March 21, 2006

O’Neal fined $5,000 for flagrant foul

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal has
been fined $5,000 for a flagrant foul against Chicago forward
Andres Nocioni.

The foul occurred with 2:23 remaining in the second period
of the Heat's 85-84 win over the Bulls at the United Center in
Chicago on Saturday.

O'Neal was hit with a flagrant foul penalty one for the
infraction. This was upgraded to flagrant foul penalty two, NBA
senior vice president Stu Jackson announced Monday.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the arbitrator has upheld the
league's dismissal of Chris Andersen of the New Orleans Hornets
for his violation of the league's anti-drug program.

Anderson and the NBA Players Association had filed a
grievance challenging the penalty but it was rejected by
arbitrator Calvin Sharpe.

The 6-foot-10, 228-pound Andersen was kicked out of the
league on January 27.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington)