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How soon until the Clippers are under new management? Probably not long, given the level of interest the team is already getting. According to ESPN Los Angeles, there are already at least six serious bidders to buy the team from Shelly Sterling, who is negotiating the sale of the franchise for her husband, Donald Sterling. Though ESPN did not go in depth as to who the serious bidders were, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is reportedly in the running. Ballmer, who was part of the group that tried to bring the NBA back to Seattle, has expressed interest in owning a team outside of the Pacific Northwest; Shelly Sterling has reportedly said she will not sell the team to an owner looking to relocate. Other potential buyers include a group headed by former All-Star Grant Hill. Sterling may not have long to move the team, as the NBA plans to terminate her husband's ownership of the Clippers at a June 3 hearing. (ESPN Los Angeles)Comment
Any hopes the Timberwolves had of making Memphis' Dave Joerger the team's new head coach were squashed over the weekend, due in large part to Grizzlies owner Robert Pera. According to the Star Tribune, Pera reached out to Joerger on Sunday and told him that Memphis would remain contractually obligated to him for the next two seasons, improving his contract as well. The move came after Joerger spent two and a half hours on Saturday interviewing with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor as the team seeks to replace retired head coach Rick Adelman. The 40-year-old Joerger is a Minnesota native and looked to be on the chopping block as Memphis underwent a wholesale reorganization of its front office after falling in the playoffs to Oklahoma City. However, an inability to agree on compensation for Joerger likely lead to Pera deciding to keep his current head coach. (Star Tribune)Comment
At the very least, Michael Vick is confident in his abilities. In an interview with the New York Daily News last week, Vick said that he believes he can take the Jets to the Super Bowl. "I just feel like I can help any football team, any organization, particularly this football team, get to a Super Bowl," Vick said. "It's tough at this stage of my career because I still feel like I'm a fairly young player and I can still keep up. People make it seem like I'm getting older and things are not the same. I beg to differ." Vick, who was signed in the offseason to a one-year, $5 million deal, will enter the season as the backup to Geno Smith, who started all 16 games for the Jets last season but threw 21 interceptions against just 12 touchdowns. The backup role is nothing new to the 34-year-old Vick, who began last season as the Eagles' starting quarterback but finished the year backing up Nick Foles after a midseason injury. (New York Daily News)Comment
Thunder forward Kevin Durant (right) tries to go around Spurs forward Tim Duncan during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Oklahoma City took down San Antonio, 106-97, to cut the Spurs' series lead to 2-1. (Greg Nelson/SI)
The Rangers edged the Canadiens, 3-2, in overtime on Sunday to increase their lead to 3-1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals. New York can clinch its first Stanley Cup Finals trip since 1994 with a win Tuesday.
Game To Watch
Pacers at Heat, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
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This Day in Sports
- 1988 -- The Edmonton Oilers finished a four-game sweep of the Boston Bruins with a 6-3 victory to win the Stanley Cup, the team's second straight title.
- 2009 -- Maxim Talbot helped the Pittsburgh Penguins down the Carolina Hurricanes to capture the Eastern Conference Finals.
- 2011 -- The Miami Heat rallied over the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals.
- 2013 -- Brazil's Tony Kanaan won the first Indianapolis 500 of his career.