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NBA: Under-fire Sterling's wife and co-owner wants to keep Clippers, says report

Published on May 8, 2014 7:33 PM
Shelly Sterling (centre), the wife of Donald Sterling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, watches the Clippers against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena on April 27, 2014, in Oakland, California. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Shelly Sterling says she wants to maintain ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, even though the league is seeking to oust her husband from the team he has owned since 1981.

The Clippers co-owner told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that she believes she has a legal right to run the team and that the sanctions levelled against her husband, Donald Sterling, do not apply to her.

She also said she has hired a lawyer to help her with the control bid.

The Clippers are held in a family trust which Shelly Sterling shares 50-50 with her husband, the Times said. In the event one dies, the surviving spouse gets the other share.

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