Steve Ballmer got his team. Now he's locked up his coach. Two weeks after acquiring the Los Angeles Clippers, Ballmer gave coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers a new contract that runs through the 2018-19 season.

Terms weren't available, but Yahoo! Sports reported the deal will pay Rivers more than $50 million over five years. Rivers had two years and $14 million left on the contract that he brought with him from Boston last summer.

Last season, he coached the Clippers to the best record in franchise history (57-25) and a second straight Pacific Division title. Los Angeles lost to Oklahoma City in the second round of the playoffs.

"This is an important day for this organization," Ballmer said in a statement. "I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture."

Meanwhile, Donald Sterling is out of legal options to unwind the sale of the Clippers. After California's 2nd Court of Appeal rejected Sterling's petition to halt the $2 billion sale Aug. 13, he had 10 business days to ask the state's Supreme Court to review the case. That deadline expired without any such petition.

  • Miami signed guard Shannon Brown to the $1.3 million veteran minimum. Brown recently was released by New York.

    College football


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    No. 23 North Carolina suspended four players for Saturday's opener against Liberty, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion. Coach Larry Fedora said the players were suspended for a "violation of team policy" but offered no other details. They were Des Lawrence, Brian Walker, Donnie Miles and M.J. Stewart. Lawrence and Walker were listed as starting cornerbacks.

    NHL

    The league insists expansion is not imminent. "Nothing has happened to change the status quo," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. The NHL has not expanded since the 2000-01 season when Minnesota and Columbus became the 29th and 30th franchises. After last year's realignment, there are 16 teams in the Eastern Conference and 14 in the Western Conference.

    AFL

    The Iowa Barnstormers will move from the Arena Football League to the lower-tier Indoor Football League for the 2015 season. Team president Jeff Lamberti says the "economic aspects" of the IFL are more fitting for the team in Des Moines. The IFL is largely based in the Midwest.

    Boxing

    Jermain Taylor was freed on $25,000 bond after police detained the former middleweight champion in the shooting of his cousin at Taylor's home in a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas. Tyron Hinton was listed in serious condition. Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden said a fight broke out and "(Taylor) grabbed a weapon and opened fire."

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.