Source: Memphis G Calathes suspended for 20 games
A person familiar with the decision says Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's drug policy.
The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not announced the punishment, says Calathes will miss Memphis' first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City.
Yahoo Sports was the first to report the suspension.
Calathes, a 25-year-old rookie reserve, averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 71 games this season.
The Grizzlies take on the Thunder in Game 1 on Saturday night in Oklahoma City.
Thunder G Westbrook healthy for Memphis series
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder hope dynamic point guard Russell Westbrook is the difference when they meet the Memphis Grizzlies in the playoffs.
A year ago, Memphis blew past Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals, but the Thunder were without Westbrook because he injured his right knee during the first round. He is healthy now, and the Thunder are confident heading into this year's first-round series with the Grizzlies, which starts Saturday night.
Westbrook's athletic ability is especially difficult to handle because scoring champion Kevin Durant draws so much attention. It limits the options for dealing with Westbrook, a three-time All-Star.
Since returning from his latest surgery, Westbrook has averaged 22.3 points, 6.9 assists and 5.4 rebounds. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said those are all-NBA-level numbers.
NCAA WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU advance in NCAA gymnastics
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Oklahoma, Georgia and LSU advanced to the Super Six of the NCAA women's gymnastics championships.
Oklahoma, last year's runner-up, led the way in the first semifinal Friday with 197.50 and posted the top team scores on the balance beam and floor exercise. Taylor Spears had the high score on the beam with a 9.925.
Ten-time champion Georgia scored 197.30 and fellow Southeastern Conference member LSU finished with 197.10. Stanford, Michigan and Illinois failed to advance.
Sooners teammates Maileana Kanewa and Haley Scaman and Michigan's Joanna Sampson all scored 9.95 on the floor. Oklahoma will seek its fourth top-three finish since 2010 on Saturday.
The second semifinal Friday night features defending champion Florida, Alabama, UCLA, Utah, Penn State and Nebraska. The top three teams advance.
Tulsa hires Frank Haith as new hoops coach
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he spent the last three years at Missouri.
The 48-year-old Haith said Friday that the move came quickly. He says he was contacted Thursday and got more and more interested, particularly by the school's upcoming move to the American Athletic Conference.
Haith was 76-28 at Missouri, which plays in the SEC.
He replaces Danny Manning, who left for Wake Forest after two seasons in Tulsa.
University President Steadman Upham pointed to Haith's impressive winning record, not just at Mizzou but also in seven years before that at Miami (Fla.), as a key reason he was considered.
Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars 3-2 in Game 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist while wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves in his second postseason start, and Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal in the third period as the Ducks moved halfway to their first series victory since 2009. Anaheim has won just one postseason round since its only Stanley Cup title in 2007.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 16 shots, while Alex Chiasson and Ryan Garbutt scored for the wild-card Stars, who took two one-goal losses to open their first playoff series since 2008.
Game 3 is Monday in Dallas.
Rangers top White Sox 12-0 in Perez's 1st shutout
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and the Texas Rangers routed the Chicago White Sox 12-0 Friday night.
Martin homered and was one of four Texas batters with three hits apiece. Robinson Chirinos also went deep.
Perez (3-0) retired his last 12 batters and struck out eight in his second complete game, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez retired seven straight after Adam Eaton opened the game with a single and never allowed more than one baserunner in an inning.
Martin had a two-run triple and Chirinos hit a two-run homer on the next pitch in seven-run third inning off Felipe Paulino (0-2). Martin homered for a 10-0 lead in the fourth.
2 Cougars allowed to transfer - with stipulations
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Cougars' top two scorers have been granted releases to transfer to new schools. But the releases come with conditions.
Sophomore guard Danuel House tells KRIV-TV that he and junior forward TaShawn Thomas agree to Houston's conditions barring their transfers to any school in the American Athletic Conference or on the Cougars' schedule for the next two seasons.
But he says they plan to appeal to the NCAA a stipulation barring them from moving to any Texas school.
Houston businessman Erskine McDaniel, a spokesman for both players, says they'll also appeal to the NCAA for a waiver that would allow them to play immediately, Customarily, transfers from one Division I school to another must sit out a season.
Rangers' Scheppers headed to DL with elbow issue
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers has been put on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation after moving into the rotation from the bullpen and making four starts.
Scheppers said Friday he's had discomfort in his pitching elbow since the end of last season, when he led the team with 76 appearances in his second season in the bullpen.
General manager Jon Daniels said an MRI showed no structural damage. Scheppers will take 10 days off, then start a throwing program.
Scheppers was Texas' opening day starter because Yu Darvish had a neck strain, Scheppers is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA.
Texas selected the contract of left-hander Aaron Poreda from Triple-A Round Rock and made room for him on the 40-man roster by designating infielder Andy Parrino for assignment.
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