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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 18: Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers speak to the media at STAPLES Center on August 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer's first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Rivers was a stabilizing force for the franchise during the upheaval created by former owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks that led to his ouster after 33 years of ownership. ''Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hardcore, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent,'' Ballmer said, repeating the ''hardcore'' theme he uttered during last week's fan rally.


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.


New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, right, walks off the field as Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off single to score Bryan Holladay against the New York Yankees in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Detroit won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Brad Ausmus saw the ball come off Brian McCann's bat and sail toward the foul pole in right field, a potentially devastating drive with the game tied in the ninth inning. ''From where I was standing you could tell it was kind of hooking,'' said Ausmus, Detroit's first-year manager. ''Pretty quickly off the bat, I was pretty confident it was going foul.'' It ended up foul by a few feet, and Phil Coke went on to strike McCann out. Then the Tigers took advantage of the reprieve, scoring in the bottom of the ninth to beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Thursday.


FILE - In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife, Janay, during a news conference, Friday, May 23, in Owings Mills, Md. Rice's two-game suspension for domestic violence begins Saturday, a punishment handed down after grainy video showed him dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator unconscious Feb. 15. He has not divulged what happened in the elevator except to call his actions

Acknowledging he ''didn't get it right'' with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second. In a letter sent to all 32 team owners Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell never mentions Rice by name but makes clear references to the Baltimore player who was charged with assault after being caught on video dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator. ''My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. The NFL suspended six players for one game each, and Rice was the second player to be suspended for two games.


Southern California's Anthony Brown, center, runs in the ball for a touchdown after blocking a punt by Washington's Travis Coons during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Running back Anthony Brown has quit Southern California's football team, and coach Steve Sarkisian was stunned Thursday by Brown's apparent accusations of racism against him on social media. A photo of the words ''Couldn't play for a racist man!!!!'' was posted on what USC said was Brown's Instagram account. ''Sark treated me like a slave in his Office,'' was posted in the caption to the photo, along with the hashtag ''Fighton.'' Sarkisian was told about the apparent posts from Brown, who is black, shortly after USC finished practice Thursday. ''If you ask anybody in our building, any of our players ... that's about the furthest thing from the truth,'' Sarkisian said.


Michigan head coach John Beilein gestures during the first half of an NCAA Midwest Regional final college basketball tournament game against Kentucky Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan basketball coach John Beilein has been named the 2013-14 recipient of the NCAA's Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award.

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