Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 9, 2014

Sports in Brief: Wolverines fire coordinator Borges

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — The Associated Press

Michigan fired offensive coordinator Al Borges Wednesday following a feast-or-famine season in which the Wolverines struggled to run the ball and protect their quarterback.

The Wolverines have reportedly hired Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to replace Borges, CBS Sports reported.

Michigan went 7-6 and finished 86th in the nation in total offense this season. The Wolverines scored 41 points in both a win over Notre Dame and a near-upset against Ohio State — but their offensive line looked overmatched in losses to Michigan State and Nebraska as Michigan fell well off the pace in the Big Ten race.

Borges was one of several assistants who came with Hoke from his previous staff at San Diego State.

NCAA FOOTBALL

BULLOUGH TO SHRINE GAME: Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough has an opportunity to make a comeback.

The East-West Shrine Game announced Wednesday that Bullough has accepted an offer to play in its event Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The senior was suspended on Dec. 26 for violating team rules and the details of what he did were not announced and have not been reported. The two-time captain, third-team All-America and All-Big Ten player did not play in the Rose Bowl, where the Spartans beat Stanford.

PETRINO ACCEPTS LOUISVILLE OFFER: A person familiar with the situation The Associated Press on Wednesday night Western Kentucky’s Bobby Petrino has accepted an offer to return to Louisville as the Cardinals’ football coach. Petrino, 52, returns to the school he led to a 41-9 record from 2003-06. He has an 83-30 record as a college head coach, but was fired by Arkansas in April 2012 amid scandal.

NCAA BASKETBALL

MSU BEATS OSU IN OT: Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 in overtime Tuesday night after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half.

The Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led 55-38 and the Buckeyes (15-1, 2-1) forced overtime with a 20-3 run to close regulation.

Ohio State entered the day as one of six unbeaten teams in Division I.

NFL

SEAHAWKS: Wide receiver Percy Harvin and tight end Luke Willson have participated in practice for the Seattle Seahawks, raising the possibility of each playing in this weekend’s NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans.

BRONCOS: Von Miller is set to have surgery to repair his torn right ACL in Florida on Thursday. Miller’s rehab is expected to take six to nine months, meaning he could miss the start of the Denver Broncos’ training camp next summer.

FALCONS: The Atlanta Falcons say Mike Tice will become their new offensive line coach. Tice took over as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings for the last game of the 2001 and held the job for the next four seasons. He compiled a record of 32-33, including one playoff appearance. Most recently, the 54-year-old Tice served as offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2012. He was out of coaching this past season.

JOHNNY MANZIEL: Johnny Football is heading to the NFL.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declared for the NFL draft on Wednesday following two spectacular seasons in which he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and helped the Aggies make a splash in their first two years in the Southeastern Conference.

NBA

KNICKS: The NBA has fined New York guard J.R. Smith $50,000 for “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct” after he tried to untie an opponent’s sneaker a second time. Smith untied Mavericks forward Shawn Marion’s shoe during a free throw attempt at Dallas on Sunday and was warned not to repeat the act by the league office.

Coach Mike Woodson had said before Tuesday’s home game against Detroit that Smith shouldn’t be doing things like that, but the reserve guard then tried it again on Greg Monroe during a free throw attempt — with league disciplinarian Rod Thorn in attendance.

OUTDOORS

DNR OFFERS FEMALE OUTDOORS CLASS: Women who want to improve their outdoor skills can register for a program sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that will offer winter instruction in the Upper Peninsula.

The 13th annual “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” event will be held in Big Bay from Feb. 28 through March 2.

It offers instruction in more than a dozen types of indoor and outdoor activities. Among them are cross-country skiing, dog sledding, ice fishing, fly tying, wilderness first aid and wood burning.

Instructors provide basic and advanced instruction tailored to individual skill levels. The $180 registration fee includes all food and lodging and most equipment and supplies.