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Basketball: Clippers' under-fire owner Sterling battling cancer, says report

Published on May 2, 2014 4:38 PM
 
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA play-off game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, on April 21, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Sterling, newly banned from basketball over racist comments attributed to him, has been battling prostate cancer, sports network ESPN and other media reported on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, newly banned from basketball over racist comments attributed to him, has been battling prostate cancer, sports network ESPN and other media reported on Thursday.

The reports come after the National Basketball Association (NBA) launched a bid to oust the 80-year-old as owner of the franchise, as urged by league commissioner Adam Silver.

ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that Sterling has cancer. The New York Post, which first reported the news, also cited unnamed sources as saying he has been battling prostate cancer for an extended period of time.

Reuters could not independently confirm these reports. Officials for the Clippers and the NBA did not immediately return requests for comment.

 
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