Update on the latest sports
NFL suspends Browns’ Kareem Hunt 8 games for ‘altercations’
CLEVELAND (AP) – The NFL has suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games after a video showed him kicking a woman and he was later involved in a fight at a resort.
The league on Friday cited a violation of its personal conduct policy “for physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June.” Hunt will not be paid during the half-season suspension, which he will not appeal.
The league recently completed an investigation that included a review of law enforcement records, video and electronic communications and interviews with witnesses and Hunt.
Hunt was released last season by the Kansas City Chiefs after a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking and pushing a woman. The footage drew a public outcry and led to the Chiefs cutting ties with one of their best players amid a Super Bowl push.
The Browns signed Hunt in February, saying he was remorseful.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA TECH-NCAA
NCAA finds ‘severe’ recruiting violations at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA (AP) – The NCAA has informed Georgia Tech it has been found serious recruiting violations committed by former assistant basketball coach Darryl LaBarrie and a former friend of coach Josh Pastner.
The school released the notice of allegations from the NCAA on Friday. Of the three allegations, the NCAA says two are considered a “severe breach of conduct,” which is considered the highest level of violations.
In a statement that accompanied the notice of allegations, most names were redacted. However, Pastner’s former friend, Ron Bell, identified by the NCAA as a “representative of the institution’s athletic interests,” was said to have provided more than $2,000 in impermissible benefits to players in 2016 and 2017.
The NCAA says LaBarrie gave $300 to a recruit for a visit to an Atlanta strip club and provided false or misleading statements to the NCAA about the visit. The NCAA also says LaBarrie attempted to influence a team member to provide false information about the visit.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the details of the notice of allegations.
T-25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Big 12 semis include Mountaineers…Tar Heels to take on Duke
UNDATED (AP) – One day after a stunning win over seventh-ranked Texas Tech, West Virginia will try to advance to the Big 12 championship game. The 10th-seeded Mountaineers surprised the Red Raiders 79-74. They’ll face 17th-ranked Kansas in Friday’s semifinals after No. 15 Kansas State takes on Iowa State.
Third-ranked North Carolina will have to contend with Zion Williamson when the Tar Heels face No. 5 Duke in the ACC semifinals Friday. Williamson scored 29 points on 13-for-13 shooting in Thursday night’s win over Syracuse after missing six games with a knee injury suffered against North Carolina. The second ACC semifinal of the day will have second-ranked Virginia taking on No. 12 Florida State.
The Big Ten and SEC tournaments move into the quarterfinals Friday. Big Ten action starts with sixth-ranked Michigan State against Ohio State before Wisconsin plays Nebraska, followed by 13th-ranked Purdue versus Minnesota and No. 10 Michigan against Iowa. The SEC schedule has ninth-ranked LSU against Florida, No. 22 Auburn versus South Carolina, fourth-rated Kentucky taking on Alabama and No. 8 Tennessee facing Mississippi State.
8 games in the NBA
UNDATED (AP) – Tonight’s eight-game NBA schedule includes the Milwaukee Bucks at Miami, the Houston Rockets hosting Phoenix and the Philadelphia 76ers at home against Sacramento.
The Bucks own the league’s best record at 51-17, 2 1/2 games better than Toronto and 4 1/2 games in front of Golden State. The Rockets are third in the Western Conference by a half-game over Portland and Oklahoma City, while the 76ers are a half-game behind third-place Indiana in the East.
Friday night’s other games are Charlotte at Washington, the L.A. Lakers at Detroit, Portland at New Orleans, New York at San Antonio and Chicago at the L.A. Clippers.
Follow the bouncing ball: 10-minute view pass to NBA games
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA is now offering a 10-minute viewing pass for those fans who want to see what’s happening in the league at a given moment.
The item will be rolled out starting Saturday and costs 99 cents. Fans will have the ability to watch as many live out-of-market games as they desire during those 10 minutes.
The option will be available on NBA.com and through the NBA app.
It’s an addition to the options the NBA has offered this season through its League Pass platform. Fans have had the option to purchase single games or buy after the first, second and third quarters at a reduced rate.
In other NBA news:
– Oklahoma City is adding a jersey patch, becoming the 30th and final NBA team with a corporate sponsorship on their uniform. The team says the patch with the logo of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will be on Thunder uniforms starting with their game Saturday against Golden State. The NBA began selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18, when Nike became the league’s official apparel company. The program has brought in more than $150 million in revenue.
Fleetwood, Bradley share lead heading into second round
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The second round of The Players Championship is underway as Tiger Woods hopes to make up five strokes on the leaders.
Keegan Bradley and Tommy Fleetwood opened with 7-under 65s for a one-shot edge over Brian Harman and Byeong Hun An. First-round play included a mixed bag of fortune that included 23 eagles and 50 players with a double-bogey or worse.
Tiger Woods was five strokes back.
WORLD CUP FINALS
Switzerland beats Norway to win World Cup Finals team skiing
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) – Wendy Holdener and Daniel Yule won the last two runs to help Switzerland come from behind and beat Norway in the final of the team skiing at the World Cup Finals on Friday.
The tie ended 2-2, with Switzerland being awarded the victory thanks to better aggregate run times. Germany finished third after beating Canada in the small final.
The United States did not compete in the nine-nation event, which is a parallel giant slalom competition with teams consisting of two men and two women.
The World Cup Finals continue with the women’s slalom and the men’s giant slalom on Saturday.