Sports briefs for 1/12/2014

NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Published:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Doug Nussmeier is just settling in as Michigan's new offensive coordinator, but he already seems keenly aware of why last season's Wolverines struggled so much.

That was evident when Nussmeier outlined some of his priorities for Michigan's 2014 team.

"Any time you're trying to find consistency on offense, you've got to start from the basis of -- we're not going to go backward," he said. "We're not going to have lost-yardage runs, we're not going to take sacks, we're not going to have penalties. That's the first thing we'll start from."

Nussmeier was introduced Friday in Ann Arbor, completing an abrupt switch from one storied program to another. The Wolverines hired him away from Alabama, where he was Nick Saban's offensive coordinator for the past two seasons and helped the Crimson Tide win a national title a year ago. Before that, he directed the offense at Washington for three seasons.

After going 7-6 last season, Michigan fired offensive coordinator Al Borges and hired Nussmeier almost immediately.

• Football

Penn State hires Franklin: Penn State has hired James Franklin as its next head coach.

Franklin, 41, who led Vanderbilt to bowls in all three of his seasons there, replaces Bill O'Brien, who left the Nittany Lions after two years to coach the NFL's Houston Texans. Penn State made the announcement Saturday, after the school's compensation committee met to finalize the contract.

Mizzou player arrested: University of Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been arrested and released in an incident police say is tied to illegal drugs.

Springfield, Mo., police representative Anthony Cunis says Green-Beckham was arrested early Saturday on "suspicion of drug activity."

Expects staff back: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney expects all his staff back for next season, including offensive coordinator Chad Morris.

Morris' name has come up at seemingly every coaching vacancy, including the one currently open at Vanderbilt with James Franklin's departure to Penn State.

Ex-Cowboy on trial: Josh Brent is no longer a Dallas Cowboy, but the stars on his old helmet figure heavily into his upcoming trial for a teammate's death in a 2012 wreck.

Brent's trial is set to start Monday on allegations that he was driving drunk and caused the death of Dallas practice squad player Jerry Brown. If convicted of intoxication manslaughter or manslaughter, Brent could get 20 years in prison, but he could also get probation.

Miami GM job: Cleveland Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer has become the fourth candidate to interview for the Miami Dolphins' job of general manager.

Farmer joined the Browns in March after seven seasons in the Chiefs' front office. Last season, Farmer assisted general manager Michael Lombardi in overseeing the Browns' pro and college scouting departments.

Titans' search: The Tennessee Titans took their coaching search on the road to San Diego, with Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt preparing for a divisional playoff game.

The Titans confirmed Saturday morning that they finished interviewing Whisenhunt on Friday night. The team plane is scheduled to return to Nashville today.

• Tennis

Legends as coaches: Andy Murray is curious to see how the locker room dynamics change with the likes of Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Michael Chang following Ivan Lendl into the coaching ranks.

Murray has a handle on how it plays out when a star of yesterday starts working with a star of today, making his career breakthroughs after hiring eight-time Grand Slam winner Lendl as coach.

Becker and Edberg, both six-time major winners, are reporting for coaching duty for the first time at a Grand Slam event when the Australian Open starts Monday, working with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer respectively. Chang is working with Kei Nishikori.

Chasing history: One by one, Serena Williams is matching the feats of tennis' greatest legends.

Her next challenge comes at the Australian Open, which starts Monday with Williams seeking her 18th Grand Slam title -- an accomplishment that would match Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

Hampton withdraws: American Jamie Hampton has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a hip injury.

Hampton will be replaced by another American, lucky loser Irini Falconi.

• Elsewhere

Security raid: Five terror suspects were detained Saturday in one of Russia's North Caucasus provinces as the country's security agencies were scrambling to uproot any potential threat to the Sochi Games.

The bust in the city of Nalchik, located about 300 kilometers (about 185 miles) east of Sochi, comes less than a month before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Fleetwood leads: England's Tommy Fleetwood birdied the last hole in a third-round 69 to seize a one-shot lead in the Volvo Champions on Saturday with an overall 10-under 206.

Dutchman Joost Luiten (70) and Victor Dubuisson (69) of France were tied in second on 9-under in the elite 36-player event at the Durban Country Club.

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