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Bucks' Robinson, Bulls' Artest suspended for fighting

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Posted: Wednesday February 21, 2001 8:52 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Milwaukee's Glenn Robinson and Chicago's Ron Artest on Wednesday were each suspended without pay for one game and fined $7,500 for fighting.

With 5:23 left in the third quarter of the Bucks' 101-92 victory over the Bulls on Tuesday night, Artest and Robinson were jockeying for position under the Bucks' basket when Robinson threw an elbow and hit Artest in the stomach. Artest pulled Robinson to the floor and the two scuffled, trading punches and kicks before being separated after nearly three minutes.

Both players were given technical fouls and ejected. Artest also received a flagrant foul.

Artest will serve his suspension on Thursday night when the Bulls play host to Los Angeles Clippers. Robinson will sit out Friday's home game against the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Cuban apologizes for chalupa incident

CLEVELAND -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has apologized to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the "Chalupa Caper."

Cavs coach Randy Wittman said he received an e-mail from Cuban, who apologized for his and his team's behavior in last week's game when the Mavericks ran up the score in the final minutes to win their fans some free fast food.

"He said if they could do it over, they would have handled it differently," Wittman said Tuesday night before the Cavs played the Los Angeles Clippers.

Wittman, who has known Cuban since their college days at Indiana, said he received the apology when he was in Houston last weekend.

Cuban was fined $10,000 -- enough to buy 10,101 chalupas -- and banned from Reunion Arena for two games for running onto the floor while the Cavs and Mavericks got into a shoving match at the end of Dallas' win last Thursday night.

Dallas tried to reach 100 points in the final seconds of a blowout win so fans could get coupons for 99-cent chalupas as part of a fast-food promotion.

Second suspect in shooting of Cleaves' brother surrenders

FLINT, Mich. -- A second suspect in the shooting death of Herbert Cleaves, brother of Detroit Piston guard Mateen Cleaves, surrendered to authorities Wednesday.

Dontrell Y. Smith, 23, of Flint, walked into police headquarters with his attorney, said Genesee County Prosecutor Arthur Busch.

District Judge Ramona M. Roberts arraigned Smith on charges of open murder, conspiracy to commit murder, assault with intent to commit murder and a felony firearm charge. He was being held without bond in the Genesee County Jail, along with Jaroy L. Davis, 19, of Flint, who surrendered Tuesday and faces the same charges.

If convicted, each man faces up to life in prison without parole.

Busch said there are other suspects in the drive-by shooting, which happened early Sunday in Flint. Herbert Cleaves, 27, died after being shot in the abdomen.

"We've been very fortunate to have both of these suspects just walk into the police department. That's very unusual," Busch said. "We're getting some good breaks, and I'm quite hopeful we're going to get to the bottom of this in short order."

Grizzlies narrow search for new home

NEW ORLEANS --The search for a new home for the NBA's financially troubled Vancouver Grizzlies is down to three or four cities, including New Orleans, the team's owner said Wednesday.

Chicago businessman Michael Heisley would not identify the other cities, but said he had one left to visit, perhaps by the end of the week.

During a news conference, Heisley said he expected to have a decision within the next several weeks, but said he had not asked for an extension of the league's March 1 deadline to apply for a move.

"Quite frankly, New Orleans is a real possibility of where we may move this team," Heisley said.

However, Heisley would not go into specifics about what it would take for New Orleans to land the team. Asked what his major concern was at this stage with the city, he said: "I need to go through the process. I need to go through the process with other cities and make a decision."

Spurs activate Elliott from injured list

SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday activated forward Sean Elliott, who had missed the past 20 games with a torn right rotator cuff.

Elliott had been on the injured list since Jan. 9. A statement from the Spurs announcing the move did not say if Elliott was expected to play Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Spurs also announced that forward Ira Newble was placed on the injured list with tendinitis in his left knee.

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