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NBA roundup: Sterling announcement Tuesday

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Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday will provide the findings of the NBA investigation into alleged racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling,

Sterling was allegedly secretly recorded by his girlfriend making racist comments in a long-winded conversation made available by multiple outlets over the weekend.

The comments sent a shockwave of reactions throughout the sports world.

State Farm Insurance, CarMax and Virgin Airlines announced Monday it will step away from its sponsorship of the Clippers.

Silver instructed Sterling to lie low while the NBA investigates the authenticity of the tape recording. The racial remarks made were so powerful that even President Barack Obama responded to them on Sunday during a trip to Malaysia.

Clippers players were told by coach Doc Rivers before Sunday's playoff game against the Golden State Warriors not to comment on the situation. They made a silent protest during warmups about 20 minutes before the opening tip. They circled in the midcourt area of Oracle Arena and threw their Clippers warmup jackets on the ground, exposing team warmup T-shirts that were turned inside-out to hide any reference to the team Sterling owns.

Yahoo Sports reported that Magic Johnson is interested in buying the Clippers, but it is not known if Sterling is interested in selling the team.

---Hall of Fame NBA coach Jack Ramsay died after a long battle with cancer.

Ramsay was 89 and coached 20 seasons in the NBA, with 864 career victories and a 1977 title with the Portland Trail Blazers. He also won an NBA championship as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.

When Ramsay was hired in 1976, the Trail Blazers franchise was six years old and never had a winning season. In the 1977 Finals, the Blazers knocked off Julius Erving and the 76ers after sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference final.

He coached nine seasons with the Blazers and spent almost two seasons with the Indiana Pacers.

---Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson was forced out of Monday night's Game 4 playoff game against the Miami Heat because of a foot injury.

Jefferson, who led the team with 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game during the regular season, strained the plantar fascia in his left foot in the first quarter of Game 1.

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