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Discipline! What we need around here is more discipline!

And, no, we're not talking about the NFL for a change.

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Actually, the sanctions being handed out in the NBA and NASCAR are over problems NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would love to have.

* The NBA suspended two Phoenix Suns for tonight's game in Phoenix for leaving the bench during an altercation when San Antonio's Robert Horry body-checked Steve Nash into the scorer's table at the end of their Monday night playoff battle. Horry was dinged for two games, but the Suns are paying a heavier price, the loss of star Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw, with the series tied, 2-2.

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Actually, this move -- considering how minor the infractions appear to be (neither of the Sun players threw punches) -- is embarrassing for the league, which is taking a sheepish "rules-are-rules" stance.  The development also adds a Villains (Spurs) vs. Good Guys (Suns) flavor to the series.

* Meanwhile, in left-hand-turn land, DEI keeps having a heckuva month. Just a week after Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he was leaving the NASCAR racing group named after his late father, his No. 8 team was rung up by NASCAR for illegal modifications to their Car of Tomorrow (do they make those in Disneyland?).  Dale Jr. finished eighth at Darlington on Mother's Day but is being busted for 100 championship points that dropped him two places to 14th in the Chase standings.  The crew chief was nailed for a $100,000 fine and a six-race suspension for improper rear wing mounts (don't ask me, I barely know where the gas goes).

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