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NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA charged Donald Sterling on Monday with damaging the league and its teams by making racist comments, setting up a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The league also said the banned owner has engaged in other conduct that has impaired its relationship with fans and merchandising partners.

“All of these acts provide grounds for termination under several provisions of the NBA constitution and related agreements,” the league said in a statement.

Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by Commissioner Adam Silver after the release of a recording in which he made racist remarks. He has until May 27 to respond to the charge, and the right to appear at the hearing and make a presentation before the board of governors. He has the right to a lawyer at the hearing, but strict courtroom rules of evidence would not apply.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies parted ways with team CEO Jason Levien and director of player personnel Stu Lash in a front-office shake-up that follows the Grizzlies’ elimination in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

General manager Chris Wallace has assumed interim responsibility for basketball operations. Jason Wexler, the Grizzlies’ chief operating officer, remains responsible for business operations.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors and Steve Kerr completed the coaching contract they agreed to last week.

The sides finalized the five-year deal worth up to $25 million and the team said it will introduce Kerr at a news conference Tuesday at its downtown Oakland practice facility.

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HORSE RACING

NEW YORK (AP) - California Chrome can breathe easy - he’s allowed to wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes on June 7.

Belmont Park stewards cleared the horse to use the strip that opens his nasal passages, just as he did in winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

New York tracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on the list. A statement from the New York Racing Association and the state’s Gaming Commission said the track’s three stewards unanimously agreed to lift the ban.

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