Michi­gan State ral­lies to hire Colorado coach Tucker

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Michi­gan State hired Mel Tucker as its foot­ball coach Wed­nes­day, ral­ly­ing to land a vet­eran leader with ties to the school who de­cided to leave Colorado af­ter a sin­gle sea­son.

The Spar­tans lured Tucker away from Colorado with a six-year con­tract worth about $30 mil­lion af­ter ap­pear­ing to be in­ter­ested in coaches in­clud­ing Luke Fick­ell, Robert Saleh and Pat Shur­mur. Tucker re­places Mark Dan­to­nio, who re­tired two weeks ago af­ter 13 mostly suc­cess­ful sea­sons.

Colorado hired Tucker in De­cem­ber 2018 and his depar­ture caught many by sur­prise, es­pe­cially af­ter he and Ge­orge is­sued state­ments Satur­day that seemed in­tended to quell spec­u­la­tion about him go­ing to Michi­gan State.

Tucker also posted on his Twit­ter ac­count over the week­end: “While I am flat­tered to be con­sid­ered for the head coach­ing job at Michi­gan State, I am com­mit­ted to CU Buffs Foot­ball for the build of our pro­gram, its great ath­letes, coaches and sup­port­ers.”

Hockey

BOUWMEESTE­R RE­MAINS HOS­PI­TAL­IZED AF­TER BENCH COL­LAPSE >> Jay Bouwmeeste­r re­mains in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, but the vet­eran St. Louis Blues de­fense­man was alert and talk­ing with team­mates one day af­ter col­laps­ing on the bench dur­ing a game.

The 36-year old Bouwmeeste­r suf­fered a car­diac episode dur­ing the first pe­riod of Tues­day night’s game against the Ana­heim Ducks. Gen­eral man­ager Doug Arm­strong said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in Las Ve­gas that Bouwmeeste­r was un­re­spon­sive af­ter col­laps­ing on the bench. A de­fib­ril­la­tor was used and he re­gained con­scious­ness im­me­di­ately be­fore be­ing taken to an Ana­heim hospi­tal.

“He is do­ing very well and is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a bat­tery of tests. Things are look­ing very pos­i­tive,” Arm­strong said.

Base­ball

MLB GOES AHEAD WITH 3-BAT­TER MIN­I­MUM, ROS­TER CHANGES >> Ma­jor League Base­ball went ahead with its planned rules changes for this sea­son, in­clud­ing the re­quire­ment a pitcher must face at least three bat­ters or end the half-in­ning, un­less he is hurt.

The changes were agreed to by MLB and the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion last March 8, sub­ject to the study of a joint com­mit­tee. The three-bat­ter min­i­mum will start in spring train­ing games on March 12.

The ac­tive ros­ter limit will in­crease by one to 26 from open­ing day through Aug. 31, will drop from 40 to 28 through the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son and re­turn to 26 for the post­sea­son. Each team may have a max­i­mum 13 pitch­ers through Aug. 31 and dur­ing the post­sea­son, and 14 from Sept. 1 through the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Soc­cer

US SOC­CER MEN’S UNION SAYS WOMEN’S PAY SHOULD BE TRIPLED >> The U.S. men’s na­tional team urged the U.S. Soc­cer Fed­er­a­tion to sharply in­crease pay of the Amer­i­can women and ac­cused the gov­ern­ing body of mak­ing low-ball of­fers in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the men.

The union for the women’s team filed a gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion law­suit against the USSF that is sched­uled for trial start­ing May 5 in U.S. District Court in Los An­ge­les. The women agreed to a col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment in April 2017 that ex­tends through 2021. The men’s la­bor con­tract ex­pired at the end of 2018.

“The women’s 2017-2021 deal is worse than the men’s 2011-2018 deal,” the men’s union said in a state­ment. “The fed­er­a­tion con­tin­ues to dis­crim­i­nate against the women in their wages and work­ing con­di­tions. ... What we be­lieve should hap­pen is sim­ple. Pay the women sig­nif­i­cantly more than our re­cently ex­pired men’s deal. In our es­ti­ma­tion, the women were due at least triple what our ex­pired deal was worth in player com­pen­sa­tion.”

