EX-MICHI­GAN STATE FOOT­BALL PLAY­ERS DIS­MISSED BY SCHOOL

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Three for­mer Michi­gan State foot­ball play­ers ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman this year have been dis­missed from the Big Ten univer­sity.

Michi­gan State spokesman Ja­son Cody said Thurs­day that Josh King, Don­nie Cor­ley Jr. and De­met­ric Vance were dis­missed for vi­o­lat­ing the school’s re­la­tion­ship vi­o­lence and sex­ual mis­con­duct pol­icy. They were dis­missed from the foot­ball team last month after crim­i­nal charges against them were made pub­lic.

King was charged with first- and third-de­gree crim­i­nal sex­ual con­duct and with dis­tribut­ing an im­age of an un­clothed per­son. Vance and Cor­ley face third-de­gree crim­i­nal sex­ual con­duct charges.

Michi­gan State also con­ducted a Ti­tle IX-re­lated in­ves­ti­ga­tion. At­tor­ney Shan­non Smith, who rep­re­sents King, de­scribed that in­ves­ti­ga­tion as a rush to judg­ment, saying her of­fice re­ceived ma­te­rial that wasn’t con­sid­ered by the in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

• North Carolina re­in­stated sus­pended foot­ball player Allen Ar­tis after mis­de­meanor charges against him for sex­ual bat­tery and as­sault on a fe­male stu­dent were dis­missed.

• Big 12 mem­ber Bay­lor agreed to a set­tle­ment with one of sev­eral women who sued it amid a sex­ual as­sault scan­dal that has rocked the na­tion’s largest Baptist school.

Big3 open to mov­ing its ti­tle game for May­weather fight.

Ice Cube says his Big3 bas­ket­ball league is open to mov­ing its cham­pi­onship game to an­other arena in Las Ve­gas to make way for Floyd May­weather’s high-pro­file box­ing match against Conor McGregor.

The game is sched­uled for Aug. 26 at T-Mo­bile Arena, the big­gest venue in Las Ve­gas. May­weather’s fight against McGregor was later an­nounced for the same site.

If the Big3 moves, it would go to the MGM Grand Gar­den Arena.

Costa Rica vs. U.S. World Cup qual­i­fier to be in New Jersey.

CHICAGO» The U.S. Soc­cer Fed­er­a­tion fi­nal­ized plans to play its Sept. 1 World Cup qual­i­fier against Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena, an MLS venue in Har­ri­son, N.J.

The Amer­i­cans play Hon­duras four days later at San Pe­dro Sula, then com­plete the fi­nal round of the North and Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean re­gion Oct. 6 against Panama in Or­lando, Fla., and four days later at Trinidad and Tobago.

• John Kri­stick, a man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the failed U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup and a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive of FIFA mar­ket­ing part­ner In­front Sports & Me­dia, has been hired as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the United Bid Com­mit­tee of the U.S., Mex­ico and Canada to host the 2026 event.

U.S. Open mak­ing changes.

The U.S. Open ten­nis tour­na­ment in New York will ex­per­i­ment in its qual­i­fy­ing rounds this year with score­board clocks to limit how much time elapses be­tween points and how long pre­match warm-ups or mid­match cloth­ing changes can last. Also to be tried out at Flush­ing Mead­ows in Au­gust’s qual­i­fy­ing matches: let­ting coaches com­mu­ni­cate with their play­ers from the stands be­tween points.

Depend­ing on how the test runs go, those changes could be used dur­ing the U.S. Open’s main draw in 2018, ac­cord­ing to Stacey Al­laster, the U.S. Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive for pro­fes­sional ten­nis.

Foot­notes.

The San Jose Earth­quakes of MLS said Matheus Silva has emerged from a coma, two days after the Brazil­ian de­fender was res­cued from Lake Ta­hoe . ... The World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion said it will rescore the Manny Pac­quiao-Jeff Horn wel­ter­weight world ti­tle fight due to the con­tentious unan­i­mous de­ci­sion awarded to Horn, but there is no plan to change the re­sult . ... Rookie guard Der­rick White, a first-round draft pick from CU, signed his con­tract with the San An­to­nio Spurs.

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