Michigan names ex-Wolverine Howard coach

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Juwan Howard is coming back to Michigan.

The former member of the Fab Five agreed to a five-year deal, which will pay him $2 million in his first year, on Wednesday to lead the Wolverines.

"As a `Michigan Man' I know the place our program has in college basketball and I embrace the chance to build onto that history and lead us to championships both in the Big Ten and national level," Howard said. "We will continue to develop young men on the court, in the classroom and in the community that our fan base will continue to be proud of."

FIFA scraps expanding 2022 World Cup

FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the region were stymied by the regional diplomatic crisis and the governing body's demands on host nations to adhere to its human and labor rights requirements. That means the World Cup will not be expanded until 2026, with FIFA already having approved a format with 48 teams for that tournament in the United States, Canada and Mexico. (MORE)

NFL draft in Cleveland in '21, KC in '23

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) The NFL's draft road show is headed to Cleveland and Kansas City.

To celebrate the Browns' 75th anniversary, the 2021 draft will be held in Cleveland. Two years later, the home of the Chiefs gets its chance. (MORE)

Pass interference reviews may be tweaked

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) NFL owners gave the competition committee the go-ahead Wednesday to decide whether to refine the new rule allowing replay challenges involving pass interference.

The proposed tweak would take the decision on whether to review in the final two minutes of each half out of the hands of the officials. Reviews in the final two minutes would instead require a coach's challenge. (MORE)

Yankees pull OF Stanton from rehab stint

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The New York Yankees will have to wait a little longer for the return of the Giancarlo Stanton.

The outfielder took a step back in his return from arm injuries and won't play in any rehabilitation games for seven to 10 days because of left calf tightness. (MORE)

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