BASKETBALL • The Phoenix Suns and Michael Beasley have reached an agreement to terminate the contract of the troubled forward. The move on Tuesday will cost the franchise $7 million, a $2 million savings from what Beasley would have been due had he simply been waived. Beasley was arrested a month ago in suburban Scottsdale on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was the latest in a series of incidents involving the drug that have plagued his NBA career after he was selected as the No. 2 overall draft pick out of Kansas State in 2008.
"The Suns were devoted to Michael Beasley's success in Phoenix," Suns President for Basketball Operations Lon Babby said in a statement. "However, it is essential that we demand the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture.
• Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Waltham, Mass., to domestic violence-related charges after allegedly repeatedly pinning his girlfriend to a bed and the floor. Bail for Sullinger, 21, was set at $5,000 after his plea on charges including assault and battery and intimidation of a witness. Police say officers were called to Sullinger's residence Saturday evening by his girlfriend, Deann Smith.