1. DONALD STERLING
Took the bait: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling offered an apology and an explanation nearly two weeks after the NBA fined him and banned him for life for racist remarks made in a recorded conversation. “I’m not a racist,” Sterling told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I made a terrible, terrible mistake. And I’m here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I’ve hurt.” Sterling said he was “baited” into making the comments. “That’s not the way I talk.”
2. MICHAEL SAMS
Public display of affection: Call it the kiss seen ’round the league. There’s been no shortage of reactions to the lip-lock Michael Sam planted on his boyfriend after he became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL. Disapproving tweets by Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones have landed him in hot water. The team has fined Jones. The Dolphins said his comments weren’t consistent with “the values and standards of our program.”
3. SEVERE WEATHER
More expected: It’s that time of the year. Cold air from the north and warm sticky air from the south are duking it out over the heartland. Sutton, Nebraska, and Orrick, Missouri, took the brunt yesterday as tornadoes damaged homes and businesses. More severe weather is expected today. Folks from the southern Plains to the Great Lakes region have the most to fear, according to the National Weather Service.
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