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TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

CLEVELAND -- Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.

Police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue, the school said. The school said in a release the 21-year-old Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m.

Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes. He started all 12 games in 2013, and received an award during this year's spring game for "exemplifying hard work and dedication."

"Our players, coaches and everyone involved with our team are hurting because he was family," coach Paul Haynes said. "As a team, we will come together and get through this one day at a time."

The last post on Bitsko's Twitter account -- @isthatbitsko -- was dated Aug. 14:

"There are 86,400 seconds in a day. Make sure you use one of those to thank god for everything you have #stayfocused," it read.

• Football

Rivalry renewed: Michigan and Washington have decided to renew their rivalry.

The Wolverines will play the Huskies in Seattle in 2020 and will host them at the Big House in Ann Arbor the following year.

Opener threatened: UCF's season opener in Ireland next week against Penn State may be in peril because of a possible volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Iceland's Civil Protection Department said that about 500 people were evacuated from the highlands part of the Vatnajokull glacier. The action was taken as a precaution following thousands of small earthquakes recently.

• Basketball

Moore MVP: A person close to the situation says Minnesota's Maya Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award.

It's the first league MVP award for Moore, who led the league in scoring. She averaged a career-best 23.9 points a set a WNBA record by scoring at least 30 points 12 times, including in four straight games.

OSU to play UConn: The Ohio State and Connecticut basketball programs have agreed to a home-and-home series starting in the 2015-16 season.

The Buckeyes will travel to play the Huskies Dec. 12, 2015, before Connecticut returns the trip Dec. 10, 2016, in Columbus. The 2015 game will be played in either Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut, or the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

• Baseball

MVP activated: Andrew McCutchen's fractured rib is healed. The reigning National League MVP is hoping his return will have the same effect on the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates activated the star center fielder off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. McCutchen went on the disabled list last week, retroactive to Aug. 4, with fractured rib cartilage.

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