Inglewood will vote on new arena for Clippers

LOS ANGELES — Inglewood’s City Council will vote Thursday on an exclusive negotiating agreement with a Los Angeles Clippers-controlled company to use city-owned land to build an arena for the team, according to a copy of the agreement.

The 22 acres where the 18,000- to 20,000-seat arena would be built are across the street from the 298-acre site where Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke is building a stadium that will house his team and the Chargers.

The Rams aren’t involved in the Clippers’ arena project, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

The agreement between the Clippers-controlled company and Inglewood will run for 36 months, giving the team time to complete lengthy environmental reviews. The city will receive $1.5 million to defray costs associated with the effort.

The Clippers have a lease with the Anschutz Entertainment Group to play in Staples Center through 2024. An AEG spokesman said the company wasn’t aware of the pending agreement with Inglewood.

The Clippers have played at Staples since 1999 after moving from the Sports Arena.

Warriors still debating White House visit

OAKLAND (AP) — The Golden State Warriors say no decision has been made regarding a potential White House visit to celebrate their NBA title.

The Warriors issued a statement Tuesday saying that "today is all about celebrating our championship" and that they have not received an invitation to the White House. The statement added the organization would make those decisions when and if necessary."

The team issued the statement following multiple reports that the Warriors had voted unanimously against making a White House trip.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed his disappointment with the election results last November saying after the election that President Donald Trump regularly used "racist, misogynist, insulting words" during his campaign.

Members of the Super champion New England Patriots and national college football champion Clemson have visited the White House for championship celebrations since Trump took office.

Unclear how Raiders' Vegas stadium will benefit community

LAS VEGAS (AP) — When the Oakland Raiders received a $750 million commitment from the Nevada Legislature in October to help build their future home in Las Vegas, they also received a directive to ensure the greatest possible participation by the local community in the design, construction and operation of the project.

Months later, after the team already has picked a general contractor and a design firm — neither based in Nevada — how that mandate will be carried out is still being negotiated.

The law authorizing a tax increase to partially fund the stadium calls for a "community benefits plan" to ensure that as many local residents as possible have access to the economic opportunities the stadium is expected to create.

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority board plans to address the plan next month.

Golfers get in final practice shots at US Open

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — It is the final day of practice rounds at Erin Hills before the U.S. Open begins on Thursday.

Masters winner Sergio Garcia and Wisconsin native Jordan Niebrugge were among the golfers on the course on Wednesday morning. Top contenders including Jordan Spieth and Jason Day were scheduled to tee off in the afternoon.

They're getting ready for the first U.S. Open to be held in Wisconsin, as well as the first major to be hosted by Erin Hills.

Top-ranked golfer Dustin Johnson is the defending champion.

Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer was beaten on his return from a two-month break, losing 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 to German veteran Tommy Haas in the second round of the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old Haas, who is playing his last season before retirement, saved nine of the 12 break points he faced and converted two of his three chances to deal the Swiss great just his second defeat of the season.

"I've even shocked myself a bit," said Haas, who is ranked 302nd and was given a wild card for the grass-court tournament. "I'm a bit speechless. It's hard to find words."

Haas, a two-time Halle champion who hadn't beaten his good friend since the 2012 final in Halle, improved to 4-13 against Federer, who hadn't played since winning the Miami Open in early April.

The 35-year-old Swiss skipped the clay-court season to recuperate from a busy start to the year that saw him capture his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

Federer claimed his last grass-court title in 2015 in Halle, where he is an eight-time champion.

Earlier Wednesday, Philipp Kohlschreiber upset the fifth-seeded Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (6), while the sixth-seeded Mischa Zverev, another German, defeated qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 7-6 (1), 6-2 to secure his place in the quarterfinals.

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