After its probe, NBA won't punish JordanMichael...

After its probe, NBA won't punish Jordan

Michael Jordan won't be punished by the NBA after an investigation of published reports about gambling by the Chicago Bulls star.


NBA commissioner David Stern said yesterday that the league found no cause for disciplinary action against Jordan, who reportedly gambled on golf and cards with a convicted cocaine dealer and another North Carolina man who later was killed in an unrelated robbery.

The NBA concluded its probe with an interview of Jordan in New York, where the league-leading Bulls played the Knicks last night.


* Rookie Dikembe Mutombo will miss the Denver Nuggets' 10 remaining games because of a left thumb injury. Mutombo, who has a torn ulnar collateral ligament, was placed on the injured list. The Nuggets activated Steve Scheffler from the injured list to take the rookie's place.


Dennis Conner, jinxed just weeks ago, sailed Stars & Stripes to its fourth straight victory over the America3 Foundation, beating America3 by 45 seconds in the second race of the America's Cup defender semifinals.


Bjorn Borg, resuming a comeback he started a year ago, struggled before beating fellow Swede Peter Svensson, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, in a first-round match of the River Oaks International tournament in Houston.


Plan B free agent Steve DeBerg returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the same way he left four years ago -- as Vinny Testaverde's backup. The Buccaneers, who dealt DeBerg to the Kansas City Chiefs to clear the way for Testaverde to develop without the pressure of having an experienced veteran looking over his shoulder, signed the 38-year-old quarterback to a two-year contract.

DeBerg enjoyed the best seasons of his 14-year career in Kansas City, helping the Chiefs to the playoffs the past two years. He lost his starting job to Mark Vlasic late last season, however, and was left unprotected under Plan B.


* Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones predicted that NFL owners will table a move to give back money to the three major television networks in exchange for a two-year extension. Owners are to meet today to discuss the proposal, in which the league would lower its rights under the current deal by $238 million, or $8.5 million per team. Ten clubs are said to oppose the move.

* The sharing of salary information with agents and players by the NFL Players Association does not violate federal antitrust laws, a judge in Minneapolis ruled. The league's 28 teams filed suit last year claiming that the sharing of salary information unlawfully restrains commerce.

* Tex Schramm, 71, the former Cowboys president and general manager, remained hospitalized at Baylor University Medical Center, where he is recovering from quintuple bypass surgery. "He's still in serious condition. But he is talking and alert," hospital spokeswoman Lisa Wren said.