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Celtics' Walker Suspended for 1 Game

Saturday, April 30, 2005; Page D02

Boston Celtics forward Antoine Walker was suspended for one game by the NBA yesterday for grabbing a referee during a confrontation with Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal.

O'Neal was fined $10,000 for his role in the altercation.

Boston's Antoine Walker, right, received a suspension for shoving official Tom Washington in Game 3 of the first-round of the playoffs on Thursday. (Darron Cummings -- AP)

Walker was ejected following his second technical Thursday night after a hard foul on O'Neal with just over four minutes to go. During the confrontation, Walker grabbed referee Tom Washington by the arm in an attempt to move him out of the way. O'Neal shoved Walker in the chest and grabbed his jersey.

O'Neal also received a technical but remained in the game. Walker will be reinstated for Game 5 in Boston on Tuesday. . . .

The Cleveland Cavaliers confirmed late yesterday night that it has had preliminary talks with Phil Jackson about its head coaching vacancy.

The Cavaliers, who missed the NBA playoffs following a late-season collapse, joined the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers in pursuit of Jackson, who won nine NBA titles as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Lakers.. . .

Former Seattle SuperSonics forward Shawn Kemp was charged with marijuana possession in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline.

King County prosecutors said Kemp and Gavin Lamar Jones were arrested about 1 a.m. on April 4 in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, after a county sheriff's deputy noticed a large truck belonging to Kemp sitting behind a closed car wash. According to court papers, when the deputy approached the truck, the driver's door was open and a strong smell of marijuana was coming from inside the vehicle.

• HOCKEY:Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars will captain the U.S. team at the hockey world championships. Modano, a 16-year NHL veteran, has played in the world championships, the Olympics and last year's World Cup of Hockey. The United States, bronze-medal winners at last year's worlds, faces Slovenia tomorrow. The 16-team tournament starts today.

• COURTS: A judge in Compton, Calif., declared a second mistrial in the murder case against one of two men in the fatal shooting of the half-sister of Venus and Serena Williams. The jury reported it was 11-1 in favor of convicting Robert Edward Maxfield, the district attorney's office said. Maxfield, 24, was accused of killing Yetunde Price with a shot in the back of the head while the woman sat in an SUV driven by her boyfriend, who was not injured.

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