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Sterling accuses wife, commissioner of fraud in new suit

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed a new lawsuit in his attempt to retain the team and derail a potential $2 billion sale.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court names estranged wife Shelly Sterling, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, saying they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The suit lists many arguments already being heard in a probate court trial on the legality of the Ballmer deal.

They include Sterling’s assertion that he’s the team’s sole owner, that his wife deceived him in persuading him to get mental examinations and that the NBA and Ballmer colluded to deprive him of his rights as owner.

Attorneys for the defendants couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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