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BASKETBALL

Sterling to ‘fight punishment’

The attorney for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has told the NBA his client will not pay a league-issued US$2.5 million fine and that he will fight league punishment over his racist comments, Sports Illustrated reported. Sterling was banned for life by league commissioner Adam Silver and threatened with the forced sale of his team after an audio recording surfaced last month of a conversation in which he berated a female friend for publicly associating with black people. Sterling’s lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, wrote in a letter to NBA executive vice president and general counsel Rick Buchanan that his client had done nothing wrong and does not deserve punishment, and that the matter “will be adjudicated,” Sports Illustrated reported late on Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

SWIMMING

Phelps back on top

Michael Phelps returned to the top of a podium for the first time since the 2012 Olympics when he won the 100m butterfly at the Charlotte Grand Prix on Friday. Phelps made it through a grueling double in the morning preliminaries, also swimming the 200m freestyle, then limited himself to one race in the evening. While he did not improve on the time from the first meet of his comeback, when he finished second to Ryan Lochte last month, it was another big step toward competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “It’s been a while,” he said. “It’s nice seeing the first place next to your name. It’s good to be on that side of it again. That’s my first one since I came back. Hopefully, we can get a string of those.” Going out strong and remaining comfortably ahead on the return leg, Phelps cruised to victory in 52.13 seconds, about a half body-length ahead of runner-up Pavel Sankovich of Belarus.

GOLF

Pieters leads Spanish Open

Little-known Belgian Thomas Pieters stole the show in the second round of the Spanish Open in Girona on Friday, surging to the top of the leaderboard with a second consecutive three-under-par 69. The 22-year-old was one stroke ahead of overnight leader Eddie Pepperell of Britain (71) and Dutchman Joost Luiten (69). Italian Francesco Molinari (67) was in fourth position on 140, two shots off the pace. Spanish trio Alvaro Quiros (141), Miguel Angel Jimenez (142) and Sergio Garcia (143) were also in title contention.

CRICKET

Blake eyes Yorkshire place

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake revealed on Friday that he would like to play for English county cricket team Yorkshire when he ends his athletics career. “I’m OK, you know. I can make the England team,” the 24-year-old double Olympic silver medalist joked on BBC Radio 5 Live. “I’m good in the outfield, so they would probably pick me for that as well.” Asked if he was serious about swapping the track for the crease, he added: “Yes, definitely. I’ve been wanting to play for Yorkshire or in England, so, after running, definitely I’ll put my mind to that.” He went on to claim that talks had already taken place. Yorkshire welcomed Blake’s interest, tweeting via their official account: “Hey @YohanBlake you’re always welcome to come and play for Yorkshire. Let’s get this sorted and come and have a net with us.” Blake was a keen cricketer as a youth and reportedly only turned to sprinting after one of his teachers noticed how quickly he ran when he came in to bowl. He is the second-fastest man of all time over both 100m and 200m, and won two silver medals and a gold in the 4x100m relay during the 2012 London Olympics.

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