The Lakers said Kobe Bryant saw a neurologist yesterday and he diagnosed the All-Star guard with a concussion from the broken nose he suffered in Sunday’s All-Star Game when he was fouled by the Heat’s Dwyane Wade. Bryant will see Dr. Vern Williams again today, and his status for tonight’s home game against Minnesota is unknown. Wade, who was criticized for the foul, said he has apologized to Bryantmultiple times, first during the game and afterward when he sent him a message . . . Lamar Odom wasn’t with the Mavericks for their first game after the All-Star break last night, and was expected to miss at least one more game after that. Odom missed the previous game, Wednesday night before the break, against his former team, the Lakers. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said then that Odom was excused for a family matter and would rejoin the team after the break. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, without being specific on the reason for Odom’s absence, said the team will do everything it can to support him and get him back. Cuban also denied speculation about a possible buyout of Odom’s contract.
Mayweather slams Pacquiao again
Floyd Mayweather Jr. took time out from his news conference in New York to promote his May 5 fight with Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas to talk about the fight that’s not happening - a matchup against Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather made it clear that the fight is about the money. “Just by speaking to Pacquiao on the phone, I mean, he’s not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer,’’ Mayweather said. While Mayweather urged Pacquiao to “take the test,’’ a reference to his demand for random drug testing, the payout appears to be the real sore point between Mayweather on one side, and Pacquiao and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum on the other . . . The WBC suspended Britain’s Dereck Chisora indefinitely following his Feb. 18 brawl with former WBA champion David Haye at a news conference after Chisora lost a title fight against Vitali Klitschko in Germany.
Aggies, Missouri to pay for Big 12 exit
Texas A&M and Missouri have agreed to pay $12.4 million each to leave the Big 12 and join the Southeastern Conference in July. Texas A&M will receive unspecified benefits from the Big 12’s new television contract with Fox Sports. Missouri waived any claims to revenue from the TV deal, which takes effect in July, and agreed to pay the Big 12 another $500,000 to cover officiating expenses for 2011-12 . . . The Amherst women’s basketball team remained No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN Division 3 Top 25 Coaches poll and Babson moved up two spots to No. 11. Amherst is 27-0. In Division 2, Bentley (24-3) held steady at No. 6 . . . Division 2 powers Bentley and Merrimack will face off in the third New England Lacrosse Classic at Gillette Stadium April 21. In the second game, UMass will play Hofstra. It will be the second lacrosse doubleheader hosted by Gillette. In the women’s doubleheader March 31, Northwestern will play Ohio State and Syracuse will play Harvard. Information is available at www.gillettestadiumlacrosse.com.
Tuberville accused of investment fraud
Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville has been sued in federal court, accused of defrauding investors out of more than $1.7 million in Alabama following his coaching tenure at Auburn. A federal lawsuit filed in US District Court in Montgomery, Ala., names Tuberville, John David Stroud, and eight investment entities as defendants, claiming the two men “employed devices, schemes, and artifices to defraud’’ seven plaintiffs from Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennessee . . . North Carolina State linebacker D.J. Green says the NCAA has suspended him for the season after he tested positive for using an unnamed banned substance. Green apologized in a statement. He says he took a supplement given to him by someone from his hometown in Macon, Ga., to gain weight.
No Triple Crown races for Algorithms
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Kentucky Derby hopeful Algorithms is off the Triple Crown trail because of a leg injury that will require surgery. Algorithms was the morning-line favorite for the Fountain of Youth Stakes last weekend at Gulfstream Park. He was scratched before the race with a splint bone injury to his right front leg. X-rays revealed a fracture . . . Canadiens great Jean Beliveau had a stroke for the second time in two years and is being treated at a hospital. The 80-year-old Hall of Famer was stricken Monday night and is “undergoing active investigation and treatments’’ in Montreal, the Canadiens said . . . Roger Federer brushed aside Michael Llodra, 6-0, 7-6 (8-6), to reach the second round of the Dubai Championships. Andy Murray beat qualifier Michael Berrer, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 . . . Top-seeded John Isner outlasted Jesse Levine, 6-4, 7-5 (17-15), in their first-round match at the Delray Beach International Championships . . . Tiger Woods’s agent lashed out against Hank Haney’s book, saying his “armchair psychology’’ about Woods was “ridiculous.’’ Haney’s book about his six years as Woods’s swing coach is titled, “The Big Miss.’’ It is to go on sale March 27, a week before the Masters . . . Donald Trump is buying the Doral Hotel & Country Club, home of the Blue Monster golf course and host to numerous pro tournaments, for $150 million.