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LeBron suspended 1 game, Stewart 2 games for altercation

UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended for one game and Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart was suspended two games for their roles in an ugly incident during Sunday’s Lakers-Pistons game.

The NBA announced the suspensions Monday, and both will affect games on Tuesday. James will not play when the Lakers visit Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks. Stewart will miss the Pistons’ home game against Miami on Tuesday and their game at Milwaukee on Wednesday. It is the first suspension in the 19-year career of James, who has won four NBA titles with three teams.

The league says Stewart was disciplined for “escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing … James in an unsportsmanlike manner.” It says James merited the suspension “for recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation.”


Ex-Raider Ruggs remains on house arrest in fatal crash case

UNDATED (AP) — Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III received a stern talking-to from a Las Vegas judge but was allowed to remain on house arrest with a continuous alcohol monitor on one ankle and a GPS monitor on the other following a fatal crash he’s accused of causing by driving drunk.

The judge told Ruggs and his lawyers on Monday that she was “comfortable with a higher level of monitoring” after a hearing about a delay in Ruggs providing a remote breath-alcohol test with a hand-held device Nov. 13. Ruggs faces felony DUI charges that carry mandatory prison time if he’s convicted. The Raiders released Ruggs just hours after the crash.

In other NFL news:

—Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Linval Joseph entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol on Monday following a positive test. He is the fifth Chargers defensive player over the past two weeks that has either tested positive or had to go on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a close contact. Joseph missed Sunday’s 41-37 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a shoulder injury and will be out for this week’s game at Denver because he is unvaccinated.

—Denver Broncos general manager George Paton has gotten a jump-start on 2022 by signing two of his veteran wide receivers to contract extensions. Paton signed Tim Patrick to a three-year deal worth $10 million a season and on Monday he signed Courtland Sutton to a four-year deal worth about $15 million a season. That means the Broncos’ top four receivers are under contract through 2023.


Gonzaga, UCLA still on top

UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga and UCLA continue their hold on the top two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll, setting the stage for their highly anticipated showdown this week.

Purdue also received a first-place vote to leap past Kansas into third, with the Jayhawks and Duke rounding out the first five. Purdue and Baylor moved up three spots within the top 10, and Alabama moved up four spots to forge a tie with SEC rival Kentucky.

The biggest drop came with Michigan, which was fourth before a pair of losses sent coach Juwan Howard’s crew tumbling all the way to No. 20. Arizona, Seton Hall, BYU and Xavier entered the poll this week.


White helps No. 12 Houston knock off Butler 70-52 in Vega

UNDATED (AP) — Fabian White Jr. scored 21 points and No. 12 Houston rode a dominating first half to a 70-52 win over Butler in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. The Cougars overwhelmed Butler early, scoring the game’s first 17 points while building a 21-point halftime lead. Next up for Houston is a semifinal matchup with Wisconsin.


Red Sox pick up manager Alex Cora’s option for 2 seasons

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have picked up Alex Cora’s option for two more seasons. The club is rewarding its manager for taking it to the AL Championship Series in his first year back after serving his one-year sign-stealing suspension. Cora is now under contract through 2024.

A former infielder who was a member of Boston’s 2007 World Series championship team, Cora is 284-202 in three seasons as manager. In his first year, 2018, he led the club to a franchise-record 108 victories and a World Series title. He was let go a year later when he was identified as the ringleader in the Houston Astros cheating scandal.

In other MLB news:

—San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini have been named baseball’s Comeback Player of the Year Award winners. Posey was the National League winner. He sat out the 2020 season after twin girls adopted by he and his wife were born prematurely. Posey announced this month he was retiring after 12 seasons. Mancini took the American League prize. He missed the entire 2020 season while being treated for stage 3 colon cancer. They were selected in balloting by the 30 team beat reporters at MLB.com.

—The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielders Billy McKinney and Zach Reks from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash. McKinney has appeared in the majors in each of the past four seasons, and played at least 37 games for three different teams in 2021. He hit nine homers over 116 games for Milwaukee, the New York Mets and the Dodgers. Reks, a left-handed hitter, made his big league debut this year and went 0-for-10 over six games for the Dodgers.

— Speedy utility player Tyler Wade has been traded from the New York Yankees to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash. Wade was designated for assignment Friday when the Yankees needed roster spots to protect prospects ahead of the winter meeting draft. The 26-year-old infielder and outfielder hit .268 with five RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 103 games last season. He has a .212 batting average with six homers and 33 RBIs over parts of five big league seasons.

—The Cleveland Guardians are involved in a couple of deals. The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Harold Ramirez from the Guardians for cash. The 27-year-old Ramirez batted .268 with seven home runs and 41 RBIs in 99 games for Cleveland last season. He was designated for assignment on Friday. And the Milwaukee Brewers acquired pitcher J.C. Mejia from the Guardians for a player to be named or cash. The 25-year-old right-hander owned a 1-7 record with an 8.25 ERA in 17 games this past season, including 11 starts.

— David Ortiz, Ryan Howard, Tim Lincecum and Alex Rodriguez are among 13 first-time candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, joining 17 holdovers. Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens make their 10th and final appearance on the BBWAA ballot along with Curt Schilling, who fell 16 votes shy of the necessary 75% in last year’s balloting.

—Doug Jones, a five-time All-Star reliever who had his best success closing for the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 64. Jones spent seven seasons with the Indians and ranks third on the club’s career saves list with 129. The club, which officially transitioned to Cleveland Guardians last week, said Monday it was “saddened by the loss of one of our organization’s all-time greats.” The team said Jones died in Arizona. A cause was not immediately known.


Huskers to be without injured QB Martinez versus No. 17 Iowa

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez will miss the Cornhuskers’ season finale against 17th-ranked Iowa because of a shoulder injury. That word from coach Scott Frost. Redshirt freshman Logan Smothers will make his first start Friday.

Martinez was injured in the first half against Wisconsin on Saturday and was able to finish the game. Martinez had a more thorough examination when the team returned to Lincoln.

Martinez is 15-23 as the Cornhuskers’ fourth-year starter. He has not announced if he will return in 2022 to use the extra year of eligibility the NCAA is allowing because of the pandemic.

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