Mavericks’ Blair suspended one game
Mavericks center DeJuan Blair was suspended for Game 5 of the first-round series against San Antonio for kicking the Spurs’ Tiago Splitter in the head, the NBA announced Tuesday. Blair and Splitter got tangled up and fell to the court in the fourth quarter of San Antonio’s 93-89 victory in Dallas on Monday night. After the whistle blew, signaling a foul on Blair, he kicked his former teammate with his left foot. Blair, who is averaging 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in the postseason, will sit out Wednesday night’s game in San Antonio. The series is tied 2-all. The Spurs might be without point guard Tony Parker, who has a mild left ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated before Game 5 . . . Pacers star Paul George had his platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 stolen from his home Monday night, while Indianapolis was playing the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of their playoff series. Police said there was no forced entry and estimated the total value of items taken at nearly $16,000.
Minor ready to get started for Braves
Braves lefthander Mike Minor will make his first start of the season Friday night at home against San Francisco. Minor, 26, who was 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA last year, has been slowed by shoulder soreness . . . Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw 25 pitches during batting practice, passing the final test before he can begin a rehabilitation stint. Chapman might pitch at Class A Dayton on Thursday, his first time in a game since getting hit on the forehead by a line drive during spring training . . . Manny Machado’s season debut with the Orioles was delayed at least a day after Tuesday’s game against the Pirates was rained out. Machado hasn’t played since undergoing left knee surgery last October . . . Athletics righthander A.J. Griffin is scheduled to have elbow surgery Wednesday, ending his season . . . Suspended Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda pulled himself from a simulated game with tightness in an upper back muscle. Pineda was caught with a foreign substance on his neck April 23 in a game at Fenway Park and banned 10 games. He was due to return Monday at the Angels but manager Joe Girardi said David Phelps will likely start in Pineda’s place . . . Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had surgery on his injured left thumb, two days after being placed on the 15-day disabled list. He could miss up to two months . . . The Diamondbacks said top pitching prospect Archie Bradley has a strained elbow and will rest for two weeks before beginning a throwing program.
Panthers fire interim coach Horachek
The Florida Panthers dismissed interim coach Peter Horachek, who went 26-36-4 after replacing Kevin Dineen on Nov. 8. General manager Dale Tallon said Horachek, who had been the coach of Florida’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio before being summoned to lead the Panthers, will not remain with the organization in any capacity . . . The Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Brown, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, and Chicago’s Jonathan Toews are finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.
IOC official rips preparations for RioIn an unusually blunt public warning, a vice president of the International Olympic Committee called the delayed preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro ‘‘the worst I have experienced.’’ John Coates, who has made six trips to Brazil as part of the IOC’s coordination commission for Rio, said the Brazilians are behind ‘‘in many, many ways’’ and are in worse shape than Greek organizers were in preparing for the 2004 Olympics. Despite the critical delays, the Australian said there is no backup plan and the games will take place in Rio.
Runner Shobukhova gets 2-year ban
Three-time Chicago Marathon champion Lilya Shobukhova of Russia was banned for two years for blood doping and faces demands to repay millions of dollars in winnings. Shobukhova collected $1 million in prize money as a two-time leader of the World Marathon Majors rankings. ‘‘Any athlete found guilty of a doping offense will be required to repay any prize or appearance money earned at WMM events including WMM series prize money,’’ the race organizers’ group said . . . Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals apiece as visiting Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League final by stunning title holder Bayern Munich, 4-0. Madrid will play Chelsea or Atletico Madrid in the May 24 final in Lisbon . . . High school senior Sage Karam, 19, will race in his first Indianapolis 500 next month in a car fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing . . . Boston College defenseman Michael Matheson, the 23d overall pick by the Florida Panthers in the 2012 NHL draft, will return to the Eagles for his junior season . . . Hope Davila, 33, of Hartford, an ex-girlfriend of former NFL defensive end Hugh Douglas, accused him in a lawsuit of assaulting her multiple times . . . Two-time champion Philipp Kohlschreiber was knocked out in the first round of the BMW Open in Munich, losing, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, to Denis Istomin . . . Notah Begay suffered a heart attack last week and is expected to make a full recovery, Golf Channel said. The network said Begay will be off the air indefinitely while he recovers.