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KU sus­pends RB Pooka Wil­liams af­ter ar­rest

Kansas run­ning back Pooka Wil­liams was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely by the Jay­hawks on Fri­day af­ter his ar­rest on sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic bat­tery, the same day the star fresh­man was cho­sen Big 12 new­comer of the year.

Wil­liams was in­volved in a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion at a Lawrence apart­ment com­plex Thurs­day, univer­sity po­lice said in a state­ment. The woman re­ported mi­nor in­juries, and the in­ci­dent re­port in­di­cates that she sus­tained in­juries from bod­ily force.

Ge­or­gia Tech hires Tem­ple coach

Ge­or­gia Tech hired Tem­ple coach Ge­off Collins on Fri­day, choos­ing a Ge­or­gia na­tive with a back­ground in de­fense to re­place Paul John­son as the Yel­low Jack­ets coach.

Collins, 47, is a for­mer Flor­ida and Mis­sis­sippi State de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and Ge­or­gia Tech as­sis­tant who was 15-10 in two sea­sons at Tem­ple.

Tem­ple ath­letic direc­tor Pa­trick Kraft said as­sis­tant coach Ed Fo­ley will serve as in­terim coach for the In­de­pen­dence Bowl against Duke on Dec. 27.

When an­nounc­ing his de­ci­sion to step down fol­low­ing 11 sea­sons at Ge­or­gia Tech on Nov. 28, John­son said he will re­main on the job through Ge­or­gia Tech's game against Min­nesota in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26.

Hugh Freeze hired at Lib­erty

Hugh Freeze was in­tro­duced as Lib­erty's foot­ball coach on Fri­day.

The for­mer Ole Miss coach was emo­tional at times dur­ing a press con­fer­ence, thank­ing his fam­ily and call­ing them his he­roes.

Freeze will re­place Turner Gill, who re­signed af­ter his sev­enth sea­son to spend more time with his ail­ing wife.

Freeze re­signed at Ole Miss in the sum­mer of 2017 amid a scan­dal in which school of­fi­cials dis­cov­ered a "pat­tern of per­sonal mis­con­duct" start­ing with a call to an es­cort ser­vice from a univer­sity-is­sued cell­phone.

Lit­trell to re­main at North Texas

Musko­gee na­tive and for­mer Ok­la­homa full­back Seth Lit­trell has de­cided to re­main at North Texas af­ter Kansas State had ex­pressed in­ter­est in one of the na­tion's up-and-com­ing coaches to re­place Hall of Famer Bill Sny­der.

Lit­trell told the Mean Green in a meet­ing Fri­day that he would not be leav­ing for the Wild­cats.

It ended a courtship in which Lit­trell met with Kansas State of­fi­cials sev­eral times this week.

North Dakota State coach Chris Klie­man is among the front-run­ners for the Kansas State job.

For­mer OU pitcher Richards, Padres fi­nal­ize 2-year con­tract

Free agent pitcher Gar­rett Richards and the San Diego Padres have fi­nal­ized a $15.5 mil­lion, two-year con­tract.

The for­mer Ed­mond Me­mo­rial High School and Ok­la­homa stand­out was 5-4 with a 3.66 ERA last sea­son for the Los An­ge­les An­gels be­fore hav­ing Tommy John surgery in July.

Richards, 30, will likely miss the en­tire 2019 sea­son.

For­mer MLB play­ers die in car crash in Venezuela

For­mer ma­jor league play­ers Luis Val­buena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by high­way ban­dits who then robbed them in Cara­cas, Venezuela, of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

The 33-year-old Val­buena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thurs­day. Both were play­ing for Car­de­nales de Lara in the Venezue­lan league.

Third base­man Carlos Rivero was in the car and sur­vived, ac­cord­ing to the web­site beis­bol­play.

Four peo­ple have been de­tained af­ter be­ing found with prop­erty of the ath­letes, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Here­dia said on his Twit­ter ac­count.

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Kansas run­ning back Pooka Wil­liams ran for 1,125 yards and seven touch­downs this sea­son.

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