Sterling settlement talks fail, back to court

Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling is seen in court in this courtroom sketch in Los...

Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling is seen in court in this courtroom sketch in Los Angeles, California, July 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Mona S. Edwards)

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With a settlement attempt stalled, Donald and Shelly Sterling will return to court Tuesday to continue the trial to decide the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers.

According to USA Today, which cited sources speaking on condition of anonymity, the two sides met with prospective owner Steve Ballmer at Donald Sterling's home on Monday. No progress was made in talks geared toward a settlement.

All three sides were represented by attorneys and Ballmer and Donald Sterling attended, though Shelly Sterling was not present.

Shelly Sterling is expected to be called to the witness stand on Tuesday to defend the claim by her husband's attorneys that Donald Sterling was removed from the family trust due to questions of his failing mental capacity. Two doctors certified he should be classified as mentally incapacitated.

The NBA franchise could be sold to Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, for more than $2 billion, but the sale by the trust is on hold while the court settles Donald Sterling's stake in the matter.

Sterling was removed from ownership and contact with the team by NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league's Board of Governors. The league cannot approve the sale while it is being contested.


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