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First Maryland, now Rutgers: Big Ten pulls from Big East

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers is joining the Big Ten, leaving the Big East behind and cashing in on the school’s investment in a football program that only 10 years ago seemed incapable of competing at the highest level.

The school announced its decision Tuesday at a campus news conference attended by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Rutgers President Robert Barchi and athletic director Tim Pernetti.

Rutgers has been competing in the Big East since 1991. But the league has been picked apart by conference realignment, and the Scarlet Knights were looking for a way out. They landed in the best possible spot, a spot that seemed unthinkable a decade ago when Rutgers football was a Big East cellar-dweller.

The move follows Maryland’s announcement Monday that it was joining the Big Ten in 2014.

Golden Bears’ head coach gets pink slip from Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. – Coach Jeff Tedford was fired Tuesday after 11 seasons at California that began with great promise and ended with a disappointing run of mediocrity.

Tedford engineered an impressive turnaround for the Golden Bears after taking over a one-win team after the 2001 season. He won a school-record 82 games, churned out numerous NFL prospects and spearheaded a facilities upgrade highlighted by a $321-million stadium renovation.

The program bottomed out this season, losing the final five games to finish 3-9 for Tedford’s worst season at the helm.

MLB

Blue Jays go back to Gibbons to manage revamped team

TORONTO – John Gibbons was hired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays for the second time Tuesday, returning to a team that just invigorated its roster after a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins.

Gibbons managed Toronto from 2004 to 2008 and had a 305-305 record, making him the third-winningest manager in franchise history. He succeeds John Farrell, who spurned Toronto for his dream managing job in Boston.

NHL

Owners wait and see if union brings a new deal to table

NEW YORK – This time, NHL owners and players are staying apart for just one day. Negotiations aimed at ending the league’s lockout are expected to resume today after a brief break in talks.

Before Monday night’s 90-minute session, it had been eight days since the sides got together.

Whether the players’ association will bring a new complete proposal, as requested by the NHL on Monday, to the next round of talks remained uncertain.

Auto Racing

Hulman & Company names an aptly named CEO

INDIANAPOLIS – Mark Miles was named chief executive officer of Hulman & Company, which counts Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series among its business entities.

Miles most recently led the city of Indianapolis’ successful Super Bowl effort. Miles joined the Hulman & Co. board in March.

Miles replaces Jeff Belskus, who will remain president of Hulman & Co. and continue as CEO of the speedway. Belskus also currently is acting as interim CEO of IndyCar since the Oct. 28 ouster of Randy Bernard.

Soccer

Besler is Defender of Year; Petrescu is Referee of Year

NEW YORK – Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler was voted Major League Soccer’s Defender of the Year. Besler received 71 percent of weighed ballots added from team, media and player votes. San Jose’s Victor Bernardez was second with 64 percent, the league said Tuesday.

Silviu Petrescu was voted referee of the year with 121 percent, followed by Baldomero Toledo (99 percent) and Armando Villarreal (79 percent).

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