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Dodgers-Padres Brawl Will Cost Carlos Quentin Nearly $500,000

Quentin will lose 4.9% of his $9.5 million salary this season ($469,000). He was also fined $3,000.<p>The penalty is extreme for a player charging the mound and suggests that Zack Greinke's injury played a factor in the decision. Greinke broke his collarbone during the altercation and will be out …

Kobe Bryant Calls Pau Gasol Mid-Game from Hospital Bed, Lives Up to 'Coach Vino'

Kobe Bryant isn't going anywhere.<p>Ruptured Achilles, missing limbs—it doesn't matter. Whatever the Los Angeles Lakers do, he'll be a part of it, even if he's not playing.<p>Bryant himself tweeted as much, broadcasting to the social-media sphere that he would phone the Lakers with any adjustments he had …

Basketball

Nerlens Noel: Expect Kentucky Center to Be Top Pick in 2013 NBA Draft

Kentucky center Nerlens Noel has declared for the 2013 NBA draft, according to ESPN.<p>Expect the top prospect in the class to be selected No. 1 overall on June 27.<p>We saw how much a prospect's potential plays into an NBA team's draft-day decisions in 2011 when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected point …

NBA

Thunder dispatch Kings to seal No. 1 seed in Western Conference

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder couldn't coast to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.<p>Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook …