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01/12/2015

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LOS ANGELES -- Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterlings estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Kurt Warner Womens Jersey . Lawyers for Sterling plan to argue Monday that Shelly Sterling had no right to make the deal with Ballmer, even though Donald Sterling had given her written authority to pursue a sale. The attorneys also say she tricked Donald Sterling into taking mental exams that found he had signs of the onset of Alzheimers disease. That finding was sufficient for Sterling to be removed as a trustee of the Sterling Family Trust and to allow Shelly Sterling to move forward with the sale of the team. Later in the process, however, Donald Sterling tried to stop the sale by dissolving the trust. Lawyers for Shelley Sterling urged the judge to allow the sale to go forward so a contract can be in place before NBA owners meet on Aug. 15. Lawyers spent the better part of a month questioning witnesses at the trial, and on Monday will try to persuade a judge to agree with their respective positions. Shelly Sterlings lawyers along with an attorney for Ballmer filed a voluminous legal brief citing case law that they say proves that Donald Sterling did not have the right to dissolve the trust that owned the Clippers. They urged the judge to allow the sale to occur and reject any delay if appeals are filed. "The trust has a golden bird in the hand," the brief said. "A sale of the Clippers for $2 billion is indisputably a bonanza for the Sterling family. Donalds strident opposition is motivated by only selfish considerations. This court has the power to make this precedent-setting sale happen." The 49-page document notes that if the sale is ordered, it also could be delayed by numerous legal provisions in the probate code allowing review of the ruling. The lawyers urged Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas to streamline the procedure. They cited 80-year-old Sterlings vow on the witness stand to continue suing the NBA for the rest of his life and noted his threat to seek an injunction to stop the sale if the judge rules against him. Donald Sterling was removed as a trustee after his wife had him examined by two doctors who found he lacked the mental capacity to handle his own business affairs. His lawyers filed a 70-page brief that focused heavily on that point. They said the doctors were hand-picked by lawyers for Shelly Sterling and did not do adequate exams. Donald Sterling maintained he didnt know his competency as a trustee was being evaluated. His lawyers said in their brief that he appeared alert and able to express himself during his testimony and showed no signs of being incompetent. Still, Sterling spent much of his time on the witness stand shouting at attorneys for both sides, expressing his outrage at the NBA and its commissioner for trying to oust him from the league over racist recordings. At one point he called Shelly Sterling a "pig" as she left the witness stand. Donald Sterling has filed another lawsuit in state court against Shelly Sterling, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league. Shelly Sterlings potentially record-breaking deal with Ballmer was struck after Donald Sterlings racist remarks to a girlfriend were recorded and publicized. The NBA moved to oust him as team owner, fined him $2.5 million and banned him for life. Shelly Sterling went to probate court to ensure that the sale she negotiated with Ballmer would go through. Tony Jefferson Youth Jersey . Toronto (7-9) visits Montreal (8-8) for its first road game in five weeks. The Argos went 3-1 on a recent homestand, including a 26-24 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday that gave them the season series with their longtime rivals. Larry Fitzgerald Youth Jersey . Even though, the 2014 edition enjoyed three days of practice and four skates, in total, before the opener, Sidney Crosby and Co.The Washington Nationals are back in the postseason for the second time in three years. This time, though, the Nats hope to stay a little longer. Theyll get that chance when they welcome the San Francisco Giants to Nationals Park for the start of the best-of-five National League Division Series. Washington gave the District of Columbia its first taste of postseason baseball since 1933 in 2012, as the Nationals returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1981 when they were known as the Montreal Expos. Despite having the best record in the league, the Nats bowed out in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS. A year after missing the playoffs, Washington enters this years playoffs under similar circumstances, as it was an NL-best 96-66 this year and cruised to an NL East title, 17 games in front of both the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. The Nats also enter the playoffs as hot as anyone, as they won nine of their final 11, 13 of their final 16 games and were 19-8 over the final month of the season. Ive maintained the whole season that I like where we are, outfielder Jayson Werth said. We are a second-half team. We are built for this time of the year. We continue to show it year in and year out that we are going to make a run at the end. We played well up to this point. We got this first step out of the way. San Francisco, meanwhile, advanced to the Division Series with a matter of fact wild card win in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, as Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hit shutout, Brandon Crawford hit the fourth playoff grand slam in team history and the Giants rolled, 8-0. The Giants have won seven straight playoff elimination games, including five on the road. I think that experience really came into play today, said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. The guys threw out some good at bats. They looked very quiet up there. You want to create those chances and get guys on base, and they were relentless doing that until we got, of course, a big hit from Crawford. Bumgarner (1-0) kept them out of trouble in this one, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out 10. Bumgarner, making his seventh postseason start at the age of 25, was perfect in four of his nine innings. The four hits he gave up were all singles, including two to Josh Harrison. He threw 109 pitches, including 79 strikes. He had it all working tonight, Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. Absolutely a very professional and well-pitched game by him tonight. Now, the downside to playing in the wild card means that Bumgarner wont be available until Game 3 when the series shifts to San Francisco. The Nats had their way with the Giants in 2014, taking five out of seven games. Below we take a look at three keys for each team to move on. WASHINGTON 1. NASTY ROTATION Never mind the Detroit Tigers starting staff, the best rotation in these playoffs resides in the District. