ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Juwan Howard was overcome with tears of joys as he was introduced as Michigan’s new men’s basketball coach. The former member of the Fab Five has a five-year contract that will pay him $2 million in his first year. Howard replaces John Beilein, who left to coach at Cleveland. Howard is a former Miami Heat assistant coach who helped Michigan reach the national championship game twice, playing alongside Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson.
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan’s hiring of Juwan Howard continues a recent trend of college programs hiring former NBA players. Howard had no previous college coaching experience before being named John Beilein’s replacement.
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma-Texas and Michigan-Ohio State rivalry games return to Fox for the second consecutive yea. The network also plans to have a new pregame show with Urban Meyer and Reggie Bush this season. Fox has announced times and dates for dozens of games that will air on the network, FS1 or the Big Ten network.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The NCAA baseball tournament opens Friday with play at 16 regional sites. The regional winners advance to super regionals next week and the final eight go to the College World Series beginning June 15. Central Michigan has won 18 straight games and is the hottest team entering the tournament. No. 1 national seed UCLA has won 10 in a row. The last top seed to win the championship was Miami in 1999.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Aaliyah Jordan hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to help UCLA beat Minnesota 7-2 at the Women’s College World Series. Jordan’s blast gave Rachel Garcia the support she needed. Garcia, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, pitched a complete game for the second-seeded Bruins. UCLA will play Pac-12 rival Arizona on Friday for a spot in the semifinals.
UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State and Louisville are among the teams to benefit most from players opting to withdraw from the NBA draft. Tennessee and Auburn took some of the biggest hits.