- - Thursday, May 5, 2011

FOOTBALL

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.

BASKETBALL

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.

AUTO RACING

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.

TENNIS

Del Potro pulls out of match against Nadal in Madrid Open

MADRID — Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the Madrid Open with an injury that could keep him out of the French Open.

The former U.S. Open champion said a pain in his left hip forced him to pull out of Thursday’s third-round match with top-ranked Rafael Nadal.

Del Potro, the world’s 32nd ranked player, first felt the pain on course to winning the Estoril Open on Sunday.

BASKETBALL

Kentucky’s Calipari to coach Dominican Republic team

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — John Calipari, who led Kentucky to the Final Four last season, has been chosen to coach the national team of the Dominican Republic and try to qualify it for the 2012 Olympics.

Federation general manager Eduardo Najri said the choice was made official Thursday and Calipari posted on his website that he has formally accepted the head coaching position.

“This will be a great learning experience for me to be able to coach against some of the best minds in international basketball. I know that being in the NBA helped me do a better job of preparing our young men to reach their dreams and this opportunity will do the same,” Calipari said.

BOXING

Mayweather Jr. charged with threatening security guards

LAS VEGAS — Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is facing new misdemeanor harassment charges accusing him of threatening two homeowner association security guards outside his Las Vegas home.

The charges filed Thursday in Las Vegas stem from an October dispute over parking with guards in the gated community where the undefeated prizefighter lives.

Mayweather’s lawyer, Karen Winckler, didn’t immediately respond to messages from the Associated Press seeking comment.

From wire dispatches and staff reports