SPORTS DIGEST || Michigan cancels series with Virginia Tech


ANN ARBOR, MICH.

Michigan has cancelled a home-and-home football series with Virginia Tech in 2020 and 2021.

Michigan announced Thursday it will pay a $375,000 cancellation fee to Virginia Tech. The Wolverines were supposed to host the Hokies on Sept. 19, 2020, and play at Virginia Tech on Sept. 11, 2021. Michigan says those games have been terminated, “with potential future dates to be discussed at a later date.”

The Wolverines will now host Arkansas State on Sept. 19, 2020. The Sept. 11, 2021, date will be a home game against Washington that was previously supposed to be a week later.

Cricket coach quits over cheating scandal

JOHANNESBURG

Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann says he will quit after the final test against South Africa, citing the emotional stress of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Lehmann says he came to his decision after watching news coverage of Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft returning home having confessed to cheating in the third test last weekend.

A tearful Lehmann insisted the decision to quit was his, and he was not fired by his bosses over the scandal that has plunged the team into crisis.

Captain Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Bancroft all received bans.

The final test in Johannesburg starts on Friday. South Africa leads the series 2-1.

Syracuse commit opts for G League

SYRACUSE, N.Y.

Syracuse five-star recruit Darius Bazley, who played in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night, says on social media that he’s changed his mind about college and will head to the NBA’s development league.

The 17-year-old Bazley, a 6-foot-9 forward from Cincinnati, posted “Ready for the next chapter....... #GodsPlan #LEAGUEME” on his Twitter account on Thursday.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was en route to the Final Four and unavailable for comment.

Yahoo Sports first reported Bazley’s decision.

Players can’t enter the NBA draft until the year they turn 19, or if they are at least one year removed from their high school graduation class. Players can play in the G League as soon as they turn 18. Bazley will not turn 18 until June.

Indiana star Thomas dies of heart attack

LOMBARD, Ill.

Daryl Thomas, who was a starter on Indiana University’s 1987 NCAA basketball championship team, has died aged 52.

Thomas had been the basketball coach at Montini Catholic High School in suburban Chicago since 2015. The school says Thomas died Wednesday from a heart attack.

Thomas was a Chicago-area high school star before going to Indiana, where he won All-Big Ten First Team recognition as the Hoosiers won their fifth national title during his senior season. He threw the pass to Keith Smart for the game-winning jump shot against Syracuse in the championship game.

The 6-foot-7 forward later played professionally overseas, then returned to Chicago and started youth coaching. Survivors include his wife and three children.

Gun-toting owner banned for three years

ATHENS, Greece

The owner of Greek soccer club PAOK Thessaloniki was banned for three years on Thursday for his part in violence during a match against AEK Athens, including running onto the field with a holstered pistol on his hip.

PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis, a powerful Russian-Greek businessman, was also fined 100,000 euros ($123,000) by the Greek sports court.

The club itself was docked three points for violence that interrupted recent matches against Olympiakos and AEK — incidents that triggered a two-week suspension of the league.

Staff/wire report

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