Big Ten heads to Yankee Stadium
The Pinstripe Bowl and Big Ten will announce today at Yankee Stadium a multiyear agreement between the conference and the 3-year-old postseason game, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Big Ten will
replace the Big 12 in the Pinstripe Bowl, starting in 2014.
Athletic directors at Big Ten meetings in Chicago two weeks ago said the league was working to add the Pinstripe Bowl to its new postseason lineup.
The Atlantic Coast Conference is the front-runner to land the spot opposite the Big
Ten and replace the Big East, which is dropping football.
• The president of Ohio State University has apologized to the Big Ten Conference for “hurtful remarks” he made last year about some university athletic programs. In a statement Sunday, Gordon Gee says he apologized for his “misguided attempt at humor” at the university’s Athletic Council in December.
Review supports Pac-12 actions
Pac-12 school presidents will take no further action after an independent review found the conference properly handled concerns about officiating during its conference tournament.
A report released Sunday by law firm Ice Miller LLP said the Pac-12 was correct in its assessment that coordinator of officiating Ed Rush wasn’t serious when he offered $5,000 or a trip to Mexico to any official who ejected Arizona coach Sean Miller or gave him a technical foul at the Pac-12 Tournament in March.
Ice Miller also agreed that Commissioner Larry Scott had the authority and made a reasonable decision in fining Miller $25,000 for his actions during and after Arizona’s semifinal game against UCLA.
The report did say a technical foul against Miller during the game likely would have not been called had Rush not directed officials to be more strict about bench decorum, but found that the game was officiated with integrity and no favoritism.
The Pac-12 CEO Group, comprised of school presidents, said the report will guide how the men’s basketball officiating program is restructured.
US men defeat German squad
In Washington, Clint Dempsey scored twice in a five-minute span of the second half and moved into second place on the U.S. career scoring list, helping the Americans edge a second-string Germany team 4-3 in an exhibition game Sunday.
Preparing for three World Cup qualifiers in a 12-day span beginning Friday, the U.S. team took a 4-1 lead and hung on to win. The match, which drew 47,359 to RFK Stadium, commemorated the 100th anniversary year of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
• Alex Morgan scored twice and Sydney Leroux added a goal to lead the U.S. women over Canada 3-0 Sunday in their first meeting since the Americans’ 4-3 overtime win in the semifinals of last year’s Olympic women’s soccer tournament.
Unbeaten Dream defeat Mystics
In Washington, Angel McCoughtry scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half and Erika de Souza had 14 as the undefeated Atlanta Dream continued its dominance over the Washington Mystics with a 73-63 win.
Sancho Lyttle had 12 points and Armintie Herrington 11 for the Dream (3-0), who overcame 20 turnovers for their sixth win in a row over the Mystics (1-1).