COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – The University of Maryland will be part of the Big Ten Conference as of July 2014, a move driven by the school’s budget woes that forced the university to cut seven sports after last season. School president Wallace D. Loh (loh) and other school officials involved in the decision felt the potential money to be made in the Big Ten was more significant than the $50 million exit fee and the tradition associated with belonging to the ACC for 59 years. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Maryland’s entry was approved unanimously by the conference’s 12 presidents.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL and the players’ association held their first meeting in eight days on Monday in another attempt to reach a deal to end the two-month-old lockout. The work stoppage is entering its 66th day and has already wiped out 327 games, including the Winter Classic. The entire season is in jeopardy if a settlement isn’t reached soon.
MIAMI (AP) – Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE’-lihg) has approved the multiplayer swap pulled off by the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays last week. The trade sent All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes to the Blue Jays along with pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio for seven players, none of whom has a big-money contract. The Marlins shaved $146.5 million in payroll through the trade, while angering their fan base just a year after moving into a new stadium built with taxpayer money.
UNDATED (AP) – Indiana and Louisville remain one-two in the latest Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The Hoosiers claimed 46 first-place votes, while the Cardinals picked up the remaining 19. Ohio State is third, followed by Michiigan, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Arizona.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The winningest football coach in NCAA history has announced his retirement after 60 years at Division III St. John’s. John Gagliardi (gah-LAHR’-dee) retires at age 86 with a record of 489-138-11. He surpassed Eddie Robinson for the career coaching victories record in 2003 and led St. John’s to four national titles.