Wizards suspend Jodie Meeks for 25 games

Wizards suspend Jodie Meeks for 25 games

The NBA suspended Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks 25 games without pay for using a banned substance. The league announced the suspension Friday, a day before Game 1 of the Wizards’ first-round playoff series against the East’s top-seeded Raptors. The NBA says Meeks tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone that’s prohibited under the league’s drug program. Meeks’s suspension makes Washington’s signing of guard Ty Lawson just before the playoffs make more sense. Lawson replaces Meeks on the Wizards’ bench behind starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal . . . In another move aimed at getting the Hornets on track, majority owner Michael Jordan fired coach Steve Clifford after the team went 36-46 and failed to reach the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons. Clifford had a year left on his contract. The move to dismiss him came after his face-to-face meeting Friday with new general manager Mitch Kupchak. Jordan hired Kupchak on Sunday to replace Rich Cho, who was fired earlier in the season after the Hornets failed to climb out of an early slump . . . The Thunder might be without starting shooting guard Corey Brewer heading into their first-round playoff series opener Sunday against Utah. Brewer, 32, sprained his right knee during Oklahoma City’s regular-season finale against Memphis. He did light work Friday and didn’t practice . . . Thunder television play-by-play man Brian Davis was suspended for Game 1 for a comment he made about Russell Westbrook during Oklahoma City’s regular-season finale. Davis said Westbrook was “out of his cotton-pickin’ mind,” an exclamation that came after the guard made an assist in Wednesday’s game on his way to setting an NBA record for averaging a triple-double in multiple seasons.

Baseball

DL for Donaldson

The Blue Jays placed third baseman Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Donaldson, the AL’s MVP in 2015, is batting .239 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games . . . Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was suspended five games for charging the mound after Luis Perdomo threw a pitch behind his back, inciting a benches-clearing brawl during Wednesday’s game against the Padres. Major League Baseball announced that Perdomo was also suspended five games for intentionally throwing at the All-Star third baseman. Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra was suspended four games and Padres pitcher Buddy Bauman got a one-game suspension for fighting . . . Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki has a broken left hand and went on the disabled list as New York announced Travis d’Arnaud will have Tommy John surgery. Plawecki was hit by a pitch from the Marlins’ Tayron Guerrero Wednesday night. The Mets said doctors estimate Plawecki will be sidelined three to four weeks. D’Arnaud went on the disabled list Wednesday for the fifth consecutive year and was transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday . . . Padres manager Andy Green said 25-year-old righthander Dinelson Lamet will have season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery next week. Lamet had been penciled in as the Padres’ No. 2 starter . . . Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in an incident in which he was accused of pointing a handgun at the head of a woman who delivered food to his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Defense attorney Rhonda Neff said Maxwell pleaded to an undesignated felony, meaning the offense will go down to a misdemeanor upon successful completion of his probation. Police said in the court documents that in the October incident Maxwell lowered the gun once the woman explained why she was there. She then gave him the food and left . . . A person familiar with the negotiations says 34-year-old free agent Mark Reynolds and the Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract and the first baseman would get a $1.5 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster.

Miscellany

Siena coach resigns

Siena basketball coach Jimmy Patsos resigned Friday, weeks after the college opened what has become a wide-ranging investigation that unearthed allegations of problems ranging from abusive conduct to financial improprieties within the program. The move came more than a month after the end of an 8-24 season that matched Siena’s third-worst since the school in Loudonville, New York, moved to the Division 1 level in 1976. Patsos still had the backing of athletic director John D’Argenio after the 8-24 season and was expected to return, until the college opened its probe when a manager who has a mental disorder came forward with allegations of verbal abuse. Patsos has been a head coach for each of the last 14 seasons, five at Siena and the previous nine at Loyola of Maryland. Before going to Loyola, Patsos was a longtime assistant at Maryland under Gary Williams . . . Righthander Noah Zavolas threw Harvard’s first no-hitter since 2001 as he beat host Yale, 4-0. Zavolas, of Acton, Mass., struck out a career-high 11 for the Crimson (14-14, 4-3 Ivy) . . . A fair catch on a kickoff received inside the 25-yard line will result in a touchback next season after a proposed rule change was approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel . . . NASCAR points leader Kyle Busch edged older brother Kurt Busch by 0.002 seconds to take the pole for the Food City 500 on Sunday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. It marks the third time the Busch brothers have started on the front row together, and the first since 2013.