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Judge Sides With Sterling's Wife, OKs Clippers Sale

Rules against Donald Sterling
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2014 5:02 PM CDT
Judge Sides With Sterling's Wife, OKs Clippers Sale
In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, during the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles.   (Mark Terrill)

(Newser) – A judge has ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Judge Michael Levanas sided today with Sterling's estranged wife in the case that arose after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks. Shelly Sterling sought the court's approval for the deal she negotiated after taking control of a family trust and removing her husband as a trustee after two doctors found he had Alzheimer's disease and couldn't manage his affairs. Donald Sterling, who claimed his wife deceived him about the medical exams, has vowed to fight the NBA until his death and is expected to continue to wage court battles to stop the sale. (Read more Donald Sterling stories.)

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