Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating after Dallas’s loss to Golden State on Thursday. With the Mavericks trailing, 98-97, Brandan Wright had the ball knocked away while going up for a shot, and no foul was called. The Warriors went on to win, 100-97. Carlisle was particularly frustrated because the NBA had acknowledged the referees made a mistake in the final seconds of a loss at Portland two days earlier. Dallas’s O.J. Mayo was called for a charge with 1.5 seconds left in a tie game, and the league conceded the next day it should have been a blocking foul, which would have given the Mavericks two free throws. Instead, LaMarcus Aldridge hit a buzzer-beater to win it. ‘‘The game came down to the call that wasn’t made,” Carlisle said Thursday. “Brandan Wright got hit on the arm. And it’s obvious. And it’s two [games] in a row. I’m very concerned about what’s happening at the end of games with the officials. I can only be honest.’’ On Saturday, Carlisle sent a text message to reporters saying he spoke to the league office and agreed with the fine. He said the comments were ‘‘not appropriate.’’
Bryan brothers beaten in Davis Cup
Brazil’s doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares upset top-ranked Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and kept the United States from clinching the first-round Davis Cup match in Jacksonville, Fla. It was only the third time the Bryan brothers dropped a Davis Cup match, and just the second time they dropped a five-set match in ATP competition. Their only other five-set defeat was in a 1999 match at Wimbledon. The United States has a 2-1 advantage heading into Sunday’s reverse singles. John Isner faces Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in the opening match. If Bellucci wins to even the score, Sam Querrey and Brazil’s Thiago Alves will meet in the deciding match . . . In the longest match in Davis Cup history, the Czech Republic beat Switzerland in a doubles epic lasting seven hours in Geneva. Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol eventually clinched on their 13th match point to edge Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 24-22. The defending champion Czechs took a 2-1 lead on Chiudinelli’s double fault . . . Sara Errani of Italy will face Mona Barthel of Germany in the Open GDF Suez final after their semifinal wins in Paris. Errani advanced when Kiki Bertens retired from their semifinal with back pains when trailing, 5-0. Barthel followed with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic . . . Maria Kirilenko and Sabine Lisicki advanced to the final of the Pattaya (Thailand) Open with straight-set victories. Kirilenko defeated Sorana Cirstea, 6-0, 6-2, in 67 minutes, and Lisicki beat Nina Bratchikova, 7-5, 6-3.
Capitals’ Erskine suspended 3 games
The NHL suspended Capitals defenseman John Erskine three games for elbowing Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds during Washington’s 3-2 win Friday night. Erskine wasn’t penalized for the hit, which gave Simmonds a bloody nose and knocked him out of the game. Based on his average salary, Erskine will forfeit $24,324.33 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund . . . The Avalanche placed left wing Gabriel Landeskog (head, leg) on injured reserve and recalled forward David Van Der Gulik, a former BU star, from Lake Erie (AHL).
Former Braves slugger Williams dies
Earl Williams, the 1971 National League Rookie of the Year for the Braves, died last week of acute myeloid leukemia at his home in Somerset, N.J. The slugging catcher/first baseman was 64. Obituary, B11 . . . Bob Baffert isn’t rushing to anoint Flashback as his top Kentucky Derby contender, but the gray colt made a solid case for himself in Arcadia, Calif., winning the $196,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 6¼ lengths at Santa Anita in his 3-year-old debut. Flashback led all the way in running 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute 42.95 seconds under Julien Leparoux. Baffert has 23 horses as early nominees to the Triple Crown series for 3-year-olds, second only to Todd Pletcher’s 29 . . . New Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell suspended wide receiver O.J. Ross indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Ross, who will be a senior next season, finished second on the team with 56 receptions . . . California Institute of Technology’s baseball team ended a 228-game losing streak with a 9-7 victory over Pacifica in Pasadena, Calif., the Beavers’ first win in nearly 10 years. After dropping the first game of its season-opening doubleheader, 5-0, Caltech won the second behind a complete-game seven-inning effort by freshman Daniel Chou . . . Boxer Juan Manuel Lopez stopped Aldimar Silva Santos in the ninth round in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in his first fight following a suspension for accusing referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. of having a gambling problem after he lost his featherweight title belt to Orlando Salido in March 2010.