The men claimed the fed­er­a­tion wants their pay to stay at the same level as in their ex­pired con­tract.

Pro foot­ball

BROWNS’ GAR­RETT RE­IN­STATED AF­TER SUS­PEN­SION >> Browns star de­fen­sive end Myles Gar­rett has been re­in­stated by the NFL af­ter he was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely for hit­ting Pitts­burgh Steel­ers quar­ter­back Ma­son Ru­dolph over the head with a hel­met.

Gar­rett missed Cleve­land’s fi­nal six games last sea­son af­ter his dis­turb­ing at­tack on Ru­dolph in the clos­ing sec­onds of a Nov. 14 game that was na­tion­ally tele­vised. Gar­rett has been re­morse­ful since the in­ci­dent and Mon­day he met with Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell and league of­fi­cials in New York.

Gar­rett is cleared to re­turn to all ac­tiv­i­ties with the Browns.

Basketball

DIG­GINS-SMITH HEADED TO PHOENIX >> Sky­lar Dig­gin­sSmith is go­ing to Phoenix to join Diana Taurasi and Brit­tney Griner.

The Dal­las Wings traded the four-time All-Star to the Mer­cury for the No. 5 and 7 picks in the 2020 WNBA draft and Phoenix’s 2021 first-round pick. The Wings then sent the 2021 pick the team ac­quired in the deal to the Chicago Sky in ex­change for As­tou Ndour.

Dig­gins-Smith has av­er­aged 15.9 points and 4.9 as­sists in her ca­reer. She won the league’s most im­proved player award in 2014 and guided the Wings to the play­offs in 2017 and 2018.

Toronto Bos­ton Philadelph­ia Brook­lyn New York

SOUTH­EAST DIVI­SION

Mi­ami Or­lando Washington Char­lotte At­lanta

CEN­TRAL DIVI­SION

Mil­wau­kee In­di­ana Chicago Detroit Cleve­land

Tues­day's games

Washington 126, Chicago 114 Philadelph­ia 110, Clip­pers 103

New Or­leans 138, Port­land 117

San An­to­nio 114, Ok­la­homa City 106 Hous­ton 116, Bos­ton 105

Wed­nes­day's games

At­lanta at Cleve­land, n. Detroit at Or­lando, n. Mil­wau­kee at In­di­ana, n. Toronto at Brook­lyn, n. Washington at New York, n. Char­lotte at Min­nesota, n. Port­land at Mem­phis, n. Sacra­mento at Dal­las, n. Golden State at Phoenix, n. Mi­ami at Utah, n.

Lak­ers at Den­ver, n.

Thurs­day's games

Clip­pers at Bos­ton, 5 p.m.

Ok­la­homa City at New Or­leans, 5 p.m.

