Rudy Fernandez might want to find a new agent. Or two. He can't afford the two he has.
Fernandez, swingman for the Portland Trail Blazers, was fined $50,000 Monday for comments that his European agent, Gerard Barnes, made about him last week. That's on top of $25,000 that he was fined for comments by his U.S. agent in August.
The European agent spoke on a Portland radio show and e-mailed reporters defending the Spanish player, who had said he was homesick and no longer wanted to play in the NBA when the Blazers opened preseason practice. Fernandez also was fined for statements his U.S. agent made in August.
Known for his energy off the bench, Fernandez averaged 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season but missed 20 games because of injuries.
Iverson considers playing in Turkey
Allen Iverson is talking about Turkey. Gary Moore, Iverson's personal manager, said there are "serious talks" for Iverson to play with a Turkish team. Iverson, the 2001 NBA MVP, is negotiating with Besiktas Cola Turka for at least a one-year deal. "Allen absolutely wants to play basketball," Moore said. Iverson is 17th on the NBA's career scoring list after a 14-year career.
Mavericks' Carlisle back on bench
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle returned for Monday night's preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, three days after collapsing at a team practice. Carlisle, 50, was hospitalized following a fainting spell during Friday's team workout and missed Saturday night's outdoor game against Phoenix in California.
TENNISDjokovic, Wozniacki take titles
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic defeated David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4 to defend his China Open title and claim his second championship of the year heading into this week's ATP Masters in Shanghai. In the women's final, top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 3 Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
The championship matches had been postponed because of rain Sunday.
The China Open is Wozniacki's sixth title this season.
STADIUMSL.A. developer eyes World Cup
Developers of a new NFL stadium on a hilly strip of land east of Los Angeles are sketching out plans for a second high-profile use for the venue: World Cup soccer.
Architects for Majestic Realty Co. said they were tweaking the design of the stadium to incorporate field measurements and bleacher configurations based on guidelines from World Cup organizer FIFA.
SOCCERDavies gets big fine for 125 mph
U.S. soccer player Charlie Davies was fined $1,040 and his license was suspended by French police because of a speeding violation in which he said a teammate was driving.
Davies was with Sochaux teammate Jacques Faty when they were pulled over Oct. 3 after being clocked at 125 miles per hour. Faty and Davies have said that Faty was driving but that they switched positions because Faty thought his license was suspended.
A French police official said Monday that neither player has officially contradicted the original version of events.
AROUND THE HORN
Track and field: Commonwealth Games women's 100 meters winner Osayemi Oludamola of Nigeria tested positive for a banned stimulant and was provisionally suspended.
Men's college basketball: Penn State forward Sasa Borovnjak will miss this season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He was expected to play a prominent role off the bench as a sophomore this season. ... Junior center Tony Woods left Wake Forest. Woods was suspended indefinitely last month after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeamor charge of assaulting a female.