Kevin Garnett suspended for one game

Wire reports

NEW YORK — Kevin Garnett has been suspended by the NBA for the Boston Celtics second playoff game against the Miami Heat.

The one-game suspension was imposed Sunday for hitting Quentin Richardson of the Miami Heat in the head with an elbow with 40 seconds left in Boston’s 85-76 win in Game 1 on Saturday night.

The league also fined Richardson $25,000.

The altercation occurred near Miami’s bench while Boston’s Paul Pierce lay on the floor with an apparent right shoulder injury. Garnett said he wanted to make room for Pierce as Heat players stood nearby. During the confrontation, Garnett and Richardson exchanged words.


DENVER — The Utah Jazz are down one game and two players since the regular season ended.

An MRI exam Sunday on center Mehmet Okur’s left leg confirmed fears of a torn Achilles’ tendon, eliminating him from the remainder of the NBA playoffs and, in all likelihood, the world championships in his native Turkey this summer.

“It’s horrible, man. We feel bad for Memo,” Jazz forward Carlos Boozer said.

Okur flew back to Salt Lake City to mull his surgery options, leaving his dispirited teammates behind in Denver to figure out how to stop the Nuggets without him and forward Andrei Kirilenko, who aggravated a strained calf in practice on Thursday.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Brian Davis called a two-stroke penalty on himself on the first playoff hole Sunday to give Jim Furyk a victory at the Verizon Heritage.

Davis, an Englishman who’s never won on the PGA Tour, used a birdie on the 72nd hole to force the extra hole. However, Davis’ approach rolled off the green of the lighthouse hole and into some rocks.

As Davis attempted to chip on, his wedge moved a loose reed in the marshy area. Davis quickly called for a rules official, who after calling colleagues to check the replay, confirmed the penalty.

“I thought I saw movement,” Davis said. “It’s a disappointment.”

Davis conceded to Furyk before the world’s sixth-ranked player putted out.

Furyk shot a 69 to finish at 13-under 271. The victory was his 15th PGA Tour win and second since March, earning him $1.026 million.

LUTZ, Fla. — Bernhard Langer won for the 10th time on the Champions Tour when the final round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am was called off due to constant rain.

Langer won by default after a birdie on the final hole during the second round Saturday gave him a one-stroke lead over Mark O’Meara and Mike Reid. Because no player completed their third round, the final result was based on the second-round leaderboard.


MONACO — Rafael Nadal’s title drought is over.

Nadal won his first tournament in nearly a year on Sunday, defeating Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-1 in an all-Spanish final at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The second-seeded Nadal overpowered Verdasco with a stunning display of attacking clay-court tennis to earn his sixth straight victory at Monte Carlo, but his first title since the Rome Masters in May 2009.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Samantha Stosur earned her first title on clay Sunday, overwhelming Vera Zvonareva 6-0, 6-3 to win the Family Circle Cup.


FORT WORTH, Texas — For all the talk about green-white-checkered finishes in NASCAR this season, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races can’t even get started in rainy Texas.

Persistent wet weather Sunday forced the postponement of a Sprint Cup and Nationwide doubleheader until Monday.

The Sprint Cup race was called Sunday about 75 minutes after its scheduled 3:16 p.m. EDT start because of persistent drizzle and the forecast for misty conditions until late in the evening. The race was rescheduled for noon EDT Monday.

“It is disappointing not to race, but this happens now and then,” said Ryan Newman, who starts 10th a week after winning at Phoenix International to break a 77-race winless streak. “I think we are going to be good (Monday). We just have to live with it. It is part of racing.”

Rain on Saturday wiped out the Nationwide race then. It had been rescheduled for Sunday night after the Cup race and will now be run at approximately 2 p.m. PDT Monday.

About 2 1/2 inches of rain fell at the track Saturday and Sunday. The forecast Monday calls for cloudy skies with only a minimal chance of rain.

SHANGHAI — Jenson Button won the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday and took over the Formula One championship lead by beating teammate Lewis Hamilton in a 1-2 finish for McLaren.

In a chaotic race with rapidly changing weather conditions, forcing most drivers to pit at least four times, 2009 world champion Button benefited from shrewd tire strategy, needing only two stops while Hamilton had to make four.

“It was a tricky race out there and again we called it right,” Button said. “It was not just about being quick, it’s about reading the conditions.”

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg finished third.

LAS VEGAS — John Force raced to his third victory of the season and record 129th overall NHRA win, beating Tony Pedregon on Sunday in the Spring Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The 60-year-old Force had a 4.334-second pass at 284.93 mph in his Ford Mustang against Pedregon (5.630 at 138.34) in the Funny Car final.

In Top Fuel, Larry Dixon raced to his third victory of the season and 51st overall, beating Cory McClenathan with a 4.016-second pass at 313.37 mph.

Mike Edwards won the Pro Stock final. Edwards had a 6.751-second pass at 205.51 mph to edge Greg Stanfield.


CARACAS, Venezuela — Former lightweight champion Edwin Valero was detained Sunday on suspicion of killing his wife, the gravest in a string of problems that have threatened to derail his career.

Venezuelan Federal Police Chief Wilmer Flores said Valero was arrested after police found the body of his 20-year-old wife in a hotel in Valencia. Valero left the hotel room around dawn on Sunday and allegedly told security that he had killed Jennifer Viera, Flores said.

Flores told state television that police found three stab wounds on Viera’s body. He said Valero was transferred a local police precinct, “where we are headed to take samples needed for the investigation of the case” and to question the boxer.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Misty May-Treanor’s return to the AVP Tour was a winning one.

She teamed with new partner Nicole Branagh to win the Fort Lauderdale Open in a downpour on Sunday, defeating Angie Akers and Tyra Turner 21-14, 21-17. May-Treanor and Branagh swept six matches, all by 2-0 scores in the weekend tournament.