On eve of NCAA Tournament, Syracuse suspends senior guard Frank Howard
Syracuse senior guard Frank Howard was suspended ‘‘for an indefinite period of time’’ for violating school policy. The school announced Howard’s ban on Wednesday, on the eve of the Orange’s NCAA Tournament game against Baylor in Salt Lake City. The 6-foot-5-inch Howard, who averaged 8.9 points and 2.0 assists during the season, lit up social media during the ACC tournament against Duke last week when he appeared to stick his foot out as Blue Devils star Zion Williamson ran by. Howard denied trying to trip Williamson and the school did not say if the suspension was related to the alleged attempt.
Fox, Makar Hobey finalists
Harvard junior Adam Fox and UMass sophomore Cale Makar were among 10 finalists for college hockey’s Hobey Baker Award, to be announced April 12 at the Frozen Four in Buffalo.
The Chicago White Sox are nearing a $43 million, six-year contract with highly regarded outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. Jimenez was a key part of a crosstown trade that sent pitcher Jose Quintana to the Cubs in 2017. His deal would nearly double the previous high for a player with no major league service: Scott Kingery’s $24 million, six-year contract with Philadelphia before 2018 season . . . Outfielder Matt Joyce reached an agreement on a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants following his release by Cleveland . . . Brandon Lowe, a 24-year-old rookie infielder/outfielder who made his major league debut last August, agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays . . . Yankees guest instructor Lee Mazzilli spent the night in a Tampa hospital under observation, according to team spokesman J ason Zillo, after Mazzilli was struck in the head by a ball during batting practice . . . Charles “Chuck” Harmon, the Cincinnati Reds’ first African-American player who broke his way into Major League Baseball seven years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, died Tuesday. He was 94. Obituary, A20.
. . . Bryce Harper, who in February signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies, recorded his first hit of spring training after an 0-for-9 start
QB Siemian agrees with Jets
Quarterback Trevor Siemian, 27, and the New York Jets agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $2 million with incentives that could make it $3 milion as the backup to second-year starter Sam Darnold . . . The Vikings signed ex-Titans guard Josh Kline, who began his career in 2013 with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State, to a three-year, $15.75 million contract.
. . . Safety Clayton Geathers agreed to a one-year deal to remain with the Indianapolis Colts.
Dillashaw foreits UFC title
TJ Dillashaw, 33, surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an ‘‘adverse finding’’ in his last drug test. Dillashaw (16-4) posted on social media he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January, a first-round loss to Henry Cejudo in a failed bid to become a two-division champion . . . Ryan Cochran-Siegle, of Starksboro, Vt., won the Super G in 1 minute, 10.79 seconds to claim his second title at this week’s US Alpine Speed Championships at Sugarloaf.
. . . The South American coalition of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile relaunched a bid to host the 2030 World Cup after a meeting of the four nation’s presidents in Buenos Aires. Argentina and Uruguay, the country that hosted and won the first World Cup in 1930, initially planned to bid for the 2030 tournament together before Paraguay was added later. Chilean president Sebastian Pinera said in February his country would also join the bid . . . Germany’s struggles continued as Leon Goretzka salvaged a 1-1 friendly draw at home to Serbia in Wolfsburg, Germany. Despite a squad shake-up by coach Joachim Loew, Germany couldn’t shake off its disastrous 2018 as Serbia dominated the first half