Ex-coach at Michigan State charged with lying

• A former head coach of Michigan State’s gymnastics team was charged Thursday with lying to an investigator when she denied that witnesses told her years ago about being sexually assaulted by ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar.

A charging document doesn’t specify how many witnesses allegedly reported Nassar to Kathie Ann Klages, or when they did so. But former gymnast Larissa Boyce has said she told Klages of Nassar’s abuse in 1997, when Boyce was 16 — 19 years before he was criminally charged.

If convicted of lying to a peace officer, the 63-year-old Klages could face up to four years in prison. Boyce, who declined comment Thursday, had been training with the Spartan youth gymnastics team in 1997.

Klages resigned in 2017 after she was suspended for defending the now-imprisoned Nassar.

• Eight current or former Rutgers football players have been charged in an alleged credit card fraud scheme. They’re charged with crimes including conspiracy, promoting street crime and money laundering.

Former linebacker Brendan DeVera pleaded not guilty in court. Other players are awaiting court appearances.

• LSU officials say the NCAA has reinstated junior defensive back Kristian Fulton.

Fulton has served about 18 months of what was originally a two-year suspension for tampering with a drug-test by allegedly substituting someone else’s urine sample for his own.

LSU says the NCAA acquiesced to Athletic Director Joe Alleva’s request to reclassify the matter to a similar violation punishable by a one-year ban, allowing Fulton to play immediately.

• Fifth-year senior Vincent Testaverde has been selected the starting quarterback for the University at Albany football team’s season opener on Sept. 1 at Pittsburgh.

Testaverde, son of longtime NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde, is a transfer from the Miami Hurricanes in his first and only year of eligibility with the Great Danes.


Crew’s Hansen scores first goal of season in tie

• Niko Hansen scored his first goal of the season in the 87th minute and the Columbus Crew tied the Chicago Fire 1-1 on Thursday night.

Nemanja Nikolic scored his 12th goal of the season for the Fire (6-15-6) in the 67th minute. Chicago ended its longest losing streak in franchise history at eight games.

Columbus is 11-8-7.

• Austin, Texas, doesn’t have an MLS team just yet, but the club-to-come-later already has a name, a logo and team colors. Anthony Precourt, who owns the Columbus Crew and wants to move his team to Austin by next season, and his Precourt Sports Ventures ownership group unveiled the Austin FC name and its green, black and white logo Wednesday night in Austin.

— ABJ/ wires