News

Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, center, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive." Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Danny Moloshok

BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 Monday 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 claimed his wife deceived him about the medical exams.

Sterling has vowed to fight the NBA until his death and is expected to continue to wage court battles to stop the sale.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

3 hours ago in Local

Republican State Senate blames Inslee and former DOC Secretary for early release of prisoners

prison

A Republican State Senate report on the early release of prisoners casts blame at Democratic Governor Jay Inslee and former Department of Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner.

3 hours ago in Local

Seattle teen accidentally shoots and kills himself

gun

People in the house told investigators the boy had been handling the gun when it accidentally fired, killing him.

3 hours ago in Local

Child dies in Tacoma duplex fire

wildfire

Others in the duplex made it safely out of the home, but firefighters found the child's body inside.

3 hours ago in Local

Portland Oregon’s police chief gets suspended

police lights

The city's Police Chief is on administrative leave for reportedly misleading investigators about the cause of a hunting accident in which a friend was wounded last month.

3 hours ago in Local

Whatcom County’s Habitat for Humanity raises wages for workers

house construction

The organization says it seems disingenuous to fight against poverty but pay poverty wages.