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NBA fines Patrick Beverley over fan incident

The NBA has fined? Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley?$25,000 over his interaction with a fan during Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs Friday night, a source told ESPN. Beverley will not suspended for the incident, …

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Rajon Rondo fined $25,000 for trying to trip Jae Crowder

Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo was fined $25,000 for sticking out his leg from the bench in an attempt to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder on Friday. Rondo was on the bench after suffering a right thumb fracture in Game 2. The Bulls are up 2-1 in the series; Game 4 is Sunday night, and Rondo says he will be out a “couple weeks.” NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the fine. Rondo said after the game Friday that he was not trying to trip the Celtics player. “When you tear an ACL, your legs get stiff on you every once in a while,” Rondo said. “I stretched my leg out. I also do that throughout the game. I guess he was so deep into our bench, it looked maybe whatever may have happened.” Celtics swingman Gerald Green said Saturday that he might believe Rondo’s stretching excuse. “He may have had to stretch his leg out. I don’t know,” Green said. “I ain’t…

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Warren Sapp doesn’t think Myles Garrett is deserving of No. 1

As the NFL draft approaches this week, Hall of Fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp is struggling to understand why Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is poised to be the No. 1 pick. “I don’t see it from this kid,” Sapp said Sunday about Garrett. “I see the splash plays — everybody gets those. Where’s the game he took over? Where? Any defensive lineman who’s the No. 1 pick, you turn up and you say, ‘There it is!’ This kid, no, I don’t. I’m a pretty plain and frank guy, and I watch the tape and he disappears. I watch the tape and he absolutely disappears.” Still, Garrett is considered the favorite to go No. 1 to Cleveland Browns, who also used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 draft on Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown. “I don’t think this kid is as good as Courtney Brown, either,” Sapp said. Sapp believes teams have fallen for Garrett for one reason only. “It’s all about measurable,” he said. “Once you hit the measurable,…

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Kings assistant John Stevens promoted to head coach

The Los Angeles Kings named assistant John Stevens their new head coach on Sunday. New general manager Rob Blake announced the decision. Blake never expanded his search past Stevens, a source confirmed to ESPN, focusing his discussions only with Stevens in determining whether there was a fit. “John and I had very productive dialogue this last week in relation to his head coaching philosophy and specifically how he would implement a strategy to activate our players offensively while maintaining the defensive philosophies we have come to be known for,” Blake said in a statement. “I am confident that we are both in agreement on how that can be executed. With that said, we believe John has the ideal qualities to lead our hockey club. His wide array of coaching experience, including success as an NHL head coach and his inherent knowledge of our players and those in our development system, is very appealing to us. We are confident he is the best person to lead our hockey…

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