BASKETBALL

Michigan hires Juwan Howard as coach — Juwan Howard is coming back to Michigan. The former member of the Fab Five has agreed to a five-year deal to coach the Wolverines, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made. Michigan is giving the Miami Heat assistant coach his first shot at being a head coach, other than during the NBA’s summer league. He 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. A federal investigation revealed now-deceased booster Ed Martin gave Webber and three non-Fab Five players more than $600,000. The NCAA forced the school to dissociate from the former players involved until 2013. The saga stained the university and basketball program, leading to many years of struggles. Howard played in the NBA for 20 years, including one season (2009-2010) with the Portland Trail Blazers.

MOTOR SPORTS

Stewart, Gibbs, Labonte elected to NASCAR HOF— Tony Stewart headlined a Joe Gibbs Racing trio that was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The three-time Cup Series champion will be inducted alongside car owner Joe Gibbs and former teammate Bobby Labonte. Driver Buddy Baker and mechanic Waddell Wilson were also voted in. Fox announcer and former NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Gordon knew Stewart was “a lock” to get into the hall, but he added that it is only fitting that Gibbs and Labonte will join him in the same class.

— From wire reports

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