Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches (Credit: AP / Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, 2010.

Timeline: Donald Sterling and the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers

Here is a timeline of developments in the move to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

April 25

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

April 29

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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

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Sterling tells CNN he's not a racist and apologizes for his remarks then starts fresh firestorm with disparaging comment about Magic Johnson and HIV.



May 13

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Shelly Sterling tells NBC's "Today" show that she fears Donald Sterling is in early stages of dementia.

May 29

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Shelly Sterling reaches agreement to sell the team for $2 billion to 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

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Donald Sterling agrees to sign off on sale.

June 9

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

July 7

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Probate court trial begins on legality of sale.



July 8-9

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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

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

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