A federal judge has denied Donald Sterling's request to have the legal fight over his wife's plan to sell the Los Angeles Clippers moved to federal court.  

The case will remain in Los Angeles Superior Court.  

The probate hearing that was set to begin today will likely begin soon, though an exact time or date hasn't been announced.

Shelly Sterling negotiated the team's sale after doctors examined her 80-year-old husband and declared him mentally incapacitated, ousting him as a trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers.

Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO, has a bid in to buy the team for $2 billion.