Cal­i­for­nia court tosses Ster­ling case

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Rory McIl­roy wasn’t ex­pect­ing to be lead­ing the Race to Dubai af­ter his in­jury­in­ter­rupted sea­son, but now that he has the chance to win his third Euro­pean Tour Or­der of Merit crown, the world num­ber three is in­tent on not let­ting the op­por­tu­nity slip from his grasp. McIl­roy, who leads the Race to Dubai with 3,393,923 points, did not play last week’s BMW Mas­ters in Shang­hai, thus al­low­ing the chas­ing pack to close on him.

His clos­est ri­val, Eng­land’s Danny Wil­lett needed to fin­ish sole 28th at Lake Malaren to over­take him, but a tied 28th place fin­ish gave McIl­roy a slim ad­van­tage of 1,613 points go­ing into the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship, the sea­son-end­ing event on the Euro­pean Tour.

The 26-year-old from Holy­wood, near LOS AN­GE­LES: A Cal­i­for­nia court on Mon­day ruled that the sale of the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers last year was le­gal, quash­ing for­mer owner Don­ald Ster­ling’s at­tempt to re­verse the deal trig­gered by con­tro­versy over his racist re­marks. A three-jus­tice panel of Cal­i­for­nia’s Court of Ap­peal ruled that Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court Judge Michael Le­vanas had not erred in ap­prov­ing the $2 bil­lion sale of the team to for­mer Mi­crosoft chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Ballmer. The sale came fol­low­ing a threat by the NBA to take con­trol of the fran­chise af­ter Ster­ling was banned for life for making racist com­ments which were se­cretly recorded by a for­mer girl­friend. Shelly Ster­ling, the 81-year-old ty­coon’s es­tranged wife, took con­trol of the fam­ily trust and over­saw the sale fol­low­ing the con­tro­versy. Don­ald Ster­ling had at­tempted to ar­gue the deal was in­valid as he had al­ready re­voked the trust be­fore the sale in July 2014. But in an 18-page rul­ing, Jus­tice Madeleine Flier said Ster­ling’s claim was of no im­por­tance. “As­sum­ing Don­ald ef­fec­tively re­voked the trust on June 9, 2014, Don­ald fails to demon­strate such re­vo­ca­tion pre­cluded the pro­bate court from au­tho­riz­ing the trus­tee to sell the Clip­pers in ac­cor­dance with the terms of an agree­ment es­tab­lished prior to Don­ald’s re­vo­ca­tion,” Flier wrote. Flier said Ster­ling’s wife, Shelly Ster­ling, had acted in the best in­ter­ests of the trust’s ben­e­fi­cia­ries when she sold the team for an amount higher than she and her ad­vis­ers thought pos­si­ble. “The amount caused Don­ald to con­grat­u­late (Shelly,)” Flier noted. The $2 bil­lion price tag was around $400 mil­lion more than the sale had been ex­pected to raise. — AFP Belfast, won both the tour­na­ment and the Race to Dubai in 2012, when he closed with five birdies in a row to beat Justin Rose, and was the Euro­pean num­ber one last year when Hen­rik Sten­son won the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship for a sec­ond straight year.

“I didn’t quite think I’d be in this po­si­tion, and com­ing into this event, es­pe­cially af­ter tak­ing the week off last week, but a few of the guys didn’t cap­i­talise on that in China thank­fully and I find my­self in a po­si­tion where it’s to­tally in my hands,” said McIl­roy whose worst fin­ish in six pre­vi­ous starts at the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Es­tates is a tied 11th place fin­ish in 2011.

“If I go out and win the tour­na­ment, I win the over­all thing no mat­ter what any­body else does, and that’s a nice po­si­tion to be in. “I just want to win the tour­na­ment. I don’t care who fin­ishes sec­ond, who fin­ishes third. If I am the cham­pion at the end of the week, it means that I win the Race to Dubai and that’s all I’m really think­ing about.” McIl­roy, who fin­ished tied 11th in the WGC-HSBC Cham­pi­ons in Shang­hai de­spite a se­vere bout of food poi­son­ing the week be­fore last, said he felt his health, and his game, were both in great shape to close the sea­son with a vic­tory.

“Just been try­ing to put a bit of weight on to be hon­est,” said McIl­roy, who said he lost nearly 10 pounds in three days in Shang­hai. “I didn’t really hit a ball un­til reach­ing Dubai late Fri­day night. But my game feels in good shape, it really does. “I was ex­cited, it’s got bet­ter each and ev­ery week. I felt like it was good in Tur­key and I felt like go­ing into China, I could see im­prove­ments each and ev­ery day.

“I feel like I still fin­ished well in China. It was a good week. It could have been bet­ter. I hit the ball great from tee-to-green. On the greens was a dif­fer­ent story, and en­ergy lev­els weren’t quite there. “But I felt like it was still a pos­i­tive week in some ways. And now get­ting to Dubai and feel­ing at full strength and feel­ing 100 per cent healthy, I feel like I’ve got a great chance on a golf course that I’ve played very well at be­fore.”

Wil­lett, who took the lead in the Race to Dubai early when he won the Ned­Bank Chal­lenge to­wards the end of 2014, has not been out of the top-two through­out the sea­son. “It’s a new ex­pe­ri­ence, a new chal­lenge. It’s been a long, busy year. But one that’s been very re­ward­ing in many ways, and yeah, in a fan­tas­tic po­si­tion to go out and do some­thing pretty amaz­ing,” said the 28-year-old who needs to fin­ish ahead of McIl­roy to win his first Race to Dubai ti­tle. “I think ev­ery­body would al­ways like to see a lit­tle bit of an un­der­dog try and come through. We’re pretty closely matched. This week there’s one job to do which is win, and if you fail at win­ning, just try and beat Rory. “We know kind of what we’ve got to do, and so it’s about try­ing not to let any­thing get in your way. The $8 mil­lion DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship, fea­tur­ing the top60 play­ers on the Race to Dubai, be­gins tomorrow. — AFP


SHANG­HAI: Rory McIl­roy of North­ern Ire­land cel­e­brates af­ter a shot on the 18th hole dur­ing the

fi­nal round of the HSBC Cham­pi­ons golf

tour­na­ment at the She­shan In­ter­na­tional Golf Club in Shang­hai,

China. — AP

AU­GUSTA: A file photo taken in April 11, 2015 shows Bae Sang-Moon of South Korea dur­ing Round 3 of the 79th Mas­ters Golf Tour­na­ment at Au­gusta Na­tional Golf Club. South Korean PGA golfer Bae Sang-Moon yes­ter­day en­listed in the army, end­ing con­tro­versy over his dodg­ing the draft and vow­ing to re­turn to the sport in 2017. — AFP

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