Thursday's Sports In Brief
DALLAS (AP) - Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest has been suspended from Game 3 of a second-round series against the Mavericks on Friday night for hitting Dallas guard J.J. Barea in the face with a forearm.
Los Angeles, down 0-2, will be playing a pivotal game without its starting small forward.
Barea was dribbling around Los Angeles' Lamar Odom with 24 seconds left in a game that had already been decided when Artest moved in and swung a forearm at the guard's head. Artest was ejected immediately. The league said he also would be assessed a flagrant foul. An accumulation of flagrant foul points could lead to another suspension.
UNDATED (AP) - Retired Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, ex-Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher and former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Chad Lewis will take on Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest mountain - next week. They'll be joined by four injured service members to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Disappointed he couldn't take part in an NFL USO tour to Afghanistan, Bruschi had told league officials to keep him in mind for future projects. When he got the call a few months ago, he said "it was just something I couldn't pass up.''
The group will also meet in New York on Monday to visit ground zero.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon thinks Major League Baseball should examine controversial calls this season to see whether expanded instant replay would have an impact on those situations.
Maddon was tossed Wednesday night after the umpires got together and reversed Joe West's safe call on a tag play by Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind on Tampa Bay's Sam Fuld. The call completed an inning-ending double play, and Maddon was ejected when he tried to argue.
MLB is leaning toward expanding replay for the 2012 season to include trapped balls and fair-or-foul rulings down the lines. Only home run calls are currently reviewable.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. is facing new misdemeanor harassment charges accusing him of threatening two homeowner association security guards outside his Las Vegas home.
The charges filed in Las Vegas stem from an October dispute over parking with guards in the gated community where the undefeated prizefighter lives.
Mayweather already faces a September trial on a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from allegations that he poked a 21-year-old guard in the face during a separate argument over parking tickets in November. He also faces unrelated felony charges in a domestic argument with his ex-girlfriend and two of their children last year.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - After sweating through crisp white shirts and expensive suits for more than three decades, Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams is ready to take it easy.
Williams announced his retirement, saying "it's the right time'' for him to end a career in which he led his alma mater to the 2002 national championship.
Williams coached for 33 years, the last 22 at Maryland, where he played from 1964-67.
His career record is 668-380, including 461-252 at Maryland. Under his direction, the Terrapins went to the NCAA tournament 14 times, won or shared three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and reached the Final Four twice.
VERNON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut swingman Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, who was recently arrested on drug charges, plans to transfer from the national champions, the school said.
UConn coach Jim Calhoun made the announcement in a news release, hours after the sophomore from Boston's Dorchester neighborhood had a court appearance on marijuana charges postponed.
The 6-foot-7 forward was arrested April 21 on campus and charged with two misdemeanors, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said he and two other people were found with 5.6 grams of marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a package of cigars used to smoke marijuana.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Donald is giving up one race, perhaps so he can focus on another.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump said he will not be the celebrity pace-car driver for the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, pulling out because it would be "inappropriate'' given that "he may be announcing shortly his intention'' to run for president.
Trump, whose replacement driver could be four-time Indy winner A.J. Foyt, also said his busy schedule would make it impossible to fulfill the required practice sessions during race week.
Trump's decision shut down a brewing controversy that some race fans contended could distract from the 100-year anniversary of the first 500.
ATHLETES & POLITICS
HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) - Track and field legend Carl Lewis found a court willing to help him get into the race for the New Jersey state Senate. There's a chance his run will be fleeting.
A three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Lewis' name should be included when the ballots are printed for the 8th Legislative District Democratic state Senate primary. While the three-judge panel granted that emergency request, it didn't make a final ruling on whether he's eligible for office.
Republicans contend that Lewis does not meet the state requirement that a candidate live in New Jersey for four years before seeking a seat in the state Senate.
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