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NEW YORK - NBA referee Joey Crawford was suspended indefinitely by commissioner David Stern on Tuesday for his conduct toward Tim Duncan, who contends the official challenged him to a fight. Crawford, who has worked more playoff games than any active ref, ejected Duncan from a game in Dallas on Sunday. He called a second technical foul on the San Antonio Spurs star while he was on the bench. "He looked at me and said, ‘Do you want to fight? Do you want to fight?'" Duncan said. "If he wants to fight, we can fight. I don't have any problem with him, but we can do it if he wants to." Crawford's suspension will last at least through the NBA Finals. He apparently will have to meet with Stern after that to discuss reinstatement. The NBA also fined Duncan $25,000 for verbal abuse of an official. Crawford said Duncan referred to him with an expletive. Stern said Crawford's actions "failed to meet the standards of professionalism and game management we expect of NBA referees."

Cubs' Soriano sidelined with strained hamstring

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CHICAGO - Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano expects to miss about a week after straining his left hamstring while diving for a ball against the San Diego Padres. An MRI on Tuesday revealed no major structural damage on the five-time All- Star. The Cubs optioned pitcher Angel Guzman to Triple-A Iowa before Tuesday's game against the Padres. Chicago called up top prospect Felix Pie.

Air Force promotes Reynolds to head coach

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force Academy didn't look far to find its new men's basketball coach, promoting assistant Jeff Reynolds on Tuesday. Reynolds will replace Jeff Bzdelik, who left for Colorado two weeks ago. Reynolds, 50, is the seventh head coach in the academy's history and the fourth in the past five years.

Bucs surge at A-Sun golf championships

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WAVERLY, Ga. - East Tennessee State roared into the lead at the Atlantic Sun Conference golf championships Tuesday, led by freshman Seamus Power's 4-under 67. Power extended his first-place lead over North Florida's Michael O'Neal to three strokes while the Bucs as a team are 10 strokes ahead of second-place North Florida. The highlight of the day was a hole-in-one by Power. The Irishman's tee shot on the No. 13 par 3 found the bottom of the cup from 180 yards away. The tournament concludes today.

Schmidt goes on DL

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PHOENIX - The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Jason Schmidt on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with shoulder inflammation. The move was retroactive to Sunday. Schmidt had an MRI Monday in Phoenix and there is no timeframe for his return.

West leaving Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS - Jerry West will leave as the Memphis Grizzlies' director of basketball operations July 1, saying he's "not a youngster" and weary of the turmoil surrounding the team. West, one of the NBA's great players and executives with the Los Angeles Lakers, will end a five-year stint with the former expansion franchise. West turns 69 in May.

Appalachia seeking boys basketball game

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APPALACHIA - The Appalachia High School boys varsity and junior varsity basketball teams are seeking a home game for the 2007-08 season. Please contact Pat Jervis at (276) 565-0214.

Gate City stands fourth in Wachovia Cup

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Gate City currently stands in fourth place overall in the VHSL Group A Wachovia Cup standings with 127.5 points after the winter/fall seasons. Two- time defending champion Clarke County is first with 250.

State Line Classic canceled

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - The State Line Classic, which included softball teams from Virginia Tech, Radford, East Tennessee State and Tennessee and was to be held Tuesday, was canceled due to Monday's tragedy at Virginia Tech.

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