HOF inductees enshrined; Sterling's bid to block sale of Clippers denied

JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer Published:

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is welcoming its class of 2014.

Former Golden State star Mitch Richmond was the first to be inducted in a ceremony at Symphony Hall in Springfield on Friday night.

Next up was Gary Williams, who coached Maryland to 11 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and the 2002 national championship.

Former NBA commissioner David Stern was scheduled to be honored later in the ceremony.

NBA star Alonzo Mourning and former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson are also in the class of 2014. The women's team from Immaculata College is also being honored, along with Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis. Former Indiana Pacers coach Bob "Slick" Leonard, the late Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton of the New York Knicks and the late Guy Rodgers of Temple round out the class.

Sterling's bid to block l.a. Clippers sale denied

LOS ANGELES -- Deposed Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has asked an appellate court to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Lawyers for Sterling asked the Second District Court of Appeals on Friday to stay a probate judge's ruling that cleared the way for the sale.

They say the judge prematurely finalized his ruling so the sale can be completed without a chance to appeal.

It was unclear if the appeal would have any effect since the judge barred any delays pending appeal. The sale could conceivably go forward while the appeal makes its way through the courts.

Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks.

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