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January 8, 2014

Sports briefs, Jan. 8

New schedule is set for girls hoops HCT

Sunday’s snowstorm has led to a revised schedule for the girls basketball Howard County Tournament at Taylor.

Originally scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, the tournament will now take place Saturday and Monday. In Saturday’s opening round, Eastern and Western will meet at 10 a.m. followed by Taylor vs. Northwestern. Monday’s schedule calls for the consolation game at 6 p.m. with the championship game to follow.

• The JV tournament will take place Saturday. The opening-round games will take place in the Taylor Middle School gym and the championship will take place in the high school gym, following the Taylor-NW varsity contest. The opening-round matchups are Taylor vs. Northwestern at 9 a.m. followed by Eastern vs. Western.

Big Ten suspends Iowa’s coach for 1 game

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Big Ten suspended Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery for one game and fined Iowa $10,000 on Tuesday for his outburst during a loss at Wisconsin.

McCaffery received back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected for arguing with officials midway through the second half of Sunday’s game. The Big Ten said McCaffery’s actions violated the league’s sportsmanship policy.

McCaffery will sit out Thursday’s home game against Northwestern and assistant coach Kirk Speraw will take his place. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe told The Associated Press that Thursday’s scheduled “Fran McCaffery Bobblehead Night” will likely be rescheduled.

McCaffery apologized for the second time in as many days on Tuesday, saying that he regrets his actions and is ready to move on.

“I think it’s important to point out that my passion and energy come from a good place,” McCaffery said during a news conference in Iowa City. “I want my players to play that way. We ask them to play that way, and I’m going to fight for my guys. That’s what I’m going to do. That will not stop. But I think in that instance, without question, I lost my cool, and you can’t do that.”

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