Michigan suspends three for bowl game
• Michigan coach Brady Hoke suspended cornerback J.T. Floyd, punter Will Hagerup and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne for a violation of team rules.
Hoke said in an announcement Sunday that the three players will not travel with the 19th-ranked Wolverines for the Outback Bowl against No. 11 South Carolina because each of them used poor judgment. He didn’t specify which team rules were broken.
Floyd is a starting cornerback and Hagerup is the team’s top punter. Hawthorne is a backup linebacker.
Hoke said it’s an honor to play football for the University of Michigan and there are high standards and expectations for everyone that represents the program.
• In a move that is sure to please both the team and the new coach, Matt Rhule will be introduced today as Temple football’s head man. The New York Giants assistant offensive-line coach never made it a secret that Temple was his dream job. Former and current Owls never made it a secret that Rhule, a former Temple assistant, was the guy they wanted to lead the program. The news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Fox-Gittis Room at the Liacouras Center and will be streamed live on www.OwlSports.com. Rhule did not speak to reporters after the Giants’ loss in Atlanta on Sunday. Rhule, 37, replaces Steve Addazio, who left Dec. 4 for Boston College.
• Iowa State running back Shontrelle Johnson will miss the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 against Tulsa with a knee injury. Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads said Johnson injured his right knee making a cut during practice Saturday. Rhoads said Johnson likely will have surgery in January. He leads Iowa State (6-6) with 504 yards rushing.
• Zach Azzanni was hired to coach wide receivers and serve as the recruiting coordinator for Tennessee. New Vols coach Butch Jones made the announcement on Sunday. Azzanni was the wide receivers coach for Big Ten champion Wisconsin this year.
NHLPA to cast vote on union dissolution
• More than 700 members of the NHL Players’ Association began voting Sunday on whether to give the union’s executive board the authority to file a disclaimer of interest, a move that would effectively dissolve the union and allow individual players to file antitrust suits against the NHL. The electronic vote runs until Thursday, with a two-thirds majority needed to grant the 30-member board the authority to dissolve the union. The NHL responded to Friday’s announcement of the vote by filing suit in federal court in New York to confirm the legality of the lockout called by Commissioner Gary Bettman on Sept. 16. It also filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the union’s vote “constitutes bad-faith bargaining.”
Davis Love III, son win title in Orlando
• Davis Love III had a nice pitch shot on No. 18 and son Dru finished off the birdie to capture the Father-Son Challenge title Sunday in Orlando, Fla. With Larry and Josh Nelson already in at 22-under for the two-day scramble format, both Loves misfired in trying to reach the green in two at the par-5 finishing hole. Dru, an Alabama freshman who won five Georgia state titles in high school, went long and right near the grandstand at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. The Loves teamed for an 11-under 61 in the final round. Davis collects the entire $200,000 first prize, since Dru plays for the Crimson Tide’s No.1-ranked golf team.
— Associated Press