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 .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?