Arrest made in player's death

STORRS, Conn. - Police charged a 21-year-old man with murder Tuesday in the stabbing death of a University of Connecticut football player outside a school-sanctioned dance, where the suspect's lawyer says he was just trying to break up a fight.

John William Lomax III, 21, is scheduled to appear in court today on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit assault in the Oct. 18 death of Jasper Howard, police said. His bond was set at $2 million.

Police also arrested two other people in connection with the fight that led to Howard's death. Hakim Muhammad, 20, was charged with conspiracy to commit assault, and Jamal Todd, 21, faces a felony charge of falsely reporting an incident and a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment for pulling a fire alarm that emptied the dance early that Sunday morning.

Gophers lose star receiver. Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker will miss the rest of the regular season because of a sprained left foot. If the Gophers (4-4 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) play in a bowl game and Decker doesn't need surgery, the school's all-time leading receiver could play once more.

Cincy prepares to go with backup QB. Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros ran the offense in practice Tuesday, as he prepares to start at Syracuse on Saturday while Tony Pike recovers from surgery on his non-throwing arm.

Quick hits. Boston College quarterback Justin Tuggle, who started the team's first three games, and running back Josh Haden have decided to transfer. ... Stanford left tackle Allen Smith will miss four to six weeks with a sprained right knee