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NASCAR GIVES BUSCH, HARVICK PROBATION, FINE

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Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick were fined $25,000 each and put on probation by NASCAR for their actions on pit road after the Sprint Cup race at Darlington on Saturday. The probation - typically just a warning to behave - runs through June 15. Harvick said on his Twitter account that he understood the penalty. There was no comment from Busch. The duo's on-off feud heightened Saturday after contact Busch had with Harvick led to Harvick wrecking with teammate Clint Bowyer late in the race. Afterward, Harvick positioned himself to park his car in front of Busch on pit road. Busch pulled onto Harvick's bumper. Harvick climbed from his car, and just as he threw a punch into Busch's driver's window, Busch bumped his car out of the way. No one was hurt.

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They should have said 'pretty please'

Magic center Dwight Howard is on the verge of becoming a free agent, if you consider "on the verge of" to mean "will be in more than a year." Those who do have started talking about where Howard will end up, and Howard has publicized his annoyance with one particular speculator: the Orlando Sentinel. He posted on his Twitter account, "Y does it seem like the writers of Orlando sentinel are tryna push me out of Orlando with dumb articles. It's annoying. Can I enjoy my summer and get ready for next season in Orlando. Pls. Same thing u guys did to Shaq." On the newspaper's website is an interactive page in which readers can dress Howard in the uniforms of other teams, including the Lakers, Heat, Harlem Globetrotters and defunct WNBA Orlando Miracle (complete with blond braids and makeup). But the Web address of the page is pleasestaydwight.com. And the uniforms include the Magic's, which, when put on Howard, brings these words to the screen: "Please, please, please stay and deliver a title."

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