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NBA could face LeBron-led boycott if Sterling remains in charge of Clippers
LeBron James, the NBA’s biggest star and Madison Avenue’s favorite athlete, could lead a players’ strike next season if Donald Sterling is still in control of the Los Angeles Clippers at that time, said NBA Players Association VP Roger Mason. Meanwhile, basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the target of Sterling’s most recent public rant, said in his own interview with CNN that the Clippers owner "is living in the stone ages". Said publicist Howard Bragman about Sterling’s Johnson-bashing interview with Anderson Cooper that aired Monday night: "Any publicist who said to do this interview should go immediately to PR jail."

Samsung heir apparent in focus after chairman’s health issues
Jay Lee, the assumed next-in-line to run Samsung, is in the spotlight after his father, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, was hospitalized for a heart attack over the weekend. Korean media refer to Jay as the "crown prince" of the technology-focused conglomerate.

Yahoo buys self-destructing message service
Blink, a platform that allows users to send each other messages that self-destruct in moments, has been acquired by Yahoo. The Snapchat rival will shut down its apps for iOS and Android and get to work on a communications service for Marissa Mayer’s company.

White House mocks ‘Dr. Rove’ after Clinton comments  
Jay Carney, White House spokesman, poked fun at Republican strategist Karl Rove after the latter reportedly mused at a conference last week that possible presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton may have suffered brain damage after a late 2012 blood clot. Rove backtracked a bit on the comments on Tuesday. Said Carney: "Here’s what I would say about cognitive capacity, which is that Dr. Rove might’ve been the last person in America on election night to recognise and acknowledge that the president had won re-election, including the state of Ohio, so we’ll leave it at that."

Rams introduce Sam, other picks, at press conference
The newest members of the St. Louis Rams, including openly gay defensive end Michael Sam, were introduced to the media on Tuesday. Sam said his sexual orientation wasn’t a factor to teammates at the University of Missouri last season, explaining, "It’s OK to be who you are."

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