Saturday, September 8, 2012

Justin Timberlake might be among Memphis Grizzlies' owners | NBA - The Seattle Times


Timberlake might be

a Grizzlies owner

Justin Timberlake, award-winning singer and actor, has agreed to be part of the ownership group assembled by billionaire Robert Pera in his attempt to buy the Memphis Grizzlies, said a source familiar with the situation.

Pera agreed in June to buy the Grizzlies from Michael Heisley, reportedly for about $350 million; the league has yet to approve the purchase.

Timberlake, 31, grew up in the Memphis area.

Lakers hire


Ex-Sonics coach Bernie Bickerstaff, 68, has been hired by the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant on the staff of coach Mike Brown.

The Lakers signed their second-round draft pick, Robert Sacre of Gonzaga.


Hall has 12 inductees

Don Nelson, who ranks No. 1 on the career list for NBA coaching victories at 1,335, and long-range shooter Reggie Miller were among 12 inductees to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Other inductees were players Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, Mel Daniels, Chet Walker, Katrina McClain, Don Barksdale and the All-American Redheads (often described as a female version of the Harlem Globetrotters); ex-Soviet women's coach Lidia Alexeeva; referee Hank Nichols; and Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

College basketball

Jeweler sues Thomas

Forward Lance Thomas, a starter on Duke's 2010 NCAA championship team, purchased five pieces of diamond jewelry for $97,800 during his senior season from a New York firm that caters to pro athletes â€" and is suing him for failing to pay $67,800 it contends he owes.

Rafaello & Co., which also does business as A+A Diamonds, promotes itself as a "deluxe" jeweler.

Thomas, 24, played 42 games last season for the NBA New Orleans Hornets and averaged four points.

Duke officials are looking into the matter.

Iowa St. suspends Palo

Iowa State's Bubu Palo was suspended after being charged with sexually abusing a woman he was driving home in May.


Lynx outlast Dream

Maya Moore collected 23 points and 12 rebounds and Rebekkah Brunson contributed 15 points and 18 boards as league-leading Minnesota beat visiting Atlanta 97-93 in double overtime.

In other league games, all won by the visiting team, Los Angeles routed Washington 96-68; Indiana defeated San Antonio 82-78; Chicago downed New York 92-83; and Phoenix beat Connecticut 91-82.


• The parents of Olympic gold medalist Tianna Madison have sued her, saying she spread stories they had been selfish and bullying and cheated her financially.

Elyria, Ohio, residents Robert and Jo Ann Madison filed the libel, slander and defamation lawsuit in Cleveland. Tianna Madison was on the winning 4x100-meter relay track team at the Summer Olympics in London.

• American Aries Merritt set a world record of 12.80 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles at the Van Damme Memorial track meet in Brussels, Belgium.

The previous record of 12.87 was set by Cuba's Dayron Robles in 2008.

• Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands won her fourth straight Paralympics title in wheelchair tennis women's singles with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over compatriot Aniek van Koot, extending her nine-year winning streak to 470 matches.

• Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will keep the cycling icon from running in next month's Chicago Marathon.

The race is sanctioned by USA Track & Field, and Armstrong's ban prevents him from entering events organized, authorized or sanctioned by federations that follow World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

• Spaniard Alberto Contador of the SaxoBank cycling team lost 17 seconds of his overall lead in the 19th stage of the 21-stage Spanish Vuelta.

Contador leads countryman Alejandro Valverde of the Movistar team by 1 minute, 35 seconds.

• Representatives from the NHL and the players' association held informal negotiations for about two hours in New York. League officials have said they will lock the players out if a new deal isn't reached by Sept. 15.

Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal with 24-year-old forward Brad Marchand that starts in the 2013-14 season.

Seattle Times news services

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