Around the Nation (Feb. 25): NBA not serious about adding 4-point line

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BASKETBALL

NBA: No serious discussions about four-point line

NEW YORK -- NBA players won't be pulling up for a 4-point shot anytime soon.

The league denied Tuesday that any serious discussions had been held about that or expanding the court.

ESPN.com reported that president of operations Rod Thorn and vice president Kiki Vandeweghe, during an interview at All-Star weekend, said the league had discussed both possibilities.

In a statement posted on Twitter, league spokesman Tim Frank says "No one at the NBA, nor the competition committee, has had any serious conversations about increasing the size of the floor or adding a 4-point line." Frank adds "Rod Thorn and Kiki Vandeweghe were entertaining a line of questioning about out of the box ideas and ESPN.com chose to make a story that doesn't exist."

Wizards sign Gooden to 10-day contract

WASHINGTON -- Drew Gooden has agreed to join the Washington Wizards on a 10-day contract.

Gooden is expected to sign the deal and join the team in time for Thursday's game against the Toronto Raptors.

The Wizards are in need of frontcourt depth after losing forward Nene to a sprained left MCL. Nene is expected to be sidelined about six weeks.

Trevor Booker started in Nene's place Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic.

Gooden hasn't played since he was designated as an amnesty player by the Milwaukee Bucks last summer. He had two years and about $13.4 million remaining on his contact at the time.

The 32-year-old Gooden has played for nine teams over 11 NBA seasons.

Knicks PG Felton arraigned on gun charges in N.Y.

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton has been arraigned on two weapons possession charges after a lawyer for his wife turned in a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a Manhattan precinct.

Felton did not enter a plea in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday following his early morning arrest at a stationhouse. He was released on $25,000 bail.

Prosecutors charged Fenton with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. A judge ordered him not to have contact with his wife. His lawyer says he has no plans to. They're getting divorced.

Police say the gun was delivered to a stationhouse Monday before the Knicks' loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Prosecutors say the unregistered, Belgian-made FN Herstal pistol was loaded with 18 rounds of ammunition in a magazine.

COLLEGE

Dantonio gets raise at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio will earn $3.64 million in annual compensation after agreeing to an amended contract following the school's first Rose Bowl victory in over a quarter-century.

The school announced Dantonio's new six-year deal Tuesday. His yearly compensation increases from $1.99 million.

Michigan State won the Big Ten title and beat Stanford in the Spartans' first Rose Bowl appearance since 1988.

Athletic director Mark Hollis says nearly $785,000 also has been allocated to enhance assistant coaching salaries. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who remained with the Spartans despite speculation he might leave for a head coaching job, is now slated to make $904,583.

March Madness broadcast teams set by CBS, Turner

NEW YORK -- Greg Anthony will call his first Final Four and national championship game as CBS Sports and Turner Sports make some changes for their coverage of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Anthony will be calling his first Final Four and national championship game. He will join Steve Kerr, Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Ernie Johnson will be hosting studio coverage from the Final Four for the first time, with Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith.

Also, former Duke star Grant Hill will be a studio analyst working from Atlanta throughout the tournament.

The Final Four is on April 5 and will be televised on TBS for the first time. The title game is on April 7 and will air on CBS.

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