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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling nixes deal, says he’ll sue NBA ‘to protect my rights’

06.10.14 at 7:56 am ET

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MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Reds, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA Finals: Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)


— One day after NBA commissioner Adam Silver voiced optimism that the Donald Sterling saga was nearing its conclusion, Sterling’s lawyer said he has decided to contest the sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer and will sue the NBA for $1 billion.

“We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit,” attorney Maxwell Blecher said.

Sterling agreed to the sale last week, but he reportedly changed his mind when he realized that the league would not revoke his lifetime ban.

The lawsuit accuses the NBA of violating Sterling’s constitutional rights after banning the owner and fining him $2.5 million following the release of a secret audiotape on which Sterling made racist comments. Sterling has called the tape “illegal,” as he did not consent to it. He again apologized for his comments and insisted they were said out of anger and jealousy and were not meant to be public.

Said Sterling in a statement: “I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights. While my position may not be popular, I believe that my rights to privacy and the preservation of my rights to due process should not be trampled. I love the team and have dedicated 33 years of my life to the organization. I intend to fight to keep the team.”

Sterling’s wife, acting as sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, negotiated the $2 billion deal with Ballmer. As part of the deal, Shelly Sterling agreed to indemnify the NBA against all lawsuits.

— A $5,000 fine won’t mean much for a player who makes millions, but perhaps the humiliation will shame Dwyane Wade into stopping his flopping ways.

The Heat guard was fined by the NBA Monday for embellishing during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili took a swipe at the ball and Wade acted as though he had been smacked in the face. The official bought Wade’s acting job, whistling Ginobili for a foul. It was costly for San Antonio, as Ginobili had to leave the game because it was his third foul and it was only the second quarter. Additionally, Wade was given two free throws and he made them both. Miami went on to win by two points.

“He took a swipe and he hit me,” Wade claimed Monday, before the fine was announced. “It was a late call by the ref, but he called it.”

This marks the fifth time this postseason a player has been assessed a fine for flopping.

— The Jaguars are replacing 9,500 end zone seats and installing a two-level party deck, featuring two pools and 16 furnished cabanas, in an effort to find a creative way to get fans into the stadium.

Each of the four poolside cabanas on the lower level will rent for $12,500 per game, which includes 50 tickets and unlimited refreshments. The upper cabanas go for $3,000 per game, and that includes 20 tickets but no pool access. Individual tickets can be purchased as well, for $250 (lower level) or $150.

A team executive told ESPN that 65 percent of the cabanas have been sold for the upcoming season.

“We’re targeting businesses who want to entertain some of their clients or even their own employees.” senior vice president of sales Chad Johnson said. “What we’ve built here you can’t get anywhere else.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 10, 1970, pitcher Jim Lonborg was put on the 21-day disabled list and the Red Sox made the rare move of activating a coach to the roster. Which coach-turned-player went on to hit .343 in 38 games that season, while making appearances at all three outfield positions, first base, third base and even catcher?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think winning games is the most important thing, certainly for this organization. When you come here, you learn that pretty quickly — whatever matters to you as an individual, it’€™s far distant from what the team goals are, and the team goals are one thing: to score more points than the other team.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, responding to a question about his alleged decline in performance

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Games this season in which the Red Sox have been shut out, including Monday’s 4-0 loss to the Orioles

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): As part of a Father’s Day tribute, three Blue Jays dads show up at Toronto’s Rogers Centre while their sons are being interviewed about their impact.

Kwe’Shaun Parker, a 6-foot-2 high school sophomore basketball star from Fayetteville, N.C., shows impressive athleticism with this dunk in pregame warmups.

TRIVIA ANSWER: George Thomas

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Shirley Reeves, former lead singer of the Shirelles, was born on this day in 1941.

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