Sports Headlines - August 13

Cowboys get into brawl with Oakland during practice

Yesterday, during a joint practice between the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders, a couple brief altercations turned into bench-clearing brawls, one of which was mere feet from the fans.

The brawl started when cornerback Morris Claiborne slammed Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera to the ground by the sideline, just a few yards from a section of the crowd. There was an agreement that there would be no tackling in the practice, but Claiborne said he decided to take down Rivera after the tight end lowered his shoulder.

After Claiborne walked over Rivera and celebrated his tackle, Raiders receiver Greg Little rushed in and confronted the cornerback.

Within seconds, Dallas defenders and Oakland offensive players were brawling within reach of the fans.

A second, but much briefer altercation happened, when Raiders player ripped off the helmet of one of the Cowboys players.

Some might see these two fights as embarrassing, but owner Jerry Jones said he saw it as the passion in the players coming out, joking about the strength of Raiders offensive lineman Austin Howard’s uppercut punches.

Romo says he's ready to go, will make on-field debut Saturday

The Star-Telegram reported yesterday that Tony Romo has confirmed he will play on Saturday at AT&T Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens.

This will be Romo’s first on-field action since going down in December of last year, then undergoing back surgery.

Coach Jason Garrett told reporters that Romo has gotten better as camp has progressed and he’s starting to look like his old self.

He will practice today against the Raiders in California, then take Thursday and Friday off before the game on Saturday.

Ballmer takes the reins as Clippers owner... finally

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Ballmer finally has an NBA outlet for his rah-rah displays of emotion as the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The former Microsoft CEO's record $2 billion purchase of the team was confirmed by a Los Angeles judge on Tuesday, clearing the way for the avid pickup basketball player to take over the team from Donald Sterling, who unsuccessfully fought his estranged wife over the sale.

The sale achieves Ballmer's longtime goal of owning a team. He made a bid 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.

Now the man with the booming voice and energetic high-fives, who was Microsoft's biggest booster, has got his own team to share with his wife and three sons.

"We're a family that likes basketball," he told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

Ballmer, who lives in the Seattle area, said he hopes to attend a lot of Clippers games next season. He said interim CEO Dick Parsons has agreed to stay on for the time being.

"That gives me a chance to figure this all out," he said.

Jay Fox