PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) – The Big Ten will soon be a 14-team conference now that Rutgers has accepted an invitation to join the league, although the school still has to negotiate a release date with Big East officials. Rutgers has been a Big East member since 1991, and its football program has grown exponentially over the past decade. The decision comes a day after Maryland announced it would become part of the Big Ten in the summer of 2014.
TORONTO (AP) – John Gibbons has been hired for his second stint as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, who also finalized their two-year, $16 million contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera. Gibbons managed Toronto from 2004-08 and had a 305-305 record, making him the third-winningest manager in franchise history. He succeeds John Farrell, who left the Blue Jays to become Boston’s new skipper.
SEATTLE (AP)- The Seattle Mariners have designated infielder Chone (shawn) Figgins for assignment with one season remaining on his four-year, $36 million contract. Figgins was a major disappointment with the Mariners, hitting .227 with a .302 on-base percentage in 304 games.
DALLAS (AP) – Dallas Mavericks forward Dick Nowitzki (noh-VIHT’-skee) says he’s still about two weeks away from getting back on the court to start running and shooting. That would put him at just more than six weeks since arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Oct. 19, and he still isn’t sure when he will start playing again after that. Nowitzki said the goal has always been for the swelling to be gone and he has to be 100 percent strength-wise before he will play again.
UNDATED (AP) – Jack Taylor took 108 shots and set an NCAA record by scoring 138 points to lead Division III Grinnell to a 179-104 thrashing of Faith Baptist Bible last night. Taylor made 27 of 71 3-point attempts, was 52 of 108 overall from the field and added seven free throws on 10 attempts in 36 minutes. Rio Grande’s Bevo Francis held the NCAA scoring record with 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954.