Ex-Spartan football player returned to Michigan in sex case

MASON, Mich. (AP) -- Former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson is jailed on a $250,000 bond after being returned to Michigan from Indiana to face a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. The 19-year-old Robertson was arraigned in 55th District Court in Mason on Tuesday via videoconference from the Ingham County Jail. He is scheduled to return to court next month. Robertson's attorney David Rosenberg says "a strong defense" is planned.

Pick 6: 10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017

Alabama makes knocking out double-digit victory seasons look so easy, but for most programs, it takes a combination of good play and good fortune that can be difficult to replicate from one year to the next. Twenty-five FBS teams won at least 10 games last season, including the Crimson Tide for the ninth straight season. National champion Clemson is at six straight double-digit-win seasons. Florida State and Ohio State have done it five straight seasons.

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Man charged in death of Florida State football star's father

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say the man who fatally shot the father of former Florida State football star Travis Rudolph while working in a strip club storage room has been charged with manslaughter. A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office news release says 36-year-old Paul Senat was arrested Tuesday in the death of 55-year-old Darryl Rudolph.

Baylor's Rhule back to Philly for NFL draft with former Owls

Baylor coach Matt Rhule is spending the rest of this week back in Philadelphia, where he will be at the NFL draft with his former Temple players while also touting the Bears. "I'm there to support my Temple kids, and I'm there to sell Baylor to future recruits, and make sure that all kids that I'm recruiting know that our process is doing things that no one thought was possible," Rhule said Tuesday.

Michigan paints Italy blue in team-building, paintball event

ROME (AP) -- Jim Harbaugh got paint on his designer khakis. And, it looked like he loved it. Michigan's football coach and his players participated in a paintball competition Tuesday in Italy. The team had lunch later in the day near Lake Albano, hung out on the beach and went kayaking. The Wolverines visited landmarks in Rome on Monday and are expected to go to the Vatican later this week.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE: This draft crop is loaded on that side

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE. That's going to be the area of concentration in this draft, in the first round and through much of the proceedings in Philadelphia. Indeed, the first half-dozen or so selections could come from that side of the ball. That's often the fallout when there are no slam-dunk quarterbacks available. Here's how we see Thursday night's first round falling, minus any trades. 1.

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AP source: Northwestern extending Fitzgerald, Collins

Northwestern has agreed to a new contract with football coach Pat Fitzgerald that runs through the 2026 season, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because Northwestern planned to make a formal announcement on Tuesday.

College stars bolster draft stock through special teams

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- More and more college coaches are putting their starters and even their stars on special teams as they seek to pile up every possible point in an era of pedal-to-the-metal shootouts and never-safe leads. Fading fast are the days when superstars would catch their breath on the sideline when the kicker or punter trotted onto the field with the scrubs. NFL teams love it.

Sankey doesn't view parts of recruiting package as 'healthy'

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey is hoping for further review of new football recruiting rules to be considered by the NCAA's Board of Governors this week. Speaking to an Associated Press Sports Editors Southeast regional meeting Monday, Sankey voiced concerns with the timeline for early campus visits by high school juniors and the 25-player football signing cap.

Harbaugh makes a wish as Michigan football team tours Rome

ROME (AP) -- The tradition of throwing coins into Trevi Fountain isn't meant for wishes. Jim Harbaugh made one anyway. Standing with his back to the fountain, which is customary in Rome's Trevi district, Harbaugh pulled three coins from his pocket and tossed them into the water. In Roman culture, one coin ensures a return trip to the city, but three coins ensures a happy, lifelong marriage.

LSU coach Orgeron says QB Etling has "minor" back procedure

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU head coach Ed Orgeron says quarterback Danny Etling has undergone a minor back procedure. Orgeron says "everything came out all right" during Monday's procedure, which came two days after Etling played in LSU's annual spring game. Etling, who'll be a senior next fall, struggled in the scrimmage, completing only 4 of 11 passes for 53 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the first half.

14 Big Ten football players poised to break out in the fall

A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons beginning this fall: EAST DIVISION INDIANA WR Simmie Cobbs, junior: His 2016 season ended the second week when he broke his leg on the first play of scrimmage against Ball State. The year before he led Indiana in all receiving categories and became the sixth Hoosier all-time with a 1,000-yard season.

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Ex-Spartan football player returning to Michigan in sex case

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- Former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson has waived extradition and will be returned to Michigan from Indiana to face a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. Ingham County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lisa McCormick says Monday that the 19-year-old Robertson could be arraigned as early as Tuesday. A police task force arrested Robertson on Saturday at a relative's home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Robertson comes from Fort Wayne.

The Latest: Jailhouse friend seeks Hernandez's suicide note

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- The Latest on the funeral for Aaron Hernandez (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez says one of three notes the former NFL star left in his cell before killing himself was addressed to him. Lawrence Army, a lawyer for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said late Monday he's requested the note be turned over to this client, who has not yet seen it. Prison officials didn't immediately comment.

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NBA PLAYOFFS-CAVALIERS-PACERS James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left Sunday and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for a 106-102 series-clinching victory at Indiana. James finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds as he became the first player under the current playoff format to win 21 straight first-round games.