Jazz ban fan; Westbrook fined $25K by league

The Utah Jazz permanently banned the fan who had a heated exchange with Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook on Monday night, saying in a statement that “there is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect.” The NBA, meanwhile, fined Westbrook $25,000 “for directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.” “Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy and play the game in a safe, positive and inclusive environment,” Jazz president Steve Starks said in a statement Tuesday. “Offensive and abusive behavior does not reflect the values of…

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Former Ohio State coach Meyer joining Fox’s studio team

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Urban Meyer did not rule out a return to television after announcing his retirement as Ohio State’s coach. On Monday, that move officially happened. Fox has announced that it has hired Meyer as one of the analysts for its retooled college football pregame show. Meyer will join Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Rob Stone on the one-hour show, which will start at 11 a.m. Eastern. Fox airs Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 games. Meyer, who won national championships at Florida and Ohio State,…

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Embiid and the 76ers take on the Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers (17-50, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (42-25, third in the Eastern Conference) Philadelphia; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia into a matchup against Cleveland. He currently ranks fourth in the NBA averaging 27.4 points per game. The 76ers have gone 24-16 against Eastern Conference teams. Philadelphia ranks second in the Eastern Conference in rebounding with 47.2 rebounds. Embiid leads the 76ers with 13.4 boards. The Cavaliers are 13-32 in Eastern Conference play. Cleveland is third in the Eastern Conference shooting 36.1…

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Columbus plays conference foe Boston

Boston Bruins (42-18-9, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (38-28-3, eighth in the Eastern Conference) Columbus, Ohio; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Columbus hosts Boston in Eastern Conference action. The Blue Jackets are 24-18-1 in Eastern Conference games. Columbus has scored 29 power-play goals, converting on 14.9 percent of chances. The Bruins are 23-14-4 against conference opponents. Boston averages 9.8 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the Eastern Conference. Brad Marchand leads the team serving 90 total minutes. The matchup Tuesday is the first meeting…

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Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press’ Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi’s Kermit Davis is coach of the year. Williams earned unanimous first-team all-SEC honors for a second straight season. The 14-member media panel also voted Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s PJ Washington, LSU’s Tremont Waters and Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon to the first team. The second team includes Tennessee teammates Jordan Bone and Admiral Schofield, Auburn’s Jared Harper, South Carolina’s Chris Silva and Ole Miss’ Breein Tyree. Harper also earned second-team all-SEC…

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Kyle Busch nears milestone 200th NASCAR victory

PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Gibbs has spent his career watching Hall of Fame-caliber athletes ply their trades, whether as the Super Bowl-winning coach of the Washington Redskins or the title-winning owner of a race team. In his mind, what separates them from a run-of-the-mill star is an insatiable will to succeed, the kind of drive that allows them to reach the next level. They set goals, sometimes absurdly difficult to achieve, and then spend every ounce of sweat and blood to reach them. Goals like 200 wins in NASCAR’s top…

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MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for McGregor called the altercation “minor” and said the popular fighter would cooperate with authorities. McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach shortly after 5 a.m. Monday when a 22-year-old man attempted to take a picture…

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