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Bryant fined $100,000 for anti-gay slur

April 14, 2011

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The NBA yesterday fined Kobe Bryant $100,000 for using an anti-gay slur in frustration over a referee’s call Tuesday night. NBA Commissioner David Stern issued a swift disciplinary ruling after the Los Angeles Lakers’ five-time NBA champion guard cursed and used the homophobic slur when referee Bennie Adams called a technical foul on him during the third quarter of a victory over the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday. Bryant said his words came strictly out of anger and shouldn’t have been taken literally . . . The Lakers say center Andrew Bynum’s knee injury isn’t serious and probably won’t keep him out of their playoff opener . . . Pistons’ Charlie Villanueva was suspended for five games without pay including last night’s season ender with Philadelphia for initiating an on-court altercation Monday night with Cleveland’s Ryan Hollins . . . Timberwolves president David Kahn said owner Glen Taylor has assured him he will return next season, but Kahn declined to discuss the job status of coach Kurt Rambis . . . Rock Feller Sorel, a valet at a Miami Beach hotel, has filed a lawsuit against Gloria James, the mother of Heat star LeBron James, seeking more than $15,000 in damages less than a week after claiming she verbally abused and assaulted him while he was working.

Delgado gives up on comeback, retires Carlos Delgado officially gave up on coming back from a hip injury, announcing his retirement from baseball two years after he was sidelined. The former Mets and Blue Jays first baseman announced his decision at a news conference in his native Puerto Rico. “There comes a moment when you have to have the dignity and the sense to recognize that something is not functioning,’’ the 38-year-old said. “You can’t swim against the current.’’ The two-time All-Star played 17 major league seasons and finished with a .280 career batting average and 473 home runs.

Arizona’s Williams declares for draft Arizona forward Derrick Williams, the Pac-10’s player of the year, declared for the NBA draft, saying he will sign with an agent and won’t return for his junior season. He is considered a potential lottery pick . . . Kentucky coach John Calipari thinks freshmen stars Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones should throw their names into the NBA draft, but he isn’t sure they should keep them there. Calipari said the clouded NBA labor situation makes it difficult to project what’s going to happen. Calipari says he’s urged Knight and Jones to enter the draft but not sign with an agent, allowing them to return to Kentucky next year if they choose . . . North Carolina tailback Ryan Houston will need surgery after fracturing his shoulder blade during the Tar Heels’ annual spring game last weekend . . . The Big 12 Conference and Fox Sports announced a 13-year cable TV deal. Sports Business Journal reported that the contract, which starts with the 2012 football season, will pay the conference $90 million a year . . . Former Army coach Homer Smith, one of keenest offensive minds in college football when he coached from 1974-78, died in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was 79. Obituary, B14 . . . Boston College sophomore Chris Kreider is one of 16 initial players and the only collegian named to the US National Team for the International Ice Hockey Federation World championship April 29-May 15 in Slovakia.

Road racing
Van Dyk seeking his 10th Boston title Nine-time Boston Marathon champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa will return to the 115th Boston Marathon Monday, seeking an unprecedented 10th title in the men’s wheelchair division. A victory would extend his record of most all-time Boston Marathon victories in any division. Wakako Tsuchida, of Japan, winner of four consecutive titles in the women’s wheelchair field, returns to compete for her fifth title. Van Dyk has won in Boston in nine of the past 10 years, including six consecutive victories from 2000-06. His 2004 time of 1:18:27 is the world record.

Dutrow is denied license in Kentucky Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. was denied racing license in Kentucky this year by the state’s horse racing commission’s license review committee. KHRC executive director Lisa Underwood said the unanimous denial was based on his “consistent disregard for the rules of racing.’’ Dutrow, who won the Derby and the Preakness in 2008 with Big Brown, can appeal . . . In the MLS, host Toronto FC extended its unbeaten streak to four games by holding midfielder David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy to a scoreless draw . . . Fabian Espindola scored in the 90th minute to lift host Real Salt Lake over Colorado, 1-0 . . . Tickets for the US team’s friendly against 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain June 4 in Foxborough go on sale next Wednesday at 10 a.m. through, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and via Ticketmaster . . . The winners of the 2011 Will McDonough Writing Contest were honored at TD Garden last night. They are: Ava Bertino (Grade 4) of the Cummings School in Winthrop; Sophia Wilcox-Warren (Grade 5) of the Cabot School in Newton; Julia Tino (Grade 6) of Keith Middle School in New Bedford; Grace Panetta (Grade 7) of the Waring School in Manchester; Hugh Gorman (Grade 8) of Saint Paul School in Hingham; Clara Mao (Grade 9) of Sharon High School; Sean McCarthy (Grade 10) of Oliver Ames High School; Aaron Kanzer (Grade 11) of Barnstable High School; and Katie Carlson (Grade 12) of Watertown High School.