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FOOTBALL FIREWORKS

Michigan regents reject football game fireworks

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan regents have rejected the athletic department's proposal to light up the football field this fall with the help of fireworks displays.

Thursday's meeting in Ann Arbor was the first for new university President Mark Schlissel.

The athletic department proposed using fireworks during home games against Miami University on Sept. 13 and Penn State on Oct. 11.

Thursday's votes were 4-3 against fireworks at the Miami game and 5-2 against them at the Penn State game.

The fireworks would have been set off from the Michigan Stadium field and from the stadium's east and west towers.

Regent Laurence Deitch says the shows would have been unnecessary risky and incoinsiderate of area residents.

TITANS-LEWAN-ASSAULT CASE

Titans' Lewan to go to trial in fan-punching case

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Taylor Lewan of the Tennessee Titans is headed for a jury trial in October.

The former Michigan offensive tackle is accused of punching an Ohio State fan after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines last season. Lewan says he was breaking up a dispute and wasn't involved in a fight.

He is charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery. He was told Thursday to return to Ann Arbor District Court on Oct. 27 for jury selection and trial the next day. The Titans will not be preparing that week for a game.

Lewan was drafted No. 11 overall. He is one of three players drafted this year without a contract.

SKY-FEVER

Catchings scores 25, Fever top slumping Sky 82-64

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tamika Catchings scored 25 points, and Briann January added 14 as the Indiana Fever sent the Chicago Sky to their sixth straight loss, 82-64 on Thursday night.

Indiana took control with an early 17-2 run. The Fever trailed by four with 21.5 seconds left in the first period, but Krystal Thomas hit a jumper, and Layshia Clarendon made a buzzer-beating reverse layup to tie it 21-21.

Allie Quigley had 17 points to lead Chicago, which has dropped 13 of 16. Sylvia Fowels had 15 points - all in the first half - and 11 rebounds.

The Sky closed the third with a 13-2 run to get within 53-48, but the Fever pulled away with a 29-16 edge in the fourth.

The Sky were again without starters Courtney Vandersloot and Elena Delle Donne and fell to 1-6 without them.

NCAA-ADAMS RETIRES

Top NCAA hoops official retiring after 2015 season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - John Adams will retire as the NCAA's head of men's basketball officials after next season's Final Four in Indianapolis.

Adams took over in 2008-09 and said Thursday it felt "right" to retire after a championship game in his hometown. The NCAA says a search for a replacement will begin this fall.

Dan Gavitt, the NCAA vice president for men's basketball, credits Adams with providing more consistency and clarity in calling games and creating more defined standards. Gavitt also thanked Adams for improving communication among officials, coaches and media.

Before taking this job, Adams spent nine years evaluating officials to determine which refs worked the men's basketball tournament. He served as coordinator of men's basketball in three conferences.

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