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Spurs guard Tony Parker sprained his left ankle during practice with the French national team this week and is returning to the United States to be examined.

The Spurs said Parker will begin rehabilitation after an exam today and will rejoin the French national team when he gets medical clearance.

Parker, the NBA Finals MVP in the Spurs' sweep of the Cavaliers, pulled out of the Basketball without Borders event in Europe next week.

He broke his right index finger in August 2006 playing for France in preparation for the world championships.

Chinese official to try to stop Yi-Bucks issue

China's top basketball official will travel to the United States to try to end the standoff between the Bucks and top draft pick Yi Jianliang, Reuters news service reported.

The 7-foot power forward reportedly snubbed a move to Milwaukee despite being the sixth overall pick in the June draft. He faces a year away from the league if he can't resolve the dispute or secure a trade.

Yi is playing for China in the Stankovic Cup in his home province of Guangdong, but an expected visit by Bucks officials to discuss the situation has not occurred, the China Daily reported.

"I will go to the United States in the coming days to help Yi solve the problem," China Basketball Association chief Li Yuanwei said. "I will have a talk with Yi at the Stankovic Cup to see what he thinks.

"The Bucks side didn't send their officials to China this time as they promised, so I will take some time to get this resolved."

REFEREE SUSPENSION: Joe Crawford, the referee suspended by the league April 17 after a dispute with San Antonio's Tim Duncan, met with league officials Monday, reported. The meeting ended without resolution. Crawford ejected Duncan during a game April 15 in which Crawford said Duncan "was complaining the whole game." Duncan said after the game: "He looked at me and said 'Do you want to fight? Do you want to fight?' If he wants to fight, we can fight. ... I have no reason why in the middle of a game he would yell at me 'Do you want to fight?' "