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Steelers’ Ward held by cops at gunpoint after car mix-up

LOS ANGELES — Police said Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Hines Ward was briefly detained at gunpoint in a mix-up over a reported stolen car but has been released.

Sgt. Maria Morrison says Ward and a female friend were stopped in her car at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday in North Hollywood because the woman had reported it stolen.

The sergeant said the driver reported the vehicle stolen April 19 after forgetting where she had parked it. She later found it but never canceled the report. Police said Ward was cooperative.


Lakers’ Artest suspended for Game 3 after flagrant foul

DALLAS — Lakers forward Ron Artest has been suspended from Game 3 of a second-round series against the Mavericks on Friday night for hitting Dallas guard J.J. Barea in the face with a forearm. Los Angeles, already down 0-2, now will be playing a pivotal game without its starting small forward.

“No reaction,” Artest said Thursday in Los Angeles, prior to boarding a team flight to Dallas. “I’m just ready to move forward and play basketball.”

Barea was dribbing around Los Angeles’ Lamar Odom with 24 seconds left in a game that had already been decided when Artest moved in and swung a forearm at the guard’s head. Artest was ejected immediately.


Daytona 500 winner Bayne released from Mayo Clinic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne was released from the Mayo Clinic on Thursday after being treated for what doctors are calling an inflammatory condition.

Roush Fenway Racing said Bayne is expected to return to racing this season, although the team has not established a definite timeframe. Bayne was admitted last week for nausea, fatigue and double vision.

Bayne, 20, who became the youngest-ever Daytona 500 winner in February’s season opener, was treated after the April 9 race at Texas after experiencing numbness in his arm while driving. The condition originally was thought to be related to an insect bite.

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