Howard back with maize and blue...Yanks’ Stanton has setback...Panthers coach unworried about Newton
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Juwan Howard has agreed to a five-year deal to take over as head basketball coach of Michigan, his alma mater. The Miami Heat assistant coach replaces John Beilein (BEE’-lyn), who left to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. Howard helped Michigan reach the national championship game twice before spending 19 seasons in the NBA, averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.
BALTIMORE _ New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has taken a step back in his return from arm injuries and won’t play in any rehabilitation games for seven to 10 days because of left calf tightness. But Yanks shortstop Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) moved ahead toward a mid-June return. He went 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game after taking one day off due to dehydration.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s not concerned that Cam Newton still isn’t throwing a football nearly four months after his starting quarterback had surgery on his right shoulder. Newton struggled to throw the football more than 20 yards downfield last season because of shoulder discomfort and lack of arm strength. Rivera says there’s “no timetable” for when Newton will start throwing, but he remains optimistic the quarterback will be ready to practice when training camp arrives in late July.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A person with knowledge of the situation says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have 32 teams. FIFA (FEE’-fuh) had floated a proposal to expand the tournament to 48 nations. FIFA had been exploring whether logistical and political complexities could be overcome to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Tony Stewart headlines a Joe Gibbs racing trio that has been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The three-time Cup Series champion will be inducted alongside car owner Joe Gibbs and former teammate Bobby Labonte (lah-BAHN’-tee). Driver Buddy Baker and mechanic Waddell Wilson were also voted in. Stewart won 49 Cup Series races during his 17-year NASCAR career.