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MAGIC FOR SALE: The Orlando Magic are for sale after being stymied in efforts to get a new arena and failing to fully recover from the loss of Shaquille O'Neal in 1996. The Magic are losing about $10 million annually, team officials said. The buyer also would get the Miracle of the WNBA.

RICHMOND FINED: Los Angeles Lakers guard Mitch Richmond was fined $5,000 by the NBA for extending his middle finger toward fans in Auburn Hills, Mich., Jan. 8.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Lucas was fined $7,500 by the NBA for verbally abusing officials and refusing to leave the court fast enough after Cleveland's loss in Seattle on Jan. 11.


RED SOX SALE: Miles Prentice raised his bid for the Boston Red Sox to $755 million and Charles Dolan upped his offer to $750 million as they tried to convince the team to break its $660 million deal with John Henry's group.

PARTING WITH PENA: Texas Rangers general manager John Hart believed he got enough in a six-player trade with the Oakland Athletics to part with top prospect Carlos Pena.

The A's got Pena, a potential replacement at first base for former AL MVP Jason Giambi, and left-handed reliever Mike Venafro. The Rangers took four minor leaguers, including left-handed pitcher Mario Ramos — who will have a chance to make the Texas rotation — and Jason Hart, like Pena a prospect at first base.

STADIUM CONTRACT: In a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, comptroller William Thompson asked the city to reject a tentative $1.6 billion deal to build new stadiums for the Mets and Yankees. Thompson wrote that the contract, negotiated by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, contains "certain troubling provisions" — including an escape clause for the Yankees that Giuliani had denied existed.