order authorising the
sale even if Donald Sterling s attorneys filed
"We were ready," Streisand said. "Within
minutes, the deal was signed, sealed and delivered."
He said even if Donald Sterling seeks an emergency
order directing the judge to vacate his order, the
attorney is confident an appellate court would agree
that Levanas made the correct decision.
Donald Sterling s attorneys weren t immediately
available to comment.
The sale ends some troubling concerns that had
surrounded the team in recent months.
Doc Rivers would possibly have quit as coach if
Sterling remained the owner, interim CEO Richard
Parsons had testified. All-Star point guard Chris
Paul, who also is president of the Players Association,
might have sat out and convinced other players to
join him. Sponsors who already started to flee after
a recording of Donald Sterling making racist comments
was released might have stayed away for good.
None of that appears to be a problem with Ballmer
taking over what could be a powerhouse team next
season. By agreeing to the record purchase price, he s
already proven he s willing to spend in contrast to
the famously frugal Sterling.
The transaction ends Donald Sterling s run as the
longest-tenured owner in the NBA after 33 years.
After buying the Clippers in 1981, he moved the fran-
chise from San Diego to Los Angeles three years later.
Ballmer said he will be "hardcore" in giving the
team, Rivers, the staff and players the support they
Rivers called it "an amazing new day in Clippers
history," and said he s inspired by Ballmer s passion
for the game. (AP)
ZURICH---Jo Pavey won the first major title in her
career at 40, taking the lead in the last lap to outkick
two Frenchwomen chasing her and claim the gold
medal in the 10,000 metres at the European cham-
After four Olympics and two Commonwealth
Games failed to produce gold, the mother of two
could not be denied on Tuesday to set the crowd at
the Letzigrund alight for a memorable victory.
With eyes closed and teeth gritted in exhaustion,
Pavey finished in 32 minutes, 22.39 seconds, holding
an edge of 1.19 seconds over Clemence Calvin. Laila
Traby took bronze in 32:26.03.
Dafne Schippers successfully started her Cham-
pionships week by cruising into the semifinals of the
100m, the first of three titles the Dutchwoman is
Despite a bad start and a leisurely finish, she crossed
in 11.10 seconds, second only to Myriam Soumare
of France s 11.03. Soumare is expected to be Schippers
toughest opponent for today s title. Defending cham-
pion Ivet Lalova was third-fastest in 11.17.
In the men s 100, Christophe Lemaitre of France
is trying to rekindle the form which earned him a
sprint triple at the 2010 Euros. The defending 100
champion was second-fastest with 10.16 seconds,
trailing countryman Jimmy Vicaut by .10 seconds.
Three Britons, led by Dwain Chambers filled the rest
of the top five qualifiers.
Lemaitre skipped the 200 two years ago to focus
on the Olympics. Now, the Euros are the only thing
on his mind.
Defending champion David Storl of Germany won
the first title of the competition, taking the shot put
with a heave of 21.41 metres, with Spain s Borja Vivas
taking silver behind the double reigning world cham-
pion with 20.86. Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski
took bronze with 20.83.
Today, all eyes will be on Olympic champion Mo
Farah in the 10,000m final, which should be the first
part of another long-distance double for Britain s
best runner. (AP)
in Europe at 40
Clippers sale to Ballmer goes through
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