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New Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy advised Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to mind his own business.

Gilbert told Detroit radio station 95.5 FM on Friday that the Pistons ought to remove "Detroit" from their name because they play in Auburn Hills. Van Gundy responded later in the day in an interview with Detroit radio station 105.1 FM.

"Dan Gilbert has some selfish interests for saying what he said," Van Gundy said. "I think we know what those are. Finally, I think he has enough to worry about with his own team than worrying about us."

Van Gundy may have been referring to Gilbert's business interests in Detroit. Gilbert said he has talked to Pistons owner Tom Gores several times during owners meetings about moving the team from Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit.

---Indiana Pacers forward Paul George had no setbacks during Saturday morning's shootaround and declared himself ready to play Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at the Miami Heat.

George sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the series on Tuesday night when Heat guard Dwyane Wade's knee struck the back of George's head while diving for a loose ball. He said after the game he "blacked out."

George was cleared to return Friday after passing the NBA's concussion protocol. Then, he practiced Saturday morning with no issues.


The Pac-12 made $334 million in revenue in the 2012-13 fiscal year, which was more than any other conference in the nation, according to USA Today.

The newspaper used tax returns from the major conferences to report its findings.

After the Pac-12, the Big Ten reported $318.4 million in total revenue and the SEC was third at $314.5 million.

Conference expansion and a new television deal significantly contributed to the Pac-12's lead in revenues. The conference added two schools in recent years, launched the Pac-12 Network and agreed to a new 12-year media rights deal with ESPN and Fox.


NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Jeff Gordon stopped his practice session after just 11 laps Saturday because of back spasms.

If Gordon is unable to race in Sunday's Coca Cola 600, Regan Smith is on standby for the No. 24 team. Crew chief Alan Gustafson said the team is planning on Gordon to start the race, which is the longest on the circuit. Otherwise, Smith is ready to take over.

Gordon exited his car was escorted off the track to get treatment for his ailing back.

"I've had some spasms in the past, but this one, it was a little bit different," Gordon said. "And so I just want to really be cautious and take care of it. It doesn't do me any good to be in the car right now."

---A 25-year-old Indiana man died Saturday after being shot in a parking lot near Indianapolis Motor Speedway, according to multiple reports.

Race track police Lt. Trent Theobald said in a press release that the shooting occurred Saturday morning in Coke Lot 1C. Officers and medical personnel responded and pronounced Max Levine of Kokomo, Ind., dead at the scene. A suspect was taken into custody.
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