NO CONTEST: Former Houston Rocket Allen Leavell was sentenced to three years probation and fined $500 after pleading no contest in a California court to a charge of attacking a referee.

He didn't dispute a charge that he choked Pete Quinn during a CBA playoff game March 30 at Ventura (Calif.) College.

Leavell was playing for the Tulsa Fast Breakers against the Santa Barbara Islanders. Police said Leavell choked Quinn unconscious after he was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct technical with a second left.

The CBA then suspended Leavell for two years and fined $5,000.

SILENCE NOT GOLDEN: Michael Jordan is saying no to interviews outside of postgame news conferences. He even declined his regular weekly appearance on a Chicago TV station at a cost to him of $10,000. . . .

The 76ers' Charles Barkley is in Birmingham to get a second opinion on his right shoulder. If today's diagnosis agrees with the one that detected a bone spur and tendinitis, he would have surgery.

ITALIAN CHAMPS: Scavolini Pesaro, led by ex-Bullets Darwin Cook (31 points) and Darren Daye (24), won the Italian League title, 113-94, over Ranger Varese, in Game 4 of the best-of-five finals.