September 13, 2011 in Sports

Michael Jordan, Serena Williams draw fines

 

Fined Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has been fined by the NBA for making comments about the league’s ongoing collective bargaining process. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the penalty for Jordan on Monday, but said the league doesn’t comment on the total. ESPN.com reported the fine was $100,000. In an interview last month with Australia’s Herald Sun, Jordan said the NBA’s current model was “broken” and called for revenue sharing for small market teams such as his Bobcats and the Milwaukee Bucks, whom Australian Andrew Bogut plays for. The NBA prohibits owners from speaking publicly about the labor situation.

Serena Williams was fined $2,000 by the U.S. Open for berating the chair umpire during the final. Tournament referee Brian Earley issued his ruling a day after Williams was cited by chair umpire Eva Asderaki for a code violation for verbal abuse during a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Sam Stosur in the women’s singles championship match at Flushing Meadows. Recovering Minnesota football coach coach Jerry Kill remained hospitalized Monday, recovering from a seizure suffered late in Saturday’s game against New Mexico State when he collapsed on the sideline. His doctors offered an encouraging prognosis. Dr. Pat Smith, the university’s physician, said Kill was “doing very well” and that his gut feeling was that Kill would “absolutely” be able to coach the team on Saturday against Miami of Ohio. In a statement distributed by the university, the 50-year-old Kill said he and his wife, Rebecca, were appreciative of the support he’s received.

Dead The only member of a top Russian hockey team to survive a plane crash that killed 44 people died of his injuries in a Moscow hospital. The Vishnevsky hospital said 26-year-old Alexander Galimov died of the severe burns that covered about 90 percent of his body, despite the best efforts of doctors in its burn unit.


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