1. Bay­lor (21-1) did not play.

2. Gon­zaga 25-1) did not play.

3. Kansas (20-3) did not play.

4. San Diego State (25-0) beat New Mex­ico 82-59.

5. Louisville (21-3) did not play.

6. Day­ton (22-2) beat Rhode Island 81-67.

7. Duke (20-3) did not play.

8. Florida State (20-3) did not play.

9. Mary­land (20-4) beat Ne­braska 72-70.

10. Se­ton Hall (18-5) did not play.

11. Auburn (21-2) did not play.

12. Ken­tucky (19-5) beat Van­der­bilt 78-64.

13. Penn State (19-5) beat Pur­due 88-76.

14. West Vir­ginia (18-5) did not play.

15. Vil­lanova (17-6) did not play.

16. Colorado (19-5) did not play.

17. Oregon (18-6) did not play.

18. Mar­quette (17-6) did not play.

19. But­ler (18-6) did not play.

20. Hous­ton (19-5) did not play.

21. Iowa (17-7) did not play.

22. Illi­nois (16-8) lost to Michi­gan St. 70-69.

23. Creighton (18-6) did not play.

24. Texas Tech (15-8) did not play.

25. LSU (18-6) beat Mis­souri 82-78.

FAR WEST

46 31 19 19 13

7 23 36 37 40 .868 .574 .345 .339 .245

Boise St. 74, Air Force 57

San Diego St. 82, New Mex­ico 59 Utah St. 75, Colorado St. 72

— 151⁄2

28 281⁄2

33

Bos­ton Tampa Bay Toronto Florida Mon­treal Buf­falo Ot­tawa Detroit

METROPOLI­TAN DIVI­SION

Washington Pitts­burgh N.Y. Is­lan­ders Colum­bus Philadelph­ia Carolina

N.Y. Rangers New Jersey

GP W

Tues­day's games

L OT Pts

Buf­falo 3, Detroit 2

N.Y. Is­lan­ders 5, Philadelph­ia 3 Florida 5, New Jersey 3

Tampa Bay 2, Pitts­burgh 1, OT Toronto 3, Ari­zona 2, OT Min­nesota 4, Ve­gas 0

N.Y. Rangers 4, Win­nipeg 1 Dal­las 4, Carolina 1

Colorado 3, Ot­tawa 0 Ed­mon­ton 5, Chicago 3

St. Louis at Ana­heim, ppd.

Wed­nes­day's games

Mon­treal at Bos­ton, n. Cal­gary at Los An­ge­les, n. Chicago at Van­cou­ver, n.

Thurs­day's games

Colum­bus at Buf­falo, 4 p.m.

Dal­las at Toronto, 4 p.m.

Detroit at New Jersey, 4 p.m. Ed­mon­ton at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m. Philadelph­ia at Florida, 4 p.m. Ari­zona at Ot­tawa, 4:30 p.m.

N.Y. Is­lan­ders at Nashville, 5 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Min­nesota, 5 p.m. Washington at Colorado, 6:30 p.m. Cal­gary at Ana­heim, 7 p.m.

St. Louis at Ve­gas, 7 p.m.

Wed­nes­day

At Ahoy Rot­ter­dam Rot­ter­dam, Nether­lands $2,013,855

Hardcourt in­door

Purse: Sur­face:

SIN­GLES

Round of 32

57 57 57 56 58 57 56 58 56 55 55 57 57 56 55 55 34 37 30 30 27 25 18 14 36 34 33 30 31 32 28 20 11 15 19 20 24 24 27 40 15 15 16 17 19 21 23 25 12 5 8 6 7 8 11 4 5 6 6 10 7 3 4 10 80 188 143 79 203 152 68 203 189 66 198 188 61 179 176 58 162 178 47 147 191 32 120 216

GF GA

77 202 172 74 182 150 72 166 151 70 148 139 69 184 170 67 181 157 60 181 174 50 152 195

Jan­nik Sin­ner, Italy, def. Radu Al­bot, Moldova, walkover.

Al­ize Cor­net, France, def. Je­lena Ostapenko, Latvia, 6-1, 6-2.

SIN­GLES

Round of 16

Anas­ta­sia Po­tapova, Rus­sia, def. Ajla Toml­janovic, Aus­tralia, 7-6 (2), 6-3. Oceane Dodin, France, def. Jo­hanna Konta (4), Bri­tain, 6-3, 6-4.

Belinda Ben­cic (1), Switzer­land, vs. Svet­lana Kuznetsova, Rus­sia, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Col­lege basketball

Ten­nis

Golf

at Bos­ton at New Or­leans

Thurs­day

Fa­vorite

at Toronto at New Jersey at Buf­falo at Tampa Bay at Florida Ari­zona at Nashville at Min­nesota at Colorado at Ve­gas Cal­gary 11⁄2 (Off) 2 (Off)

LA Clip­pers Ok­la­homa City -138/+128 -180/+165 Off

Off -132/+122 -143/+133 -138/+128 -139/+129 -134/+124 -142/+132 -111/+101

Dal­las Detroit Colum­bus Ed­mon­ton Philadelph­ia

at Ot­tawa NY Is­lan­ders NY Rangers Washington

St. Louis at Ana­heim

Trans­ac­tions

Signed RHP Trevor Cahill to a mi­nor league con­tract.

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS, FILE

Mel Tucker, above coach­ing Colorado on Oct. 25, was hired on Wed­nes­day to coach Michi­gan State.

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