Sports Headlines - July 29

Judge rules in favor of Shelly Sterling to sell Clippers

After a long court battle, it is now official that Shelly Sterling does have the ability to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.

A judge ruled against Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday I his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Shelly Sterling, who reportedly burst into tears when the ruling came down. She then told reporters that the ruling would be a good thing for the city, for the league, for her family and for the team.

Levanas said Shelly negotiated a good deal for the Clippers and had the authority to remove  her husband as a trustee of the trust that owns the team after two doctors determined he had signs of Alzheimer’s disease and was incapable of making business decisions.

Also, under the ruling, Donald Sterling can’t delay the sale from going forward as he appeals the case.
The judge must still file the ruling in writing, but it seems as if there are no more hurdles between Shelly Sterling and the sale of the team to Ballmer.

Blake Griffin withdraws from Team USA for back fracture
It was announced yesterday that forward Blake Griffin was diagnosed with a back fracture and withdrew from Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup.

The Oklahoma native is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, but was advised by doctors to give his back time to heal before the start of the NBA season.

Griffin joins Kevin Love as members of Team USA that have withdrawn from the FIBA World Cup team, leaving the front court a little thin. Their departure prompted the late addition of Atlanta’s Paul Millsap.

Jordan is 'cool' with Lebron using No. 23

Michael Jordan has now said he is “cool” with Lebron James using the number 23 on his return to Cleveland.
Sports news outlets talked with Jordan on Monday who said he is fine with James taking on the iconic number, saying he doesn’t own a number.

James wore the number 23 when he originally played with the Cavs and solidified a true homecoming by announcing on twitter over the weekend he would be wearing the same number when he returns.

Ironically, James said when he switched his number to 6 on his move to Miami, he would start a petition to retire 23 permanently to honor Jordan, saying “If I’m not going to wear No. 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it.”

Kent Richards