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.
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."
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.
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.