Suspended The Los Angeles Lakers won’t have Derek Fisher for Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference semifinal series. Fisher and Orlando’s Rafer Alston were suspended one game by the NBA for separate incidents in games Wednesday. The league also assessed Kobe Bryant a flagrant-foul-one penalty for elbowing Ron Artest during the second half of the Lakers’ win over Houston.
Died Former Phillies manager Danny Ozark, who led Philadelphia to three consecutive National League East titles but fell short of the World Series each time, died Thursday. He was 85. Ozark died at his home in Vero Beach, Fla., team officials said.
Leaving In June, Steve Mills, the man who hired Isiah Thomas and later was demoted after Thomas’ turbulent tenure at MSG, is leaving the firm to work for Magic Johnson Enterprises.
Staying The New Orleans Hornets are sticking with head coach Byron Scott for at least one more season. Team president Hugh Weber said the franchise was disappointed by its first-round exit from the playoffs but that the entire organization shares responsibility.
Signed The Cincinnati Bengals have signed veteran safety Roy Williams, a five-time Pro Bowl player for the Dallas Cowboys.
Renamed The Miami Dolphins are renaming their home Landshark Stadium as part of a partnership with singer Jimmy Buffett. The name change from Dolphin Stadium is the fifth since the stadium opened in 1987. Buffett’s Margaritaville enterprise includes Landshark Lager, brewed by Anheuser-Busch.
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