Michigan hires Juwan Howard as head basketball coach

Juwan Howard is coming back to Michigan. The former member of the Fab Five agreed to a five-year deal, which will pay him $2 million in his first year, on Wednesday to lead the Wolverines’ men’s basketball program.

“As a ‘Michigan Man,’ I know the place our program has in college basketball and I embrace the chance to build onto that history and lead us to championships both in the Big Ten and national level,” Howard said. “We will continue to develop young men on the court, in the classroom and in the community that our fan base will continue to be proud of.”

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel is giving the Miami Heat assistant coach his first shot at being a head coach other than during the NBA’s summer league. Howard replaces John Beilein, who left to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Howard helped Michigan reach the national championship game twice, playing alongside Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. The school later removed the Fab Five’s Final Four banners from Crisler Arena as part of self-imposed sanctions that stemmed from one of the NCAA’s largest financial scandals.

NFL: At their meetings in Key Biscayne, Fla., NFL owners gave the competition committee the go-ahead to decide whether to refine the new rule allowing replay challenges involving pass interference.

The proposed tweak would take the decision on whether to review in the final two minutes of each half out of the hands of officials and require a coach’s challenge.

Owners also voted to hold the NFL draft in Cleveland in 2021, the 75th anniversary of the Browns, and in Kansas City in 2023.

• The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms on a contract with their top draft pick, Jeffery Simmons, a defensive tackle who was the 19th selection overall out of Mississippi State.

• The Buffalo Bills claimed offensive tackle De’Ondre Wesley off waivers from Indianapolis and signed tight end Mik’Quan Deane, an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky.

College golf: Miranda Wang won the 20th hole of the final match at Fayetteville, Ark., giving Duke a 3-2 victory over Wake Forest for its seventh NCAA title in women’s golf.

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