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LOS ANGELES -- Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterlings estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Lawyers for Sterling plan to argue Monday that Shelly Sterling had no right to make the deal with Ballmer, even though Donald Sterling had given her written authority to pursue a sale. The attorneys also say she tricked Donald Sterling into taking mental exams that found he had signs of the onset of Alzheimers disease. That finding was sufficient for Sterling to be removed as a trustee of the Sterling Family Trust and to allow Shelly Sterling to move forward with the sale of the team. Later in the process, however, Donald Sterling tried to stop the sale by dissolving the trust. Lawyers for Shelley Sterling urged the judge to allow the sale to go forward so a contract can be in place before NBA owners meet on Aug. 15. Lawyers spent the better part of a month questioning witnesses at the trial, and on Monday will try to persuade a judge to agree with their respective positions. Shelly Sterlings lawyers along with an attorney for Ballmer filed a voluminous legal brief citing case law that they say proves that Donald Sterling did not have the right to dissolve the trust that owned the Clippers. They urged the judge to allow the sale to occur and reject any delay if appeals are filed. "The trust has a golden bird in the hand," the brief said. "A sale of the Clippers for $2 billion is indisputably a bonanza for the Sterling family. Donalds strident opposition is motivated by only selfish considerations. This court has the power to make this precedent-setting sale happen." The 49-page document notes that if the sale is ordered, it also could be delayed by numerous legal provisions in the probate code allowing review of the ruling. The lawyers urged Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas to streamline the procedure. They cited 80-year-old Sterlings vow on the witness stand to continue suing the NBA for the rest of his life and noted his threat to seek an injunction to stop the sale if the judge rules against him. Donald Sterling was removed as a trustee after his wife had him examined by two doctors who found he lacked the mental capacity to handle his own business affairs. His lawyers filed a 70-page brief that focused heavily on that point. They said the doctors were hand-picked by lawyers for Shelly Sterling and did not do adequate exams. Donald Sterling maintained he didnt know his competency as a trustee was being evaluated. His lawyers said in their brief that he appeared alert and able to express himself during his testimony and showed no signs of being incompetent. Still, Sterling spent much of his time on the witness stand shouting at attorneys for both sides, expressing his outrage at the NBA and its commissioner for trying to oust him from the league over racist recordings. At one point he called Shelly Sterling a "pig" as she left the witness stand. Donald Sterling has filed another lawsuit in state court against Shelly Sterling, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league. Shelly Sterlings potentially record-breaking deal with Ballmer was struck after Donald Sterlings racist remarks to a girlfriend were recorded and publicized. The NBA moved to oust him as team owner, fined him $2.5 million and banned him for life. Shelly Sterling went to probate court to ensure that the sale she negotiated with Ballmer would go through. David Ortiz Red Sox Jersey . 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The Maple Leafs may not have had a pick until the third round, but they have made the biggest move of the second day of the Draft, dealing defenceman Carl Gunnarsson and a fourth-round pick in the draft to the St.LONDON - With his third hat trick in four games, Lionel Messi reached yet another scoring milestone for Barcelona on Sunday.The Argentina star passed the 400-goal mark for his club with three goals in its 5-1 comeback victory over derby rival Espanyol, keeping Barcelona second in the Spanish league.In England, West Ham climbed provisionally to third place thanks to a towering performance from Andy Carroll.Here is a look at the action in Europes top leagues:___SPAINMessi matched Cristiano Ronaldos three-goal performance in Real Madrids win on Saturday to ensure Barcelona stayed within two points of its fierce rival at the top of the table. In the past two weeks, Messi has also scored hat tricks against Sevilla in the league and APOEL in the Champions League.Sergio Garcia put Espanyol in front in the 13th minute in a good first half for the visitors, but Messi curled home the equalizer in injury time before the break to change the flow of the game.Messi fired in his second in the 50th and added a third after Gerard Pique and substitute Pedro Rodriguez had scored in a second half dominated by Barcelona.Messi is a football legend, said Espanyol coach Sergio Gonzalez.Already Barcelonas all-time top scorer, Messis goals were his 400th, 401st and 402nd goals for the club, including friendlies. They took his league tally for this season to 13 goals, far behind Ronaldos runaway total of 23.Carlos Bacca scored early to help secure Sevillas 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano as the Andalusian side tightened its hold on fourth place.___ENGLANDCarroll displayed the attributes that once made him one of the worlds most expensive players to guide West Ham to a 3-1 win over Swansea and third place in the Premier League.The tall England striker scored two headed goals and also flicked on a long ball for Diafra Sakho to grab a third as West Ham came from behind at Upton Park for a third win in eight days.Carroll is returning to full fitness after a long injury layoff, with performances like this showing why Liverpool spent 35 million pounds (then $56 million) on him in 2011.West Ham has been one of the surprising teams in England, reinvented under managerr Sam Allardyce after he was told by the clubs owners that his team needed to be more entertaining this season.ddddddddddddAston Villa also rallied to beat bottom side Leicester 2-1 and seal back-to-back wins that lifted the team clear of relegation trouble and into 11th place.Right back Alan Hutton volleyed in the winner in the 71st minute after Ciaran Clark cancelled Leonardo Ulloas 13th-minute opener for Leicester, which is four points from safety.___ITALYNapoli rallied from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw at home against Empoli, while Genoa beat AC Milan 1-0 to move into third spot in Serie A.Simone Verdi and Daniele Rugani had given Empoli a comfortable lead but two goals in five minutes from Duvan Zapata and substitute Jonathan De Guzman saw Napoli recover.Former Milan defender Luca Antonelli scored the only goal of the game in Genoa to lift the home team two points above Napoli.Sampdoria can move a point behind its city rival with a win at Hellas Verona on Monday.Lazio moved fifth with a 2-1 win at bottom club Parma and Atalanta fought back from two goals down to beat Cesena 3-2 in a relegation battle.Inter Milan hosts Udinese in the late game.___GERMANYHamburger SV took advantage of Mainzs mistakes to win 2-1 in the Bundesliga and give itself some breathing space in the fight against relegation.A third straight home victory allowed Hamburg to leave the danger zone, while Mainz is without a win in six consecutive matches.Alexander Meier scored twice to lead Eintracht Frankfurt past Werder Bremen 5-2 for his teams third consecutive victory.___FRANCETwo late goals from Alexandre Lacazette helped Lyon win 3-2 at Evian to move back into third place in the French league.The Lyon striker notched a league-leading 13th goal this season by converting a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time after Evian substitute Adrien Thomasson handled the ball.Lens forward Adamo Coulibaly powered home a header in injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw with Lille while Claudio Beauvue dribbled past two defenders in the 78th to fire struggling Guingamp to a 3-2 win over mid-table Reims.Marseille hosts Metz in the late game. 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