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NBA: Pacers’ Hibbert fined for comments

on June 03, 2013 10:00 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 on Sunday by the NBA for using a gay slur and profanity during his news conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Hibbert also apologized for the comments.

“While Roy has issued an apology, which is no doubt sincere, a fine is necessary to reinforce that such offensive comments will not be tolerated by the NBA,” Commissioner David Stern said in a statement.

Earlier Sunday, the team issued a statement from Hibbert in which he said he was sorry for his “insensitive remarks.”

• ATLANTA (AP) — Former NBA star Mookie Blaylock was charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane in a head-on crash that killed a woman, police said Sunday.

Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said authorities wanted to talk to Blaylock, 46, before deciding whether he should face more serious charges. Officers had not been able to speak with Blaylock because of his injuries but they hope to do so as early as Monday, the chief said.

• LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven-time All-Star Grant Hill retired from the NBA after 19 seasons, ending an injury-plagued career that included an Olympic gold medal.

The 40-year-old forward averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals during his NBA career that included stints with the Clippers, Detroit, Orlando and Phoenix.

Pagenaud gets first IndyCar win

DETROIT (AP) — Simon Pagenaud won the crash-filled Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday for his first IndyCar victory.

The Frenchman finished 5.6 seconds in front of James Jakes in the second of two races on the 2.36-mile Belle Isle street course.

The reigning IndyCar Rookie of the Year hadn’t finished better than second.

U.S. holds on vs. Germany

WASHINGTON (AP) — Clint Dempsey scored twice in a five-minute span of the second half and moved into second place on the U.S. career scoring list, helping the Americans edge a second-string Germany team 4-3 in an exhibition game Sunday.

Preparing for three World Cup qualifiers in a 12-day span beginning Friday, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann watched the Americans take a 4-1 lead and hang on to beat the team he helped win the 1990 World Cup as a player and coached to the 2006 semifinals.

• TORONTO (AP) — Alex Morgan scored twice and Sydney Leroux added a goal to lead the United States over Canada 3-0 on Sunday. Morgan scored for the top-ranked Americans in the 70th minute when she cut inside a defender and, from the top of the penalty area, ripped a shot past goalkeeper Erin McLeod. Morgan scored from the same spot two minutes later, her 44th international goal.

OSU president sorry for remarks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The president of Ohio State University apologized to the Big Ten conference on Sunday for “hurtful remarks” he made last year about some university athletic programs.

Gordon Gee apologized in a statement for his “misguided attempt at humor” before the university’s Athletic Council in December. He says the Big Ten universities are “some of this country’s most highly accomplished research institutions” and he’s honored to lead a Big Ten school.

Mangini to help with Niners’ offense

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers agreed to terms with Eric Mangini to be an offensive consultant for the NFC champions.

The former Cleveland Browns and New York Jets coach will work on Jim Harbaugh’s staff for the two-time reigning NFC West winners, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had made no formal announcement.

Baseball fan has no proof of age

NEW YORK (AP) — A baseball fan who says he’s 111 years old and was saluted by the New York Yankees on the field this weekend has no proof of his age.

Bernando LaPallo chatted with Yankees star Derek Jeter before Saturday night’s game against Boston. The Arizona resident playfully calls himself the Yankees’ oldest fan.

But a consultant with Guinness World Records who specializes in validating the ages of older people said public records show LaPallo was born in 1910, not on Aug. 17, 1901.

“Many extreme age claims in the past have turned out to be false,” researcher Robert Young told The Associated Press in an email Sunday.

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