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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard was suspended for the final five games of the regular season and fined $40,000 for punching a Wisconsin assistant in the head, triggering a post-match scrum.

The Big Ten also on Monday suspended three players one game for the altercation after the Badgers’ 77-63 win at No. 15 on Sunday: Michigan’s Moussa Diabate and Terrance Williams II, and Wisconsin’s Jahcobi Neath.

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard was fined $10,000 for violating the conference’s sportsmanship policy, but was not suspended. Howard is expected to be back for the Big Ten tournament, which begins March 9 in Indianapolis.


JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Baseball negotiations resumed with new intensity Monday in a bid to salvage Opening Day, and owners made two slight moves toward locked-out players but postponed the negotiation problems see you later.

With a week or maybe a little more time to retain the openers on March 31, union leader Tony Clark attended negotiations for the first time since the work stoppage began on December 2.

New York Mets stars Max Scherzer and Francisco Lindor were among 10 players who took part in two sessions over a five-hour period.

MLB has increased its offer of a pre-arbitration player bonus pool from $5 million to $20 million, a fraction of the $115 million the union is asking for.

The clubs have also increased their lottery proposal for the amateur draft from the top three picks to the top four. The players asked for the top eight.


Medina Spirit was stripped of victory in last year’s Kentucky Derby and Mandaloun was declared the winner after a decision by state race stewards on Monday.

The Medina Spirit, who has since died, tested positive after the race last May for a steroid, betamethasone, which is legal in Kentucky but banned on race day. The positive test has wreaked havoc in the world’s best-known horse race and cast an unflattering spotlight on trainer Bob Baffert, considered the face of horse racing after guiding the horses to the Triple Crown in 2015 and 2018.

Medina Spirit finished half a length ahead of Mandaloun in the race, giving Baffert what was then his seventh Kentucky Derby title. Baffert was then banned for two years by Churchill Downs following the positive test.


Players participating in the NFL’s scouting suit won’t have to stay in a ‘bubble’ as originally ordered after organizers relaxed regulations Monday night after coming under fire for strict COVID-19 rules released over the course of of the weekend.

In a memo sent to all guests and obtained by The Associated Press on Monday evening, the National Invitational Combine said: “We encourage all players to remain in secure areas of the Combine at all times for your safety.

“However, if you wish to leave the secured areas during the free time of your schedule, you are now permitted to do so at your own risk.”

The memo said prospects would still be limited to one support person, such as an athletic trainer or massage therapist, whom they can bring to the combine, although players are free to meet other people off. site.

– By AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is collaborating with the XFL for player safety and health data.

The XFL, which plans to relaunch in 2023, will work with the NFL on physical and mental fitness programs for players, the study of playing surfaces and equipment, and the sharing of game trends and data.

Also potentially in the work between the leagues could be international football development and scouting, and refereeing, including testing the rules of the game for player protection as well as technologies to improve refereeing.


CHICAGO (AP) — Hall of Fame forward Bobby Hull is no longer a Chicago Blackhawks team ambassador.

Hull played for Chicago for 15 years, collecting 604 goals and 549 assists. He was named a Blackhawks ambassador in a ceremony with fellow Hall of Famer Stan Mikita in 2008.

The Blackhawks said Monday they are redefining the role of team ambassador following the passing of Mikita in 2018 and the passing of Tony Esposito in August.


SAO PAULO (AP) – Pele has extended a scheduled hospital stay due to a urinary tract infection.

Pele, 81, entered Feb. 13 to continue treatment for his colon cancer, and days later doctors discovered the infection, Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said in a statement Monday.

Pelé underwent chemotherapy to treat the tumor discovered during routine checkups at the end of August. He was briefly placed in intensive care shortly after the colon surgery and has since recovered.

SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar hopes to one day play in the United States more than he wants to return to his native Brazil.

The 30-year-old striker recently extended his contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2025.

“I don’t know if I will play in Brazil again. I have a lot of desire to play in the United States, that’s what I want. At least for a season,” Neymar told the “Fenomenos” podcast in a video posted on Sunday evening. “In Brazil… I don’t know. Sometimes I want to, sometimes not. »

The striker jokingly said he wanted to play in the United States “because the league is fast, so there’s a four-month vacation. That’s how you can play (there) for many years.

When asked if he is planning his retirement, Neymar said he jokes with his friends about hanging up his boots at 32.


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