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Testimony in the weeks-long probate trial between Donald Sterling and his estranged wife, Shelly, concluded Wednesday, with closing arguments set for Monday in a case that could help lead to resolution of Shelly's impending $2 billion sale of their Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Donald's side finished presenting its case and did not, as expected, recall Shelly to the stand. USA Today Sports

Instead, Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, an expert on Alzheimer's and dementia, testified on behalf of Donald that he believes the mental evaluations of Donald conducted by two doctors hired by Shelly were improperly done because Shelly was in the room at the time. "I understand there's a stress between Mr. Sterling and Mrs. Sterling," Cummings testified. "The optimal examination would be conducted with no distractions so that the person being examined could, would be able to concentrate fully on the task at hand. USA Today Sports

Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a New York gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail. Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He admitted he knowingly had a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a pistol without a license. ESPN.com

"Are those charges true?'' Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Larry Stephen asked. "Yes, sir,'' Felton said, later adding in a soft voice, "I apologize.'' He was immediately sentenced to 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Rebold said Felton will be allowed to do the service outside New York. If he complies, the case will be closed without jail time or probation. ESPN.com

L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes says his aunt was brutally murdered last week at the hands of a violent fugitive -- and now he's taken to social media in hopes of finding her killer. Cops say the man is 51-year-old Michael Williams -- who they believe is the victim's estranged husband. Investigators say the victim was going to see Williams on July 8 when she was stabbed. Officials believe Williams is a transient with a violent history who may be hiding out in South Sacramento. TMZ.com

July 21, 2014 Updates

According to the arrest affidavit released by Miami Beach police on Monday, Greene says he was defending his younger brother, Dmetrique during a fight with St. Louis Rams lineback Jo-Lonn Dunbar, moments later police stepped in and tasered Donte in the rear end. "I am sorry [officer] but this guy has been after me for years since I got into the NBA," Greene said, according to the affidavit. "He was beating my brother, and I had to do what I did." Toronto Sun

Donald Sterling's combative, rambling proclamations on the witness stand — and his vulgar outburst off the stand — have drawn the most attention here in the probate trial that could determine whether his wife, Shelly, can go through with her proposed $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. But Shelly and her lawyers continue to build momentum in the case. The trial was in recess last week because of scheduling conflicts with the judge and the lawyers. USA Today Sports

July 20, 2014 Updates

A pair of professional athletes were arrested on Sunday outside of a South Florida night club. Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who plays for the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, and Donte Greene, an NBA free-agent who last played for the Sacramento Kings in 2012, were arrested early Sunday morning outside of Dream Nightclub in South Beach. Both were arrested on charges of battery and disorderly conduct after taking place in a physical altercation outside of the nightclub. CBS Miami

July 15, 2014 Updates

The drunk-driving case against a member of the Toronto Raptors has been dropped. On Tuesday, the Crown advised the court that there was "not a reasonable prospect of conviction" in pursing charges against Jonas Valanciunas. The 22-year-old NBA centre from Lithuania was charged by Huronia West OPP in early April after police alleged Valanciunas drove a vehicle through a drive-thru restaurant in Wasaga Beach with open beer bottles in plain view. Toronto Sun

July 11, 2014 Updates

Shelly Sterling attended to many details in her rush to sell the Clippers before the NBA would seize the team, but was unaware of the 11th-hour maneuver to push aside her husband and team co-owner, Donald, she told a Los Angeles court Thursday. Sterling said it was only after the deal was nearly sealed her lawyers told her they had obtained doctors' reports on Donald's mental incapacity and she could use the reports to remove him from the family trust that controlled the team. Los Angeles Times

She said she acted lovingly when she urged Donald to be evaluated. Her main concern, she testified, was to assess her husband's deterioration. Donald Sterling's lawyers said regardless of Shelly's motivations, the medical examinations appeared to be part of a cynical set-up by a bunch of "hired guns." Los Angeles Times

They say Shelly Sterling and, in particular, O’Donnell, corrupted the results of Platzer and Spar’s examinations and worked together to oust Donald Sterling from the empire he alone built. “She has to come in (to court) with what the law calls, ‘clean hands.’ And you could see today, it’s not clean,” said Max Blecher, an attorney for Donald Sterling. “It was a vicious little conspiracy that was put together with her and the lawyers.” While on the stand, Shelly Sterling and Blecher shared some heated exchanges about her intent, with Shelly insisting she didn’t know about any behind-the-scenes plan for removal. Orange County Register

With a deadline looming next week to approve the deal, a judge on Thursday delayed the next hearing. But lawyers said a deadline extension was probable. Lawyers for disgraced team owner Donald Sterling told the judge more witness testimony was necessary but they could not return until July 21 because of personal plans. So Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas put off the next hearing and scheduled further sessions that will culminate with closing arguments on July 28. USA Today Sports

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