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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Horses test Santa Anita surface for first time since temporary closure

Training resumed on Santa Anita’s main dirt track Monday, with horses limited to jogging and galloping while the surface is monitored for any irregularities that may have caused the deaths of 21 horses since December. “On behalf of the entire Santa Anita Park organization, I want to take this opportunity to once again express our appreciation for the understanding and patience given to us during this very challenging time.” Tim Ritvo pic.twitter.com/5FLMw1G3AC — Santa Anita Park (@santaanitapark) March 10, 2019 Track consultant Dennis Moore said “everything went well” and that…

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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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Nebraska, Rutgers meet in Big Ten tourney

No. 13 seed Nebraska (16-15, 6-14) vs. No. 12 seed Rutgers (14-16, 7-13) Big Ten Tourney First Round, United Center, Chicago; Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Nebraska is set to square off against Rutgers in the first round of the Big Ten tourney. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 21, when the Scarlet Knights shot 44.3 percent from the field while holding Nebraska to just 41.7 percent en route to a seven-point victory. VARYING EXPERIENCE: Nebraska has relied on senior leadership while Rutgers has…

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