Foul call on Thibodeau worth $35,000
The NBA fined Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau $35,000 on Sunday for comments he made about the officiating following Friday’s loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Thibodeau was upset that Nazr Mohammed got ejected for shoving LeBron James to the floor and accused the Miami superstar of flopping. James shot down the accusations from the Bulls, saying they reminded him of the days when some claimed he was overrated and questioned his ability to lead a team to a championship. The Heat won the game to go up, 2-1, in the series. Game 4 is Monday at the United Center.
Chamberlain settles spat with Rivera
Relievers Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera of the Yankees smoothed over an incident that occurred before Saturday’s game in Kansas City. It happened while Rivera was talking to reporters in the dugout about an emotional meeting with local fans earlier in the day. Chamberlain was standing on the field and yelling over the dugout to members of his family, who attended the game. At one point Rivera told Chamberlain to lower his voice. Once Rivera’s interview was done, Chamberlain told Rivera in front of reporters: ‘‘Don’t ever shush me.” On Sunday, Chamberlain likened Rivera to his brother and said the two met and put the issue to rest . . . The Yankees put shortstop Eduardo Nunez on the disabled list with strained oblique muscle.
Cabrera to receive World Series ring
Melky Cabrera will receive his World Series ring Tuesday when the Giants make a two-game stop in Toronto to face his Blue Jays. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he intends to speak with Cabrera and thank him for his contributions to the reigning World Series champions. Cabrera was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone test. He was the MVP of last year’s All-Star Game and was batting an NL-leading .346 when he was suspended. Though he was eligible to play, Cabrera was left off the postseason roster . . . First baseman Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs agreed to a seven-year, $41 million contract The deal includes two team options that could make it worth as much as $73 million over nine years . . . The Astros designated pitcher Philip Humber for assignment, a day after he gave up five runs while getting only two outs in a loss to Texas. Just a year removed from pitching the 21st perfect game in major league history, Humber is 0-8 with a 9.59 ERA.
Williams, Nadal capture Madrid titles
Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-4, in the final of the Madrid Open to retain her No. 1 women’s ranking and collect her 50th career title, and Rafael Nadal eased by Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-2, 6-4, for his fifth title since returning from a knee injury. The second-ranked Sharapova would have overtaken the top ranking with a win, but Williams improved her record against Sharapova to 13-2. Cheered on by the home crowd, the fifth-ranked Nadal cruised to his 55th career title and extended his head-to-head record with the 15th-ranked Wawrinka to 9-0. It was Nadal’s seventh straight final since recovering from tendinitis in his left knee that sidelined him for seven months.
Ferguson goes out on winning note
As red-and-white ticker tape flew above Old Trafford in Manchester, a beaming Alex Ferguson hoisted England’s Premier League trophy for a 13th and final time. Behind Britain’s most successful soccer manager stood his jubilant squad of players, dancing to a soundtrack of ‘‘Champions, Champions’’ being belted out by more than 76,000 fans. It was the end of an era at Manchester United as Ferguson, who announced last week he would retire at season’s end, coached his final home game for a club he has led for nearly 27 years. The game against Swansea was won by United, 2-1, on Rio Ferdinand’s goal . . . Barcelona star Lionel Messi reinjured a right hamstring in a 2-1 Spanish League win over Atletico Madrid and will have tests Monday . . . In MLS, Aurelien Collin scored as Sporting KC ended the Houston Dynamo’s record 36-game home unbeaten streak with a 1-0 decision . . . Rodney Wallace, Diego Valeri, and Will Johnson had goals as the host Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to nine MLS games with a 3-0 win over Chivas USA.
US hockey team advances at worlds
The United States, Canada, Russia, and Switzerland clinched quarterfinal berths at the hockey world championships. The United States beat Germany, 3-0, in Helsinki as Bobby Butler, PaulStastny, and Stephen Gionta scored and John Gibson finished with 30 saves. Jeff Skinner and Wayne Simmonds scored in Canada’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Stockholm . . . The New York Times is reporting that Derek Boogaard’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL. In the lawsuit, the family says the NHL is responsible for the brain damage that Boogaard sustained during six seasons as an enforcer in the league, and for his addiction to prescription painkillers . . . Authorities say former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young was arrested in California for the third time in a week. An Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman said Young was arrested late Friday in San Clemente for allegedly breaking into a home, adding he fought with deputies after a foot chase . . . Trainer Chad Brown said Normandy Invasion, a fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, will miss the Preakness and get ready for a summer campaign that includes the Travers Stakes in August.