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Calipari fined $25,000 for off-court comment

Just hours before the Nets beat the 76ers 123-105 on Wednesday, NBA commissioner David Stern fined Nets coach John Calipari $25,000 for calling sports writer Dan Garcia of the Star-Ledger of Newark a "Mexican idiot." The comment last week was preceded by an expletive.

The fine was the largest ever against an NBA coach, and it marked the first time the league punished non-game related speech. Calipari said after the game he would not contest the fine.

Four Nets scored at least 20 points in the game as Jim Jackson tied his season-high with 28, Tony Massenburg matched his career-high with 26, and Kendall Gill and rookie Kerry Kittles each added 20 points. The 123 points tied the Nets' season high.

HEAT 101, KINGS 88: Alonzo Mourning made a successful return to Miami's starting lineup, scoring 26 points as the host Heat posted its seventh straight victory. Tim Hardaway also scored 26 for Miami.

Mourning was in the starting lineup for the first time since Feb. 21, when he tore a tendon in his right foot.

Heat broadcaster David Halberstam was fined $2,500 for remarks he made March 19 while broadcasting a game against Golden State.

BULLS: Dennis Rodman was diagnosed with a "moderate" strain of the medial collateral ligament in the left knee. He will miss the last 13 games of the regular season but should be back for the playoffs.

WNBA STING: Marynell Meadors, former FSU coach, was introduced as coach and GM of the Charlotte Sting. In 10 years at FSU, 1986-96, her record was 132-152.

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