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Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Forced To Sell
Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has lost his bid to block the $2bn (£1.18bn) sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The deal has been negotiated by Mr Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling.
Mrs Sterling said she had taken over the family trust that owns the team because doctors found Mr Sterling had signs of Alzheimer's disease and could not manage his affairs.
He sought to block the sale, saying his wife had deceived him about the medical exams and at one point calling her a "pig" in court.
The 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the National Basketball Association after he made offensive remarks about black people.
Mrs Sterling burst into tears as the ruling was announced at the California Superior Court.
"I can't believe it's over. I feel good," she said.
Mr Sterling's lawyers said they would file an appeal of the decision.
"He doesn't see this as the final battleground," said lawyer Bobby Samini. "This is one stage of a long war."
The saga began in April when a recording surfaced of Mr Sterling scolding his young girlfriend for bringing black men to Clippers games.
The NBA moved quickly to ban him for life and fined him $2.5m (£1.4m).
He apologised, but his mea culpa backfired when he criticised Lakers great Magic Johnson as a bad role model for kids because he had HIV.
President Barack Obama called Mr Sterling's remarks "incredibly offensive racist statements".