The International Boxing Federation banned Argentine boxer Luis Lazarte after a riot that disrupted a junior flyweight title fight between Lazarte and Filipino boxer Jonriel Casimero last Friday near Buenos Aires. Lazarte, 40, whose loss to Casimero, 22, helped incite the incident in which chairs were thrown into the ring by his hometown fans, threatened to kill referee Eddie Claudio after a points deduction in the sixth round. Lazarte looked at Claudio and said, “Do you want to make it out of here alive?’’ Claudio stopped the fight in the 10th round after Lazarte had been knocked down twice and he awarded Casimero the TKO victory . . . Dozens of celebrities from the sports, film, and TV realms plan to fete boxing icon Muhammad Ali tomorrow and raise money for brain research during a tribute in Las Vegas to be aired Feb. 25 on ABC and ESPN.
James not ruling out return to Cavaliers
LeBron James could picture returning one day to Cleveland. James said he would not rule out a return to the Cavaliers, a team he carried to the brink of a title before he spurned an entire region by leaving as a free agent in 2010 to chase a championship with Miami . . . Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will need at least one month to recover from his broken wrist . . . The NBA is leaving it up to the fans to determine the winner of the All-Star slam dunk contest. Defending champion Blake Griffin passed on returning, leaving New York’s Iman Shumpert, Paul George of Indiana, rookie Derrick Williams of Minnesota, and Houston’s Chase Budinger. Fans will determine the champion by voting on NBA.com, Twitter, or through text messaging.
The Minnesota Vikings need wide receivers. Just not Randy Moss. General manager Rick Spielman confirmed the Vikings “will be moving on’’ without the former Patriot, who didn’t play last season but announced his plans to return to the NFL. Spielman said Moss, 35, is a “great player’’ but that the Vikings’ “focus is more on trying to get a young team.’’ . . . A person familiar with discussions said the Bills and potential free agent receiver Stevie Johnson have exchanged contract offers and plan to meet again at next week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis . . . Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is working on his throwing motion and mechanics with UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. Mazzone told ESPN he’s been working with Tebow twice a day since last weekend . . . Providence mayor Angel Tavares gave a key to the city to Rhode Island native and New York Giant Will Blackmon, the 27-year-old cornerback and punt returner who played at Boston College.
Ortiz, San Francisco agree to contract
Ramon Ortiz agreed to a minor league contract with the Giants and was invited to spring training. The 38-year-old righthander went 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in 22 appearances with two starts last year for the Chicago Cubs in his 11th major league season. San Francisco also agreed to minor league contracts with outfielder Justin Christian and lefthander Travis Blackley . . . Gary Carter, the star catcher whose single for the Mets in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball when New York defeated the Red Sox, died of a malignant brain tumor diagnosed last May. He was 57. Obituary, B11.
Red Wings’ Zetterberg is day to day
Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg will miss at least one game and is day to day with a lower-body injury, suffered in Tuesday’s win over Dallas. Zetterberg won’t be in the lineup tonight against visiting Nashville . . . The Sharks acquired center Dominic Moore and a seventh-round draft pick this year from the Lightning for a 2012 second-round pick . . . The Lightning plan to keep Pavel Kubina out of the lineup while they attempt to trade the veteran defenseman . . . The Flyers acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2012 second-round pick and a 2013 third-round pick . . . Usain Bolt will run the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava that is part of the new IAAF World Challenge series . . . Single-game tickets for Revolution matches at Gillette Stadium will go on sale tomorrow and can be purchased by calling 1-877-GET-REVS, or through all Ticketmaster outlets . . . Paul Casey, who has a shoulder injury, will not return for the Match Play championship. His spot in the 64-man field next week in Arizona will be taken by George Coetzee . . . Former top-ranked golfer Annika Sorenstam, 41, says she’s turned down the chance to be captain for Europe in the 2013 Solheim Cup because she “simply cannot provide the necessary time that the European team, Solheim family, and the entire event deserves.’’