ANN ARBOR — Michigan running back Thomas Rawls is one of three players who have been granted a release by the school.
Rawls along with safety Josh Furman and defensive tackle Richard Ash can now transfer. Rawls reportedly will transfer to Central Michigan.
Rawls had a career-low three carries for 12 yards and a touchdown last season as a junior. He ran the ball 57 times for 242 yards and four TDs the previous season.
Furman started three games last season as a junior. He was reinstated to the team in April of 2012 a week after he was found not guilty of assault and other charges.
Ash was a seldom-used reserve during his three-year career with the Wolverines.
NOTRE DAME: Brian Kelly has hired former Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur to hold the same position for the Fighting Irish. LaFleur was fired, along with most of the Redskins staff, after a 3-13 season. He was an offensive assistant under Kelly at Central Michigan in 2004 and 2005.
WISCONSIN: The university athletic board has approved a one-year contract extension for football coach Gary Andersen. The deal now lasts through January 2019. In Andersen’s first season in Madison, the Badgers finished 9-4, falling to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl.
PURDUE: Defensive backs coach Jon Heacock is taking the defensive coordinator’s job at Toledo.
LIONS: Detroit will hire former Boise State offensive coordinator Robert Prince as its receivers coach, replacing Tim Lappano, according to multiple news outlets. Prince spent the past two seasons as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. They ranked 68th in offense in 2012, but jumped up to 20th last season. Prince worked with Boise State’s receivers in 2011. He was the Atlanta Falcons’ receivers coach from 2004-06, then became the assistant receivers coach for Jacksonville from 2007-08 and the receivers coach for Seattle in 2009. He returned to college in 2010, becoming Colorado’s passing game coordinator and receivers coach in 2010 before going back to Boise State.
BEARS: Chicago hired former Louisville and Miami assistant Clint Hurtt to take the place of Michael Sinclair as assistant defensive line coach.
BEACH BUMS: Traverse City signed shortstop Rob Benedict. In 31 games last season in the independent CamAm and Atlantic leagues, Benedict (5-11, 175) combined to hit .238 with eight RBIs, nine runs, seven walks, eight steals and two doubles. The 23-year-old played as Wesley College. The 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Benedict earned first team all-region honors at shortstop as a senior while hitting .373 with a league-high 57 runs scored and 43 stolen bases. After four years at Wesley, Benedict ranks first in program history in steals (103), third in runs (156), third in hits (208), fifth in games played (153), fifth in doubles (35), fifth in triples (8) and 10th in runs batted in (101).
Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has done light contact drills for the first time since breaking his right shin last November.
INDIANS: Cleveland will unveil a statue of slugger Jim Thome at Progressive Field on Aug. 2.
BRAVES: Atlanta agreed to a minor-league contract with right-hander Freddy Garcia and invited him to their big league spring training camp. A 37-year-old right-hander, Garcia went 1-2 with a 1.65 in six games for the Braves, including three starts, after he was acquired from Baltimore last year.
DODGERS: Los Angeles signed infielder Chone Figgins to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. The 36-year-old last played in the majors in 2012 with Seattle. Figgins has a .277 career batting average.
MARLINS: Third baseman Ty Wigginton has signed a minor-league contract with Miami and has been invited to their spring training camp. Wigginton, 36, was released by the St. Louis Cardinals in July after hitting .158 in 57 at-bats.
QATAR MASTERS: Sergio Garcia birdied the third extra hole to beat Mikko Ilonen in a playoff Saturday and win the Qatar Masters for his second victory in three events.
Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr., whose June 2012 fight will go down as one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history, will meet again. Bradley agreed to terms on Saturday, a week after Pacquiao did the same, to set up their sequel, which will take place on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com.