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Broncos coach McDaniels fined for taping

Denver -- The NFL has fined Denver Broncos head Coach Josh McDaniels in connection with the illegal taping of an opponent's practice, multiple sources reported Saturday., ESPN and The Denver Post reported McDaniels was fined $50,000 and the Broncos were also assessed a $50,000 penalty in the incident, for which McDaniels and Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen issued apologies Saturday.

Bowlen said the league found a Broncos employee had videotaped a portion of the San Francisco 49ers' Oct. 30 'walkthrough' practice at Wembley Stadium in London, a day before the two teams played each other there.

In his statement, McDaniels claimed he did not view the 6-minute tape.

Seymour fined for Roethlisberger hit

Oakland, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour has been fined $25,000 for hitting Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, an NFL official said Monday.

League spokesman Corry Rush confirmed Seymour was fined but not suspended for his actions during the Raiders' 35-3 loss to Pittsburgh Sunday, the Oakland Tribune reported.

In the incident, Seymour was scuffling with Pittsburgh guard Chris Kemoeatu when Roethlisberger approached the pair. Seymour pushed his open right hand into the quarterback's face and Roethlisberger fell to the ground.

Seymour was ejected from the game after drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Woman fined $255 for dying poodle's paws

Jacksinville, Fla. -- A Florida woman who dyed her poodle's paws pink for Halloween said she was fined $255 by an animal control officer.

Christine Hill of Jacksonville said she used dye specifically made for dogs to color her poodle's paws for Halloween, WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, reported Wednesday.

"It goes on like shampoo and you rinse it off like shampoo," Hill said. "Everyone thinks it's cute."

However, Hill said she was confronted by an animal control officer Monday morning while she was with her dog in a field across from her house. She said the officer issued her a $255 citation for violating local and state laws against artificially coloring an animal's fur.

Busch fined for gesture toward officials

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was fined $25,000 and put on probation Tuesday for making an inappropriate gesture and verbally abusing officials.

The actions came after a tough Sunday for the veteran driver at Texas Motor Speedway during which he gave "the finger" to officials while in the pits to serve a drive-through penalty.

Busch ended in 32nd place.

The fiery driver had also angrily stormed out of a press conference Saturday following his close loss to Carl Edwards in last weekend's Nationwide Series event.

Wizards' Arenas fined for faking injury

Washington -- Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas has been fined for saying he faked a knee injury, head Coach Flip Saunders said Wednesday.

Saunders announced the fine after the team's practice session but didn't disclose the amount, The Washington Post reported.

Arenas admitted to reporters after Tuesday's 107-92 pre-season win over the Atlanta Hawks that he faked the injury in order to allow backup guard Nick Young to have more playing time.

Young responded to his start by scoring 24 points in the game.

Saunders told the Post he felt betrayed by Arenas' actions.

Pair fined $75 for getting off train early

Southampton, England -- A British couple said they were outraged to be fined $175 for getting off their train two stops early.

Emma Clark and fiance Davyd Winter-Bates said they each purchased discounted $9 tickets to travel back to Southampton, England, from a London vacation but they decided to get off early in Eastleigh, England, to meet some friends for lunch, The Sun reported Monday.

The pair said they gave their tickets to an agent at the Eastleigh stop and were told they had violated the rules by getting off before their destination.

They were fined a total $175, amounting to twice the amount of two normal tickets.

Teens fined for eavesdropping on teachers

Stockholm, Sweden -- A pair of Stockholm teenagers were fined $270 each for attempting to listen in on teachers discussing grades using bugging equipment.

Stockholm District Court heard the middle school students, who were described as in their mid-teens, found a key to the staff common room of their middle school and planted bugging equipment they purchased from a gadget shop, Swedish News Agency TT reported Monday.

Prosecutors said the girls were planning to listen in on a meeting the following day where teachers would be deciding grades.

Authorities said the teenagers' plot was revealed when one of them detailed the plan on Facebook. The court convicted them of trespass and arbitrary conduct. They were each fined $270.

Castroneves fined for fight with officials

Indianapolis -- IZOD IndyCar Series officials Tuesday fined driver Helio Castroneves $60,000 and placed him on probation for the remainder of the season.

The discipline came as a result of Castroneves' meltdown following last month's race in Edmonton, Alberta, in which he was stripped of the victory for blocking his Team Penske teammate Will Power and failing to take the drive-through pit-lane penalty.

The Brazilian confronted two officials on pit lane after the conclusion of the race, making physical contact with one of them after exiting his car.

Firm allegedly passed on fine to workers

Boston -- Upper Crust employees in Massachusetts have complained the pizza chain ordered them to pay back a Department of Labor fine through wage cuts.

A year ago, the Labor Department fined Upper Crust $341,000, which was given to workers who were cheated out of overtime pay, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.

Employees now say the company ordered pay cuts as soon as the payment to the Department of Labor was made. Management also shifted employees from hourly to salaried workers to dodge overtime as an issue, employees said.

Many of the chain's workers are Brazilian immigrants who frequently work 80 hours per week.

Surgeon fined $5K for removing wrong organ

Coral Springs, Fla. -- A Florida surgeon who mistakenly removed a patient's kidney instead of his gallbladder has been fined $5,000, officials said.

In October 2007 Bernard Zaragoza of Coral Springs removed a kidney from an 83-year-old patient whose "unusual anatomy" placed the kidney where the gallbladder should have been, Health News Florida reported Monday.

"I was completely mortified," Zaragoza said upon discovering the error. "It's a complication I never heard of, dreamed of, or imagined could happen.''