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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio State University football players have been kicked off the team after being charged with kidnapping and rape. Coach Ryan Day Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint “did not live up to our standards and my expectations.” They were booked into jail early Wednesday and are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning. It was not clear whether they had attorneys. The woman told police she started having consensual sex with Riep before Wint came into the room and both raped her.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has hired coach Mel Tucker away from Colorado to lead its football program. The Buffaloes gave Tucker a shot to run a program a little more than a year ago after he was Georgia's defensive coordinator. They were 5-7 last season. Tucker succeeds Mark Dantonio, the school's all-time winningest coach. Dantonio retired less than two weeks ago. Tucker has ties to Michigan State, where he was on Nick Saban's staff two decades ago. He went on to work in the NFL and for major programs in college football.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kaleb Wesson had 16 points and his older brother Andre added 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Ohio State over Rutgers 72-66. Rutgers overcame a 20-point deficit in the second half, with Geo Baker hitting a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to get the Scarlet Knights within 3 points. But they late but ran out of time, with Andre Wesson hitting a foul shot and then CJ Walker hitting a pair with 12 seconds left to seal it. Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. each added 10 points for the Buckeyes. Jacob Young had 17 for Rutgers.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois star guard Ayo Dosunmu suffered no structural damage to his left knee in an awkward fall at the end of a loss to Michigan State. Dosunmu had an MRI on Wednesday after getting hurt the previous night. No timetable was given for the sophomore's return. Averaging a team-leading 15.8 points, Dosunmu was hurt after a put-back dunk by Xavier Tillman gave Michigan State a 70-69 lead with 6 seconds remaining on Tuesday. Dosunmu sprinted the ball down the floor but fell awkwardly on his left leg while trying to stop as time ran out.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland's ascent to the top of the Big Ten standings coincides with the heightened effectiveness of sophomore forward Jalen Smith, who's notched seven straight double-doubles and become an intimidating shot-blocker. The 6-foot-10 Smith hit the weight room after his freshman season and tacked on 15 pounds to reach 225. Over the past three weeks he's beefed up his stats in an effort to get Maryland deep into the NCAA Tournament. Smith is averaging 18.7 points and 12 rebounds during Maryland's seven-game run. He also blocked six shots in a win over Rutgers and helped the Terps avoid an upset loss on Tuesday night with a last-second block against Nebraska.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Eli Brooks scored 18 points, Isaiah Livers added 17 more, and Michigan gave coach Juwan Howard, a Chicago South Sider, the win in his homecoming-of-sorts, beating Northwestern 79-54. Howard watched as the Wolverines took control in the first half on the way to an easy win in his first game coaching them in the Chicago area. Last-place Northwestern dropped its eighth in a row and lost for the 13th time in 14 games. Jared Jones (12 points) and Miller Kopp (10) were the only players in double figures for the Wildcats, who shot 32 percent and made 5 of 21 3-pointers.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands and two of his assistants have agreed to contract extensions through the 2026 season. Athletic director Gary Barta announced the extensions for Brands and assistants Terry Brands and Ryan Morningstar. Tom Brands is in his 14th season as head coach. He's led the Hawkeyes to three national championships and four Big Ten titles and a dual record of 229-23-1. The Hawkeyes are 11-0 this season and ranked No. 1 in the country. The lineup includes 10 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 nationally.

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