NBA fines Paul for criticizing ref
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul has been fined $25,000 for criticizing a female official after a loss at Cleveland. The NBA announced the fine on Saturday. Paul was given a technical by rookie referee Lauren Holtkamp on Thursday night in the third quarter of a 105-94 loss to the Cavaliers, a game that featured five technicals against the Clippers. After the game, Paul called the technical on an inbounds play ''ridiculous'' and said ''this might not be for her.'' Holtkamp is one of two female officials in the NBA. Paul appeared to say something to her as he waited for an inbound pass after a Cavaliers' free throw. Paul said Friday that he was only upset with the call. The penalty is in line with others the NBA has handed down for criticism of officials.
Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee has become the second NCAA men's basketball coach to win 1,000 games. Magee hit the milestone with the Rams' 80-60 win over Post. He has won all 1,000 games over 48 seasons at the 3,600-student private Division 2 university in Philadelphia.
Saniya Chong awakened the UConn women's basketball team from a lackluster first half to finish with 17 points, Kia Nurse added 18, and the No. 2 Huskies won at Memphis, 80-34. Chong was a major factor in a 21-2 run spanning the halves that turned a close game into a 21-point lead for UConn. Chong was 5 of 7 from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range to help UConn win its 21st straight. The Huskies (22-1, 12-0 American Athletic) appeared to be looking ahead to Monday night's showdown with top-ranked South Carolina with sloppy play, poor shooting and a lack of enthusiasm in the first half.
A's Parker loses arbitration case
Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker has lost his salary arbitration case after missing the entire 2014 season. Parker was given an $850,000 salary on Saturday by Elizabeth Neumeier, Robert Herzog and Mark Irvings instead of the requested $1.7 million. The sides argued their positions a day earlier. A 26-year-old right-hander, Parker was sidelined after getting hurt during spring training and having elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time. Parker made his big league debut with one appearance in 2011 and is 25-16 with a 3.68 ERA in 62 starts.
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is getting a raise, just not the one he wanted. An arbitration panel sided with the Pirates in their case against Walker, who was seeking a...