Mount Pleasant — Central Michigan has reinstated running back Thomas Rawls, who made a plea deal over accusations he stole a woman's purse at a casino and used her credit cards.

The 21-year-old Flint resident was charged this month with felonies of larceny and credit card fraud. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted larceny. Sentencing is Oct. 21.

Authorities say the theft happened April 8 at Soaring Eagle Casino.

The team suspended Rawls after the charges. School spokesman Rob Wyman says Rawls now is back on the active roster.

The Chippewas visit Toledo on Saturday.

Rawls won Mid-American Conference West Division offensive player of the week honors after rushing 31 times 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-17 upset of Purdue on Sept. 6.

Gophers QB questionable

Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner is still struggling with injuries to his knee and toe and remains a question mark Saturday's game against Michigan.

Leidner missed the game last week against San Jose State, and coach Jerry Kill says it's too early to count him out. But it appears that freshman Chris Streveler could get his second straight start.

Irish five

The future of five Notre Dame players barred from practices and games because of possible academic dishonesty could be determined by the end of next week.

Coach Brian Kelly said committee hearings into the case should be concluded by the of next week "if all things move in the manner hat they're hoping, and that they're able to get through all of the information."

No. 8 Notre Dame, which plays Syracuse (2-1) in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday night, has been practicing all season and playing without cornerback KeiVarae Russell, receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams, linebacker Kendall Moore and defensive back Eilar Hardy.

Extra points

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced starting nose tackle Niles Lawrence-Stample is out for the season after tearing a pectoral muscle. He will undergo surgery after playing through the injury during the win against Clemson last weekend. Lawrence-Stample had nine tackles, including a half tackle for loss, this season.

... Capital One has secured the title sponsorship of the Orange Bowl as part of an agreement with ESPN, the Orange Bowl Committee announced.

ESPN owns the Orange Bowl's media rights.

The Orange Bowl's previous title sponsor, Discover, ended its four-year agreement in June.

The Capital One Orange Bowl will host a College Football Playoff semifinal game twice during the six-year agreement, on New Year's Eve 2015 and The Capital One Orange Bowl will host a College Football Playoff semifinal game twice during the six-year agreement, on New Year's Eve 2015 and in 2018.


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