UFC fighters suspended 10 days

Khabib Nurmagomedov is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas last weekend.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas last weekend.(JOHN LOCHER/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor were suspended for at least 10 days by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl that erupted inside and outside the octagon after their lightweight title fight last weekend in Las Vegas, said commission executive Bob Bennett. The suspensions are effective Monday. A commission investigation is pending and the panel can extend the temporary suspensions when it meets Oct. 24. Nurmagomedov and McGregor could also appeal Bennett’s executive action at that time. . . . UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier said he turned down a rematch against Stipe Miocic because of concerns his broken right hand had not properly healed. Cormier instead will defend the title against Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC 230 on Nov. 3 against Madison Square Garden.


Watson penalty reduced

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson’s 27-game suspension for domestic abuse was cut to 18 games by an arbitrator. Commissioner Gary Bettman handed down the suspension last month. Watson pleaded no contest in July to a charge of domestic assault stemming from an incident with his girlfriend in June, and the NHL found Watson engaged in unacceptable off-ice conduct.


James’s game a ratings hit

LeBron James’s first game against the Golden State Warriors as a Los Angeles Laker drew nearly 2 million viewers, making it ESPN's most-watched preseason game ever. The Lakers' 123-113 victory Wednesday night in Las Vegas was watched by 1.98 million viewers, the network reported . . . Russell Westbrook, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Sept. 12, is getting nearer to a return, Thunder coach Billy Donovan told ESPN, but he has not been cleared for full-contact practice yet, leaving the point guard’s status for the season opener in question . . . A Quebec business group led by former federal cabinet minister and senator Michael Fortier wants to bring an NBA team to Montreal even though the league has no current plans to expand. Fortier said he spoke with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, adding that his group has ‘‘taken the decision to prepare for when expansion does take place.’’ Fortier estimated a franchise would cost $1.5 billion to $2 billion, but no public funding would be required. He says Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson is open to an NBA team playing at the NHL club’s Bell Centre . . . Guard Jimmy Butler held what he described as a players-only meeting with his Minnesota Timberwolves teammates, a day after he reported to the team for a first, contentious practice, ESPN reported. Butler said he reiterated to players in the meeting that his issues were with management and not his teammates.



Izzo denies coverup

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo insisted he was never part of an effort to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct within the school’s athletic department. The Hall of Famer said the idea that he would be involved sickens him . . . Detroit Tigers righthander Jordan Zimmermann and outfielder Christin Stewart had core muscle repair surgery but are expected to be ready for spring training . . . The Chicago Cubs fired hitting coach Chili Davis after one season, said a person with knowledge of the situation. The Cubs scored just two runs over 22 innings in losing the NL Central tiebreaker game against Milwaukee and the NL wild-card game to Colorado . . . Carlos Bacca, Radamel Falcao and Miguel Borja scored second-half goals to lead Colombia over the United States, 4-2, in an exhibition in Tampa, Fla., that marked the return of American captain Michael Bradley to the national team following a one-year absence . . . Jeanne Ashworth, the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in speedskating, died at 80 in Wilmington, N.Y. She won the bronze medal in the 500 meters at Squaw Valley, Calif., in 1960 and also competed at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Games.