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Fast break: Hoke to Michigan, Miles stays at LSU

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan hired Brady Hoke away from San Diego State as its new football coach on Tuesday. Hoke coached Michigan's defensive line during the 1997 national championship season and he went on to turn around Ball State as a head c...

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan hired Brady Hoke away from San Diego State as its new football coach on Tuesday. Hoke coached Michigan's defensive line during the 1997 national championship season and he went on to turn around Ball State as a head coach from 2003-08 and coached the past two seasons at San Diego State.

Hoke replaces Rich Rodriguez, who was fired after going 15-22 in three disappointing seasons with the Wolverines.

Hoke has 28 years of college experience with assistant coaching stints at Grand Valley State (1983), Western Michigan (1984-86), Toledo (1987-88), Oregon State (1989-94) and Michigan (1995-2002). He graduated from Ball State in 1982 and as a coach helped the program to a school-record 12 wins three years ago.

San Diego State gave Hoke a five-year contract worth $3,525,000 in December 2008 to replace the fired Chuck Long. He went 4-8 his first year but last season led the Aztecs to their first winning season (9-4) and bowl berth since 1998.

  • Les Miles has decided to try to build on the success he's having at LSU rather than rebuild Michigan, the team for which he once played. Miles told LSU athletic director Joe Alleva of his decision on Tuesday morning before he traveled to Dallas for a previously scheduled speaking engagement at an American Football Coaches Association gathering. During his opening remarks, Miles lightheartedly told his audience, "The reports of my departure are greatly exaggerated."

    Panthers hire Rivera

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have entrusted Ron Rivera with turning around the NFL's worst team, making the San Diego defensive coordinator the second Latino head coach in NFL history. It's the first head coaching job for the 49-year-old Rivera, who is of Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage. He joins ex-Raiders and Seahawks boss Tom Flores as the only Latino head coaches.

    ESPN reported Rivera, a Chicago Bears linebacker in the 1980s, received a four-year,

    $11.2 million deal to become the fourth head coach in franchise's 16-year history.

    Spartans rally past Badgers in OT

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Draymond Green scored a

    career-high 26 points, and Kalin Lucas made three free throws in the final minute of overtime to lift Michigan State to a 64-61 Big Ten Conference men's basketball victory over No. 20 Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

    The Spartans scored the final nine points of regulation to tie the game at 53, then outlasted the Badgers (12-4, 2-2 Big Ten) in the extra session. Lucas put Michigan State (11-5, 3-1) up by one with a free throw with

    30 seconds remaining, and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor then missed from near the top of the key.

    Lucas added two free throws with 2.2 seconds left.

    Taylor scored 21 points for Wisconsin.

    Bucks-Hawks postponed

    ATLANTA -- Tuesday night's NBA game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks was postponed because of the winter storm that has locked down much of north Georgia. The game has been rescheduled for March 15 at Philips Arena.

    Each team's new challenge is leaving Atlanta for games today. The Hawks are scheduled to play at Toronto and Milwaukee has a home game against San Antonio.

    NASCAR makes changes

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR's competition applications for 2011 require drivers to select which series they will race for a championship in this season. The declaration will prevent Sprint Cup drivers from racing for championships in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, and presumably fill NASCAR's desire to give its second-tier series its own identity.

    NASCAR has declined to discuss the policy change because officials plan to make all their competition announcements over the next few weeks.

    Mbake's status unchanged

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota is sticking with star men's basketball forward Trevor Mbakwe despite his arrest for allegedly violating a restraining order filed against him. The university released a statement from coach Tubby Smith on Tuesday confirming that Mbakwe is still with the team, describing the action as "a lapse in judgment" and announcing no punishments.

    Smith says he believes Mbakwe's actions were "well-

    intended, but misguided."

    The Gophers host eighth-ranked Purdue on Thursday night. Mbakwe leads Minnesota with 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

    Baseball saves leader retires

    SAN DIEGO -- Baseball's all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman is retiring at age 43 and will take a job in the San Diego Padres' front office. Hoffman recorded 601 saves in 18 seasons. Hoffman played the bulk of his career with San Diego after being acquired as a rookie from the Florida Marlins in 1993. He left San Diego as a free agent after the 2008 season and pitched with the Milwaukee Brewers for two seasons.

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