NEW YORK — The NBA fined the New York Knicks $50,000 on Monday for violating media rules by not allowing the New York Daily News to cover one of the team's news conferences.
The Knicks held a news conference on Friday to introduce their new draft picks, sending out an advisory announcing the details to some media that cover the team but not to the Daily News. The Knicks have feuded with the tabloid for years over what the team feels is negative coverage, and Friday was not the first time the Daily News had been excluded from an event.
The Professional Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors both issued statements after Friday's news conference condemning the team.
The NBA added that the Knicks have agreed to comply with league rules regarding equal access for the media in the future.
Mets fine Callaway, Vargas
PHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets have fined manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas for their expletive-filled confrontation with a reporter after a weekend loss at Wrigley Field.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen made the announcement before the Mets played Monday night in Philadelphia. He did not disclose the amount of the fines.
Callaway cursed at Newsday beat reporter Tim Healey and Vargas had to be restrained from charging him in the clubhouse after a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. There was no physical contact.
Callaway called it a "misunderstanding," Vargas said it was "an unfortunate distraction" and Van Wagenen said it was "regrettable on many levels."
Italy to host 2026 Winter Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Riding a wave of widespread Italian enthusiasm to be an Olympic host, Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo won the vote Monday to stage the 2026 Winter Games.
International Olympic Committee members voted 47-34 for the long-favored Milan-Cortina bid over Stockholm-Are from Sweden that also included a bobsled track in Latvia.
Milan-Cortina's jubilant delegation broke into chants of "Italia! Italia!" when the result was announced, giving the Alpine nation a second Winter Games in 20 years.
Italy will get a third Winter Games, after Turin hosted in 2006 and ski resort Cortina staged in 1956.
Trial begins for former Ravens running back
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A trial began Monday for the Baltimore Ravens' former starting running back Alex Collins on drug and weapons felony charges.
Collins is charged with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime, as well as two misdemeanors.
Charging documents say Collins' Corvette crashed into a tree while he was driving a passenger home from a party in March.
Police say they smelled marijuana, searched the car and found drugs and a gun. On a related search warrant, police say they found two more guns and ammunition in Collins' home.
Ex-Mizzou coach says cancer returned
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Former Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel says he is being treated for cancer again.
Pinkel told ABC17 TV in Columbia Saturday that he had treatment last month after his cancer came out of remission for the first time in four years.
Pinkel retired after the 2015 season after announcing that he had non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He coached the Tigers from 2001 to 2016, compiling a 118-73 record.
He says his type of cancer will never be healed and he intends to keep fighting it.
Pinkel, who is 67, has been a fundraising liaison with the Missouri athletics foundation. He also started the "GP MADE Foundation" to raise money for cancer research and programs to help underprivileged and special needs children.
Judge orders Rams to pay settlement
ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has approved a settlement calling for the NFL's Rams to pay up to $24 million to personal seat license holders in St. Louis.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. approved the settlement Monday.
Several St. Louis PSL holders filed a class-action lawsuit after the team moved to Los Angeles in January 2016. Thousands of fans in St. Louis had purchased PSLs that were good for 30 seasons, which was the length of the lease at the domed stadium where the Rams played in St. Louis. Rams owner Stan Kroenke took the team to California after 21 seasons.
Kentucky's Harrison transferring
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Kentucky center Dorie Harrison is transferring to Lipscomb.
Lipscomb announced Monday that it was adding Harrison, who sat out the 2018-19 season for unspecified personal health reasons. The move represents a homecoming for the 6-foot-3 Harrison, who graduated from Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tennessee.
Harrison said in a statement that she believed in new Lipscomb coach Lauren Sumski's vision. Harrison added that "I honestly believe she supports me as a person first before anything else, which is so rare to find."
Harrison played 32 games for Kentucky as a freshman in the 2017-18 season and averaged 6.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 16.9 minutes. She made eight starts that year and also scored in double figures eight times.
Wild sign defenseman
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Wild defenseman Brad Hunt has agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.4 million.
Hunt had five points in 29 games with the Wild last season after coming over from Vegas in a midseason trade.
The 30-year-old Hunt, a native of British Columbia who played at Bemidji State, has 39 points in 128 career NHL games with five teams.