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In brief: Arenas earns indefinite suspension

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will be seeing zero action for a while after being suspended by NBA commissioner David Stern.  (Associated Press)
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will be seeing zero action for a while after being suspended by NBA commissioner David Stern. (Associated Press)

NBA: Gilbert Arenas tried joking about his gun trouble. David Stern found none of it funny.

Arenas was suspended indefinitely without pay Wednesday by the NBA commissioner, who determined the player’s behavior made him “not currently fit to take the court.”

A day after the Washington Wizards guard was photographed before a game in Philadelphia pointing his index fingers, as if they were guns, at his teammates, Stern warned the former All-Star that his conduct will “ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse.”

Arenas is under investigation by federal and local authorities after admittedly bringing guns to the Wizards’ locker room. Stern originally planned to wait to take action, but he tired of Arenas’ behavior.

LeBron James had 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in just three quarters and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 121-98 win Wednesday over the visiting Wizards in their first game without the suspended Arenas.

•Celtics top Heat in OT: Rajon Rondo scored 25 points, including a buzzer-beating layup after catching Paul Pierce’s lob at the end of regulation, and the Boston Celtics got a wild 112-106 overtime win over the Miami Heat in Miami. Dwyane Wade scored 44 for the Heat.

•Clippers thump Lakers: Baron Davis tossed in 25 points and Chris Kaman scored 21 with 14 rebounds to propel the Los Angeles Clippers to a 102-91 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.

Kansas survives scare from Cornell

College basketball: Sherron Collins had a career-high 33 points and made nearly every key play down the stretch, helping No. 1 Kansas (14-0) pull out a 71-66 win over upset-minded Cornell (12-3) in Lawrence, Kan.

Comeback player award goes to Brady

Football: Tom Brady has gone from record-setting MVP to injured superstar to the Associated Press 2009 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Brady’s strong return from a left knee injury that sidelined him for all but the first quarter of the 2008 opener earned the Patriots quarterback the award.

Brady received 19 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL, beating Tampa Bay running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, who got 14.

•Harvin voted top rookie on offense: Percy Harvin won the AP 2009 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver/kick returner ran away with the balloting, picking up 41 votes from a panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters. Baltimore tackle Michael Oher was second with six votes.

•Mangini’s status up in air: Eric Mangini drove away from the Cleveland Browns’ team headquarters. It’s not known if he’s coming back.

The embattled coach left the Browns’ training facility after presumably having his big meeting with new team president Mike Holmgren. As he drove away in his car, Mangini did not stop to speak with reporters outside.

The team is not expected to comment on Mangini’s situation until there’s an announcement.

•Bills schedule interviews: Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is a candidate for the Buffalo Bills head coaching job, and scheduled to interview with the team today.

•Chiefs interested in Weis: All signs are pointing toward former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis becoming offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Coach Todd Haley said that he would be a “good fit” calling plays for Kansas City, and Weis later told the AP “there is action going on” between him and the Chiefs.

•Montana releases schedule: The University of Montana has announced its 2010 football schedule.

Montana opens against Division II Western State on Sept. 4. The Grizzlies travel to Cheney to play Eastern Washington on Sept. 18.

Snowboarder’s condition improves

Miscellany: A Utah doctor says American snowboarder Kevin Pearce is improving in a Salt Lake City hospital.

Dr. Holly Ledyard says in a statement that Pearce’s breathing tube has been removed. She says he’s slowly regaining consciousness and is able to follow commands.

Pearce suffered a severe brain injury Thursday in Park City while preparing for Olympic qualifying events.

•Razzoli wins slalom: Giuliano Razzoli earned his first World Cup skiing victory, leading Italy to a 1-2 finish in a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia.

Razzoli was second after the opening run on the course and finished two runs in 1 minute, 50 seconds to beat Manfred Moelgg by 0.23 seconds.


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