Wednesday Sports Minute: Baseball Preview, Donald Sterling, NBA, World Cup

By Jim McCoy Wed 9th July Sports
- The second World Cup semifinal is on tap today with Argentina playing Netherlands. The winner will advance to the championship match this Sunday against Germany, a lopsided winner over Brazil yesterday. The two losing teams will square off on Saturday in the third-place match. LOS ANGELES (AP) - Embattled Clippers' owner Donald Sterling will be back in a Los Angeles courtroom today to testify once again as he challenges his wife's proposed sale of the franchise. In 90 minutes of testimony yesterday Sterling denounced doctors who declared him to have Alzheimer's disease as "hired guns." The 80-year-old billionaire contends that his estranged wife had no authority to sell the club to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A person close to the situation says restricted free agent Gordon Hayward has agreed to a maximum offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets that would pay him $63 million over the next four years. The Utah Jazz, the team he played for last season, has three days to match the deal once Hayward officially signs the offer sheet. The person commented to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Hayward can't officially sign the offer sheet until tomorrow. UNDATED (AP) - The two Ohio Major League Baseball teams lost key players yesterday. Cleveland was forced to put opening day pitcher Justin Masterson on the disabled list with a bad knee while Cincinnati put first baseman Joey Votto on the DL with a nagging thigh injury. DETROIT (AP) - There is a very good pitching matchup this afternoon in Detroit as the Tigers face the Dodgers. On the mound for Los Angeles is 11-game winner Zack Greinke while the Tigers counter with 10-game winner Max Scherzer.

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