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NEW YORK — Nets star Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for “directing obscene language toward a fan,” the league announced on Thursday. The incident occurred at the 4:19 mark of the second quarter in Irving’s return to Cleveland — he is a former Cavaliers star — when a fan recorded an interaction between the Nets’ guard and some in the crowd near the court. Some fans were heckling Irving and ...

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is gone, off to his wife and three kids and his life's work, waiting for his gold jacket from Canton. Joe Haden, Terrell Edmunds, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ahkello Witherspoon, Trai Turner, Chuks Okorafor, Ray-Ray McCloud, James Washington and Miles Killebrew could leave as free agents. Stephon Tuitt might not be back. Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm must be ...

PHILADELPHIA — At 14, South Jersey figure skater Isabeau Levito is too young to compete in next month’s Winter Olympics. But she recently set herself up to be the future of women’s skating by winning the bronze medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Nashville, Tenn. Levito, who was born in Philadelphia, lives in Mount Holly, N.J., and trains at the Igloo Ice Rink in Mount Laurel, ...

ATHENS, Ga. — The party continued for the national champion Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. A crowd of well over 100,000 people gathered on UGA’s campus for a parade down Lumpkin Street on Saturday, five days after Georgia captured the school’s first national title in 41 years with a 33-18 win over then-No. 1-ranked Alabama in Indianapolis. After the parade, 90,000 or so fans who downloaded free ...

ATLANTA — As rabid as Georgia fans can be, they spent 40 years dealing with doubt. They’ve always believed their beloved Bulldogs belonged among the nation’s best programs. Sometimes, though, belief seemed closer to wishful thinking. Georgia won a national title and three SEC championships in Herschel Walker’s three giddy seasons. Vince Dooley had taken three conference titles pre-Herschel, so ...

CHICAGO — It’s been the worst-kept secret in all of Brooklyn. Despite the Nets’ star power and championship aspirations, they have come up empty against the NBA’s best teams. The players knew it. Steve Nash, Sean Marks and even team owner Joe Tsai couldn’t ignore the facts, either. In games against the top four seeds in both the Eastern and Western Conferences — two games each against the ...

Winning the national championship was worth more than $1 million to Georgia coach Kirby Smart. In fact, Smart earned a total of $1.8 million in bonuses for the Bulldog's season and championship run. However, according to his contract, Smart's cumulative bonuses are capped at $1.6 million in addition to his salary. According to Smart's 35-page contract, signed in 2016 and amended in 2018, the ...

CHICAGO — Now that Jon Lester has called it quits on his 16-year career, the Chicago Cubs need to pick a good day in 2022 to retire his No. 34, assuming there is a season. The organization already has retired five numbers: No. 14 (Ernie Banks), No. 26 (Billy Williams), No. 10 (Ron Santo), No. 23 (Ryne Sandberg) and No. 31 (Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux). The last number the team retired, in ...