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Probation for Pacers players

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. -- Indiana Pacers players Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were sentenced to a year's probation Friday, plus 60 hours of community service and $250 fines for their roles in one of NBA's worst brawls.

The three -- all of whom entered pleas of no contest -- were also ordered to undergo anger management, although Oakland County assistant prosecutor John Pietrofesa said Artest had already completed the course as part of his NBA suspension.

"We're very satisfied with the resolution today," Pietrofesa said. "They decided to take responsibility and to move forward, and that's probably the best thing for everyone involved." The brawl took place Nov. 19, during a game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Hasek sharp in return to NHL

BINGHAMTON -- Dominik Hasek stopped 19 shots in his first NHL action in nearly two years for the Ottawa Senators in a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in a preseason game.

Hasek, playing for the first time since a groin injury sidelined him in 2003, and Kelly Guard combined for the shutout. Hasek stopped 19 shots in a little under 34 minutes of play while Guard stopped all 11 shots he faced.

"I had fun after I made a few saves," Hasek said. "They were without a lot of their big guns. I didn't face the best shooters, so I'm not too excited."

Hasek's last game was Dec. 8, 2003, when he stopped 26 shots for the Detroit Red Wings in an overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

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Bandits hire lacrosse director

The Buffalo Bandits have hired Dave Zygaj as director of lacrosse operations, where he will be in charge of all business aspects of the organization.

Zygaj previously worked in the National Lacrosse League as vice president of business affairs for the Columbus Landsharks in 2000-01. In addition, he served as counsel to the league for a brief period in 2000. Zygaj has a masters in sports administration from Canisius College.

Compiled from News staff and wire service reports.

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