Judge OKs $2 billion sale of Clippers

Associated Press photo by Nick Ut 00 With her attorney Pierce O'Donnell, right, Shelly Sterling, center, talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA basketball team, outside Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.

LOS ANGELES — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the … Continue reading →

Southeastern La. golfer Bradley wins tournament

MONROE — Southeastern Louisiana University sophomore golfer Eamon Bradley earned a 3 and 2 final-round victory over Corbin Renner to win the W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational, which wrapped up Sunday at the Bayou DeSiard Country Club. Bradley is the second Lion to claim an individual amateur title this summer. SLU junior Grady Brame, … Continue reading →

Morris Claiborne ready to prove worth

Associated Press photo by Gus RuelasCowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne guards teammate Dez Bryant during training camp Friday in Oxnard, Calif.

OXNARD, Calif. — Morris Claiborne got on Terrance Williams’ nerves the minute the competition started at training camp for the Dallas Cowboys. The third-year cornerback pulled and grabbed the receiver aggressively enough to prompt a heated, facemask-to-facemask exchange that ended with a shove. Claiborne had already told reporters he was ready to prove he … Continue reading →

Peyton Manning ‘dance’ shows he’s not all business

Associated Press photoDenver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning pulls off his helme tat training camp in Englewood, Colo., on Friday.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning isn’t all business all the time. The star quarterback showed his lighter side Monday when he did a dorky dance during the team stretch when “Rocky Top” was blared through the loudspeakers at the Denver Broncos’ training camp. While Manning was dancing to the unofficial anthem of his Tennessee Volunteers, … Continue reading →

Kyle Rudolph expecting big year after pay raise

Associated Press photo by Charlie NeibergallVikings tight end Kyle Rudolph laughs with teammates during training camp Monday.

MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have pledged to make Kyle Rudolph a larger part of their offense for, well, his whole career. Now this enhanced role is almost inevitable: He’s carrying 15 fewer pounds this season and playing for a lot more money. “It’s an honor to know that they have the faith … Continue reading →

Broadcast Highlights for Tuesday, July 29

Today’s broadcast highlights TV MAJOR LEAGUE baseball 7 p.m., Yankees at Rangers, FS1 7 p.m., Rockies at Cubs, WGN youth baseball Noon, Dizzy Dean 8-under semis, CST WNBA 7 p.m., Chicago at San Antonio, ESPN2 9 p.m., L.A. at Phoenix, ESPN2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon, Conference Media Day, … Continue reading →

Fitzgerald: Union push helped unify Northwestern

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald talks to the media during the Big Ten football media days Monday July 28, 2014, Sports Time Schedule/Planner     

CHICAGO — No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize. Fitzgerald said he’s “proud of the maturity” his players displayed the past few months. As the Big Ten opened its annual … Continue reading →

Jeff Gordon eyeing fifth title after big Brickyard win

Jeff Gordon celebrates after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS — Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels. He was the “Wonder Boy” who racked up wins at a record pace. He brought the southern sport to Madison Avenue and became such a household name that even rapper Nelly name-dropped Gordon in a song. … Continue reading →

Timberwolves, Mo Williams agree to $3.75 million contract

MINNEAPOLIS — Mo Williams is on his way to Minnesota, which means J.J. Barea could be on his way out. The Timberwolves and Williams agreed to a $3.75 million, one-year contract, the player’s agency, Priority Sports, announced Monday. The agreement gives the Timberwolves an experienced and versatile combo guard to play behind Ricky Rubio. … Continue reading →

Marketing pact an obstacle for U.S.

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2-13 file photo, U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman Larry Probst listens during a news conference in Park City, Utah. If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington are picked as a candidate to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee might not feel like a winner right away. One of its first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorship cash to the winning city's new organizing committee.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington is picked to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee will pay the price for winning. One of its first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorships to the victorious city’s newly formed organizing committee. It’s one of those costly … Continue reading →

Sports Briefs for Tuesday, July 29

Loyola’s Giorlando announces retirement Director of Athletics and Wellness and men’s basketball coach Dr. Michael Giorlando announced his retirement from Loyola University New Orleans on Monday to pursue a professional opportunity in dentistry. Associate Athletic Director Brett Simpson will be promoted to Director of Athletics and Wellness, while assistant basketball coach Stacy Hollowell will be … Continue reading →

Frank Thomas, Joe Torre lead Hall of Fame class

National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Tom Glavine, left, Bobby Cox and Greg Maddux, right, hold their plaques after an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech, and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats. Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa … Continue reading →

Willie Colon practices with Jets

Associated Press photoNew York Jets guard Willie Colon

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The New York Jets activated starting right guard Willie Colon from the active/physically unable to perform list, and he practiced for the first time at training camp on Sunday. Colon had offseason arthroscopic knee surgery in late May. He was in full pads and participating in some drills Sunday after missing the … Continue reading →