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez. You can throw rookie Tanner Roark into that mix, but hell be used out of the bullpen in the first round. The first four are as good as anyone left pitching and like their team they are getting hot at the right moment. Especially Zimmermann, who, of course, threw a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season. Dating back to last Tuesday, and not including starts involving Blake Treinen and Taylor Hill, the rotation allowed a combined two runs in 37 1/3 innings, with 39 strikeouts and four walks. The Nationals rotation also finished the year with the best ERA (3.04) in baseball. 2. SECOND CHANCE FOR STOREN Nobody has a worse taste in their mouths given the way the 2012 postseason went for the Nationals than closer Drew Storen, who allowed the clinching runs to score for the Cardinals in Game 5 of that series. Then, he not only lost his job as the teams closer to Rafael Soriano in 2013, he also had to endure a stint in the minors. This year Storen thrived as a seventh-inning reliever for the Nats until early September, when he replaced the struggling Soriano as the closer and has beeen terrific. Tyrann Mathieu Womens Jersey. I dont look at it as this big, emotional scar or anything. Its baseball, you know? Youre going to have bad outings. ... Its a matter of moving on, Storen said. Im a different person, and Im a different pitcher. Since that point, Storen saved 10 games without allowing a run in 10 1/3 innings, with 10 strikeouts. Its been fun. I think a lot of it comes down to command, Storen said. Its so crucial to work ahead of the hitters. In the ninth inning, thats really big, especially with some of the one-run leads Ive come into. You really have to work ahead of guys and keep the ball down in the zone, manipulate and make them move and try to miss some barrels. 3. BRYCES TIME TO SHINE A lot is being made of Mike Trouts postseason debut. Well, this might not be Harpers first time in the playoffs, but it might as well be. The 20-year-old megastar managed just three hits in 23 at-bats in that 2012 NLDS. Harper endured an injury-plagued season this year and it showed as he hit just 13 home runs and drove in a mere 32 runs in 100 games. And despite getting over 100 less at bats than he did in 2013, Harper struck out 104 times, 10 more than he did a year ago. Plus he was benched in April by Matt Williams for not running out a ground ball. All that is in the past, though, and all will likely be forgotten if he delivers in October. Trout has certainly passed Harper in terms of being the best young player in the game, but a strong showing here in the postseason could go a long way to making it a two-man race once again. And doesnt baseball need a new face now that Derek Jeter is gone? SAN FRANCISCO 1. VETERAN ARMS The San Francisco Giants have won two of the last four World Series titles thanks to their starting pitching. This time around, though, there is no Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum leading the way. Cain is lost for the season with an elbow injury, while Lincecum, well, hes no longer the pitcher who won a pair of NL Cy Young Awards. The Giants are now led by the 25-year-old Bumgarner, but as we stated earlier he wont be around until Game 3. Luckily, San Francisco has a pair of veteran arms to turn to in Games 1 and 2 in Jake Peavy and Tim Hudson. Peavy has been fantastic (2.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) since joining the Giants in a July trade from Boston, but he has not had much success in the postseason, pitching to a ghastly 9.27 ERA in five starts. Hudson, meanwhile, has gotten worse as the season has wore on and was terrible in the second half, going just 2-7 with a 4.73 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Hes pitched to a 3.46 ERA in 10 games (9 starts) in the playoffs, but hasnt been there since 2010. If they can get a split in D.C., though ... watch out. 2. MICHAEL MORSES HEALTH San Francisco doesnt have a whole lot of power in its lineup and its had a lot less since Mike Morse went down with an oblique injury that caused him to miss all but one game in September. Morse, whose 16 home runs were the second most behind Buster Poseys 22, wasnt on the wild card roster and probably wont be on the NLDS squad either. Not having Morse is even more magnified considering Pablo Sandoval hit a mere .218 with 12 strikeouts and just one homer in 24 September games. Thats not good news for a Giants team that won 40 of their last 43 games in which they have scored at least four runs. San Francisco is going to have to score runs if it wants to win this series. So ... 3. CAN BRANDON CRAWFORD CONTINUE TO MASH? Other than Bumgarner, Crawford stole the show on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, as he became the first shortstop in the history of the postseason to hit a grand slam. With Morse out and Sandoval struggling the Giants may need Crawford to step up his game. He only hit .246 on the season, but entered the playoffs on the strength of a .365 performance (27-for-74) in September, with five doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI. And in case you were wondering, Crawford was a .346 hitter in seven games against the Nats this season. 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