Monday's Breakfast Briefing: Sterling sort of apologizes

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Sterling apologizes, says he was ‘baited’ into remarks  
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper set to air Monday night that he is sorry for remarks he was caught on tape making about basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson and other African-Americans. Sterling said he is not a racist and called the remarks "a terrible mistake." However, Sterling said he was "baited" into making the comments on tape. His wife and Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling told Barbara Walters in a separate interview that she believes he has the "onset of dementia." Meanwhile, the Clippers came back from more than 20 points down on Sunday to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder and even their series at two games apiece.

Pfizer’s CEO gets ready to face Parliament
Pfizer chief executive Ian Read is preparing for a cross-examination from British lawmakers on Tuesday about his company’s proposed $100-billion-plus takeover of UK-based rival AstraZeneca. The pharma giant previewed his answers in a series of videos posted online on Saturday, saying a deal would not take away UK jobs or hurt drug research.

Agency leaders say it’s ‘business as usual’ post-Publicom breakup
The leader of one PR firm that would have been a part of a merged Publicis Omnicom Group said the deal’s breakup did not affect staffers at the grassroots level because decisions were taking place "so far up the food chain." Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group called off their proposed $35 billion merger on Thursday night. Omnicom CEO John Wren cited "corporate culture, complexity, and time" for the deal’s dissolution on a Friday morning conference call.

Sam drafted late, but making Rams will be real challenge
Openly gay NFL hopeful Michael Sam was drafted late in the last round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, marking the moment with a kiss with his partner. Not everyone was thrilled about it. The Miami Dolphins fined defensive back Don Jones after he tweeted "horrible" at how Sam celebrated the moment. Jones later apologized on Twitter. Sam’s next challenge will be making a St. Louis Rams squad that has one of the league’s best defensive lines.

Fox co-hosts bash #BringBackOurGirls
Panelists on Fox News Sunday panned the #BringBackOurGirls social media initiative, which aims to raise global awareness of 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram extremist group in Nigeria. Columnist George Will called it "an exercise in self-esteem." First lady Michelle Obama showed her support for the effort on Thursday on both her Twitter and Instagram accounts, as have many celebrities.

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