UNDATED (AP) – The NFL’s regular officials are expected to work tonight’s game between the Ravens and Browns after the league and the referees’ union reached a tentative contract agreement this morning. The deal still had to be ratified by the 121 union members, but it should end a labor impasse that began when the officials were locked out in June. Negotiations heated up after a missed call cost the Green Bay Packers a win at Seattle on Monday night.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick $50,000 and Redskins assistant Kyle Shanahan $25,000 for their conduct toward replacement officials. Belichick grabbed an official’s arm at the end of Sunday night’s game after the Ravens kicked a winning field goal. Shanahan was cited by the league for “abuse of officials” in Washington’s loss to Cincinnati.
UNDATED (AP) – The New York Yankees still lead the AL East by 1 1/2 games over Baltimore after the Bombers’ 8-2 win at Minnesota and the Orioles’ 12-2 pounding of Toronto. Detroit has grabbed a one-game lead over Chicago in the AL Central with the Tigers’ 5-4 win over Kansas City and the White Sox’s 6-4 loss to Cleveland. And Oakland trounced Texas 9-3, putting the Athletics within three games of the AL West-leading Rangers.
UNDATED (AP) – A tentative plan for the new college football postseason calls for a Pac-12 or Big 12 team to face the best team from a group of five conferences. A person with direct knowledge of the plan for the four-team playoff in 2014 tells The Associated Press that either a Pac-12 or a Big 12 team likely will be the opponent for the top-rated champion from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne is stepping down as the school’s athletic director. Osborne spent five years at the position after leaving Congress, overseeing a new arena and practice facility for the basketball team and hiring football coach Bo Pelini and basketball coach Tim Miles. The 75-year-old Osborne will step down Jan. 1, though he will stay for an additional six months to assist in the transition to a new athletic director.