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Wed., April 24, 2013

Announced Indiana forward Paul George has been honored as the NBA’s Most Improved Player. The 6-foot-9 forward became only the second player in franchise history to record a triple-double in the NBA playoffs. He had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the Pacers’ 107-90 Game 1 win over Atlanta. George averaged 17.4 points and 7.6 rebounds this season, both career highs.

• Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has accepted a violent conduct charge from the English Football Association after he bit an opponent. The FA says Suarez’s punishment will be decided today.

Signed The Cincinnati Bengals have signed free agent James Harrison, the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker from the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The 6-foot, 242-pound Kent State alum will be in his 10th NFL season.

Agreed The University of New Mexico and head football coach Bob Davie have agreed on a two-year contract extension. The new seven-year agreement will run through the 2019 season. Davie led the Lobos to a 4-9 record during his first season in 2012, producing more victories than the 2009 to 2011 seasons combined.

Fined Italy’s Juventus has been fined about $39,000 after fans chanted racist slurs and unfurled a provocative banner during its 1-0 weekend soccer win over AC Milan. Juventus insisted it was committed to ending racism.

Promoted Pepperdine has promoted assistant Ryan Weisenberg to the job of women’s basketball coach. Weisenberg joined the Waves’ staff last season after 15 years coaching in the high school, collegiate and pro ranks.

Appealed Penske Racing will appeal the penalties levied against defending champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano on May 1. NASCAR seized parts from the rear suspensions of both Penske cars in pre-race inspection at Texas. Series officials alleged the parts were not approved, and it levied $200,000 in fines, six-race suspensions to crew members and points penalties that dropped Keselowski and Logano in the Sprint Cup standings.


 

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