UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations tells the AP that the conference football schools will get almost all of a $110 million pot in a deal that will allow seven departing basketball schools to keep the name Big East and start playing in their own conference next season. The football schools will receive approximately $100 million in the deal, most of which will go to holdover members Connecticut, South Florida and Cincinnati. The basketball schools will receive $10 million, the Big East name and the right to play their conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) – UTEP basketball coach Tim Floyd has met with USC athletic director Pat Haden about returning to his old job coaching the Trojans but says he’s not necessarily headed back to Southern California. Floyd became the Miners’ coach in 2010 after resigning from USC under accusations that he improperly recruited star O.J. Mayo, who left for the NBA after one season. Floyd tells Yahoo Sports he hasn’t been offered the job and that he met with USC partly to remove any stigma from his years as coach.
NEW YORK (AP) – Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area during Sunday’s game. The league also upgraded the Flagrant Foul 1 Ibaka was given for hitting Griffin as the two battled for position in the paint to a Flagrant Foul 2, meaning Ibaka should have been ejected from the game.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Major League Baseball intends to expand the use of instant replay for the 2014 season, and will be studying which calls to review and how to do it over the course of this year. MLB executive vice president Joe Torre says league officials plan to visit Miami during the World Baseball Classic and various spring training sites to examine camera angles and other factors that will help them develop a plan. Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE’-lihg) has said he wants to add video reviews for trapped balls and fair-or-foul calls.
UNDATED (AP) – Three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Shawne Merriman says he intends to file retirement papers, a decision confirmed by the Buffalo Bills. The decision comes a week before he was eligible to become a free agent, and after spending parts of the past three seasons in Buffalo.