NEW YORK Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford was suspended for one game by the NBA on Thursday for a flagrant foul against Toronto's T.J. Ford.
Ford was injured when Horford struck him on the head and knocked him down as Ford was trying to score on a breakaway with 1:32 left in the game Tuesday night. Horford, ejected for a flagrant foul penalty two, said he was trying to block Ford's shot.
CLIPS WAIVE PATTERSON: The Clippers waived forward Ruben Patterson on Thursday, hours after he helped them beat the Nets in New Jersey for the first time in nearly 10 years. Patterson and Tim Thomas led a 16-5 run that put the Clippers ahead for good in the third quarter of Wednesday night's 91-82 victory.
JUDGE TO REVIEW SLUR: The judge overseeing the retrial of former NBA star Jayson Williams ordered prosecutors Thursday to provide all details surrounding a racial slur made by an officer investigating the 2002 shotgun killing of a hired driver. State Superior Court Judge Edward M. Coleman reviewed the material in his chambers with defense lawyers and prosecutors. He made no immediate ruling on what might be admissible.
TINSLEY PROBE EXPANDS: New security camera video shows a silver Chrysler 300 shadowing a Rolls-Royce belonging to Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley shortly before someone fired an assault rifle at him. Indianapolis police say they want to identify a woman who is seen in the video getting out of the Chrysler and walking into a Marathon gas station store early Sunday morning. Her face passes close to the camera. "We would like to talk to her and get information about the driver of the Chrysler 300 and listen to their side of the story," said Detective Steve Walters of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
ELY OUT: New Orleans center Melvin Ely has a fractured left eye socket that will keep him out of the lineup when the Hornets play at Dallas on Friday night. Ely was hurt when he was elbowed by the Nuggets' Kenyon Martin during the second quarter of the Hornets' 105-99 loss in Denver on Wednesday night..
RATLIFF TO GET SCOPED: Minnesota Timberwolves center Theo Ratliff will have exploratory arthroscopic surgery next week on his right knee that has kept him out for the past month. Ratliff will have the operation done Tuesday by surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., the team announced Thursday. No timetable for his return will be set.