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Billups, who was acquired from Denver in February, averaged 17.5 points with the Knicks but battled a pair of injuries, missing six games with a bruised left quadriceps in March, then straining a tendon in his left knee during Game 1 of the playoffs and missing the final three games of New York’s loss to Boston.

BASEBALL

Fan claims foul words, acts by Braves coach McDowell

LOS ANGELES | A California man claims Atlanta pitching coach Roger McDowell made homophobic comments and crude sexual gestures toward fans and threatened him with a bat before the Braves played the San Francisco Giants on April 23.

Justin Quinn, 33, of Fresno, made the allegations Wednesday during a news conference organized by Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred. Quinn says he was attending the game with his wife and 9-year-old twin daughters at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Quinn alleges that when McDowell was told there were children present, McDowell replied that kids don’t belong at a baseball park, picked up a bat, walked up to Quinn and asked him how much his teeth were worth.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Lawyer: Fiesta Bowl is following BCS’ recommendations

SAN ANTONIO | The attorney who conducted an internal investigation into the campaign contributions scandal at the Fiesta Bowl said Wednesday the committee that operates the game is closely following his recommendations to change its operations.

“I can’t think of one of those recommendations that the bowl didn’t implement - and it was eight pages, single spaced,” said Chris Madel, the attorney who was hired by a special committee to conduct a second internal investigation of the bowl game.

Whether the bowl can save its spot in the lucrative Bowl Championship Series rotation for the national championship game remains unclear. The seven-member BCS task force is not expected to announce until May whether the Fiesta Bowl will remain in the title rotation.

OLYMPICS

Ceremonies, five events sold out for London Games

LONDON | Five sports events and the opening and closing ceremonies sold out in the first round of ticket sales for the 2012 London Olympics, with 1.8 million applicants making 20 million requests.

After a six-week online application period for the 6.6 million tickets on sale, Olympic organizers said Wednesday that more than half of the 650 competition sessions in 26 sports were oversubscribed.

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