NBA: Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Shelly Sterling, who had testified early in the trial, was expected to be the final witness, but her husband’s lawyers decided not to call her back to the stand.
Instead, they called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations such as the ones given to Donald Sterling to determine his mental competency and ability to act as owner.
Most of his testimony drew objections from Shelly Sterling’s attorneys, and the judge said he didn’t see how it would help him reach a decision. The trial will not be in session for the rest of the week. The two sides are scheduled to return for closing statements Monday.
• Lewis’ contract canceled: The Mavericks have voided the contract of Rashard Lewis because the free agent forward needs surgery on his right knee.
President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Wednesday the team discovered the need for surgery during a physical. Lewis had signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million.
In other news for Dallas, point guard Raymond Felton has pleaded guilty in his New York gun case. He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.
• Suns re-sign Tucker: The Phoenix Suns re-signed forward P.J. Tucker to a multiyear contract.
Tucker started 81 games last season in his second year with the Suns, averaging career highs of 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 30.7 minutes.
Kluwe calls off suit
MISCELLANY: Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is backing away from his threat to sue the team over alleged discrimination – for now. Kluwe vowed last week to sue because he was unhappy with the team’s resolution of his complaint against special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for alleged anti-gay slurs.
• Williams earns 100m crown: Incoming Florida State freshman Kendal Williams won the 100 meters at the IAAF world junior championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field, besting fellow American Trayvon Bromell.
Williams finished in a personal-best 10.21 seconds, and Bromell followed at 10.28. Williams’ gold was the first for the U.S. at the international track and field event.
• Contador set back: Two-time winner Alberto Contador says he will miss the Spanish Vuelta next month because he will not be fit in time. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider was still dealing with the right shin he broke in a crash that ended his Tour de France on Stage 10.
• Wallace claims second win: Darrell Wallace Jr. won the Mudsummer Classic on the dirt at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, for his second Camping World Truck Series victory of the year. Wallace took the lead from Kyle Larson on the final restart on the half-mile oval and held on for his third career series win.
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