NEW YORK, N. Danny Jackson Jersey .Y. - New York Knicks guard J.R. Smiths suspension for hitting a player in the groin was an easy decision for the league, even without his history of trouble.Smith missed the Knicks game at Detroit on Wednesday, a night after he struck Washingtons Glen Rice Jr. in a game at Madison Square Garden.Smith was dribbling with his right hand when he punched Rice, who was tightly guarding him on the perimeter, with his left with 5:45 remaining in the Knicks 98-83 loss on Tuesday night.NBA officials conducted a review of the play and felt it was comparable to other incidents that earned similar suspensions.When putting everything together, we felt that it was an unnecessary hit to the groin and therefore a suspension was in order, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said.Smith, the former Sixth Man of the Year, was in trouble with the NBA multiple times last season. He began the season serving a five-game suspension for violating terms of the leagues anti-drug program. Later he was hit with a $25,000 fine for using hostile and inappropriate language toward the Pistons Brandon Jennings on his Twitter account and a $50,000 penalty for untying a players sneakers during a game.He had been warned to stop untying opponents laces after he was caught on camera doing it, but then did it again anyway — with Thorn in attendance — to earn that suspension. But Thorn said Smiths reputation wasnt considered before Wednesdays penalty.If you are a recidivist sometimes that may come into consideration, but in this case, no, Thorn said.Instead, he compared the suspension to ones handed down for similar acts to Dwyane Wade two seasons ago and last Nov. 7 to Atlantas Dennis Schroder, who was just days into his rookie season.And he certainly had no reputation for anything, Thorn said.Smith will lose about $54,385 of his nearly $6 million salary. Larry Gura Jersey . -- The Detroit Lions made it crystal clear to Golden Tate that he was their top target in free agency. Jake Newberry Jersey . The Wild, playing their first game since leading scorer Mikko Koivu broke his ankle Saturday at Washington, have won three straight for the first time since Nov. 1-5. Koivu underwent surgery on Monday and is expected to miss at least four weeks.BERLIN -- Schalke missed the chance to go provisionally third in the Bundesliga on Friday after being held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Mainz. Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann produced a fine reflex save to deny Shinji Okazakis volley in the 29th minute, in a first half of few real chances. Jefferson Farfan came closest at the other end before the break, when the Peruvian combined well with Max Meyer before his shot was deflected just wide of the far post. Yordano Ventura Jersey. Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler came on with 25 minutes remaining to make his comeback from an ankle injury sustained on Dec. 11. The home side could have overtaken bitter rival Borussia Dortmund but remains fourth, while Mainz remains provisionally seventh before the rest of the 22nd round of games. ' ' '