Scott Wilfong birdies No. 18 to win BR Amateur

As the final holes played out at the Baton Rouge Amateur on Sunday afternoon, all signs pointed toward a sudden-death playoff for the third consecutive year. Scott Wilfong and Peyton McCulloch both reached the par-5 18th at Santa Maria golf course tied for the lead at 1-over-par. Playing one group behind, defending champion Scott Haynie also came to … Continue reading →

Byron Scott to become Lakers coach

FILE - In this April 17, 2013, file photo, then-Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott watches an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Los Angeles Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday, July 27, 2014, that no deal has been reached. Scott, who won three NBA titles as a shooting guard for the Lakers, told KCBS-TV he will take over the club, which hasn't had a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days. Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday that no deal has been reached. Scott, who won … Continue reading →

Tim Clark rallies past Jim Furyk to win Canadian Open

Associated Press photo by Paul Chiasson -- Tim Clark, from South Africa, celebrates with his 3-year-old son, Jack, after winning the Canadian Open on Sunday in Montreal.

MONTREAL — Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Clark closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship. Furyk, … Continue reading →

Jeff Gordon wins fifth crown at Brickyard

Associated Press photo by Robert Baker -- Jeff Gordon kisses the bricks after winning the Brickyard 400.

INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he were 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor … Continue reading →

Sports Briefs for Monday, July 28

LSU’s Martin wins gold at World Junior meet EUGENE, Ore. — After earning a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter final on Friday night, Lady Tiger freshman Jada Martin struck gold as a member of Team USA’s winning 4x100-meter relay as she ran the third leg that clocked a world junior-leading 43.46 seconds at the 2014 … Continue reading →

Tarpons plentiful at Grand Isle

Advocate staff photo by John Ballance -- Arthur Cook Jr., of Lake Charles, shows off his red snapper weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces takes second place Saturday at International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

GRAND ISLE — There are as many ways to celebrate the three days of the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo as there are fishermen who annually enter the country’s oldest continuous saltwater fishing event. That’s about 1,200 this year. Despite a spectacular run on tarpon — there were 10 caught over the … Continue reading →

Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo Report

Advocate staff photo by John BallanceThe tails of the five redfish in the record-setting stringer caught by Jerry Larpenter.

GRAND ISLE — Saturday’s final leaderboard from the three-day 94th-annual Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo with categories, anglers, their hometowns (when available; boat name in the Tag & Release divisions) and weight of catch in pounds and ounces (the Redfish Stringer category is the total weight of five redfish measuring less than 27 inches long but longer than 16 … Continue reading →

Lewis: Ed Orgeron set to enjoy autumn away from coaching

Associated Press file photo by Damian Dovarganes -- Southern California  interim coach Ed Orgeron directs practice last season in Los Angeles. Denied the Trojans' full-time job, Orgeron will spend this fall at home with his family in Mandeville.

Ed Orgeron is celebrating his 53rd birthday Sunday. But for only the second time in the past 40 years, the occasion comes without Orgeron’s being part of a football team, either as a player or a coach. The recruiter extraordinaire, an assistant on four national championship teams, the one time head coach at Ole Miss and, … Continue reading →

Many surprises at BR Amateur

Most of the top seeds took care of business during the first day of play at the Baton Rouge Amateur championship, but, as always, there were surprises. Cole Arseneault, the 62nd seed and one of the last players to make it into the field, upset two higher seeded players to advance to the round of 16. … Continue reading →

Sports Briefs for Sunday, July 27

LSU’s Nistrup ties for ninth in tournament ESTONIA — LSU women’s golfer Caroline Nistrup put together a second no-bogey round to shoot 3-under 69 to close out the European Women’s Amateur Championship in a tie for ninth place. Nistrup, representing Denmark, posted a three-birdie round with 15 pars to finish the 72-hole event at … Continue reading →

Broadcast Highlights for Sunday, July 27

TODAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS TV MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon, Blue Jays at Yankees, TBS 6 p.m., A’s at Rangers, FSNO 7 p.m., Dodgers at Giants, ESPN BASKETBALL 3 p.m., Adidas Super 64, ESPNU CYCLING 8 a.m., Tour de France-Stage 21, NBCSP 1 p.m., Tour de France wrap-up, NBC NFL 9:30 p.m., Cowboys camp, FSNO FISHING 9 a.m., High School Bass, … Continue reading →

Ben Roethlisberger OK with waiting for new deal

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, left, signs autographs for fans after the first practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Latrobe, Pa., on Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo)

PITTSBURGH — There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks. And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever. Yet at … Continue reading →

Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart not worried about latest injury

