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ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 27: General Manager Danny Ferry of the Atlanta Hawksspeaks during a press conference introducing the Hawks 2014 picks on June 27, 2014 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

The fallout from racially charged comments by Atlanta Hawks' leadership continued on Tuesday as general manager Danny Ferry was disciplined for making inflammatory comments about Luol Deng. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has imposed undisclosed discipline on Ferry for comments the GM made to the ownership group in June when the team pursued Deng as a free agent. Atlanta media outlets obtained a letter Monday night from Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. which cites Ferry telling the ownership group that Deng ''has a little African in him.'' Gearon's letter to co-owner Bruce Levenson said Ferry went on to say, ''Not in a bad way, but he's like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.


FILE - In this April 13, 2013, file photo, Buffalo Sabres' owner Terry Pegula and his wife, Kim Pegula, pose for cameras during groundbreaking ceremonies at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The next step in the sale of the Buffalo Bills happens on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, when prospective ownership groups face a deadline to submit their formal bids. Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula are among at least three candidates still in the running to buy the franchise, which is for sale after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.(AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The formal bids to buy the Buffalo Bills have been submitted, and a prospective ownership candidate could be selected as early as Tuesday.


Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw toyed with yet another opponent.


In this May 1, 2014, photo, Baltimore Ravens football player and former Rutgers University stand out Ray Rice arrives at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. Rice was let go by the Ravens on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show the running back striking his then-fiancee in February. AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February. The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. Months ago, a TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino, which closed Sept. 2.


Thousands of students sing the Penn State Alma Mater outside the Old Beaver Stadium at Penn State, in State College, Pa. on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The NCAA on Monday lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban that had two more seasons left and restoring scholarships next season. (AP Photo/John Beale)

Penn State students turned campus into the site of a peaceful and jubilant celebration after the football program had its bowl ban lifted. They chanted Joe Paterno's name and, of course, threw in ''We Are'' for good measure on Monday night. Good times - and big games - are back at Penn State. Immediately.'' The Nittany Lions got out from under the most severe on-field sanctions imposed two years ago over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, learning Monday that the NCAA will allow Penn State to compete in this year's postseason and that all scholarships will return in 2015.


University of Miami president Donna Shalala walks to an NCAA Committee on Infractions hearing in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 13, 2013. The committee is scheduled to open its hearings into allegations the University of Miami committed rules infractions in football and men's basketball. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

University of Miami President Donna Shalala plans to step down in 2015, ending a tenure in which she raised the school's profile while guiding the athletic department through a controversial move to the Atlantic Coast Conference and a scandal involving a rogue former booster. She took over at Miami in 2001 after serving eight years as Health and Human Services Secretary under President Bill Clinton, with whom she remains close. ''A long time ago a friend advised me to always leave a job when you still love it,'' Shalala wrote in a letter to the university community. ''That is certainly the case here.'' Shalala's wanted to make Miami ''the next great American university'' and succeeded in raising the school's profile.

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