Clippers Sale Trial Testimony Closes
FILE - In this May 13, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) reacts to a call during an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Barnes is asking for the publics help to track down the man police say killed his aunt in Northern California. Barnes took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of 51-year-old Michael Williams of Sacramento to call police. (AP Photo, File)
Los Angeles — 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 arguments on Monday.
Mavs’ Felton Pleads In Gun Case
New York — Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a New York gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail.
Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He admitted he knowingly had a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a semi-automatic pistol without a license.
He was immediately sentenced to 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Rebold said Felton will be allowed to do the service outside New York.
Player Seeks Aid In Aunt’s Death
Sacramento, Calif. — Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes is asking for the public’s help to track down the man police say killed his aunt in Northern California.
Barnes took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts Tuesday, asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of 51-year-old Michael Williams of Sacramento to call police.
Barnes also posted photos of Williams on his accounts. Williams is married to Barnes’ aunt, 48-year-old Tanganyika Williams.
Sacramento police say Michael Williams is suspected of fatally stabbing his wife. Her body was found lying on a street July 8.
Hornets Add Point Guard
Charlotte, n.c. — The Hornets announced they’ve signed free agent point guard Brian Roberts.
Roberts, who spent the last two seasons with the Pelicans, is expected to backup Kemba Walker in Charlotte this season.
The 6-foot-1 Roberts started 42 games last season averaging 9.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game.
He shot 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. Prior to joining New Orleans, he spent the 2008-09 season with Galil Gilboa in Israel’s Winner League and then played for Brose Baskets in Germany’s BBL from 2009-12.
Suns Re-sign Tucker
Phoenix — The Phoenix Suns re-signed forward P.J. Tucker to a multiyear contract Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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.
The former University of Texas player spent his rookie season with Toronto in 2006-07, then played in Germany, Puerto Rico, Italy, Greece, Israel and the Ukraine before joining the Suns.
“P.J. is one of the most rugged competitors in the entire league,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said in a statement released by the team. “We love his passion and his fire. We are happy that he will remain in a Suns uniform for the foreseeable future.”