Los Angeles Times

Seven Spartans are charged after Oct. 29 melee

- Staff and wire reports

Seven Michigan State football players were charged in the postgame melee in Michigan Stadium’s tunnel last month, according to a statement Wednesday from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.

The most serious charge is against cornerback Khary Crump, who faces a felony count of felonious assault. The charges against the six others are misdemeano­rs. Linebacker Itayvion “Tank” Brown, safety Angelo Grose, cornerback Justin White, defensive end Brandon Wright and defensive end Zion Young are each charged with one count of aggravated assault, and linebacker Jacoby Windmon faces one count of assault and battery.

No Michigan players are facing charges. Scuffles broke out in the Michigan Stadium tunnel on Oct. 29 after the then-No. 4 Wolverines beat the Spartans 29-7.

Florida will be without five receivers, including Anthony Richardson’s top two targets, when the Gators play at No. 16 Florida State on Friday night . ... A University of New Mexico student was released from jail after being accused of plotting with friends to confront a basketball player from New Mexico State, resulting in the shooting death of one New Mexico student and the wounding of the player. A state district judge denied a request by prosecutor­s to keep Jonathan Smith, 19, in custody pending trial on charges of aggravated battery, conspiracy and tampering with evidence.

Rodgers broke his right thumb

Green Bay Packers quarterbac­k Aaron Rodgers acknowledg­ed that he has been playing with a broken right thumb for the last six weeks.

Rodgers hurt his thumb Oct. 9 during a foiled Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the Packers’ 27-22 loss to the New York Giants in London.

Although the Packers have listed Rodgers with a thumb injury ever since, the four-time MVP hadn’t said publicly that it was broken.

“I just know on the flight home I was in some pain,” Rodgers said. “[I] actually didn’t even want to get Xrayed, because I was still going to play, didn’t matter what the X-ray showed. But they talked me into it.”

Rodgers said his thumb now feels the best it has since the Giants game.

The Chicago Bears hope quarterbac­k Justin Fields’ left shoulder heals enough so he can start Sunday against the New York Jets . ...

Zach Wilson has gone from being the future of the Jets franchise to an underachie­ving benchwarme­r. Coach

Robert Saleh announced the decision to sit Wilson and replace him with Mike White as the starting quarterbac­k Sunday against the Bears.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer lost twice in court Wednesday when a judge allowed the San Diego woman who accused him of sexual assault to proceed with her lawsuit against him but dismissed his defamation lawsuit against one of her former attorneys.

Under the rulings, issued by U.S. District Court Judge

James Selna, Bauer was ordered to pay the legal fees of

Fred Thiagaraja­h, the woman’s former attorney. The dismissal of that lawsuit does not affect the defamation suits Bauer has filed against five other parties, including the accuser.

— Bill Shaikin

Left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez, who played with the Mets last season, agreed to a $2-million, oneyear contract with the Boston Red Sox, a deal that includes a team option for 2024 . ... Philadelph­ia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstruc­tive right elbow surgery.

The New York Rangers traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild for a 2025 fifth-round pick.

In Malaga, Spain, Marin Cilic rallied to defeat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in a three-hour match and send Croatia into the Davis Cup semifinals. The quarterfin­als wrap up Thursday, when the U.S. meets Italy, and Canada plays Germany.

Former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo was banned for two matches and fined 50,000 pounds ($60,000) for hitting a phone out of a fan’s hand at Everton after a Premier League game last season. The ban will be transferre­d when Ronaldo joins a new club in any country.

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