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NEW YORK — Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will "end well" for the league. Stern said his successor, Adam Silver, has been "forceful" but also "demonstrated a compassionate side" in his reaction to the racist remarks that were made by the Los Angeles Clippers owner. Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him for life after the recorded comments became public. Sterling's wife, Shelly, later agreed to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion, a transaction the league believes will close shortly even as Donald Sterling continues trying to fight in court. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 526 words.
AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started. The first stop is Firestone, where Woods is an eight-time winner and the defending champion. After that, he heads to Valhalla Golf Club for the PGA Championship, where he won in 2000 on his way to an unprecedented sweep of the majors. At stake is a chance to extend a season already cut short by back surgery. It's hard to believe that just one year ago, Woods won this World Golf Championship by seven shots for his fifth victory of the year. Not much has gone his way since then, mainly because of back pain that eventually led to surgery on March 31 and kept him out for three months. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 838 words.
Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year's last Grand Slam tournament. The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand. He said in a statement issued by the Toronto tournament that he injured himself Tuesday. In a posting on Facebook, Nadal said he is "disappointed" that he can't play the next two weeks but adds, "I expect to be well for the U.S. Open." By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 373 words.
CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn't mean they're going to surrender the season. Protecting themselves in case the 29-year-old Masterson left as a free agent after the season, the Indians traded the right-hander on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals. In exchange for Masterson, who was scheduled to come off the disabled list later this week, the Indians got minor-league outfielder James Ramsey. The trade could be followed by other moves by the Indians, who entered Wednesday 6 1/2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central and in a scramble with five other teams for the league's second wild-card spot. By Tom Withers. SENT: 635 words.
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LOS ANGELES — Pauley Pavilion, UCLA's storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood. Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the men's and women's basketball teams will play in Pauley this fall, either on a refurbished or new court. The current court cost $500,000, he said. The 49-year-old building containing precious artifacts from the Wooden era was renovated for $136 million less than two years ago. It has hosted some of college basketball's greatest players and moments, and Olympic history, too. By Beth Harris. SENT: 620 words.
MIAMI — One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP. And James never made him think otherwise, Riley said — until roughly the same moment that the entire world was made aware of his plan to go home. Riley made that revelation Wednesday, shortly after the Heat completed the signing of Chris Bosh to a $118 million, five-year contract and essentially wrapped up their roster-rebuilding project for next season, the first of the post-LeBron era in Miami. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 667 words.
LOS ANGELES — Matt Kemp has suddenly found his power, and it's helping keep the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West. Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning after homering in consecutive games for the first time in over a year and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Wednesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory. Los Angeles leads San Francisco by three games. Kemp scored the Dodgers' first two runs of the game, including his 11th homer leading off the second. The Braves had tied it 2-2 on Justin Upton's home run off closer Kenley Jansen leading off the ninth. By Beth Harris. SENT: 778 words.