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The Los Angeles Clippers are silently protesting owner Donald Sterling's alleged racist comments made on an audio recording.

The Clippers entered the court before Game 4 of their first-round playoff series at the Golden State Warriors on Sunday wearing their warmup uniforms.

After huddling together at center court and tossing the warmups to the ground, they went through their pregame routine wearing red Clippers' shirts inside-out to hide the team's logo.

All the players wore black wrist bands and black socks, with point guard Chris Paul wearing a black sleeve.

Clippers players remained silent regarding Sterling's alleged comments before the game. Coach Doc Rivers said he will continue speaking for the team on the issue.

In the recording, obtained by TMZ, the man believed to be Sterling says to his girlfriend V. Stiviano: "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to? You can sleep with (black people). You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games."

A longer version of the audio tape was obtained by Deadspin.com on Sunday, which revealed more racist comments allegedly made by Sterling.

President Barack Obama, speaking in Malaysia on Sunday, responded to the firestorm.

Obama said it is a reminder that the U.S. "continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation, that's still there, the vestiges of discrimination."

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A short track and NASCAR Sprint drivers jockeying for position and swapping paint usually means one thing: some kind of altercation.

Mild-mannered Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose didn't let down the fans who expected some fireworks Saturday night in Richmond, Va. Right after the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup race, Mears and Ambrose scuffled in the garage. The two got face-to-face and Mears is seen pushing Ambrose away.

Ambrose responded with an overhead right that landed squarely on Mears' left eye.

On Sunday, NASCAR said it will investigate the tussle.

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UCLA guard Jordan Adams changed his mind about returning to school and decided to enter the NBA draft, coach Steve Alford told ESPN.

Adams met with coaches last week and informed them he would stay in school, but recently had a change of heart. Adams, 6-foot-5, averaged 17.4 points per game last season.

---Forward Le'Bryan Nash has decided to return to Oklahoma State for his senior season. He announced his decision Saturday night.

The 6-foot-7 Nash averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season.

---Iowa freshman guard Peter Jok was arrested Saturday morning in Iowa City on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Jok, 20, riding a moped, was stopped by police about 2:40 a.m. after turning from the wrong lane. Jok was also missing a safety flag and a tail light cover, according to the police report. His blood-alcohol level was tested at .082.
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