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NEW YORK (AP) - Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

McRoberts’ foul against James with 50 seconds remaining Wednesday night in Miami in the Heat’s 101-97 playoff victory over the Bobcats also was upgraded to a Flagrant 2.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger calls guard Mike Conley the kind of man a father would want to marry his daughter. Conley’s peers certainly think highly enough to award him the NBA’s Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Conley received 77 first-place votes of a possible 334 and earned 2,335 points overall for the award announced Thursday. He was followed by Boston’s Jeff Green, Phoenix’s Channing Frye, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Chicago’s Mike Dunleavy.

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GOLF

AVONDALE, La. (AP) - Ben Martin treated a tiny gallery to a course-record round, shooting a 10-under 62 in the first round of the Zurich Classic.

Martin’s 10th birdie was his most spectacular shot in a round full of them as he chipped in from 55 feet on the par-3 17th hole. That came a hole after the 26-year-old former Clemson player he hit the flag on a chip from behind the green, setting up a tap-in par.

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) - Karine Icher of France birdied four of her first seven holes and finished with a 6-under 66 at Lake Merced to take the lead in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

The start was delayed two hours because of fog and play was suspended because of darkness with 24 players unable to finish the first round.

SHENZHEN, China (AP) - Spain’s Alvaro Quiros and England’s Simon Dyson shared the China Open lead at 5-under 67 when play was suspended because of darkness at Genzon Golf Club.

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MOUNTAINEERING

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Nepal’s attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season took another hit Friday as more Sherpa mountain guides packed and left the base camp for their village homes a week after the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest mountain.

Their departures come as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and other Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.

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