The punishment was swift for Seton Hall's Sterling Gibbs, who was suspended two games for his blow to the forehead of Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono in a scramble for a loose ball Monday night.
"Sterling demonstrated poor sportsmanship Monday and he recognizes that what he did was wrong and that he must be held accountable for his actions," coach Kevin Willard said.
The incident happened after Gibbs missed a three-point attempt and the rebound went loose on the floor. Arcidiacono dove toward the ball along with Seton Hall's Chier Ajou and Gibbs followed, landing mostly on top of Arcidiacono.
A frustrated Gibbs then delivered a downward strike, hitting the Villanova guard in the forehead with an area of his forearm near his wrist. The officials stopped play, checked the TV monitor and called a Flagrant 2 foul on Gibbs, resulting in his ejection with 4 minutes, 38 seconds to play.
Gibbs, a 6-2, 185-pound junior from Scotch Plains, N.J., met with Seton Hall beat writers after the game and apologized, saying "I was caught up in the heat of the battle. He made a real good play and my temper just got the best of me. I really want to say sorry."
Havlicek heads Hall of Fame class
John Havlicek, a two-time All-America player at Ohio State, Indiana star Quinn Buckner and longtime Illinois coach Lou Henson will be among the newest class to be enshrined in the College Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 20 in Kansas City, Mo. The other five in the 2015 class are former Kansas State star Rolando Blackman; Dayton coach Don Donoher; Langston coach C. Felton (Zip) Gayles; Long Beach State star Ed Ratleff, and North Carolina All-American Charlie Scott.
Longtime coach Kim dies
Former Boston and San Francisco third base coach Wendell Kim died at the age of 64 after a struggle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Kim spent 30 years in professional baseball, including 15 as a major league coach. ... Veteran lefthander Bruce Chen agreed to a minor league contract with the Indians. ... Lefthander Barry Zito is returning to the Athletics on a minor league deal. ... Utility infielder Jayson Nix agreed to terms a minor league contract with the Orioles. ... Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will start the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a foot operation he underwent Tuesday. Jansen is expected to be out eight to 12 weeks.
Chiefs cut Avery, Jenkins
The Chiefs began their remolding of their 2015 roster Tuesday, as the team announced the release of receivers Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins. After catching 40 passes for 596 yards and two touchdowns in 2013, Avery spent much of last season dealing with a sports hernia, and then was inactive the final two weeks. Jenkins, who was acquired in a trade with San Francisco, only caught 17 passes for 223 yards in 25 games.
... Banished wide receiver Josh Gordon is fighting the one-game suspension he received from the Browns at the end of last season because it would delay his free agency. The NFL Players Association has filed a noninjury grievance against the Browns over Gordon's one-game suspension. ... Kevin O'Connell, who prepared Johnny Manziel for last year's NFL draft, will be with him all season as the Browns hired him as quarterbacks coach. ... The Giants re-signed wide receiver Kevin Ogletree.
AROUND THE HORN
Hockey: Four-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser will have season-ending foot surgery and won't play for Canada in the upcoming women's world hockey championships.
College football: Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson turned himself in on a charge of aggravated rape.
Tennis: Marinko Matosevic ousted No. 2 seed John Isner 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Delray Beach (Fla.) Open.