NCAA-CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT-BIG TEN
Terps changing affiliation and Scarlet Knights expected to follow
NEW YORK (AP) — Maryland is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference and joining the Big Ten.
The Terrapins were a charter member of the ACC, which was founded in 1953. University president Wallace D. Loh says membership in the Big Ten will "guarantee the financial sustainability of Maryland athletics for a long, long, long time."
Maryland will become a Big Ten member starting in 2014. Rutgers is expected follow suit by Tuesday, splitting from the Big East and making it an even 14 schools in the Big Ten.
The addition of Maryland extends the Big Ten farther east and south than it ever has been. And it gives the conference a presence in the major media market of Washington. D.C.
The Scarlet Knights give the Big Ten a member in the country's largest media market. Rutgers is in New Brunswick, N.J., about 40 miles south of New York City.
MLB-MARLINS-BLUE JAYS TRADE
Marlins salary dump to Toronto moves forward
MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins finalized their big salary dumping trade that sends All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) to the Toronto Blue Jays with pitchers Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH'-see-oh) for seven relatively low-priced players.
The deal was agreed to last week and completed after Commissioner Bud Selig decided not to block it.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and veteran right-hander Shawn Camp have agreed to a one-year contract.
The 37-year-old right-hander was 3-6 with two saves and a 3.59 ERA over a career-high 80 relief appearances last season.
Camp tied for the major league lead in appearances and ranked fifth in the National League with 77 2-3 relief innings.
Irish and Tide in control of their own fate
NEW YORK (AP) — Taking advantage of losses by Oregon and Kansas State, Notre Dame and Alabama sit 1-2 in the BCS standings as we approach the end of college football's regular season.
The unbeaten Fighting Irish need to beat Southern California on Saturday in Los Angeles to earn their first trip to the BCS title game. The Trojans will be without start quarterback Matt Barkley, who was injured late in Saturday's loss to UCLA that dropped USC out of the AP's Top 25.
Alabama and No. 3 Georgia also have rivalry games Saturday. The Crimson Tide hosts Auburn and the Bulldogs play Georgia Tech at home. If the favorites win, the SEC championship game will be a national semifinal of sorts, with the winner advancing to the BCS title game.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MIAMI-NCAA INVESTIGATION
The U self-imposes again
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The University of Miami is self-imposing a postseason ban for the second straight year in response to a lengthy and ongoing NCAA investigation into the school's compliance practices.
School officials announced the decision shortly before the 6-5 Hurricanes took the field for their first practice for what now is their season-finale at Duke this weekend.
By self-imposing another ban, Miami is hoping to lessen the hit of any looming sanctions that could be handed down by the NCAA. Miami's decision effectively ends the ACC's Coastal Division race; Georgia Tech will play Florida State for the ACC crown and an Orange Bowl berth.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-COACHES RETIRING
Gagliardi has had enough
UNDATED (AP) — College football's winningest coach is retiring at the age of 86. John Gagliardi (guh-LAHR'-dee) spent 60 years of his 64-year career at Division III St. John's University in Minnesota.
He surpassed Eddie Robinson for the career coaching victories record in 2003 and won four national titles with the Johnnies, who were 5-5 this season. Gagliardi retires with a record of 489-138-11.
Meanwhile, UTEP (YOO'-tehp) coach Mike Price is retiring after a 31-year career notable for two Rose Bowl bids at Washington State and a drinking binge that cost him the Alabama job before he ever coached a game for the Crimson Tide.
Price announced the decision with one game left in his ninth season with the Miners, who are 3-8. He led UTEP to 8-4 records and bowl games his first two years in El Paso but hasn't had a winning record since. Price started at Weber (WEE'-bur) State in 1981 and has a 177-182 career record.
Reed to sit
NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed has been suspended for one game by the NFL for repeated violations of rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
The 11-year veteran will miss Sunday's game against San Diego. Reed is suspended for three violations of the player safety rules in the past three seasons. The latest came in Sunday night's 13-10 victory over Pittsburgh when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for a hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Pats lose valuable offensive weapon for a spell
UNDATED (AP) — The Patriots aren't saying anything, but a person familiar with Rob Gronkowski's injury tells the AP that New England's prolific tight end has undergone surgery for a broken forearm.
It's not known how long he'll be out of action but it is almost certain hell miss at least one game for the first time in his three years as a pro.
Gronkowski went to the locker room with the team physician late in Sunday's drubbing of the Colts after blocking on an extra point following the final touchdown of a 59-24 victory. He caught seven passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns before leaving, becoming the first tight end in NFL history with at least 10 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons.
