South Carolina’s Martin suspended
South Carolina coach Frank Martin was suspended one game for harsh language aimed at his players during a loss to Florida and won’t be with the team when it plays at Mississippi State on Saturday, Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner announced Thursday. Late in the game, Martin was caught on camera shouting and cursing at freshman point guard Duane Notice. A clip of the incident went viral. Earlier in the second half, Martin was seen cursing at forward Michael Carrera . . . Coach Mike Krzyzewski was out of the hospital and at practice with No. 4 Duke after feeling light-headed during a loss at Wake Forest Wednesday. Team spokesman Matt Plizga says Krzyzewski led practice on Thursday . . . Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, whose team is the first college team to go unbeaten (31-0) in the regular season in a decade, was a near unanimous choice as Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year for the third straight season . . . Iona coach Tim Cluess was given a contract extension through 2018-19 after leading the Gaels to two NCAA Tournaments in his first four seasons . . . UNLV leading scorer Bryce Dejean-Jones was suspended through the weekend for conduct detrimental to the team. He will not play in the Rebels’ regular-season finale at Nevada on Saturday.
Noah tried to lure Anthony to Bulls
Chicago center Joakim Noah approached New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony over All-Star Weekend last month about joining the Bulls, sources with knowledge of the conversation told ESPN.com. The sources said Noah told Anthony something to this effect: You can go to Los Angeles, but if you really want a ring, if you really want your legacy to be about winning, you should come to Chicago. Anthony has said he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks and test free agency . . . The Sacramento Kings signed forward Royce White to a 10-day contract. The Kings immediately assigned White to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. White was drafted 16th overall by Houston in 2012 but never played for the Rockets after the sides couldn’t find common ground on how to treat his anxiety disorder, which includes a fear of flying . . . The WNBA and the players’ union agreed to a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement, pending approval by the league’s Board of Governors. The biggest change in the deal is an increase by one in the team’s maximum roster size to 12. There also is an improved revenue-sharing program for the players and a small increase in the salary cap.
Targeting foul gets clarification
The NCAA playing rules oversight panel approved a change to the targeting foul that would wipe out the 15-yard penalty when video review overturns the ejection of a player. The targeting rule was implemented last season. When a player was flagged for targeting an opponent’s head with a hit, he was disqualified from the game and his team penalized 15 yards. If the foul was reviewed by replay officials, the ejection could be overturned — but the 15-yard penalty stood. This confused players, coaches, and fans . . . Heisman Trophy winning running backs Rashaan Salaam of Colorado and Ricky Williams of Texas are among the stars making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year. Some of the other notable first-timers are Iowa State running back Troy Davis, a two-time Heisman finalist, Miami linebacker Ray Lewis, Southern California receiver Keyshawn Johnson, and Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch. There are 75 players on the ballot and six coaches up for selection.
Devils get break on Kovalchuk penalty
The NHL reduced its penalty against the New Jersey Devils for signing Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010. The Devils will keep the first-round draft pick they were scheduled to forfeit this year, and the league will reduce the $3 million fine assessed against the team for circumventing the NHL-NHLPA collective bargaining agreement . . . The Detroit Red Wings retired Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 jersey in a pregame ceremony. Lidstrom retired after the 2011-12 season — his 20th with the Red Wings. He won four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophies as the NHL’s best defenseman . . . The Dallas Stars will retire Mike Modano’s No. 9. before Saturday night’s game against Minnesota, where Modano started his career as the No. 1 pick in 1988 before the franchise moved south five years later. He is the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history . . . IBF light middleweight boxing champion Carlos Molina was jailed in Las Vegas two days before a scheduled fight. Molina was being held at the Clark County jail on a federal immigration hold and a warrant accusing him of failing to register as a sex offender seven years ago in Wisconsin. Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) is scheduled to fight Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs) on Saturday.