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Published: Tuesday, 5/1/2012

UM's Furman reinstated

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

ANN ARBOR -- Josh Furman has been reinstated to the Michigan football program.

Furman, a sophomore safety, was suspended from the team for spring practices after he was arrested Feb. 11 as a result of an off-campus incident. Furman was found not guilty in Washtenaw County 15th District Court last week on three misdemeanor counts: domestic violence, assault, and illegal entry.

"After allowing the judicial process to run its course and evaluating the situation, we have reinstated Josh as a member of our team," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. "We met multiple times over the past few months and Josh understands the responsibilities and expectations that come with being a football student-athlete at the University of Michigan.

"It is our job to make sure he continues to grow and mature off the field as well as on the field."

■ MOBILE, Ala. -- The GoDaddy.com Bowl will continue to match teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference for at least six more seasons.

The deal carries the affiliations through the 2017 season. The MAC has been affiliated with the bowl game for 12 years and the Sun Belt for the last three.

Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The way things have been going, Americans should have expected a tough road back to Olympic men's basketball gold.

The United States, reeling from major injuries to NBA stars Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose, was placed into what appears to be the more difficult group during the draw for the London Games.

The defending champions face powerful Argentina, France, and Tunisia in Group A, plus two more teams from a last-chance qualifying tournament in Venezuela in July. Solid European squads such as Lithuania, Russia, and Greece -- the last team to beat the USA squad -- are favorites to grab those spots.

Argentina, the 2004 gold and '08 bronze medalist, will have Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola back. The resurgent French were the European runners-up last year behind San Antonio point guard Tony Parker. Tunisia earned its first Olympic berth by beating Angola last year for the African championship. The Tunisians trailed the Americans by only four points in the third quarter at the world championship two years ago, before the U.S. pulled away for a 92-57 victory.

Spain, the 2008 silver medalist, heads Group B, which includes Australia, Brazil, China, and Britain. One qualifier from Venezuela will join them.



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