February 4, 2012 in Sports



Fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle have been fined by the NBA after they became upset with the officiating during a 95-86 loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Carlisle was fined $35,000 for kicking a ball into the stands. Cuban was handed a $75,000 penalty for his critical remarks about the officiating following the home loss.

• New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Blunden during a 5-3 win on Thursday.

Traded The Minnesota Wild traded forward Casey Wellman to the New York Rangers for center Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh-round NHL draft choice. The 24-year-old Wellman has two goals and five assists in 14 games with the Wild this season. He has spent most of his time this year with the AHL affiliate in Houston. Christensen, 28, has one goal and four assists in 20 games with the Rangers.

Signed The Pittsburgh Penguins signed center Joe Vitale to a two-year, $1.1 million contract extension, locking up a 26-year-old who has earned a regular spot in the NHL team’s lineup.

Suspended Orlando forward Glen Davis has been suspended for two games by the Magic for conduct detrimental to the team. Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged before Friday night’s NBA game that some sort of verbal incident took place during the team’s walk-through Friday morning.

Sentenced Former Cowboys and Colts offensive lineman Kurt Vollers has been sentenced in Dallas to 2 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He was sentenced almost two years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to sell more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. The 31-year-old played in the NFL for Dallas from 2002-04 and appeared in two games for Indianapolis in 2005.

Chooses One of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks is bound for Florida State. Jameis Winston of Hueytown, Ala., signed to play for the Seminoles at an indoor sports complex in Birmingham, Ala., before teammates, family, friends and a handful of Florida State fans. ESPN and Rivals.com both rate Winston as the nation’s top quarterback and among the 15 best overall prospects.

Arrested Chapel Hill, N.C., police say the son of new Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey is among three former North Carolina athletes arrested for possession of cocaine. The 21-year-old Mularkey played football for the Tar Heels in 2009.

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