Dallas Mavericks forward

Dirk Nowitzki

was suspended for one game for a flagrant foul during Friday's 97-88 loss to the Utah Jazz.

Stu Jackson

, the NBA's executive vice president for basketball operations, announced the suspension yesterday. Nowitzki sat out the Mavericks' 98-76 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nowitzki tangled with Jazz forward

Matt Harpring

under the basket with about 10 minutes left in Friday's game. As they were separating, Nowitzki swung his right arm and caught Harpring squarely in the mouth.

Winter sports

Bode Miller's

ploy to gain a better starting position backfired when he slammed into a gate and finished fourth in a World Cup downhill won by Italy's

Christof Innerhofer

in Bormio, Italy.

Miller missed Saturday's compulsory bib draw and was fined $933 and given the No. 46 starting spot, allowing him to ski when there was more sunlight on the icy Stelvio course.

International Ski Federation president

Gian Franco

Kasper called Miller's move "a mockery." He said there would be an inquiry to determine if the New Hampshire skier intentionally skipped the draw.

Innerhofer, the first starter out of the gate, notched his first World Cup victory.

Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr.

won her first all-around national title and

Chad Hedrick

won the men's all-around at the U.S. Long Track Speedskating National Championships at the Pettit National Ice Center in West Allis, Wis.

Swider-Peltz Jr. and Hedrick should make the U.S. World Cup team that will be announced tomorrow.

Colleges

Jai Lucas

, the former Florida guard who left the Gators last month, says he will transfer to Texas.

The son of former 76ers coach

John Lucas

started all 36 games as a freshman at Florida but decided after one preseason exhibition game that he would leave. He told Houston television station KRIV that he chose the Longhorns over Rice and Baylor.

At Florida, Lucas averaged 8.5 points, led the Gators in three-point shooting and was named to the SEC all-freshman team.

Gators coach

Billy Donovan

said last month that Lucas wanted to play the point, a spot

Nick Calathes

has secured. Instead, Lucas was relegated mostly to shooting guard. Lucas will have to sit out a season before becoming eligible to play.

New Auburn football coach

Gene Chizik

hired

Gus Malzahn

, who directed one of the nation's top-ranked offenses at Tulsa, as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Running back

Shawnbrey McNeal

and tight end

Daniel Adderley

will be granted releases by Miami to transfer to other schools, coach

Randy Shannon

said.

Shannon said defensive back

Anthony Reddick

will leave with hopes of playing in the NFL next season.

Miami (7-6) finished the season with a 24-17 loss to California in the Emerald Bowl on Saturday night.

Hockey

Jordan Schroeder

had two goals and an assist to help the United States beat the Czech Republic, 4-3, in the world junior hockey championship in Ottawa.

James van Riemsdyk

, chosen second overall by the Flyers in the 2007 draft, added a goal and an assist.