NBA ORDERS GAME DO-OVER: For the first time since 1982, the NBA is sending two teams back to the court for a do-over.
The Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat must replay the final 51.9 seconds of their game last month because the official scorer ruled incorrectly that Shaquille O'Neal fouled out, the league said Friday.
The Hawks won 117-111 at home in overtime Dec. 19, but strike that one from the books. For now, playoff-contending Atlanta has one less win, while the Heat have one less loss on their hapless record.
"We're human. We make mistakes," Hawks owner Michael Gearon said.The NBA said the replay will be held before Miami's next visit to Atlanta on March 8. Play will start from the time after O'Neal's disputed sixth foul, with the Hawks leading 114-111.
PACERS' HARRISON SUSPENDED: Indiana Pacers center David Harrison was suspended for five games Friday by the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug program. Harrison's suspension, which is without pay, will begin with Saturday's game at Sacramento, the league said.
FLASH LOSE: With both teams dressed in their NBA affiliates' uniforms, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Pistons) were in control most of the way, shooting 53.4 percent from the floor to take a 112-96 win Friday over the Utah Flash (Jazz) in Orem.
MLB STARTS INVESTIGATIVE BRANCH: Major League Baseball launched a department of investigations Friday, a permanent branch of the commissioner's office responsible for looking into drug use in the sport.
In his report last month on drug use in baseball, George Mitchell had recommended the formation of the unit. Adopting another of Mitchell's recommendations, MLB is establishing a tip line for team employees to make the commissioner's office aware of violations of drug, betting and other rules."The department of investigations will have critically important responsibilities in protecting the integrity of our sport," commissioner Bud Selig said.
INDIANS TO RENAME BALLPARK: "The Jake" is no more. The home of the Cleveland Indians will be called Progressive Field as part of a naming rights deal that is worth nearly $58 million over 16 years.
Car insurance company Progressive Corp. and the American League team announced the terms of the agreement for the 42,000-seat downtown ballpark on Friday.The stadium had been known as Jacobs Field since it opened in 1994, named when the team had been owned by Cleveland-area businessman Richard Jacobs. Progressive will pay an average of $3.6 million a year for the rights.
NATIONALS SIGN CORDERO: Closer Chad Cordero and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $6.2 million, one-year contract Friday that avoided arbitration.The right-hander gets a raise from the $4.15 million he earned last season after going through arbitration. He went 3-3 with 37 saves and a 3.36 ERA for the Nationals in 2007.
CAMERON, BREWERS AGREE: Free agent outfielder Mike Cameron and the Milwaukee Brewers reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that includes a club option for 2009.Cameron must pass a physical for the agreement to be completed, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not final.
GRIZZLIES LOSE: The Idaho Steelheads defeated the Utah Grizzlies, 3-1 Friday night at the E Center. The loss snaps Utah's three-game winning streak. The teams play again tonight at 7 in West Valley City.
RODDICK WINS THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE: Andy Roddick started and finished with aces in a 7-5, 6-3 win over Marcos Baghdatis on Saturday to claim his third consecutive Kooyong Classic title. Roddick beat Tommy Haas in 2006 and top-ranked Roger Federer in last year's final of the exhibition event.
KOHLSCHREIBER WINS HEINEKEN OPEN: Seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany won his second ATP Tour singles title, beating fourth-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 7-6 (4), 7-5 on Saturday in the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand.
CHOI CONTINUES TO ROLL: A different week, a different island and a much different view for K.J. Choi.
Seven days ago, Choi was bringing up the rear in the Mercedes-Benz Championship, last among 31 winners at Kapalua going into the weekend. On Friday, he closed with three straight birdies for a 5-under 65 and a two-shot lead in the Sony Open in Honolulu.
"I knew that I was going to play better than last week, but I didn't really think about being in the lead or anything," Choi said.