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      Sterling not going away quitely

      Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling still hasn't signed off on the deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer because the NBA won't revoke its $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban.

      A person with knowledge of the negotiations who wasn't authorized to talk publicly says Sterling had agreed to sell the team and drop his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA assuming "all their differences had been resolved."

      But now he's considering continuing the suit after being told by intermediaries the NBA won't budge on the punishments doled out by Commissioner Adam Silver after Sterling's racist comments were publicized.

      Sterling's consent to his wife's potentially record-breaking $2 billion deal was the first sign of an end to weeks of uncertainty. The NBA must approve.