Mavs trade Fernandez
NBA champions the Dallas Mavericks continued their roster changes on Tuesday by trading away Spanish guard Rudy Fernandez and forward Corey Brewer to the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets, who announced their new acquisitions, sent Dallas a second-round pick in exchange for the pair of players. For the Mavs, the move saves money and clears room for their newly acquired forwards Lamar Odom and Vince Carter. Brewer appeared in six playoff games for Dallas after he was signed by them midseason, while Fernandez never appeared for the team after he was picked up through a Mavericks’ trade with Portland in June.
James Harrison suspended
Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison was suspended one game for a dangerous helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, the NFL announced on Tuesday. Harrison was penalized for roughing the passer during last Thursday’s game, won 14-3 by the Steelers, but the NFL added a one-game ban because of his previous indiscretions. A repeat offender, Harrison was fined four times between 2009 and last year for illegal hits on quarterbacks. He was also fined on two other occasions for unnecessary roughness. The NFL has recently introduced new rules to protect quarterbacks from late hits. The one-game suspension means Harrison will miss Monday’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco, where a victory for the Steelers, last season’s AFC Conference champions, would secure their place in this season’s playoffs.
Tomic says being targeted
Teenage Australian star Bernard Tomic yesterday said he was being targeted by a police officer who repeatedly pulled over his distinctive orange sports car. The 19-year-old, ranked No. 42 in the world, has been granted a special exemption from his provisional license to drive his high-octane A$150,000 (US$150,000) BMW M3 to and from tennis training. However, the teenager, who this year became the youngest man to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Boris Becker in 1986, said he was pulled over by a policeman in Queensland State on Sunday night for allegedly “hooning.” Hooning is an Australian term, which covers driving recklessly and street racing. “The car’s very loud, but I don’t know what he defines as hooning,” Tomic told the Courier Mail newspaper. “I didn’t speed, I didn’t do any of that stuff.” Tomic said he felt the officer had taken a personal dislike to him and was “always on my tail,” insisting he had done nothing wrong and was simply going “about my business as a tennis player.” “He’s pulled me over a few times, but now it’s starting to get a little bit more aggressive,” he said. “I don’t know what it is — jealousy or whatever — but this policeman seems to have it in for me. If I did the wrong thing, he would charge me, but he hasn’t.”
More video replay coming
Baseball’s new labor contract includes more video replay, the chance for a longer All-Star break and a small, but likely welcome perk for players: the chance to get a private room instead of a roommate during spring training. Teams from the same division will now be allowed to meet in the playoffs before the league championship series. There’s also a ban on players getting tattoos with corporate logos and the possibility that major leaguers can wear microphones during games.