Singer/actor Justin Timberlake agreed to be part of the ownership group assembled by San Jose billionaire Robert Pera in his attempt to buy the Memphis Grizzlies, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.
The NBA has yet to approve the final purchase of the team. Pera agreed in June to buy the Grizzlies from Michael Heisley for a reported $350 million. Pera is a former Apple engineer who left in 2005 to start Ubiquiti Networks, a communications technology company that makes WiFi networking equipment.
The Grizzlies have been in Memphis for 11 years, since moving from Vancouver. In an email, the source said Pera "is committed to 'doing right by Memphis.' "
Timberlake grew up in a suburb of Memphis, Tenn. Miami signed Mickell Gladness, who played in eight games with the Heat and 18 games with the Warriors last season. The Los Angeles Lakers added ex-NBA coaches Eddie Jordan and Bernie Bickerstaff and Steve Clifford to Mike Brown's staff. L.A. also signed second-round draft pick Robert Sacre of Gonzaga.
Representatives from the league and players' association held informal negotiations in New York. The NHL has said it will lock the players out if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by Sept. 15, when the current one expires. "(We're) trying to find a way to bridge the gap," NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said. Said commissioner Gary Bettman of the two-hour meeting, "It's always good to have dialogue." Boston and forward Brad Marchand agreed to a new, four-year deal. He'll make $4.5 million per season, starting in 2013-14. He's scheduled to make $3 million this season. Also, the Bruins cancelled an upcoming rookie camp.
It's a Hendrick Motorsports front row at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race, turning a lap of 127.023 mph to bump teammate Jeff Gordon (126.981) from the top spot at the 0.75-mile oval. It was Earnhardt's 11th career pole but first since the 2011 Daytona 500. Also,
Kevin Harvick pulled away on a restart with 17 laps to go and won the Nationwide Series race at RIR. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second. JR Motorsports and competition director Tony Eury Sr. parted ways. Eury is team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s uncle. JRM has won nine NASCAR Nationwide races but none the past two seasons. The team fields cars for Danica Patrick and Cole Whitt.
Olympic champion Aries Merritt set a world record of 12.80 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, upstaging Usain Bolt's win at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels, Merritt sliced 0.07 seconds off the mark set by Dayron Robles four years ago. Bolt won the 100 in 9.86 seconds, and fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake took the 200 in 19.54. Italy was held to a 2-2 tie at Bulgaria as England, Germany and France got off to winning starts in their first matches in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. England won 5-0 at Moldova, and Germany won 3-0 at home against the Faeroe Islands. France won 1-0 at Finland on Abou Diaby's 20th-minute goal in coach Didier Deschamps' first competitive match as the French coach. Argentina beat visiting Paraguay 3-1 in South American qualifying as Lionel Messi scored on a spectacular free kick. Chris Berman signed a multiyear extension to stay with ESPN. He joined ESPN in October 1979, less than a month after the network was launched. Cyclist Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will keep him from running in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 7, race officials said.