Stephenson admits 'scuffle' with Turner

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Pacers guard Lance Stephenson acknowledged Wednesday that he and Evan Turner got into a practice "scuffle" last week before Game 1 against Atlanta but denied the two threw any punches.

Coach Frank Vogel and Indiana's players concurred with Stephenson's version of events, though the descriptions were different. Yahoo! Sports first reported that Turner had to be "dragged out of practice" last week after the argument and that fists were flying.

Turner denied that, saying simply that they got tangled up but that there was no fight. Vogel and All-Star center Roy Hibbert said every team has similar scrapes during practice but neither considered it a fight.

Suns PG Dragic named NBA's most improved

PHOENIX (AP) Goran Dragic, whose breakout season helped the Phoenix Suns make a remarkable transformation, has been named the NBA's most improved player.

The 6-foot-3 Slovenian, who turns 28 in two weeks, flourished under first-year coach Jeff Hornacek's double-point guard system, teaming with Eric Bledsoe to form a dynamic backcourt. (MORE)

Cubs lose on Wrigley's 100th birthday

CHICAGO (AP) Fittingly, the Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field's 100th birthday with a loss - a dramatic, error-filled one, at that.

One out from victory, the Cubs allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to rally for five runs in the ninth inning in a 7-5 loss Wednesday. (MORE)

Jackson reiterates he won't coach Knicks

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated.

Phil Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks. (MORE)

Rangers' Perez gets second straight SHO

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday.

Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice scored one run and drove in another for the Rangers, who moved a half-game ahead of Oakland in first place in the AL West with their first sweep of the A's since August 2011. (MORE)

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