Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer to buy LA Clippers for $2b

LOS ANGELES: Former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer will buy the Los Angeles clippers basketball team for an NBA record $2 billion, he announced in a statement Thursday. The NBA is forcing the family of Donald Sterling to sell the team because of racist comments he made. Sterling’s wife said in a statement issued with Ballmer that she had agreed the sale. But Donald Sterling could still oppose the deal. The…

Heat secure Eastern final spot

MIAMI: The Miami Heat fought back from eight points down in the final three minutes to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 and secure a place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight year. Reigning champions Miami claimed the series 4-1 but for a long time it looked as if they were going to suffer their first home loss of the postseason as Joe Johnson inspired the Nets…

LeBron scores 49 as Heat lead over Nets

NEW YORK: His opponent couldn’t stop him, and LeBron James didn’t quite know what to think when his coach tried. Erik Spoelstra asked James about taking a fourth-quarter rest, but the game was too important to sit. So the answer was no – just not said so politely. “He asked me and I didn’t know if he was serious or not, and what I told him I cannot say again,”…

Rockets stay alive; Spurs, Raptors win

SAN ANTONIO: Dwight Howard scored 22 points and pulled down 18 rebounds on Wednesday as the Houston Rockets stayed alive in the NBA playoffs with a 108-98 victory over Portland. Houston came into the contest trailing 3-1 in the tight series, in which three of the first four games went to overtime. Wednesday’s game was also close, but Houston closed it out with an 8-0 scoring run to narrow the…

Heat survive Knicks barrage

MIAMI: LeBron James scored 38 points and Mario Chalmers added 15 as the Miami Heat survived a 3-point barrage from New York’s JR Smith on the way to dealing the Knicks’ playoff hopes a big blow with a 102-91 victory on Sunday. Chris Bosh added 14 points and Ray Allen had 12 for the Heat, who are a full game ahead of Indiana and two up in the loss column…