Heat rookie Beasley fined $50,000 by NBA

Miami Heat rookie Michael Beasley was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday for his involvement in an incident at the Rookie Transition Program this month.

The NBA also said that Beasley failed to cooperate with the league investigation of the matter also involving Miami’s Mario Chalmers and Memphis’ Darrell Arthur.

Arthur and Chalmers, former Kansas teammates, were fined $20,000 apiece last week after being banished from the rookie symposium.

Security at the resort near New York where the event took place found Arthur and Chalmers in a room with two women, and the scent of marijuana was detected. No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found, but having guests in the room violated NBA policy, and the two rookies were sent home. Arthur and Chalmers apologized but denied using marijuana.

Beasley’s involvement in the incident is not clear. He filed papers to dissolve the relationship with his agent, Joel Bell, last week, and was not available for comment.

Also: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Al Jefferson has a sprained right knee and will be sidelined two to three weeks.

The team said Jefferson is expected to be ready by the start of the regular season.

An MRI exam Wednesday confirmed a mild sprain to the medial collateral ligament.

In Jefferson’s first season with the Timberwolves, he averaged 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.

Becky Hammon converted six 3-pointers and scored 30 points to give the San Antonio Silver Stars an 85-78 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs in the opener of the WNBA’s Western Conference playoffs in Sacramento, Calif.

In Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series, Shameka Christon scored 19 points, and Cathrine Kraayeveld had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the New York Liberty beat the Connecticut Sun 72-63 in New York.

Steven Bjornstad, a 6-foot-10-inch power forward who averaged 18 points and nearly 11 rebounds a game last season at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Wash., has orally committed to play for UNR in 2009.

Bjornstad, who also averaged four blocked shots a game as a junior last season, had scheduled two more official visits to Santa Clara and St. Mary’s the next two weeks. But he decided to cancel those and become the first recruit to commit to UNR for 2009-10.


Buffaloes’ OT kick nips No. 21 Mountaineers

Aric Goodman made a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Colorado a 17-14 victory over No. 21 West Virginia in Boulder, Colo.

The Mountaineers (1-2) had the ball first in overtime, but Pat McAfee’s 23-yard attempt clanged off the left upright.

Cody Hawkins threw two first-quarter touchdown passes and Rodney Stewart ran for 166 yards, the most ever by a Colorado freshman, to help the Buffaloes improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2004.

West Virginia quarterback Pat White ran for two touchdowns and 148 yards.

Also: Ohio State running back Chris “Beanie” Wells, who is recovering from an injured right foot, will miss Saturday’s game against Troy, coach Jim Tressel told

Wells did some light running Tuesday and Wednesday but was not significantly recovered to play against Troy.


Turnesa fires 65, leads Viking Classic by one

PGA Tour rookie Marc Turnesa shot 7-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay after the first round of the Viking Classic in Madison, Miss.

In a field dotted with big names needing a little boost after falling on hard times, the 30-year-old Turnesa rolled in eight birdies and needed only 22 putts to forge his lead.

An eclectic group of players is chasing Turnesa and Gay. Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, who hasn’t won on tour since 1998, Jay Williamson, Dicky Pride, Nathan Green, Brad Adamonis and Andrew Buckle shot 67s.

Also: Michelle Wie salvaged a ragged round with a birdie-birdie finish to remain among the leaders after the third round of an LPGA Tour sectional qualifying tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Wie’s closing birdies gave her a 2-over 74. That left her at 7-under 209 entering today’s final round.

Wie was fourth and still comfortably inside the top 30 players and ties who will advance to the final qualifying tournament in Florida in December.

The UNLV women’s team stands in a four-way tie for fifth place, nine shots off the lead, following the first round of the Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Rebels posted a score of 9-over 301. Eighth-ranked Pepperdine leads the tourney at even-par 292.

UNLV was led by Bethany Glassford, Natasha Krishna and Therese Koelbaek, who were tied for 14th at 1-over 74.


Veteran lightweights meet on Primm card

Kid Diamond and Javier Jauregui, two veteran lightweights, will meet in a 10-round main event to highlight tonight’s Top Rank boxing card at Primm’s Star of the Desert Arena.

Diamond (26-1, 15 knockouts) now lives and trains in Las Vegas. Jauregui, from Guadalajara, Mexico, is 53-15-2. Also on the card is former USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (20-0, 13 KOs), who takes on Michael Medina (18-9-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.

Two other Las Vegans, Anthony Lenk and Diego Magdaleno, also are on the card, which begins at 4:15 p.m.

Also: Welterweight boxer Oscar Diaz has awakened from a coma, two months after he was seriously injured during a fight in his native San Antonio.

The 25-year-old Diaz was awake and breathing on his own. He has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

Diaz was unable to leave his corner for the 11th round of his fight with Delvin Rodriguez, eventually collapsing in the ring. The severe brain injuries put him in a coma after emergency surgery to relieve swelling in his brain.

Alberto Contador maintained the overall lead at the Spanish Vuelta, and Imanol Erviti of Caisse d’Epargne won the 18th stage that ended in Las Rozas, Spain.

Contador, aiming to earn the third of the three major cycling crowns after winning the 2007 Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia this year, maintained his lead of 1 minute, 17 seconds over Astana teammate Levi Leipheimer of the United States.

The UNLV volleyball team swept Air Force 25-14, 25-21, 25-13 in Colorado Springs, Colo., to open Mountain West Conference play.

Jessica Walters had 10 kills, and Erin Greenwood added nine as the Rebels (5-5) won their third straight match.

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