A high-profile incident involving Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and a heckling fan highlights the sometimes overly-close physical proximity between NBA fans and the targets of their derision.,On Monday night, Westbrook and 45-year-old Shane Kiesel exchanged insults during the second quarter of the Thunder’s game with the Jazz in Vivint Smart Home Arena.,Westbrook explained after the game that Kiesel’s insult is the latest in a series of disdainful remarks by fans aimed at him and other NBA players when playing in road arenas.,First, Kiesel and several other fans in Vivint Smart Home Arena were issued co-called “warning cards” pursuant to the NBA’s Fan Code of Conduct.,In addition to the Fan Code of Conduct, the uniform player contract signed by every NBA player contains provisions that empower commissioner Adam Silver to punish Westbrook.

Foskey, a four-star defensive end from De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., became the final member of Notre Dame’s 2019 recruiting class, joining 21 players who signed during the early period in December.,The Illini added a pair of linebackers to the 11 players they signed in December, getting the day started by announcing the signing of four-star prospect Shammond Cooper from St. Louis’ Trinity Catholic High School.,Three-star linebacker Tarique Barnes of Memphis, Tenn., brought the class to 13 players.,In terms of average player rating, Illinois’ class ranks seventh in the conference, and its three four-star signees — including cornerback Marquez Beason and quarterback Isaiah Williams — trail only five Big Ten teams.,Illinois was considered a likely landing spot for Cooper thanks to his strong ties with Cory Patterson, his former high school coach who is now an Illini assistant coach, and Williams, his high school teammate who signed with the Illini in December.

After beating the Ravens 23-17 on Sunday in Baltimore, the L.A. Chargers earned themselves a trip to Foxboro for a playoff game next week.,OFFENSE: 11th, 372.6 yards per game

SCORING: T-6th, 26.8 points per game read more

To be fair, the Michigan squad taking the field in the 41-15 rotten-fruit peppering in the Peach Bowl bore little resemblance to the Wolverines that went 10-2 in the regular season.,Right tackle was an issue the last two games in fifth-year senior Juwann Bushell-Beatty’s absence, and when sophomore end Kwity Paye and redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Devin Gil went down — two areas U-M could least afford it with Rashan Gary and Devin Bush choosing to sit — viper Jordan Glasgow was actually forced to play middle linebacker.,"I thought they were ready," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said after the Wolverines were annihilated by Florida in the Peach Bowl, 41-15, on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.,Mark Schlabach, ESPN: Mullen, Harbaugh end season on different notes as Florida dominates Michigan

OK, just for argument's sake, let's assume that Michigan really didn't want to be playing in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Saturday.,But what does it really say about Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and the direction of his program if he couldn't get his team motivated to play in a New Year's Six bowl game? read more

Fenves reached an agreement with TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte to become the new vice president for intercollegiate athletics at UT, two sources told the American-Statesman on Saturday.,Del Conte, 49, will have final oversight of men’s and women’s athletics at Texas.,Five TCU coaches have won national coach of the year honors, and the football, baseball and men’s tennis teams have won Big 12 titles.,Del Conte was at Rice at the same time current UT football coach Tom Herman and baseball coach David Pierce were there as assistants, so he’s already familiar with some Texas coaches.,The post ‘The ultimate opportunity’: TCU’s Chris Del Conte leaving Fort Worth to lead Texas athletics appeared first on Hook on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited.