Artest suspended from Game 3
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.
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 Thursday he also would be assessed a flagrant foul. An accumulation of flagrant foul points could lead to another suspension.
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■ Shaquille O'Neal is expected to play for the Boston Celtics in the playoffs for the first time in Game 3 against the Miami Heat. Coach Doc Rivers said Thursday the center likely will return from a right calf injury Saturday night against the Heat. O'Neal has missed 27 games with a sore right leg. He returned on April 4 against Detroit but lasted 5 minutes, 29 seconds before leaving with the calf problem.
■ Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has won the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the NBA player who best exemplifies sportsmanship. Curry received 88 of a possible 347 first-place votes from fellow players.
■ Dwyane Wade's first signature shoe for Jordan Brand is on store shelves. Wade told The Associated Press that Thursday "is a big day" for him and his personal brand. The "Fly Wade" is the lightest shoe in the Jordan line yet, and carries a retail price of $140.
Men's soccer won't play Louisville
Kentucky's soccer schedule is out and the Cats are playing nine opponents who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament or higher, but their annual game against Louisville was not in the cards this season.
UK soccer spokesman Brent Ingram said the two schools had scheduling conflicts similar to the ones from two seasons ago when they didn't play, but that the Cardinals would be back on the schedule next season.
Louisville is coming off its best season in school history, going 20-1-3 after falling in the national championship game.
■ Kentucky women's golf team recorded an 18-over-par 306 in the first round of the NCAA Division I Championships East regional in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sophomore Betsie Johnson led the Wildcats with a 3-over-par 75. Junior Ashlee Rose, sophomore Ashleigh Albrecht and freshman Liz Breed all turned in 5-over-par 77s.
■ The Kentucky baseball team returns home for an eight-game homestand, hosting No. 1 Vanderbilt for a three-game series, with first pitch of the series opener set for Friday at 6:30 p.m.
UK junior Alex Meyer (4-5, 3.32 ERA) will face off with Vanderbilt junior Sonny Gray (9-2, 1.91 ERA). The two strong-armed right-handers enter the series ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the league in strikeouts, with Gray leading the SEC in wins and Meyer leading the league in strikeouts.
Steelers' Ward briefly held at gunpoint
Los Angeles police say Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Hines Ward was briefly detained at gunpoint in a mix-up over a reported stolen car but has been released. Sgt. Maria Morrison says Hines and a woman friend were stopped in her car in North Hollywood because the woman had reported it stolen. The driver reported the vehicle stolen on April 19 after forgetting where she had parked it. She later found it but never canceled the report.
■ Tedy Bruschi started his training for Mount Kilimanjaro by working out on the stair-climber and treadmill in his hiking boots. The retired New England Patriots star linebacker, ex-Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher and former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Chad Lewis will take on Africa's highest mountain next week. They'll be joined by four injured service members to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Bayne expected to return this season
Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne was released from the Mayo Clinic on Thursday after being treated for what doctors are calling an inflammatory condition. Roush Fenway Racing said Bayne is expected to return to racing this season, although the team has not established a definite timeframe. Bayne was admitted last week for nausea, fatigue and double vision.
■ The Donald has dumped himself from the Indianapolis 500.
Donald Trump said Thursday that he will not be driving the pace car at the May 29 race, after all. He says "he may be announcing shortly his intention" to run for the Republican nomination for president and therefore it would be "inappropriate" to drive the pace car.
Scottish rookie leads Spanish Open
Scottish rookie Scott Jamieson shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Spanish Open. Playing in only his 11th European Tour event, Jamieson pulled ahead of Steve Webster, Jeev Milkha Singh, Romain Wattel and Pablo Larrazabal.
■ David Toms handled a shifting wind at Quail Hollow for a 6-under 66 and a share of the early lead with Jonathan Byrd in the Wells Fargo Championship. Toms was the first winner of this tournament in 2003.
■ Tom Lehman shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead in the first round of the Regions Tradition. The Champions Tour's points leader is seeking his third win of the season.
SEC pledges $500,000 for tornado relief
The Southeastern Conference is pledging $500,000 to the University of Alabama to help storm victims. The SEC announced the donation to support Alabama's efforts in assisting students, faculty and staff that were affected by the April 27 tornados.
■ American sprinter Tyson Gay will run a 150-meter race in Manchester, England, on May 15 as part of his preparations for the world championships in August. The 28-year-old Gay will run the distance at the annual street race in which Usain Bolt set a world record of 14.35 seconds in 2009.
The last word
Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers on Shaquille O'Neal's potential impact in Game 3 against the Miami Heat:
"He'll be big. At the end of the day, he'll be big."