Beasley back with Heat after month in rehab

Michael Beasley rejoined his Miami Heat teammates Monday after a month-long stay in a rehabilitation facility to address substance abuse and other issues.

Beasley took part in a voluntary offseason workout and quickly drew rave reviews from coaches, many of whom were able to visit and work with him during the rehab stint. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra personally saw Beasley three times in the past month, and someone from the Heat staff was with the second-year forward daily.

“We want to bring him back to the family, bring him back in here,” Spoelstra said. “We’re 100 percent behind him.”

Also: New Lakers addition Ron Artest said if Los Angeles doesn’t repeat as NBA champion, fans can point their fingers at him.

Wearing an all-black Kobe Bryant jersey as a tribute to his new teammate, Artest made the statement during a visit to San Diego to promote the Lakers’ exhibition game against Denver at the San Diego Sports Arena on Oct. 23.

The men’s Final Four in 2011 will be played at Reliant Stadium in Houston, the NCAA said.

The 2012 Final Four will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans, and in the following year — the 75th anniversary of the event — it will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Maryland coach Gary Williams received a one-year extension on his contract, which could keep him at the job into 2013.

Williams is entering his 21st season as head coach at his alma mater.


Renault gets suspended two-year ban for crash

Renault escaped severe punishment for ordering former driver Nelson Piquet Jr. to deliberately crash, receiving only a suspended two-year ban from Formula One’s governing body.

Flavio Briatore, who quit as team principal last week, was banned indefinitely from any F1 activities by the World Motor Sport Council. Engineering executive director Pat Symonds, who also left the French team last week, was banned for five years.

Also: Former top-ranked player Justine Henin, 27, will announce her return to competitive tennis today, according to two top Belgian newspapers.

La Derniere Heure and Le Soir reported the comeback Monday.

Last year, Henin shocked the tennis world by announcing her retirement while still ranked No. 1.

A federal bankruptcy judge in Phoenix scheduled an emergency hearing Wednesday on a request by Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes to force the NHL into mediation over the contentious issues surrounding the sale of the team.

A former Kentucky prep football coach acquitted last week in the death of a player during practice was cleared to return to the classroom as a technical teacher and apply for coaching positions.

David Jason Stinson, 37, can resume teaching at Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville on Thursday.

Anheuser-Busch announced it is not renewing its sponsorship of the popular LPGA Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill in Williamsburg, Va., after seven years.

Anheuser-Busch vice president Dan McHugh said the company decided to spread its sponsorships over a wider range of professional golf events.

UNLV freshman forward Nick Marshall was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation co-Player of the Week after coming off the bench to score two goals in the Rebels’ 3-2 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the UNLV Rebel Classic on Sunday.

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