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Govt suspends green clearances for 93 Goa mines

India’s union environment and forests minister Jayanthi Natarajan suspended the environment clearances allotted to 93 iron ore functional mining operations in Goa on Wednesday.

Cyclist Astarloa suspended 2 years

Aigle, Switzerland -- The International Cycling Union said Wednesday retired road race world champion Igor Astarloa has been suspended for two years over biological passport issues.

The cycling organization also fined the 34-year-old Spaniard about $46,000.

The Spanish Cycling Federation sanctioned him following the international group's action.

Astarloa was the world road champion in 2003 and announced his retirement last year.

The International Cycling Union implemented the biological passport program to track doping tests over a long period of time. The idea is that compiling blood and urine tests will create a profile and acceptable limits for each rider, enabling the organization to see variations in each.

Bobcats' Jackson suspended 1 game

Charlotte, N.C. -- His motor mouth and slow feet got Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson suspended without pay for one game.

Stu Jackson, NBA executive vice president for basketball operations, said Tuesday Jackson was disciplined for verbally abusing a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after being ejected in the first quarter of Charlotte's Saturday loss to Milwaukee.

The suspension means Jackson will miss the Bobcats' game at New Orleans Wednesday.

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NBA: Dallas 103, San Antonio 94

San Antonio -- Dirk Nowitzki helped Dallas put together a late-game rush Friday and end San Antonio's 12-game winning streak with a 103-94 victory.

It was only the second loss in 15 games for the Spurs, who had gotten off to the best start in franchise history. San Antonio had been trying for its first 13-game streak in four seasons.

San Antonio took a one-point lead with 4:49 remaining before Dallas closed the contest on a 16-6 run.

Nowitzki made 12-of-14 shots and scored 26 points as part of the Mavericks' fourth straight win. Tyson Chandler and Shawn Marion both had 19 for Dallas.

The Mavericks suspended center Brendan Haywood for the game due to an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Josh Hamilton is American League MVP

New York -- Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, who led the American League in batting, has been voted the league's most valuable player.

Hamilton six years ago was suspended indefinitely from baseball for drug abuse but turned his life and career around. He led the American League with a .359 batting average and helped the Rangers to their first World Series appearance.

The clubhouse celebrations on playoff advancements by Texas were marked with ginger ale -- in respect to Hamilton's previous issues with alcohol -- rather than the traditional sprays of Champagne.

Joe Scarborough suspended from MSNBC

Washington -- MSNBC has suspended TV personality Joe Scarborough for two days without pay for making campaign donations without the U.S. network's permission.

Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, is the host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. He also writes a weekly column for Politico.

"I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter," Scarborough said in a statement Friday. "I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions."

SEC suspends Pearl for eight league games

Birmingham, Ala. -- Tennessee men's basketball Coach Bruce Pearl has been suspended for the first eight games of the Southeastern Conference season, the league said Friday.

The action stems from an NCAA investigation of the Tennessee program in which Pearl allegedly misled investigators. Other alleged violations include improper contact with recruits.

The SEC said Pearl would be barred from team activities on game days from Jan. 8-Feb. 5. Team activities include practices, meetings, pregame and postgame activities, and the game itself.

"The suspension from coaching duties has been imposed after a careful review of the facts established during the NCAA's investigation and reported to the SEC office," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said.

Students protest T-shirt suspensions

Forks, Wash. -- Some of the students suspended from a Washington state high school for wearing Sex Pistols T-shirts protested outside the school during lunch hour.

The protesters said up to 25 Forks High School students were suspended Tuesday while school administrators said it was closer to 10 or 12 -- an official count was unavailable Tuesday night -- after donning T-shirts bearing the punk rock band's name during the school day Tuesday, the Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, Wash., reported Wednesday.

Students said the T-shirts were distributed Tuesday as a response to the suspending of senior Devin Chastain, who donned a Sex Pistols T-shirt after a friend was ordered to change.

Olbermann apologizes to viewers, raps boss

New York -- TV commentator Keith Olbermann, suspended for contributing to Democratic candidates, apologized to viewers Monday, one day before he is to be back on the air.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said Sunday night Olbermann would return to his "Countdown" show Tuesday. Olbermann was suspended indefinitely without pay Friday for making donations to three candidates without first getting approval from the head of the news division as required under the policy at MSNBC's parent, NBC News.

Olbermann had anchored the channel's election coverage Nov. 2.
Griffin issued a statement saying he looked forward to "having (Olbermann) back on the air Tuesday night," The New York Times reported.

Olbermann back on air Tuesday

New York -- TV commentator Keith Olbermann, suspended for giving money to Democratic candidates, can go back on the air Tuesday, MSNBC's president said Sunday night.

Olbermann was yanked from his weeknights "Countdown" program Friday for making donations to three candidates without first getting approval from the head of the news division as required under the policy at MSNBC's parent, NBC News. Olbermann had anchored the channel's election coverage Tuesday night.