For many softball teams, scoring two runs per game will result in many more losses than wins over the course of a season. That’s not the case when Eden Brock is in the circle for the Wisconsin softball team. When Brock is dealing, her teammates can play loose, assured that posting a deuce on the scoreboard typically equates to a Badger victory.”You know that she’s going to give you a quality performance every day,” head coach Chandelle Schulte said of Brock. “So you can really focus on doing the other things that you need to do, instead of worrying about producing more runs or having to play perfect defense. She allows you to really relax a little better.”And it seems all that relaxing has paid dividends for UW. After finishing 22-22 last season, Wisconsin, at 15-7, is off to one of the best starts in the history of the program; it trails only Michigan and Northwestern in the conference standings.Much of this season’s success can be attributed to the senior drop-baller from Wakulla County, Fla. Brock’s 108 strikeouts rank second in the Big Ten, and her 1.62 ERA is good for fourth in the conference. In addition to Brock, the team has found a deeper connection with one another this year. “Last year was a rebuilding year, getting a new coach, adjusting to her techniques and re-learning some skills in a different way,” Brock said. “She has a different hitting style, so we had to learn a different hitting style. We only lost one senior last year, so we’re pretty strong with the same girls.”Since UW ranks near the bottom of the conference in most offensive categories, it will rely on the arms of Brock and freshman phenom Letty Olivarez to carry the team. Olivarez’s style acts as an effective change of pace to Brock’s flame-throwing approach, and the two have proven to be a formidable one-two punch in the circle for UW.With all the time they spend together on the field, the two have developed a working relationship. They look out for one another.”I try to do as much as I can to help her out,” Brock said. “[I] try to teach her some things, talk her through tough situations. But she’ll do the same thing for me. If I’m struggling, she’ll come up and talk to me, so we all try to work together to help each other out.”In the four years since Brock was a freshman herself, her stats have been consistently excellent. Despite her success on the mound, her head wasn’t always in the game. She would lose her focus and concentration. This year, however, she has improved dramatically in all of those departments. According to Schulte, Brock’s improved strikeout numbers are an indication of this progression. “I looked at her strikeouts today, and there are more strikeouts than innings, which for us is a very good indication,” Schulte said. “So that’s a big improvement. … She’s just tough.”Brock’s cerebral progression may have more to do with experience. Or it could be due to her understanding of how the human mind works. After all, she is a psychology major.Either way, she certainly has found success on the diamond. With graduation looming, Brock has made plans to pursue higher education in counseling psychology or sports psychology. Until then, Brock’s psychological edge will give Wisconsin a leg up in a conference race that might become more competitive than predicted.
However, Donald Sterling attorney Bobby Samini said the doctors’ examination was “inconclusive.” Donald Sterling doesn’t want to sell the team, despite signing off on a letter on May 22 to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver instructing his wife to sell half his share and pursue a sale, Samini said.Donald Sterling authorized Shelly Sterling to undertake negotiations but never gave approval for a sale, Samini told reporters.The NBA banned Donald Sterling for life and initiated proceedings of a Clippers sale after comments he made about African-Americans were made public in April. The action prompted Shelly Sterling to fast-track a sale to Ballmer, who agreed last month to buy the club for $2 billion.After initially agreeing to sign off on the deal, Donald Sterling reversed course and sued the NBA for $1 billion two weeks ago.Ballmer has maintained a low profile since agreeing to buy the Clippers, declining interview requests and making no public statement on the growing legal battle over the team.Ballmer’s attorney, Adam Streisand, appeared at the courthouse Wednesday. Streisand said he came to the courthouse to ask the judge to “bless Shelly Sterling’s authority to sell (the Clippers) on behalf of the trust.” Setting off a legal battle over the $2 billion sale of the Clippers, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered a July court hearing to decide whether Shelly Sterling can sell the franchise.The July 7 hearing will begin consideration of Shelly Sterling’s move to wrest control of the NBA franchise from her husband, 80-year-old Donald Sterling. She maintains her husband is “mentally incapacitated” and has no ownership rights.Attorneys for Donald Sterling reject that diagnosis and argue she has no right to sell the club to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer.With billions of dollars at stake, the high-profile case drew a small army of attorneys to the downtown courthouse on Wednesday — eight of them, representing the Sterlings, Ballmer and the NBA, convened in a hallway of the courthouse Wednesday to await the decision on the trial date. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The couple’s fight over the team, which they’ve owned since 1981, centers on Donald Sterling’s mental health. Shelly Sterling wants a judge to confirm her position as the sole trustee of the Sterling Family Trust, the entity that oversees the Clippers, so she can proceed with a sale.Court documents submitted Wednesday by Shelly Sterling attorney Pierce O’Donnell claim that Donald Sterling underwent three different medical examinations in May. Donald Sterling was unable to spell the word “World” backwards, unaware what season it was, and initially had difficulty drawing a clock, according to a report by Dr. Meril Platzer, a Woodland Hills-based neurologist.Platzer concluded that Donald “is at risk of making potentially serious errors of judgment” and that he is unable “to reasonably carry out the duties” of a trustee. Two other physicians at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, who also evaluated Sterling, reached similar conclusions, court documents show.O’Donnell said the Sterlings’ trust contains legal language that if either Donald or Shelly is found to be incapacitated, then he or she will not have the authority to make trust decisions.“With advancing age people are vulnerable to Alzheimer’s and dementia,” O’Donnell said. “And there has been a determination that that is what Donald Sterling is suffering from, and that the mental condition is not reversible.” read more