Larry Sanders Suspended 1 Game for Flagrant Foul: Latest Details and Reaction

The hits just keep coming for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Center Larry Sanders pushed Portland Trail Blazers wing Nicolas Batum from behind in Wednesday’s 104-97 loss, and it was upgraded to a flagrant-2 foul call. That will cost the Bucks big man a one-game suspension, keeping him out for the second game of a back-to-back against Sacramento on Thursday.    

The Bucks’ official Twitter account reported the news of Sanders’ suspension and also described the incident that led to it:

Below is video footage of Sanders’ foul:

Andrew Gruman of notes how Milwaukee may be without another one of its key contributors versus the Kings. He also analyzed the squad’s unfavorable frontcourt situation:

Standout rookie Jabari Parker tore his ACL in Monday’s win over Phoenix, so it’s been quite an adverse week for the Bucks to say the least.    

Coach Jason Kidd has his work cut out to shuffle the rotation for Thursday’s game. No one can replace Sanders’ ability to alter shots in the paint, and there are few alternatives to turn to as is. Zaza Pachulia will likely get the start in Sanders’ place.

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Creighton’s Milliken is suspended for violating team rules (Yahoo Sports)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton guard James Milliken has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

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Iowa St’s Dejean-Jones suspended 1 game for arrest (Yahoo Sports)

Iowa State guard Bryce Dejean-Jones slams the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against the UKMC, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State star Bryce Dejean-Jones has been suspended for Friday’s game against rival Iowa after being arrested and charged with multiple misdemeanors.

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4 UConn Players Suspended for Violating Team Rules: Latest Details and Reaction

The UConn basketball program suspended four players for a “violation of team rules” against West Virginia on Sunday, per Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant:

Freshman Rakim Lubin, junior Omar Calhoun, and walk-ons Dan Guest and Marcel Lewis were suspended, and were not at the arena with the team, but coach Kevin Ollie would not say what the violation was, or whether or not the players were sent back home.

‘I have no comment on it,’ Ollie said, after the Huskies’ 78-68 loss in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-off. ‘We have to do what we have to do. They violated team rules, and we’ll assess the situation when we get back to Connecticut.’

Per Amore, the only player that likely would have played against West Virginia in the first place was Lubin, since Calhoun is injured and Guest and Lewis have yet to appear for the team.   

Lubin is only averaging five minutes per game, however, and has yet to score on the season while averaging 1.8 rebounds per game.

For the moment, these suspensions are undoubtedly a distraction but seem unlikely to affect the Huskies on the court. For a 3-1 UConn team looking to defend its surprising national championship from a year ago, however, distractions won’t be welcomed. 


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Hornets Jeffrey Taylor suspended 24 games

Taylor was involved in a domestic batter incident in Michigan



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Suns forward P.J. Tucker suspended by team (Yahoo Sports)

BOSTON (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker has been suspended for violating team rules.

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Suspended Indiana players take to social media

Indiana sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson both spoke out via Instagram.



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Pittsburgh’s Durant Johnson suspended for year

Pittsburgh suspends junior forward Durand Johnson for 2014-15; no reason given by coach Dixon



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Durand Johnson Suspended for 2014-15 Season: Latest Details and Reaction

Prior to the team’s season-opening game on Friday against Niagara, the Pittsburgh Panthers have announced that junior forward Durand Johnson is suspended for the entire year. 

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the news of Johnson’s suspension on Twitter:

According to Bob Pompeani of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, no reason was given by the school for Johnson’s suspension:

If there is a silver lining to Johnson being suspended, it’s that the Panthers have gotten accustomed to playing without the 6’6″ star. He missed the team’s final 20 games last year after tearing the ACL in his right knee against Wake Forest.  

That’s about the only positive for Pitt, as the team is losing one of its most prolific scorers. Johnson averaged 8.8 points per game last year and reached double figures in half of his games played, per ACC Sports:

The Panthers are starting the 2014-15 season unranked and without their top two scorers from last season (Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna). Johnson was expected to take on a more prominent role in the offense to make up for those losses, but head coach Jamie Dixon will have to find other alternatives. 


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Pittsburgh forward Johnson suspended for season (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh's NCAA college basketball head coach Jamie Dixon takes questions during the school's annual media day in Pittsburgh. Dixon believes Pitt will score points. His biggest concern is whether the Panthers will stop anybody as they prepare for their second season in the ACC. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh junior forward Durand Johnson has been suspended for the entire 2014-15 season, with no reason given.

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