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Monday’s Sports in Brief

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Former San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has signed a deal to become the new coach at Michigan, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement from the school or Harbaugh, who did not return calls or text messages. But not long after Harbaugh arrived at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Monday night, Michigan scheduled a Tuesday news conference for a “major” football announcement.

“I think we’ll have some comments tomorrow,” Harbaugh told The Michigan Daily, the student newspaper in Ann Arbor.

The 51-year-old Harbaugh, a star quarterback at Michigan in the mid-1980s, coached the 49ers to three straight NFC championship games. San Francisco lost the 2013 Super Bowl to a Baltimore Ravens team coached by his brother, John. After the 49ers slipped to 8-8 this season and missed the playoffs, he parted ways with the team Sunday in what both sides called a mutual decision.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami left tackle Ereck Flowers is skipping his final season of eligibility and will enter next year’s NFL Draft, the school announced Monday.

Some boards list Flowers as a potential first-round selection.

The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Flowers appeared in 12 of Miami’s 13 games, drawing rave reviews for playing well against Florida State despite not even being two weeks removed from surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Flowers is the second underclassman to leave Miami in two days. Running back Duke Johnson, who set or tied at least 11 Miami records in his three seasons as a Hurricane, announced on Sunday he was skipping his senior season.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A group of 51 Nebraska fans has paid the bill for Bo Pelini’s unauthorized use of a high school auditorium to meet with his players after his firing.

Lincoln Public Schools associate superintendent Liz Standish said Monday her office received a $262.50 money order from Brooklyn, New York, last week.

Cornhuskers fan Sarah Krusemark organized the online campaign that raised $810 through donations of $5 to $50. Krusemark plans to send the extra money to the Team Jack Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research.

An unidentified North Star High School staff member initially received the bill after failing to follow protocol in allowing Pelini to use the auditorium.

An audiotape from the meeting revealed Pelini’s expletive-filled criticism of athletic director Shawn Eichorst. Pelini is now the coach at Youngstown State.

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Ndamukong Suh is in trouble with the NFL again.

The Detroit defensive tackle was suspended for this Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against Dallas for a violation of safety-related playing rules against Green Bay in the season finale.

The league announced Monday that Suh was suspended for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ left leg twice, once with each foot. Suh also applied pressure and pushed off Rodgers’ unprotected leg with his left foot, violating unnecessary roughness rules, the league said in a statement.

Suh, who will be reinstated next Monday, can appeal the suspension within three days. He can ask for an expedited appeal, which would be heard by Ted Cottrell, a hearing officer employed by the NFL and the players’ union. No hearing is scheduled, but one could happen as soon as Tuesday.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) —Johnny Manziel says the party’s over. The Browns want to believe him.

The high-profile rookie quarterback apologized to his Browns teammates — and Cleveland fans — Monday for a season of distractions and vowed again to change.

Manziel was fined over the weekend by the team after he missed a medical treatment for a hamstring injury. Manziel said he overslept, but denied he threw a party Friday night that also caused star wide receiver Josh Gordon to miss a team walk-through and draw a suspension for the season finale in Baltimore.

Just last week, Manziel, who made two starts after replacing Brian Hoyer, promised a new approach.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Quarterback Philip Rivers isn’t sure if he’s going to need surgery on his ailing back now that the Chargers’ season is over.

“I can’t rule it out but it’s too early to know,” Rivers said Monday, a day after the Chargers’ season ended with a 19-7 loss at Kansas City.

A victory would have clinched a wild-card spot for the Bolts. Instead, Rivers was sacked seven times, was intercepted twice and lost a fumble as the Chiefs overwhelmed the Chargers’ line.

Rivers had been listed on the injury report in recent weeks as having chest and back injuries.

Reports surfaced that Rivers had a bulging disc in his lower back.

Asked to confirm or deny it, he said: “I just don’t think there’s any reason to confirm it. Can’t deny it, but it’s not exactly accurate.”

SOCCER

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Premier League club West Bromwich Albion fired head coach Alan Irvine on Monday after winning just one of its last nine games, saying a change is necessary to boost its hopes of avoiding relegation.

The club said in a statement late Monday that “Irvine leaves the club with immediate effect,” and that assistant head coach Rob Kelly will take charge of the team for Thursday’s game against West Ham. West Brom said it hopes to name a permanent successor this weekend, with former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood tipped by British media to be among the leading candidates.

West Brom’s Technical Director Terry Burton said the decision to fire Irvine was a matter of “regret but necessity” because of the team’s continuing poor results.

West Brom has won just four of 19 league games and is 16th at the halfway point, one point clear of the relegation zone after losing seven of its last nine.


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