Miami Heat rookie Michael Beasley was fined $50,000 by the NBA yesterday for his involvement in an incident at the Rookie Transition Program this month. The NBA also said Beasley failed to cooperate with a league investigation of the matter, which also involved the Heat's Mario Chalmers and the Memphis Grizzlies' Darrell Arthur. Arthur and Chalmers, former Kansas teammates, were fined $20,000 apiece last week after being banished from the rookie symposium. Security at the resort near New York where the event took place found Arthur and Chalmers in a room with two women, and the scent of marijuana was detected. No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found, but having guests in the room violated NBA policy, and the two rookies were sent home. Arthur and Chalmers apologized but denied using marijuana.
Timberwolves: : Forward Al Jefferson has a sprained right knee and will be sidelined for two to three weeks. The team said Jefferson is expected to be ready for the regular season. In Jefferson's first season with the Timberwolves, he averaged 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds.
Rockets:: The team purchased four tractor-trailers full of food, water and toiletries for victims of Hurricane Ike, and players unloaded them at a Houston distribution center. The four trucks carried 80,000 pounds of supplies, team spokeswoman Tracey Hughes said.
Pistons: : President of basketball operations Joe Dumars told the Associated Press he's keeping the team together because no one offered him a good deal after he publicly put his players on the trading block in June. Detroit was eliminated on its home court in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals by Boston.
WNBA: : Shameka Christon scored 19 points, and the host New York Liberty beat the Connecticut Sun, 72-63, in the opener of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. ... Becky Hammon made six three-pointers and scored 30 points to give the San Antonio Silver Stars an 85-78 win over the host Sacramento Monarchs in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs.
Aric Goodman made a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give host Colorado a 17-14 victory over No. 21 West Virginia. The Mountaineers had the ball first in overtime, but Pat McAfee's 23-yard attempt clanged off the left upright. Cody Hawkins threw two touchdown passes - both in the first quarter - and Rodney Stewart rushed for 166 yards, the most ever by a Colorado freshman. The Buffaloes improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2004. Quarterback Pat White ran for two touchdowns and 148 yards for West Virginia (1-2), and Noel Devine finished with 133 yards on the ground.
More college football:: Virginia sophomore quarterback Peter Lalich was dismissed from the team after admitting in court yesterday that he violated terms of his drinking-related probation by consuming alcohol. Lalich's dismissal leaves Marc Verica, who saw his first action last week in a 45-10 loss at Connecticut, as Virginia's likely starter when its plays at Duke on Sept. 27. ... Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer will not have to give a deposition next week in a lawsuit involving a former Alabama booster. Fulmer was issued a subpoena July 24 during the Southeastern Conference football media day to give testimony for Wendell Smith's lawsuit against the NCAA stemming from a decade-old Alabama recruiting scandal. ... No. 24 Florida State gets its top offensive playmaker back tomorrow when Preston Parker returns for a key early-season Atlantic Coast Conference game against No. 18 Wake Forest after a two-game suspension that resulted from an arrest on weapons and drug charges.
Boxer Diaz awakens from coma after 2 months
Welterweight boxer Oscar Diaz has awakened from a coma, two months after he was seriously injured during a bout in his native San Antonio. Diaz, 25, was awake and breathing on his own. He has been upgraded from critical to stable condition, and doctors at University Hospital are cautiously optimistic about his recovery. Diaz was unable to leave his corner for the 11th round of his fight with Delvin Rodriguez, eventually collapsing in the ring. .
McKay:: Sugar Ray Leonard and Dominique Dawes have joined the lineup for the Babe Ruth Museum tribute event honoring legendary sportscaster Jim McKay. Leonard, Dawes, Michael Phelps, Dorothy Hamill and boxing guru Bert Sugar will headline "A Champions' Tribute to Jim McKay" on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the new Hilton Hotel in downtown Baltimore. Tickets are $150 for members of the Babe Ruth Museum and $175 for nonmembers. For more information, go to www.BabeRuthMuseum.com or call 410-727-1539, extension 3013. McKay passed away June 7 at age 86.
Golf: : Michelle Wie salvaged a ragged round with a birdie-birdie finish to remain among the leaders after the third round of an LPGA Tour sectional qualifying tournament. Wie's closing birdies gave her a 2-over-par 74 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. That left Wie in fourth at 7-under 209 entering today's final round. ... Marc Turnesa, a 30-year-old rookie, used a 22-putt round for a 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay at the PGA Viking Classic in Madison, Miss.
Horse racing: : Shadow Play won the $551,225 Little Brown Jug at Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio, pulling away for a 6 1/4 -length victory in the second leg of the pacing Triple Crown. The black colt paced a mile in 1:50 1/5 .
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