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Noah suspended - by Bulls teammates

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, the face of Florida's back-to-back basketball national championship teams, sat out Sunday's game against the Atlanta Hawks after his teammates voted to extend his suspension. Interim head coach Jim Boylan held Noah out of Friday's game in Philadelphia after the rookie blew up at assistant coach Ron Adams during that morning's shootaround. The penalty was scheduled to end after the 76ers game, but the Bulls voted unanimously that Noah should miss a second game to punish him for problems throughout the season. Noah reportedly has struggled to make team functions on time and follow rules set down by veterans. Said guard Kirk Hinrich: "We love Joe and his energy, but we can't have stuff like that."

Reports: A's trading Kotsay to Braves

Mark Kotsay appears headed for Atlanta to fill Andruw Jones' spot in center field. The Braves reached a tentative deal Saturday to acquire the oft-injured Kotsay from the Oakland Athletics for reliever Joey Devine and cash, according to several media reports. The trade is contingent on Kotsay passing a physical and the commissioner's office approving the money involved in the deal. Kotsay, who was hampered by back problems last season, hit .214 with one homer and 20 RBIs in 56 games last year. He is a career .282 hitter in 11 seasons in the majors.

Dancing Danica? Driver says 'no way'

Fresh from winning the "Dancing With the Stars" television contest, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves recommended some other potential candidates to the show. Among them: fellow IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick. Patrick, 25, already is the most glamorous driver in the series, but she said "no way" when asked about competing on the show, the Indianapolis Star reported. Castroneves, who won with partner Julianne Hough, "smiles all the time, he plays to the camera," Patrick said. "I'm a little too serious," she said. "People at home would be going, 'What's wrong (with her)?' "

The Word: Tilghman

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