Wizards’ Crit­ten­ton won’t con­test sus­pen­sion for hav­ing gun in locker room

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion says it will not ap­peal Javaris Crit­ten­ton’s sus­pen­sion for hav­ing a gun in the Wash­ing­ton Wizards’ locker room.

Crit­ten­ton and team­mate Gil­bert Are­nas were sus­pended for the sea­son without pay last Wed­nes­day by NBA com­mis­sioner David Stern.

Though Are­nas said im­me­di­ately he would not con­test the penalty, Crit­ten­ton wanted to weigh his op­tions.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Billy Hunter said in a state­ment Tues­day that Crit­ten­ton has in­formed the NBPA that he won’t chal­lenge the sus­pen­sion.

“ Javaris has said that he be­lieves far more good will be done by mov­ing for­ward and fo­cus­ing on the fu­ture,” Hunter said.

“ We re­spect his de­ci­sion and ac­cord­ingly no griev­ance will be filed on his be­half.” NEW YORK (AP) — The pres­i­dent of soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body for North and Cen­tral Amer­ica and the Caribbean has pledged to help Haiti re­build the offices of its gov­ern­ing body fol­low­ing last month’s earth­quake.

CONCACAF pres­i­dent Jack Warner vis­ited Haiti on Mon­day and pro­posed mov­ing the head­quar­ters of the Haitian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion to the na­tion’s FIFA Goal Project of­fice in the Port-au-Prince sub­urb of Croix-des-Bo­quets. FIFA has pledged US$250,000 to the quake re­lief ef­fort.

Warner, also a FIFA vice-pres­i­dent, said in a state­ment Tues­day that he will ask the Caribbean Foot- ball Union to house Haitian play­ers for six to 12 months un­til the Haitian fed­er­a­tion can restart nor­mal op­er­a­tions. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger scored 23 points and the In­di­ana Pac­ers snapped the Toronto Rap­tors’ five-game winning streak with a 130-115 victory on Tues­day night.

Troy Mur­phy had 20 points and 14 re­bounds for In­di­ana, which ended a three-game skid. Roy Hib­bert had 18 points and nine boards and Earl Wat­son added 15 points and a sea­son-high 11 as­sists.

Lester Con­ner coached the Pac­ers in place of Jim O’Brien, who at­tended a fam­ily fu­neral.

Chris Bosh had 35 points and 15 re­bounds, and An­drea Bargnani scored a ca­reer-high 34 points for the Rap­tors.

It was a sea­son scor­ing high for the Pac­ers, who had scored fewer than 100 points in six of their pre­vi­ous nine games.

In­di­ana made 33-of-35 free throws and shot 52 per cent from the field. NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Ski Team men’s coach Sasha Rearick says Bode Miller plans to race all five alpine events at the Van­cou­ver Olympics.

Miller’s first event will be the down­hill on Feb. 13, and he’ll also com­pete in the su­per-combi, su­perG, gi­ant slalom and slalom.

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