Sports briefs for 2/28/13

JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer Published:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Four players for two-time defending national champion Alabama have been dismissed from school following their arrests after two robberies on campus.

University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway are no longer enrolled after a judicial review.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban had earlier said the players "are no longer associated with the football program."

Pettway, Williams and Hayes are charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Williams and Calloway, who was not accused in the robberies, are charged with fraudulent use of a credit card.

• Basketball

Players suspended: Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Warriors forward David Lee were each suspended a game without pay for starting an altercation during their game that drifted into the courtside seats.

The Warriors' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the Pacers' Lance Stephenson were fined $35,000 each for escalating the fight.

Cavs win: Rookie Dion Waiters scored 23 points, Shaun Livingston added 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a horrendous start and playing without injured All-Star Kyrie Irving for the second straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors, 103-92.

Pistons escape: Brandon Knight returned from a right knee injury to score a career-high 32 points, Greg Monroe added 26 points and 11 rebounds, Jose Calderon finished with 18 assists, and Detroit escaped with a victory over Washington, 96-95.

• Football

Smith dealt: The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from the 49ers in the first major acquisition since Andy Reid took over as the team's new coach in early January, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press.

White comeback: Former Miami Dolphins and West Virginia quarterback Pat White wants to return to the NFL.

White's father, Bo, said Wednesday his son is going to work out as part of West Virginia's pro day in Morgantown on March 14.

• Hockey

Kings rally: Anze Kopitar scored the tiebreaking goal on a slick pass from Dwight King with 4:48 to play, and Los Angeles rallied from a third-period deficit against Detroit for its fifth straight victory.

Wisniewski on IR: The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman James Wisniewski on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 24 and he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken right foot.

• Tennis

Nadal rolls: Rafael Nadal took another step in his return from injury as the former world No. 1 defeated Argentina's Martin Alund 6-0, 6-4 to reach the Mexican Open quarterfinals.

Collision course: Defending champion Roger Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic are on course to face each in the Dubai Championships final after each moved into the quarterfinals with straight set victories.

Venus advances: Venus Williams beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Brazil Tennis Cup.

• Elsewhere

Testis compositum: The substance found in Oscar Pistorius' bedroom after the shooting death of his girlfriend was identified by his representatives Wednesday as Testis compositum -- an herbal remedy they said is used for "muscle recovery." A product by that name also is sold as a sexual enhancer.

Arnold anniversary: The Arnold Sports Festival beginning today in central Ohio is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the professional bodybuilding championships named for actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Munoz leads: Spain's Azahara Munoz shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions today in Singapore. Munoz made seven birdies to top a leaderboard that includes 17 of the top 20 players in the world.

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