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Moved The NWAC announced last week that Everett Community College will host the conference basketball tournaments for 2016-18 as well as change from a double-elimination format to a play-in format. On March 5, each region’s No. 1 and 2 teams will host a 3 or 4 seed in loser-out games. Winners will advance to the final eight at Everett, which will run March 10-13.

Died Former NFL coach Bill Arnsparger, 88, the Miami assistant coach who directed the “No-Name Defense” that helped the Dolphins win Super Bowl titles in 1973 and 1974, died Friday.

• The family of Jules Bianchi says the French Formula One driver has died from head injuries sustained in a crash at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi, 25, had been in a coma since the Oct. 5 accident.

Signed Forward David West signed his one-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs for the veteran’s minimum of about $1.4 million. West spent the previous four seasons in Indiana. He averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in 66 games last season.

Honored Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan, who won two Olympic gold medals, will be inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame, part of a class of nine players who will be enshrined Sept. 19. The class also includes Anne Donovan of the U.S.

Treated Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson won’t face DUI charges in California and Colorado until completing a 30-day residential treatment program. Lawson was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was arrested in Denver for the same thing in January.

Extended San Francisco women’s basketball coach Jennifer Azzi has earned a five-year contract extension that keeps her leading the Dons program through the 2019-20 season. The Dons went 19-14 last season and earned a berth into the Women’s NIT.

Banned Jacksonville University’s football team has been banned from postseason play for one year for financial aid infractions by the Pioneer Football League, an 11-member, football-only league that plays in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Released The Jacksonville Jaguars released wide receiver Ace Sanders, a fourth-round draft pick in 2013. Sanders caught 51 passes as a rookie, but was less of a factor last season with only six catches. He also was suspended the first four games of 2014 for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

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