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Michigan holds first practice in Italy,

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ROME (AP) After a week of touring Rome, shooting each other with paintballs, hanging out at the beach, snapping photos inside the Colosseum and seeing the pope, Michigan got back to work Thursday.

A chance to burn off all that pasta, pizza and gelato.

Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines held the first of three practices in Italy at Olympic Center Giulio Onesti, working for just under two hours in helmets and shorts, easing their way back into football after a week of sightseeing and fun.


Recruiting reforms closer to approval

The NCAA Board of Governors decided not to tinker with a package of football recruiting reforms that was approved earlier this month, essentially rubber stamping an early signing period in the sport.

The Division I Council approved a sweeping package that would allow players to sign with schools as early as December, permit high school juniors to take official visits from April through June and impose a two-year waiting period before Bowl Subdivision schools can hire people close to recruits to non-coaching positions.


Ex-PSU officials to be sentenced in June

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Sentencing has been scheduled for three former top officials at Penn State University who were convicted of child endangerment in the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal.

Former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley will be sentenced June 2 in Harrisburg.


Ohio St., Washington to meet in '24, '25

SEATTLE (AP) Washington and Ohio State have announced a two-game home-and-home series beginning in the 2024 season.

The two schools will meet at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Sept. 14, 2024, and have a date at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Sept. 13, 2025. The schools announced the scheduling agreement on Thursday.


TCU, Purdue to play in 2019, 2029

Purdue and TCU announced a two-game series in football, with the first one coming in 2019 and the next a decade later.

The Boilermakers will host the Horned Frogs on Sept. 14, 2019, and visit Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 8, 2029.


Ex-Auburn TE Rice not indicted for rape

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Defense attorneys say a Lee County grand jury has declined to indict former Auburn tight end Landon Rice on a rape charge.

Attorneys Augusta S. Dowd and Kelly Brennan said in a statement Thursday that the grand jury decided April 12 there wasn't sufficient evidence against Rice.


LSU backup OT suspended after burglary

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A Louisiana State University backup offensive tackle has been arrested by authorities in connection with a theft and suspended indefinitely by the team's coach.

News outlets reports 20-year-old Adrian Magee was arrested Wednesday on one count of felony simple burglary. LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron suspended him indefinitely the same day.

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