News

Ballmer’s lawyer says Clippers sale could miss deadline

Ballmer’s lawyer says Clippers sale could miss deadline

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014, photo, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, shakes hands with former NBA players Bill Russell, right, and "Downtown" Freddie Brown as Omar Lee looks on during an NCAA college basketball game between Washington and Oregon State in Seattle. An individual with knowledge of negotiations to sell the Los Angeles Clippers said Shelly Sterling has reached an agreement to sell the team to Ballmer for $2 billion. The individual, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press on Thursday, May 29, 2014, that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File

LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for the man offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion says Donald Sterling’s stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline.

At a hearing Friday to set parameters for the rest of a probate trial, Adam Streisand implored the judge to make a swift decision when hearings conclude July 28.

He says the final deadline to close the deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was extended by a month, but “the deal ends on Aug. 15.”

In spite of the looming deadline, Sterling’s attorney, Gary Ruttenberg, asked to further delay proceedings, insisting the case “has been railroaded on a bullet train.”

Outside court, Streisand said that Sterling’s refusal to sell the team is “a suicide mission by a madman.”

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

in Local Sports

WWU Women defeats Simon Fraser in regionally televised contest

western washington logo generic copy/wwu

Forward Kiana Gandy came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points, helping Western Washington University defeat Simon Fraser University, 72-65, on Saturday.

in Local Sports

Collinsworth leads BYU over No. 3 Gonzaga 73-70

BYUc oach Dave Rose speaks to his team during a timeout during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Spokane, Wash.

Kyle Collinsworth scored 20 points

in Local Sports

Last-place USC beats short-handed Washington 70-55

Southern California head coach Andy Enfield instructs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Stanford, Calif.

Washington played without injured starters Nigel Williams-Goss and Shawn Kemp Jr.

in Local Sports

WWU hosts SFU in regular-season finale

WWU women pose with fans following a win over Central Washington

WWU women vs. Simon Fraser University at 6:35pm on AM930 KBAI.

in Sports

Thunder’s Russell Westbrook has surgery on cheekbone

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook smiles as he answers a question during a news conference during media day for the NBA basketball team in Oklahoma City, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had surgery to repair a fracture to his right cheek after getting hit by a teammate's knee.