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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 18: New owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Steve Ballmer reacts to the fans after being introduced for the first time during Los Angeles Clippers Fan Festival at Staples Center on August 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Sweating, clapping and shouting until he was nearly hoarse, Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally on Monday celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team. The former Microsoft CEO made his way through the crowd inside Staples Center to Eminem's ''Lose Yourself,'' exchanging high-fives and chest-bumping as he took the stage in front of 4,500 fans. The name of disgraced former owner Donald Sterling, who controlled the team for 33 years before being banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks, was never uttered during the rally. ''We're looking forward,'' Ballmer proclaimed, having removed his blue Clippers hat.


The NHL's pre-draft scouting combine will be held in Buffalo the next two seasons. NHL Vice President Colin Campbell on Monday called Buffalo a ''natural fit'' in announcing the league's decision at a news conference with the Sabres. The Pittsburgh Penguins also were finalists to host the combine, but Campell said Buffalo was ''heads and toes above everyone else.'' Scouts, general managers and coaches from all 30 teams attend the NHL scouting combine to gain information on more than 100 prospects. ''We want every NHL player to have trained and played in western New York,'' Sabres President Ted Black said.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is seen in the dugout during the eighth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pirates star Andrew McCutchen expects to come off the disabled list when he is eligible to return on Tuesday.


FILE - These are file photos showing, from left, Phil Simms, Jim Nantz, and Washington Redskins NFL football team owner Daniel Snyder. CBS lead analyst Phil Simms is considering referring to the Redskins only as

Two influential NFL voices - including CBS lead analyst Phil Simms, who will handle Washington's Week 4 game - said Monday they likely won't use the term ''Redskins'' when discussing the franchise. ''My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game,'' Simms told The Associated Press on Monday. He isn't taking sides in the debate over whether Washington's nickname is offensive or racist. ''There are a lot of things that can come up in a broadcast, and I am sensitive to this.'' His broadcast partner, Jim Nantz, says it is ''not my job to take a stance.'' NBC's Tony Dungy, one of the most prominent voices in the league as a Super Bowl-winning coach and now as a studio commentator, plans to take the same route as Simms.


Duke coach David Cutcliffe hugs Braxton Deaver (89) following an NCAA college football game against Miami in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Duke won 48-30. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke says tight end Braxton Deaver will miss the season after tearing a knee ligament.


Kansas guard Andrew White III (3) during the first half of an exhibition NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburg State in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Andrew White III has transferred from Kansas to Nebraska.

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