Jazz suspend Ostertag for Mavs game Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz center Greg Ostertag will miss
Saturday's game at Dallas as he sits out a one-game suspension for
arguing with coach Jerry Sloan after a loss this week.

Ostertag, who was suspended without pay Thursday when he didn't
show up for practice, is expected to rejoin the team Sunday for
practice, and will be eligible to play against the San Antonio
Spurs on Monday.

Sloan and Ostertag have had many clashes during their 10 years
together with the Jazz.

"These things were going to happen. Greg and I know that.
That's just who we are. And we just go about our business," Sloan
said at practice Friday.

The length of the suspension, Ostertag's fourth since 2001, was
decided after a Friday morning meeting between Ostertag, Sloan and
Kevin O'Connor, the team's senior vice president of basketball

"We've been down this road before. I think it's a matter of
trying to put it behind us and not have a distraction for our game
on Saturday," O'Connor said.

Ostertag did not show up for practice Thursday morning, a day
after playing less than 10 minutes the night before in a 113-94
loss to the Seattle SuperSonics. He met with Sloan and O'Connor on
Friday, but did not practice.