FROM Jill Painter
Clippers Sell for $2 Billion to Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Donald Sterling owned the NBA Clippers franchise for 30 years — not any more. A court order today confirmed the sale of the team by Sterling’s wife Shelly to Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft. The selling price of the Clippers was $2 billion — three and a half times the amount it was recently valued by Forbes magazine.
NBA Goes All In on Pushing Clippers Owner Out Today NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. Silver also said that an investigation has confirmed that the man speaking in the recording was indeed Sterling.
How About Them Clippers, Lakers, and Kings? The Dodgers and Lakers have made LA a great sports town, but the Dodgers aren’t playing and the Lakers are losing. Last year, the Los Angeles Kings stunned the world of ice hockey by winning the Stanley Cup, and this year, the Clippers have one of the top records in the National Basketball League. It’s all about the Clippers and the Stanley-Cup winning Kings. So what's happening with the Lakers? We talk sports.
LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and a Comeback for the Ages Last night in Memphis, Tennessee, the LA Clippers were behind the Grizzlies by 24 points with just nine minutes remaining. Their first game of the first round of the NBA playoffs looked like a snooze -- and then something amazing happened. After a run of 26 points to one, the Clippers managed a one-point victory. Jill Painter was there for the Daily News .
The Lakers Look Doomed Just 24 seconds before last night's loss to the Mavericks came to an end, Laker forward Ron Artest delivered a forearm shot to the face of J.J Barea. Today, Artest was suspended for the next game, which will be in Dallas, with the Lakers down two games to none. Jill Painter is a sports columnist for the Daily News .
Dodgers Start the New Season under a Cloud Last Thursday's opening day helped reinforce the reputation of Dodger Stadium as home to the "worst crowd" in baseball. Forty-two year old paramedic Bryan Stow, the father of two, is comatose and in critical condition. A Giants fan, wearing team clothing in the parking lot after the game, Stow was knocked to the ground and kicked hard enough to fracture his skull and cause brain damage. His family says they're hearing from well-wishers all over the country.
Tiger Woods Pulls Out of His Own Tournament The world's most recognized athlete won't be at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks this week after all. Tiger Woods says he's sorry to miss what he's certain will be “an outstanding event.” But injuries from a single-vehicle fender-bender outside his home in Florida will prevent him from hosting the Chevron World Challenge . Jill Painter is sports columnist for the Daily News .
In the NBA Finals, It's Kobe vs... Dwight Howard? When the basketball finals finally begin tomorrow night at the Staples Center, fans won't see a confrontation between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James . Instead of the Cleveland Cavaliers , the Lakers will face the Orlando Magic and their budding superstar, Dwight Howard . Jill Painter is a sports columnist at the Daily News .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.