Natl. Sports Headlines for Friday, March 2nd:
Miller stays at Arizona…Cavs punish Smith…Kelly fighting cancer again
UNDATED (AP) – University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins says Sean Miller will remain the Wildcats’ basketball coach. Robbins made the statement following an Arizona Board of Regents meeting today, less than three hours after Miller vehemently denied a report that he discussed a six-figure payment to a top recruit to attend the school. ESPN cited anonymous sources in reporting last Friday that the FBI had Miller on a wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton to attend the school.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith received a one-game suspension from the team for detrimental conduct. Smith sat out last night’s 108-97 loss to Philadelphia. Head coach Tyronn Lue said Smith was fine during the morning shootaround, but something happened afterward. Rodney Hood started in place of Smith and scored 11 points on 5 of 14 shooting.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has been diagnosed with oral cancer again, saying through his publicist that he vows to fight to overcome the disease. Kelly had been cancer-free since September 2014, but had been required to undergo follow-up testing every six months. Kelly’s battle with cancer began in June 2013, when he had surgery to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw before it spread to his sinus months later.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) – The Seattle Mariners are hopeful Felix Hernandez will miss only one spring training start due to a bruised right forearm. Hernandez was hit by a liner off the bat of the Chicago Cubs’ Victor Caratini on Monday. Seattle manager Scott Servais says Hernandez still has some swelling in the arm, and the team hopes the injury is just a minor setback.
MEXICO CITY (AP) – Louis Oosthuizen is the leader after one round of the Mexico Championship. Oosthuizen made a short eagle putt late in his round and birdies on two of the short par 4s for a 7-under 64. He’s one stroke ahead of Chris Paisley,Shubhankar Sharma and Xander Schauffele, and five in front of defending champion Dustin Johnson.