Defensive end Margus Hunt set the tone for SMU’s 43-10 win over Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu Monday night. Hunt, the 6-foot-8-inch senior from Estonia with an 82-inch wing span, forced two fumbles that led to field goals and sacked Derek Carr for a safety as SMU (7-6) built a 22-0 halftime lead and never looked back. The Mustangs also returned two interceptions for touchdowns, giving them eight for the season to tie the NCAA record set last year by Southern Miss. Hayden Greenbauer picked off Carr and returned it 83 yards, the final blow to a miserable night for the Bulldogs (9-4) . . . Texas Tech suspended three players for Friday’s Meineke Car Care Bowl for violating unspecified team rules. Starting defensive back Cornelius Douglas, linebacker Chris Payne, and defensive tackle Leon Mackey won’t play against Minnesota at Houston’s Reliant Stadium . . . New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Washington running backs coach Joel Thomas will join the Razorbacks in the same position. Thomas has spent the past four seasons at Washington and previously has coached running backs at Purdue, Louisville, and Idaho.
Center Cousins is reinstated by Kings
The Kings reinstated center DeMarcus Cousins after a one-game suspension for ‘‘unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team’’ and he practiced with Sacramento. Cousins and coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime of Sacramento’s loss at the Clippers Friday night. Smart benched Cousins for the second half and ordered him to stay in the locker room. Cousins was not with Sacramento during the team’s home win against Portland Sunday night. He is averaging a team-high 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Duke, Stanford stay at No. 1 in AP polls
Duke remained atop the men’s Associated Press poll, receiving 63 first-place votes, with No. 2 Michigan getting the other two. Syracuse dropped from third to ninth after its first loss, with Arizona, Louisville, and Indiana filling out the top five. Kansas moved from ninth to sixth, Missouri jumped from 12th to seventh, and Cincinnati advanced from 11th to eighth . . . Stanford is No. 1 in the women’s AP poll for the sixth straight week, matching the school’s longest run in the top spot. The Cardinal had 24 first-place votes, while No. 2 Connecticut received 14. UConn will visit Stanford on Saturday, looking to snap the Cardinal’s 82-game home winning streak. Baylor, Duke, and Notre Dame round out the top five.
Former star Michigan rower murdered
According to authorities, a member of three national champion University of Michigan rowing teams with aspirations to compete in the Olympics was fatally shot by his girlfriend’s estranged husband in Oklahoma City in a murder-suicide Friday. William Schnittman, 25, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., rowed for Michigan’s national championship squads in 2008-10. Police said 36-year-old Darrell K. Wilson shot Schnittman, then took Wilson’s estranged wife hostage. Wilson fled police and fatally shot himself after a car chase. Schnittman and his girlfriend had both sought protective orders against Wilson. USRowing chief executive Glenn Merry expressed ‘‘shock and sadness’’ at Schnittman’s death . . . Three-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion Marit Bjoergen will miss the upcoming Tour de Ski after being hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat. Bjoergen’s doctor told Norwegian newspaper VG that Bjoergen was discharged from the hospital Sunday and will resume training but will remain under observation for three days . . . Veteran righthander John Maine signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins, according to MLB.com. Maine, 31, has not pitched in the major leagues since 2010, suffering from shoulder problems . . . Brad Corbett, who owned the Texas Rangers from 1974-80 and was known for frequently switching managers, died at age 75 . . . Authorities said former NFL linebacker Joey Porter was released from a California jail after paying $70,000 owed to the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Porter, 35, was arrested during the weekend on a theft and bad check complaint filed earlier this year.