Report: Larry Bird leaving job as president of Pacers

Report: Larry Bird leaving job as president of Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — David Morway has resigned as general manager of the Indiana Pacers amid reports that Larry Bird is on the way out, too.

Morway was hired by the Pacers in 1999 and had been GM since 2008. The Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday (http:goo.gl/uqp0u ) that Bird is expected to leave the Pacers, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the situation. The Pacers and owner Herb Simon declined comment.

The 55-year-old Bird was Pacers coach from 1997-2000, returning to the front office in 2003. He took over from Donnie Walsh in 2008 as president of basketball operations and was this season's NBA's Executive of the Year after building a tough, young team that lost to eventual champion Miami. The former Indiana State star won three MVP awards and three NBA titles during his Hall of Fame career with Boston.

NEW YORK — Amare Stoudemire has been fined $50,000 by the NBA after the New York Knicks star tweeted a gay slur.

Stu Jackson, the league's executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the fine Tuesday in a release, calling Stoudemire's language offensive and derogatory.

Stoudemire apologized Sunday to a fan for using the slur in response to a crude tweet in which the fan admonished the All-Star to "make up for this past season."

The fan, (at)BFerrelli, tweeted his comment on Saturday and received a direct message containing an expletive and the slur from the account Twitter verifies as Stoudemire's. BFerrelli, identified by the New York Daily News as Brian Ferrelli, posted a screen shot of the direct message.

Points leader Kenseth leaving Roush after season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In one of the biggest driver-team moves in recent NASCAR history, Roush Fenway Racing announced Tuesday that Matt Kenseth, one of the team's bedrock drivers, will be leaving the organization at the end of the season.

Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will move up to replace Kenseth at the Sprint Cup level next season.

There was immediate speculation that Kenseth, who has 22 Cup wins and a championship, will be joining Joe Gibbs Racing next season, either in the No. 20 car currently driven by Joey Logano or with a fourth team, joining Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.

The moves are stunning because Kenseth, 40, has been with Roush Fenway Racing since his rookie season in 2000 and was widely expected to finish his career with the team. He also currently leads the Sprint Cup points in pursuit of a second championship.

Compiled from wire reports