Sports news briefs — Oct. 21

Compiled from wire reports

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NBA

Thunder’s Thabeet suspended 1 game

• Oklahoma City center Hasheem Thabeet has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for head-butting the Pelicans’ Greg Stiemsma. Thabeet banged his head into Stiemsma’s after the pair exchanged shoves during the Thunder’s 105-102 loss on Thursday. The NBA said Monday that Thabeet will miss the first game that he is eligible and physically able to play in during the regular season.

• Denver guard Nate Robinson has been fined $10,000 for pushing Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams from behind and striking him in the chest during a preseason game. Robinson was penalized Monday for his actions that occurred with 10:59 left in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets’ 109-81 loss last Tuesday. Robinson is in his first season with the Nuggets after playing last season for Chicago.

• The Atlanta Hawks have waived forward James Johnson. The 6-foot-9 Johnson appeared in four preseason games for the Hawks, averaging 1.5 points and 12 minutes per outing. He shot just 16.7 percent from the field. Last season, Johnson played 26 games for Sacramento. He also has played for Chicago and Toronto in his four-year NBA career. The waiving of Johnson leaves 17 players on Atlanta’s training camp roster.

• The Clippers have waived forward Brandon Davies, leaving their roster at 15. The team made the move Monday. Davies averaged 3.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in five preseason games with Los Angeles. He played on the Clippers’ entry in the Las Vegas summer league, averaging 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in five games. Davies, who played at BYU, wasn’t taken in the June NBA Draft.

NHL

Avalanche forward receives ban for hit

• Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod was suspended for five games by the NHL on Monday for his hit along the boards on Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall last week. Kronwall was carried off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period after being rammed into the boards in the Red Wings’ 4-2 win last Thursday. He suffered a concussion and cuts to the ear. McLeod was assessed a 5-minute penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit on Kronwall. The suspension will cost McLeod $29,487, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

• Defenseman Roman Hamrlik has retired after a 20-year NHL career. The three-time All-Star was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 1992. He played 1,395 games in the regular season and 113 in the playoffs with the Lightning, Oilers, Islanders, Flames, Canadiens, Capitals and Rangers. From Zlin, Czech Republic, Hamrlik had 155 goals and 483 assists for 638 points while averaging more than 23 minutes in ice time.

College Basketball

Marquette’s Wilson has stress fracture

• Marquette freshman guard Duane Wilson has a stress fracture in his left leg and will miss the start of the season. The school made the announcement Monday. Marquette says Wilson is expected to miss several weeks. Wilson was a consensus top 100 recruit as a senior at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay and helped lead the team to the Wisconsin state championship as a senior in 2012-13.

MLB

A-Rod conference denied by arbitrator

• Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers were blocked from holding a news conference Monday with a person they described as a “major league baseball whistle-blower” when the commissioner’s office obtained an order from the arbitrator hearing the case. More than an hour after the scheduled start of the news conference, one of Rodriguez’s lawyers read the substance of the order from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to the assembled media. The lawyers would not say whether the “whistle-blower” worked for Major League Baseball, one of its teams or some other affiliate. They also said the “whistle-blower” had facts not directly related to the substance of the case. Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games in August following baseball’s investigation of the now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. The players’ union filed a grievance to overturn the penalty. The New York Yankees third baseman was allowed to play until the case is resolved.

• Don Mattingly says his 2014 contract option vested with the Dodgers’ first-round playoff victory over Atlanta, but he isn’t sure he’ll be back as manager next season. He said Monday that the organization put him in a difficult position with his players by not exercising his option going into the final year of his three-year deal. Mattingly’s option worth $1.4 million would allow him to return, but the team has yet to say anything about his future with the Dodgers.

— From wire reports


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