Carolina Panthers' DeAngelo Williams, left, and Jonathan Stewart, center, talk with coach Ron Rivera during  NFL football practice at training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart isn’t concerned about his latest injury limiting his effectiveness this season. The six-year NFL veteran is expected to miss about two weeks of training camp after pulling his hamstring while running sprints earlier this month. “It’s definitely frustrating, but it’s nothing that I’m really too … Continue reading →

Colts’ Vick Ballard, 49ers’ Kendall Hunter out for season

Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard makes a catch during the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Friday, July 25, 2014.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

ANDERSON, Ind. — Colts running back Vick Ballard spent 10 months working his way back from serious injury. Now he has to do it again. On Saturday, coach Chuck Pagano confirmed Indianapolis’ worst fear — that Ballard tore his left Achilles’ tendon and will need season-ending surgery. “It’s heartbreaking for me, man. Vick’s a brother to me,” … Continue reading →

Joe Garagiola honored by Baseball Hall of Fame

Roger Angell of The New Yorker speaks after receiving the J.G. Taylor Spink Award during a ceremony at Doubleday Field on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Joe Garagiola couldn’t make the festivities in person. He wasn’t about to miss being part of a special moment. The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum held its annual awards presentation Saturday on the outfield grass of nearby Doubleday Field, honoring the 88-year-old Garagiola with the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award. … Continue reading →

HOF cuts election eligibility to 10 years

Former Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux sits in a cart during a baseball Hall of Fame golf outing at Leatherstocking Golf Course on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. He will be inducted into the hall on Sunday, along with other class of 2014 members Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday. The Hall of Fame’s board cut a player’s eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers’ … Continue reading →

Kevin Harvick captures pole for Brickyard 400

Kevin Harvick, left, is congratulated by Kurt Busch after winning the pole for the Brickyard 400 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS — The season-long rivalry between Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske heads into the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Kevin Harvick will try to crash their party. Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski swept the top three spots in qualifying, setting up what could be a showdown between the most dominant teams so … Continue reading →

Vincenzo Nibali poised to win Tour de France title

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, strains during the twentieth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time-trial over 54 kilometers (33.6 miles) with start in Bergerac and finish in Perigueux, France, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PERIGUEUX, France — Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday. Nibali all but ensured he will be crowned Tour champion for the first time thanks to winning the last mountain stage on … Continue reading →

Jim Furyk grabs lead at Canadian Open

Associated Press photo by Paul ChiassonJim Furyk  lines up a putt on the 14th hole during the third round at the Canadian Open on Saturday.

MONTREAL — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, had a 15-under 195 total after opening with rounds of 67 and 63. He … Continue reading →

VooDoo fall in overtime in season finale

In a game with multiple ties and fourth-quarter momentum changes, the San Antonio Talons eventually defeated the New Orleans VooDoo 38-35 at the Smoothie King Center. Garrett Lindholm kicked a 21-yard field goal with no time left in overtime to give the Talons (3-15) a season-ending two-game winning streak. “First of all, I’m proud of our … Continue reading →

Patrick Rodriguez lands top tarpon in wild finish

GRAND ISLE — In a mad rush to beat the 6 p.m. Saturday weigh-in deadline, the leader board for the 2014 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo was turned over as many as five times in the final hours of one of the most fish-rich rodeos in 10 years. In the best tarpon catch in five … Continue reading →

Bucs, ex-Saints lineman Carl Nicks agree to part ways

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Clinton McDonald, left, J.B. Shugarts, second from left, Gerald McCoy (93) and Matthew Masifilo (65) jog on the field during NFL football training camp in Tampa, Fla., Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

TAMPA, Fla. — Carl Nicks has abandoned his bid to get back on the field with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team and injured two-time Pro Bowl guard mutually agreed Friday to “part ways” after two disappointing seasons in which the 29-year-old offensive linemen appeared in just nine games after signing a five-year, $47.5 million contract … Continue reading →

Broadcast highlights for Saturday, July 26

TV MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 p.m., Nationals at Reds, FS1 6 p.m., Indians at Royals, FS1 6 p.m., White Sox at Twins, WGN 7 p.m., A’s at Rangers, FSNO CYCLING 7 a.m., Tour de France-Stage 20, NBCSP ARENA FOOTBALL 7 p.m., San Antonio at VooDoo, Pelican CFL 9 p.m., Toronto at Saskatchewan, ESPN2 GOLF 11 a.m., Senior British Open, … Continue reading →

Jim Furyk charges into tie at Canadian Open

Associated Press photo by Paul ChiassonJim Furyk salutes the crowd after putting out on the ninth hole during second round of the Canadian Open on Friday.

MONTREAL — Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday in the Canadian Open to match the Royal Montreal record at 7-under 63 and tie Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, matched Petrovic at 10-under 130 on … Continue reading →