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POSTED April 3, 2012 1:18 a.m.

NFL

• Parcells as Saints coach? OK with NFL commish
: NEW YORK (AP) — While NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is deciding on punishment for players and listening to appeals in the Saints’ bounty case, he says he won’t stand in the way if New Orleans asks Bill Parcells to take over as interim coach.

“That’s their decision. They need to make those decisions and we’ll move forward,” Goodell said Monday at the opening of an NFL pop-up store featuring new team apparel. “Bill’s a great coach, and I’m sure will add a lot of personality and intrigue. And he’s as competitive as they get so I’m sure he’ll do a good job.”

Before the Saints pick someone to run the team this year, Goodell still has to rule on coach Sean Payton’s appeal of his season-long suspension, along with the appeals of shorter suspensions to assistant coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis and penalties handed down to the team.

Goodell expects to hear the appeals this week, and hopes to making a ruling shortly thereafter.

Meanwhile, league officials were meeting with NFL Players’ Association representatives Monday about penalties involving players who took part in the bounty program.



BASKETBALL

• ‘Nellie’ part of 2012 Hall of Fame class
: NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five-time All-Star Reggie Miller and longtime coach Don Nelson are among a dozen players, coaches and teams that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The class of 2012 was announced Monday in New Orleans, the site of the Final Four.

Also elected were two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, three-time college player of the year Ralph Sampson, four-time NBA champion Jamaal Wilkes, longtime referee Hank Nichols, and the All-American Red Heads, the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Five members of the class had already been announced: Nike co-founder Phil Knight, ABA star Mel Daniels, seven-time NBA All-Star Chet Walker, Olympian Don Barksdale and Lydija Alexeeva, who led the Soviet Union to two Olympic gold medals.

The class will be inducted Sept. 7 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.



NHL

• Flyers coach, Penguins assistant fined by NHL
: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was fined $10,000 Monday after calling out counterpart Dan Bylsma for sending out his checking line late in Philadelphia’s 6-3 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Penguins assistant Tony Granato, who stepped on the top of the side boards and in between the two head coaches, was also fined $2,500.

The incident occurred at 18:57 of the third period. Fine money will go to the NHL Foundation.

Laviolette was upset that the Penguins’ fourth line took a shift shortly after Jakub Voracek’s empty-net goal concluded the scoring.

During the shift, Penguins forward Joe Vitale leveled Flyers center Daniel Briere shortly after the ensuing faceoff, starting a chain of events that included Laviolette smashing a stick over the glass.



TENNIS

• US tennis star Mardy Fish out of Davis Cup
: The U.S. Tennis Association says No. 9-ranked Mardy Fish is pulling out of this week’s Davis Cup quarterfinal against France because of a health scare.

In a statement being posted Monday on USTA.com, the federation says Fish, the highest-ranked American player, was seen by doctors in Miami after playing there last week. He was told he has extreme fatigue and needs to rest for at least two or three days. The USTA is not saying exactly what is wrong with Fish.

The United States plays France at Monte Carlo starting Friday.

Ryan Harrison is replacing Fish on the U.S. roster.



MAJORS

• Jimenez suspended 5 games for hitting Tulowitzki
: GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has been suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki during a spring training game.

The penalty was announced Monday by MLB.

Jimenez will serve his suspension during the first five games of the season unless he asks the players’ association to appeal the decision by MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr.

Before the penalty was announced, Jimenez said he wasn’t going to apologize to Tulowitzki after hitting his former Rockies teammate on the left elbow Sunday.

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