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Ex-Michigan State University president charged with lying to police in Larry Nassar scandal

Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon stepped down under pressure in January.
Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon stepped down under pressure in January.(carolyn kaster/Associated Press)

Ex-Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon was charged with lying to police during an investigation of the handling of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar — the third current or former campus official other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the scandal. Simon, who stepped down under pressure in January, spoke with state police investigators on May 1. She is accused of making two false and misleading statements — that she was unaware of the nature of a sexual misconduct complaint that sparked the school’s 2014 Title IX probe of Nassar, and that she only knew a sports medicine doctor, not Nassar himself, was under investigation at that time. If convicted of two felony and two misdemeanor counts of lying to a peace officer, the 71-year-old Simon faces up to four years in prison. The Mason resident is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Eaton County near Lansing.

Whipple, UMass to part ways?

The University of Massachusetts football team is working on parting ways with coach Mark Whipple, the Associated Press reported Tuesday citing a source familiar with the decision. The Minutemen have just 16 victories in six seasons during his Whipple’s second stint at the school. Whipple, 61, has two years remaining on a contract that pays $500,000 annually in base salary. UMass finished this season 4-8, the same mark as last season. Whipple coached UMass from 1998-2003 when it was competing at the FCS level. He went 49-26 during that stint, with a national title in 1998.

Top four teams in CFP rankings remain same

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks. Unlike last week, there was a little movement in the top 10. Central Florida moved up two spots to No. 9. The Knights became the first team from outside the Power Five conference to be ranked in the selection committee’s top 10. Georgia remained No. 5, followed by Oklahoma at sixth. LSU remained seventh, Washington State held at 8 and Ohio State stayed at 10th.


No. 1 basketball recruit picks Memphis

James Wiseman, a 7-foot-1-inch center and the No. 1 high school basketball recruit in the nation for the Class of 2019, has chosen Memphis and his former high school coach, Penny Hardaway, over Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Kansas and Florida State. Wiseman averaged 17 points and nine rebounds last season to help East High and Hardaway win Tennessee’s Class AAA championship. Hardaway was hired by Memphis to take over at his alma mater soon after that title game, and the former NBA star also coached Wiseman on the AAU level.



Rangers’ Beltre, 39, to retire

Adrian Beltre of the Rangers retired after 21 seasons in a career in which he hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits. The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision in a statement released by the Rangers, saying it is time for the ‘‘next chapter of my life.’’ Beltre was a .286 hitter with 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 career games. His 3,166 hits rank 16th on baseball’s career list, with his homers total 30th and RBIs 24th. He played 2,759 games at third base — only Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson had more. The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner made his big league debut at 19 with the Dodgers in 1998. He also played for the Red Sox in 2010 . . . Catcher Kurt Suzuki finalized a $10 million, two-year contract to return to the Nationals . . . Pitcher Jenrry Mejia was released by the Mets after serving three drug suspensions.



Oilers fire McLellan as coach

The Oilers fired coach Todd McLellan and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock with hopes of reviving a team languishing in sixth place in the Pacific Division. McLellan was in his fourth season behind the Oilers’ bench. The team missed the playoffs in two of his previous three seasons despite having superstar Connor McDavid. McLellan is the fourth coach to be fired already this season, following John Stevens in Los Angeles, Joel Quenneville in Chicago, and Mike Yeo in St. Louis . . . Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik, 38, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.


Smith’s time with Cavaliers is over

J.R. Smith’s bumpy-but-never-boring stay with the Cavaliers is over. The team said the disgruntled forward, who had requested to be traded earlier this season, ‘‘will no longer be with team as the organization works with J.R. and his representation regarding his future.’’ The Cavaliers will try to trade Smith . . . Cavaliers forward Kevin Love may not be back until 2019 following foot surgery . . . Markelle Fultz won’t play for the 76ers until his troublesome right shoulder is examined by a specialist on Monday.


Vonn injures knee but doesn’t need surgery

Lindsey Vonn said she injured her knee in a training crash and will miss the upcoming World Cup speed races in Lake Louise, Alberta. The three-time Olympic medalist didn’t specify which knee she hurt in a super-G wipeout Monday, but she said on her social media accounts she won’t need surgery. Vonn, 34, plans to retire after the season . . . Matteo Politano scored his first international goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, and Italy beat the United States 1-0 in an exhibition at Genk, Belgium . . . Court records show tennis star Venus Williams settled a wrongful death lawsuit related to a fatal car crash in Florida. Terms between Williams and the estate of 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who died 13 days after the crash, weren’t included in the documents.