• Zaza Pachulia says hard foul on Russell Westbrook was ‘payback’
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    Zaza Pachulia says hard foul on Russell Westbrook was ‘payback’

    MIAMI — During a radio interview Monday, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia explained why he stood over Russell Westbrook after a hard foul on the Oklahoma City guard last week. “I didn’t mention where everything started, and maybe that’s my fault not to make it clear that I didn’t start that conversation or incident on the court,” Pachulia said on KNBR’s Murph & Mac. Like I said, a lot of people didn’t know that. After a lengthy review by officials, he was assessed a Flagrant 1. Asked after the game for his reaction to Westbrook’s comments, Pachulia told reporters he wasn’t concerned. “We’re thinking about this team and staying healthy moving forward and, better, getting into the playoffs and playing for the championship,” Pachulia said. Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

  • Warriors’ Steve Kerr calls some players’ All-Star votes a “mockery”
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    Warriors’ Steve Kerr calls some players’ All-Star votes a “mockery”

    MIAMI (AP) — Golden State coach Steve Kerr wishes players had taken their voting for the NBA All-Star Game more seriously, calling it a “mockery” after nearly 300 players in the league wound up on at least one ballot. Players had a say in deciding starters for next month’s game in New Orleans, with their selections accounting for 25 percent of someone’s total score in the balloting. Fan and media votes were also part of the process of selecting starters, and NBA coaches vote this week for the reserves to be revealed on Thursday. “I am very disappointed in the players,” Kerr said before the Warriors played the Miami Heat on Monday night. “They’ve asked for a vote and a lot of them just made a

  • Big Ten Power Rankings: January 23
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    Big Ten Power Rankings: January 23

    I try to do these Power Rankings every two weeks or so and we’re rapidly approaching the midpoint of the B1G season. The last time out there were several teams grouped together with no real separation. Well, in the past two weeks we have seen some teams start to pull away a little, while several others have fallen back. It still looks like 7-8 teams will make the NCAA tournament though, giving Purdue plenty of chances to improve its overall profile. League Title Contenders: 1. Wisconsin Badgers (16-3, 5-1) Last Ranking: 3, RPI: 25, KenPom: 10 – After winning at Minnesota on Saturday a lot of people are handing the Badgers the title, but I wouldn’t be so quick yet, but they have a favorable finishing