Sports Digest: Michigan's break from Webber, Taylor, Bullock ends

2013-05-08T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T19:34:15Z Sports Digest: Michigan's break from Webber, Taylor, Bullock ends
May 08, 2013 9:15 pm

College basketball

MICHIGAN'S BREAK FROM WEBBER, TAYLOR, BULLOCK ENDS: Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock are eager to reconnect with Michigan.

In their first interviews about the Ed Martin booster scandal, both former players told The Associated Press they hope to re-establish a relationship with the university now that a decade-long dissociation ordered by the NCAA has ended.

Taylor and Bullock said they both regret choices they made as young men that ended up staining the school and stunting the basketball program.

What about Chris Webber? The public may have to wait for him to publish his book. But as of Wednesday, Webber, Taylor and Bullock all have the option of renewing their relationship with the Wolverines.

Athletic director Dave Brandon insisted the door is open for all three former players. Bullock and Taylor, at least, say they plan to take advantage of the invitation.

"This morning, I felt really good about the dissociation being over and having the opportunity to reunite with the University of Michigan," Taylor said. "I'm excited to talk to Mr. Brandon and coach (John) Beilein. While I had some success in the NBA, there was a void in my life because of the circumstances. I had three of the best years of my life there and I love that school and all that it stands for."

The NCAA forced Michigan to dissociate from Webber, Taylor, Bullock and the late Robert Traylor for a decade because a federal investigation revealed the now-deceased Martin gave them more than $600,000 when they were students.

INDIANA, SYRACUSE GET REMATCH NEXT SEASON: Indiana will get another shot at Syracuse's vaunted zone defense in December.

The two teams, which met in March's NCAA tournament regional semifinals, will square off again at the Carrier Dome on Dec. 3 in one of the headline matchups of this fall's ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Syracuse won the last game, 61-50, eliminating the top-seeded Hoosiers in the East Regional.

Notre Dame will make its inaugural appearance in the series Dec. 3 at Iowa, while Purdue hosts Boston College on Dec. 4.

Tip times were not announced Wednesday.

The ACC holds a 10-3-1 lead over the Big Ten in a series that has become one of the most watched college head-to-head conference challenges.


Auto racing

BUSCH URGES RACING OFFICIALS TO MAKE DOUBLE DOABLE: Kurt Busch would like to try racing 1,100 miles some Memorial Day weekend.

He's even asking for help.

Ten minutes after arriving in Indianapolis, the 2004 Cup champion wasted no time in speaking his mind Wednesday. He told reporters during a seat-fitting that he would be interested in competing in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day — if race organizers can work out the logistics.

"It's unique and I know he (Tony Stewart) wants to get back in the 500," Busch said. "I know there's a business side to it and if we could get the (start) times sorted out, I think you'd get more interest from drivers, teams and sponsors because that's what the fans want to see."

Stewart, Robby Gordon and John Andretti are the only drivers who have ever made the attempt. None of the three wound up winning either race. Busch could be the next one to try, and he's scheduled to test Ryan Hunter-Reay's car Thursday on Indy's 2.5-mile oval even though he's not scheduled to drive in this year's race.

The track opens Saturday, qualifying is scheduled for May 18-19 and the race is scheduled for May 26.

COURT DOCTS UNSEALED IN NASCAR CHIEF'S DIVORCE: NASCAR chief executive Brian France said in court documents that his former wife spent a "staggering" amount of his fortune on her family and friends. Megan France said her former husband spent little time with their two children and became verbally abusive when he didn't get his way.

Voluminous court documents unsealed Wednesday revealed new details about the couple's bitter second divorce, years after the contentious 2008 breakup. France's lawyers had fought for years to keep the records confidential.

France married the Charlotte woman twice and they divorced twice. Their first marriage lasted from 2001 to 2004. They married again in 2005 and the second divorce was finalized in 2008.


Around the horn

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year on Wednesday. ... Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien says he does not anticipate a second wave of transfers this summer, even though NCAA sanctions still allow his players to leave without penalty.

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