"Flops have no place in our game - they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call," NBA vice president Stu Jackson said in a statement.
Lakers star Kobe Bryant said he hopes it has an impact on the game. "I like the rule," he said. "Shameless flopping, that's a chump move."
The players' association plans to file a grievance and an unfair labor practice charge, saying economic penalties needed to be bargained with the union.
Connecticut will look for a sponsor to secure naming rights for its planned basketball training center, rejecting speculation that the building would be named after recently retired coach Jim Calhoun.
UConn said this week it has raised about $22 million of the $32 million needed to break ground on the center, which is expected to cost more than $40 million. Calhoun, who retired last month, is raising money for the center.
SOCCER: Real Madrid took charge of the Champions League's toughest group thanks to a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo, while AC Milan kick-started its campaign with a rare away win at Zenit St. Petersburg. Ronaldo had his second straight three-goal match to earn Madrid a 4-1 victory at Ajax in Group D.
Manchester City is languishing at just one point from two games in that group after a 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund courtesy of Mario Balotelli's late penalty kick.
Milan needed a late own goal to seal a 3-2 win at Zenit in Group C and is two points behind Malaga, which won 3-0 over Anderlecht. Arsenal and FC Porto also have perfect starts after wins Wednesday. Arsenal scored a 3-1 victory over Olympiakos , while James Rodriguez scored late to give FC Porto a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain.
TENNIS: Two-time China Open champion Novak Djokovic reached the quarterfinals after dismissing Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-1, 6-3, in Beijing. The Serb faces Jurgen Melzer on Friday after the Austrian defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov, 7-6 (9), 2-6, 6-1.
Women's defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska needed more than two hours to put away Spain's Lourdes Dominguez, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Second-ranked Maria Sharapova downed Sorana Cirstea of Romania, 6-2, 6-2, and Slovenian qualifier Polana Hercog rallied from 5-1 down in the third set to beat Ekaterina Makarova, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (3).
- Wire and staff reports