—Broncos coach John Fox says running back Willis McGahee (muh-GAY'-hee) tore a ligament in his right knee Sunday and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. He also says there is no immediate plan to put the 10-year veteran on injured reserve. McGahee has rushed for 731 yards this season.
— Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. The news comes one day after his impressive season debut in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Meriweather missed the first nine games with sprained ligaments in his left knee
NFL-WEEK 11 FINALE
Clash of division leaders in the City by the Bay
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tonight's NFL matchup is a good one, with NFC North leader Chicago on the road to face NFC West leader San Francisco.
With their starters recovering from concussions suffered last week, both teams will be going with backup quarterbacks. Jason Campbell takes the reins of the Bears offense from Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) will replace Alex Smith under center for the Niners.
Campbell will be making his 71st professional start while Kaepernick makes his debut as an NFL starter.
Don't look for a high-scoring game. San Francisco leads the league in fewest points allowed, followed closely by Chicago. The Bears enter the contest with a 7-2 record, just ahead of 7-3 Green Bay in the division race. The 49ers are 6-2-1 while second-place Seattle sits at 6-4.
Roy to miss more time
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An ominous sign for a player trying to come back from years of chronic knee issues. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy is having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee today.
Roy signed a two-year deal with Minnesota in the offseason after sitting out all of last year. He had injections in his knees over the summer that made them feel much better. But he missed a few days before the start of the regular season with knee soreness and only played five games before shutting down.
NBA-SCHEDULE Grizzlies back on the prowl
UNDATED (AP) — The hottest team in the NBA returns to the court tonight in Memphis chasing a ninth straight win.
The 8-1 Grizzlies will host a 4-6 Denver team that's lost three in a row. And while we're on the topic of losing streaks, the 0-8 Washington Wizards will be chasing their first win of the season against visiting Indiana.
There's a good matchup in San Antonio, where the 8-2 Spurs await a 7-2 L.A. Clippers club that's won five straight. Also this evening, Milwaukee puts a three-game winning streak on the line at Charlotte, Atlanta is home to Orlando, Golden State plays at Dallas and Utah entertains Houston.
T25 BASKETBALL-MEN'S AP POLL
Hoosiers remain No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Indiana is still a runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll and Louisville is again a solid second.
The 3-0 Hoosiers received 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The 5-0 Cardinals picked up the remaining 19 votes for No. 1.
Ohio State and Michigan both move up one place to third and fourth, while Duke, which beat Kentucky, jumps from ninth to fifth. The Wildcats drop five spots to No. 8.
Syracuse and Florida are Nos. 6 and 7. North Carolina and Arizona round out the Top Ten.
No. 20 Oklahoma State and 23rd-ranked Colorado are this week's newcomers, replacing Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
Hoosiers on the road
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Indiana is getting ready for its first real test of the young season. The Hoosiers' game against Georgia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be their first against a team from a major conference.
Indiana warmed up with easy home wins over Bryant, North Dakota State and Sam Houston State. Georgia lost to Youngstown State and Southern Mississippi after opening the season with a victory over Jacksonville.
No. 13 UCLA will take on Georgetown in the second semifinal of the Legends Classic. Tonight's winners will square off tomorrow night.
In other Top 25 hoops action, No. 7 Kansas and Washington State will play in a tournament in Kansas City, 11th-ranked North Carolina faces Mississippi State at the Maui Classic in Hawaii, No. 12 Arizona hosts Long Beach State, and 23rd-ranked Connecticut bumps up against New Mexico at the Paradise Jam on Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands.
T25 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL-AP POLL
Changing of the guard in women's hoops
UNDATED (AP) — Stanford is the new No. 1 team in women's college basketball, barely edging Connecticut for the top spot in The Associated Press poll.
The Cardinal jumps from fourth after beating former No. 1 Baylor 71-69 on Friday night, ending the Lady Bears' 42-game winning streak.
Baylor, which was first in the previous 21 polls, falls to third.
Stanford receives 21 first place votes, while Connecticut got 17 and Baylor one.
It's the Cardinal's first time at No. 1 since the final poll of the 2005 season.
NHL-LABOR Where have they been?
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in eight days, the NHL and the players' association are heading back to the bargaining table to try again to reach a deal that will end the two-month old lockout.
This is the 65th day of a lockout that has already wiped out 327 games and threatens the entire season if a settlement isn't reached soon.
It's the first bargaining session between the sides since Nov. 11, when a busy week of negotiating wrapped up with a session that lasted just over an over and didn't produce any results.