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WAC suspends 2 New Mexico State players for actions in brawl

The Western Athletic Conference suspended New Mexico State junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller for two games and senior forward Renaldo Dixon for one game for violating its sportsmanship policy after a review of a brawl Thursday at Utah Valley.


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College basketball

2 New Mexico State players are suspended

A brawl after a contentious game between Utah Valley and New Mexico State highlighted the risks when fans and players collide.

The Western Athletic Conference suspended New Mexico State junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller for two games and senior forward Renaldo Dixon for one game for violating its sportsmanship policy after a review of the melee Thursday night in Orem, Utah.

Ross-Miller threw the basketball at Utah Valley’s Holton Hunsaker seconds after the Wolverines’ 66-61 victory over the Aggies. The ball hit Hunsaker — the son of Utah Valley coach Dick Hunsaker — in the leg. Some fans who stormed the court after the victory got caught up in the chaos and punches were thrown.

New Mexico State guard DK Eldridge was in the middle of the scrum before he was dragged away by Aggies coaches as order was restored.

Ross-Miller issued a statement apologizing for his actions.

“I have way more respect for the university, my teammates and coaches to retaliate in such a terrible way,” he said.

Auto racing

Keselowski earns pole

Brad Keselowski has earned the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., after making it through NASCAR’s new knockout-style qualifying.

Keselowski had a fast lap of 139.384 mph on the mile track. Joey Logano will start in second in The Profit on CNBC 500.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won Sunday’s Daytona 500, will start in fifth and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start in sixth.

Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw will start 11th of 42.

NASCAR made numerous changes for this season, including a tweaked qualifying process in an effort to liven up what had become an often-monotonous part of race weekends.

Instead of going out one at a time, the entire field gets a 30-minute session to post their fastest lap, with the top 12 moving on to a 10-minute second round. On bigger tracks, the qualifying will have three sessions, with the field cut to 24 and then to 12 for the final round.

Tennis

Federer beats Djokovic

Fourth-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland ended top-seeded Novak Djokovic’s quest to win his fifth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title in the last six years.

Federer, who won the tournament in 2012, beat Djokovic of Serbia 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinal round. He will be seeking his sixth Dubai title when he faces third-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in Saturday’s final.

Berdych reached his second consecutive Dubai final with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

Zakopalova advances

Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic defeated top-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in the Brazil Tennis Cup in Florianopolis to reach her second consecutive WTA final.

The third-seeded Zakopalova, who was runner-up at the Rio Open last weekend, will face second-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Muguruza beat Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-3.

ELSEWHERE

Kevon Carter, a striker who played 25 international soccer matches for Trinidad and Tobago, has died of a suspected heart attack after training with his club team.

Carter, 30, had complained of chest pains after training with the Defence Force Football Club.

Bill Marolt, 70, will step down as president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association on Monday, to be replaced by former Alpine skier Tiger Shaw. Shaw, 52, competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.

Marolt had been planning to step down after the Olympics. USSA athletes won 17 medals at the Sochi Games, compared with 21 four years ago at the Vancouver Games.

Marolt will have an advisory position with USSA and remain a U.S. Olympic Committee board member.

• The Chicago Curie Metropolitan High School boys’ basketball team, ranked No. 1 in Illinois, has forfeited this season’s games and been stripped of its city public-schools title because several players were academically ineligible to compete since the start of the season.

Because the Illinois High School Association has different requirements for eligibility, Curie might be allowed to compete for a state title. Coach Michael Oliver has been suspended indefinitely.

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