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December 24, 2013

Sports in Brief: 12/24/2013

Hoops for Hope event scheduled for Jan. 28

TRAVERSE CITY — The 5th annual Hoops for Hope event is scheduled for Jan. 28 when Traverse City St. Francis takes on Traverse City Central in girls basketball.

Proceeds from the event go toward Child and Family Services, as well as Girls on the Run, to buy kids in need athletic shoes. T-shirts for the game are on sale for $10. Anyone who wears the shirt to the game will get in for free.

U-M’s Gardner still slowed by turf toe

PHOENIX — Michigan coach Brady Hoke says quarterback Devin Gardner is still slowed by a turf toe injury.

Hoke says if the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl was on Monday, freshman Shane Morris would take snaps for the Wolverines against Kansas State.

The coach says Gardner, who is wearing a protective boot, would have to practice by Wednesday to play in Saturday night’s game. Hoke says Gardner had a setback and met with doctors last Friday.

Morris was 5 of 9 for 65 yards with one interception in two games this season.

Hoke says kicker Brendan Gibbons won’t be with the team in Arizona because of a family matter. Matt Wile will kick in the bowl game as he did against Ohio State after the team said Gibbons was out with an injury.

Boise State QB talks about suspension

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State University quarterback Joe Southwick said he was unfairly dismissed from the Hawaii Bowl, arguing he was falsely accused of urinating from a hotel balcony.

Southwick, a senior who was sent home Friday by interim head coach Bob Gregory shortly after the team arrived in Hawaii, took a polygraph test after arriving in Boise in his bid to prove his innocence, KTVB reported Sunday.

Initially, Southwick and backup quarterback Nick Patti were suspended for violating team rules, with BSU not providing details of what happened. Eventually, Patti was reinstated, but Southwick was taken to the airport where he says he waited nine hours before his flight.

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