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*At spring training Wednesday with the Seattle Mariners, Ken Griffey Jr. finally discussed his reasons for suddenly retiring from baseball last June — and the reason he left with just a prepared statement to explain his decision, reports ESPN. *The NBA fined Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal $35,000 today for public comments about the officiating following Boston’s 86-78 Christmas Day loss to the Magic in Orlando. According to, O’Neal fouled out in only 13 minutes of playing time and sounded off after the game.

*Denver Nuggets player Carmelo Anthony has left the team to be with his family after the death of his sister and is expected to return after Christmas.