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LA Clippers owners 'will sell' to Microsoft boss for $2bn

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (R) puts his hand over his face as he sits courtside with his wife Shelly. Credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

The beleaguered owners of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald and Shelly Sterling, have agreed to sell the basketball team to ex-Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, and drop their legal action against the National Basketball association, Reuters has reported.

NBA 'withdraws charge to strip Sterling of ownership'

The National Basketball Association said that it has reached an agreement with Shelly Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, pending approval of the league's owners.

As a result of the settlement, the league cancelled its June 3 hearing and vote to strip Donald Sterling of Clippers' ownership. The NBA has banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for racist remarks.

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Donald Sterling 'to sue NBA for $1bn' over termination

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (C), his wife Shelly (L) Credit: Reuters.

Donald Sterling, the embattled owner of basketball's Los Angeles Clippers, will sue the NBA for $1 billion (£596,801,145) in damages over the termination of his ownership, his lawyer, Maxwell Blecher told Reuters.

It is not clear when the lawsuit would be filed. His estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, said she reached a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

NBA owners agree to force LA Clippers sale

Owners of US basketball teams have agreed to try to force the sale of the LA Clippers following the revelation of racists comments from owner Donald Sterling.

An advisory committee has agreed to "move forward" with steps to oust Mr Sterling, NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said.

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling faces losing control of the LA Clippers franchise. Credit: Associated Press

The move may pave the way for a celebrity-backed bid to take over the franchise, with TV star Oprah Winfrey among high-profile figures who have expressed an interest in a buyout.

Oprah Winfrey 'interested in LA Clippers buyout'

Oprah Winfrey is reportedly interested in becoming part of a group of wealthy buyers for the LA Clippers basketball team.

Oprah Winfrey is reportedly considering joining a bid to buy the LA Clippers franchise. Credit: Associated Press

Talk show host and entrepreneur may join businessmen David Geffen and Larry Ellison in a bid if the current owner, Donald Sterling, is forced into a sale.

Mr Sterling has been banned from National Basketball Association games after he was recorded telling a friend not to bring "black people" to Clippers games.

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Collins receives warm welcome on Brooklyn Nets debut

Jason Collins defends against Los Angeles Lakers after making history. Credit: Reuters

Jason Collins has made his debut for the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first openly gay player to play in a competitive game in the NBA.

Collins, 35, received a warm welcome from the crowd as he entered the match against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Earlier, Collins said he was too busy focusing on his game to worry about making history despite the media spotlight.

Obama 'couldn't be prouder' of Collins for coming out

US President Barack Obama has told US basketball player Jason Collins that he "couldn't be prouder of him" for coming out as gay while playing in a major sports league.

Obama says Collins highlights the progress the United States has made in recognising that people of all sexual orientations are equal.

I told him I couldn't be prouder of him. One of the extraordinary measures of progress that we've seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender) community deserves full equality, not just partial equality.

An individual who has excelled at the highest levels in one of the major sports to go ahead and say that 'This is who I am. I'm proud of it. I'm still a great competitor. I'm still seven foot tall and can bang with Shaq.' [retired US basketball star, Shaquille O'Neal].

– Barack Obama
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