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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 1: Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling and Rochelle Sterling, attend a game against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center on April 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2. In an exclusive interview Thursday with The Associated Press, she offered details about negotiating one of the richest deals in sports after her husband's racist rant to a girlfriend prompted the NBA to ban him for life and force him to give up the team. ''I just did what I had to do.'' For a half-century, Shelly Sterling had worked in her husband's shadow, renovating and decorating their real-estate properties while he built a business empire. ''He said I want to come see you immediately.'' She put him off until the next day and quickly called a girlfriend to find out who he was.


NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, right, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly and speak to reporters on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in New York. The NHL has rejected the players' latest offer for a labor deal and negotiations have broken off at least until the weekend. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The NHL insists expansion is not imminent.


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Injured Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is being sent back to New York because of general soreness in his right arm, a setback in his bid to rejoin the rotation this season. ''There's obviously concern, but I think we play it out this week to see where we're at,'' manager Joe Girardi said before Friday night's game at Toronto.


San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) sits on the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won't be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers' game against the New Orleans Saints. ''Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team,'' 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.


Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette, right, hands off the ball to running back Ralph Webb (26) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Temple on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brian Powers)

The Southeastern Conference says miscommunication led to Vanderbilt wearing jerseys that violated NCAA uniform regulations and that the Commodores have agreed not to wear the ''Anchor Down'' slogan again. The SEC issued a statement Friday after Vanderbilt wore the slogan in place of players' names in Thursday night's 37-7 loss to Temple. Vanderbilt asked the NCAA for approval and ordered the jerseys after getting approval of the submitted design. Officials announced in the second quarter that Vanderbilt would be charged a timeout for each quarter the Commodore wore the jerseys and reversed themselves later after being told the uniforms had been approved.


FILE - In this March 27, 1971, file photo, Villanova University basketball coach Jack Kraft, left, congratulates UCLA coach John Wooden after Wooden's Bruins defeated Villanova, 68-62, to win the NCAA championship in Houston, Texas. Villanova officials say former head basketball coach John

Jack Kraft, the Villanova basketball coach who guided the Wildcats to the 1971 NCAA title game and coached such players as Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni and Howard Porter, has died. ''Coach Kraft was a winner, a gentleman and an outstanding coach,'' coach Jay Wright said. They stayed in touch with him until his final days.'' In addition to Jones, Melchionni and Porter, Kraft coached such standouts as Jim Washington, Johnny Jones, Fran O'Hanlon, Chris Ford, Hank Siemontkowski and Tom Ingelsby.

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