Jackson fined for outburst
Golden State's Stephen Jackson was fined US$50,000 by the NBA on Friday for his conduct after being ejected late in the Warriors' loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday night. Jackson left the court in a contentious, roundabout manner after getting his second technical foul. Teammate Baron Davis also was ejected from the game, apparently for sarcastically applauding the officials late in the third quarter. On Thursday, Golden State coach Don Nelson said he would fine both players. Nelson didn't announce the amount of his fines but said: "It will be substantial."
Gatti to fight Gomez in July
Arturo Gatti will return to the ring on July 14 to fight Alfonso Gomez of the US reality television series The Contender. IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron will fight mandatory challenger Walter Matthysse in the co-feature in Atlantic City, fight promoter Main Events announced on Friday. Gatti (40-8, 31 KOs) is a two-time world champion. Gomez (16-3, with two draws and seven KOs) has won four of his last five bouts. He won in the first season of The Contender by defeating Peter Manfredo. Cintron (27-1, 25 KOs) captured the vacant IBF welterweight championship in his bout on Oct. 28 when he defeated Mark Suarez.
WNBA player arrested
WNBA player Deanna Jackson has been arrested and detained in Israel for assaulting an opponent in the car park following the national league title match, police said Friday. Jackson, who usually plays for the Chicago Sky in the US league, was playing for Israel's Anda Ramat Hasharon team when she was arrested on Wednesday night for attacking Elitzur Ramle guard Ina Gourevitch after the 81-68 defeat. The two players had gotten into a skirmish and shouted insults at each other toward the end of the game. Police said the clash spilled into the parking lot, where Jackson sought out Gourevitch and punched her, breaking her nose.
Morrison bout called off
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison was pulled from a scheduled bout on Friday night because state government officials didn't get the results of lab tests in time. Dick Cole, boxing administrator for the state's Department of Licensing and Regulation, said a Houston doctor, Jorge Guerrero, examined Morrison on Thursday and cleared him to fight. But Guerrero never filed the paperwork required by the agency, Cole said. Morrison told Houston television station KRIV he was stunned when he learned the fight was canceled. "I've done everything I was asked," Morrison said.
Jordan's son selects Illinois
Jeffrey Jordan, the son of Michael Jordan, plans to attend the University of Illinois next year and play basketball. Jordan, a 188cm guard at Loyola Academy prep school in Wilmette, Illinois, said in a news release on Friday he chose Illinois over Valparaiso and will play as a walk-on. As a walk-on, Jordan will not receive a scholarship. "After I worked out at Illinois, [met] with the coaching staff and the players and toured the campus with my mom, I just felt more comfortable with U of I," he said.