Arenas goes silent, will pay the price

The Associated PressOctober 14, 2009 

The NBA is making Gilbert Arenas -- and the Washington Wizards -- pay for his silence.

Arenas and his team were fined $25,000 apiece Tuesday by the league because he has not been talking to the media during the preseason, including before and after exhibition games.

The three-time All-Star point guard became one of the NBA's most popular players thanks in part to his engaging personality and a willingness to speak his mind, including via a wide-ranging blog.

But he stopped producing the blog and steadfastly has been refusing to do interviews since the Wizards held their official media day on Sept. 28. Asked by a reporter last week when he'd begin speaking again, Arenas said it would happen only after the NBA tells him he has to talk.

It was at that media day that Arenas signaled his intention to keep quiet, declaring, "I'm not the entertainer anymore."

After Tuesday's exhibition game, a 101-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Grand Rapids, Mich., Arenas twice declined to comment on his fine.

"Both teams played hard," he said in the locker room. "I feel fine."

West back with Cavs: While the Cleveland Cavaliers played Olympiacos in a preseason game on Monday night, Delonte West was at the team's practice facility working with an assistant coach.

It was at least a starting point for West and the Cavaliers, who are delicately handling their talented but troubled guard. West returned to practice on Tuesday, his first full team workout in a week.

West has been treated in the past for bipolar disorder. He was arrested in Maryland last month on misdemeanor weapons possession charges.

NASCAR issues suspension

NASCAR has suspended a Nationwide Series crew member for violating its toughened substance abuse policy.

Robert Good, a crew member for the No. 26 Dodge team owned by Dusty Whitney, was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday. He committed the violation on Oct. 9. Driver Michael McDowell piloted the No. 26 to a 32nd place finish in last weekend's race at Auto Club Speedway.

NASCAR has suspended 11 crew members this season. Jeremy Mayfield is the only driver to be suspended since NASCAR began random testing this year.

U.S. soccer player in wreck

U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies is recovering after suffering several broken bones and a lacerated bladder in a one-vehicle accident in which another person was killed.

Davies underwent several hours of surgery Tuesday at Washington Hospital Center Medstar, where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

Davis broke two bones in his right leg and also sustained facial fractures and a fracture in his left elbow. A U.S. Soccer team doctor says such injuries "usually require a recovery period of six to 12 months," making it unlikely Davis will be able to play in next summer's World Cup.

The accident took place at about 3:15 a.m. in the suburbs of the nation's capital.

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