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Key dates leading to Los Angeles Clippers sale

Tuesday - 8/12/2014, 5:30pm  ET

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A timeline of developments in the record $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer:

April 25 -- Recordings emerge and quickly spread of team owner Donald Sterling denouncing his girlfriend for bringing black men to Clippers games.

April 29 -- Sterling gets a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who called the remarks hateful and deeply offensive.

May 12 -- Sterling says in TV interview he's not a racist and apologizes for his remarks then starts fresh firestorm with disparaging comment about Magic Johnson and HIV.

May 13 -- Shelly Sterling says in TV interview that she fears Donald Sterling is in early stages of dementia.

May 29 -- Shelly Sterling reaches agreement to sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. She says she has the authority under the family trust after two doctors found her 80-year-old husband had symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

June 4 -- Donald Sterling agrees to sign off on sale.

June 9 -- Donald Sterling pulls support for deal, vows long court fight to keep team.

July 7 -- Probate court trial begins on legality of sale.

July 8-9 -- Donald Sterling gives caustic, combative testimony during trial, shouting at lawyers for both sides and saying Shelly Sterling duped him. He calls her a pig when she tries to approach him after her testimony.

July 28 -- Probate judge rules against Donald Sterling, says deal to sell team can go forward.

Aug. 8 -- Probate judge refuses Donald Sterling's request to block the sale but says he could file it again.

Aug. 11 -- Probate judge enters his order confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the team to Ballmer.


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