The Warriors gave Stephen Jackson a vote of confidence, but the league still lowered the boom. The swingman was fined $25,000 for "public statements detrimental to the NBA," the league said Tuesday.
On Aug. 28, Jackson said he would like to be traded to Cleveland, New York or one of the Texas teams. "Players are not permitted to make trade requests publicly," the league said.
Warriors coach Don Nelson said Jackson is still his captain. "I've talked to him," Nelson said. "I don't anticipate any problems."
Less than a year ago, Jackson signed a three-year extension worth $28 million. Forward Rob Kurz accepted a non-guaranteed contract from the Cavaliers, a league source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He averaged 3.9 points per game last season with the Warriors. Sacramento signed rookie Jon Brockman, but per team policy, contract terms weren't disclosed. He was a second-round choice (No. 38 overall) by Portland out of Washington but was acquired by the Kings on a draft night trade. San Antonio forward Richard Jefferson could miss the start of training camp Sept. 29 after dislocating his right thumb.
The top nine ranked women's golfers in the world, including No. 1 Lorena Ochoa and Pleasanton native Paula Creamer, will play at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge next week at Blackhawk Country Club. Also in the finalized field will be locals Juli Inkster, Pat Hurst and Christina Kim and Sacramento's Natalie Gulbis. The event features 11 of the 12 members — no Michelle Wie — of this year's victorious U.S. Solheim Cup team. Former PGA Tour pro Todd Fischer shot an 8-under 64 and led Steve Mathews (65) by four strokes at the 54-hole Northern California Open in Davis. Fischer was at 15-under 129 after rounds at El Macero and Wildhorse. Also, Ric Burgess won the Senior Northern California Open with a two-day total of 7-under 137. John Abendroth was second at 139. Mark Bemowski edged Alamo's Dan Bieber 1-up in second-round match play of the USGA Senior Amateur in Chicago.
Quarterback Matt Barkley is still unable to throw because of a shoulder injury, increasing the possibility he might miss USC's game at Washington on Saturday. Aaron Corp worked with the first team. Starting cornerback Courtney Viney was suspended by UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel for Saturday's game against Kansas State, along with running back Milton Knox and receivers Morrell Presley and Randall Carroll, all for violating team rules.
Veteran defenseman Bret Hedican, who lives in Alamo with his wife (Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi) and two daughters, will announce his retirement today after 17 NHL seasons. He played for Anaheim last season. Swedish goaltender Jonas Gustavsson's bid to play for Toronto has been stalled by a heart problem that coach Ron Wilson describes as a minor concern.
Costa Rica fired coach Rodrigo Kenton after three straight World Cup qualifying losses.
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway will be on Father's Day again in 2010 (June 20) as the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule was announced.