Compiled from wire reports
Spartans suspend standout linebacker
• Michigan State has suspended senior linebacker Max Bullough for violating team rules, making him ineligible to play in the Rose Bowl.
In a news release sent early Thursday, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Bullough was suspended for the rest of the season. He did not say what rules the two-time team captain violated.
The No. 4 Spartans will play No. 5 Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. It is Michigan State’s seventh consecutive bowl game and first appearance in the Rose Bowl in 26 seasons.
Bullough, from Traverse City, had 76 tackles and 9½ tackles for loss this season, earning him third-team All-America honors and first-team All-Big Ten honors. He has 299 career tackles and made 40 consecutive starts.
Authorities in the Traverse City area had no reports of legal issues involving Bullough, the Traverse City Record-Eagle said.
•?Shane Morris sat out most of his senior season in high school and spent a good portion of his first in college watching games from the sideline. After two years of mostly idling, the big-armed quarterback will be thrust into a spotlight unlike any he’s seen before: as Michigan’s starter against Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday.
Morris spent his first season in Ann Arbor as Devin Gardner’s backup, getting mop-up duty in three games. Gardner sustained a turf toe injury in Michigan’s regular-season finale against Ohio State and suffered a setback last week, showing up in the desert wearing a protective boot.
• The son of University of Akron assistant Jeff Bowden and nephew of coach Terry Bowden was one of two men killed when their car flipped into a small ditch off a central Florida road, officials said Thursday.
Taylor Jeffrey Bowden, 23, and driver Rafael Fernandes De Aguiar Valim, 25, died in the crash, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. A third man in the crash — 22-year-old Robert Lewis Edwards — was rescued after spending hours in water up to his neck.
“I can’t express the grief I feel right now,” Jeff Bowden said in a statement released by UA. “Please keep us in your prayers.”
T.J. Bowden was the grandson of former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.
“We are thankful to everyone who has already sent their love, support and prayers during this time of great loss and sadness for our family,” Terry Bowden said in a statement. “Taylor, ‘T.J.’, will forever be in our hearts.”
U.S. opens with win in junior world event
•?Providence’s Jon Gillies made 23 saves to help the United States open its world junior title defense with a 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic in Malmo, Sweden. Miami of Ohio’s Riley Barber, Denver’s Will Butcher, Minnesota’s Hudson Fasching, Colorado College’s Jaccob Slavin and Notre Dame’s Vince Hinostroza scored for the United States. The U.S. will play Slovakia on Saturday, Germany on Sunday, and then Tuesday against Canada.
• The Columbus Blue Jackets signed right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand of the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Bidding on Japan’s ace pitcher is open
• The bidding for Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has begun. All 30 major-league teams were notified that the 30-day period to sign the star 25-year-old right-hander began at 8 a.m. Thursday. Clubs have until 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 to attempt to reach an agreement with the ace. If he and a major-league team come to terms, that franchise is required to pay his Japanese club, the Rakuten Eagles, a posting fee, now capped at $20 million.
• Wimbledon champion Andy Murray lost his comeback match from a three-month injury layoff in the opening round of the Mubadala Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Murray lost 7-5, 6-3 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 72 minutes.
— From wire reports