Report: Texas A&M expected to leave Big 12 within next week
Big 12 officials expect Texas A&M to announce within the next week that it plans to leave the conference. A person with knowledge of what was discussed during a conference call of the Big 12 board of directors Saturday told The Associated Press that Texas A&M officials talked about their anticipated departure.
"No major surprises," the source said. "A&M didn't say they were leaving, but certainly gave every indication that's what they plan on doing."
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As for the timing of such a move, that person said, "it would not be a surprise that it would happen sometime this week" and likely the only thing that could keep that from happening would be if the 12-team SEC determines it is not ready to add any more teams.
The Aggies have publicly expressed interest in joining the SEC and on Thursday formally informed Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe in a letter from school President R. Bowen Loftin that Texas A&M was exploring all of its options.
Among items discussed during Saturday's call was how much money Texas A&M would forfeit for leaving the conference and likely negotiations of that amount, which could be $20 million or more.
Texas A&M would have to settle its membership with the Big 12 before it could apply for membership into the SEC.
"The Big 12 Conference members have been and will continue to conduct meetings related to the situation with Texas A&M and conference membership," Beebe said in a statement Saturday. "There will be public statements as appropriate and necessary if and when action is taken."
It was unclear if Texas A&M would be able to move to the SEC as early as the 2012-13 school year.
■ Miami (Fla.) quarterback Jacory Harris said he expects to play when the Hurricanes open their season at Maryland on Sept. 5, despite an ongoing NCAA probe into whether he broke rules while associating with a convicted Ponzi scheme architect.
Harris' fate will be decided by the NCAA in the coming days.
"It's just a little bump in the road," Harris said. "It's something that we've got to get through. Whatever happens happens. At the end of the day, you've still got to weather the storm and fight through it. That's pretty much what we're doing as a team. We're going to fight through it and we're going to come out on top."
UK volleyball knocks off No. 23 Tulsa
Sophomore setter Elizabeth Koberstein had 70 assists, and seniors Becky Pavan and Gretchen Giesler both posted career highs for kills in the Kentucky volleyball team's come-from-behind 3-2 victory (22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 15-13) against No. 23 Tulsa in the Florida State Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla. Koberstein was the first UK player to reach 70 assists in a match since Sarah Rumely in 2006. Pavan had a match-high 19 kills, and Giesler had 16.
Kentucky (2-1) next plays Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum.
Top-ranked Louisville men's soccer shuts out second-ranked UCLA
No. 1 Louisville benefitted from an own goal to take a 1-0 lead in the first half against No. 2 UCLA, and Colin Rolfe's second-half goal finished off the Bruins in a men's soccer match Saturday night at Cardinal Park. Rolfe scored off an assist from Kenney Walker. Cardinals goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux only needed to make two saves.
Track and field
Bolt wins 100 heat at worlds
Usain Bolt kicked off his world championships with a blazing start that blew all opposition away halfway through his 100-meter heat Saturday in Daegu, South Korea.
Bolt coasted for the second half of the race for the day's best time of 10.10 seconds, a ho-hum mark by his standards. But because of the way he shot out of the blocks, the result on the scoreboard looked more like two perfect 10s for style.
"The key thing was my start," Bolt said. "I've been lacking that, but got it perfectly straight. That's why it looked so easy."
The Kenyan women also were perfect twice on the opening day of the championships. The African nation swept both the women's marathon and 10,000 to finish the day six-for-six in medals, an unprecedented feat for the first day in the 28 years of the championships.
Edna Kiplagat crashed on the street late in the marathon only to recover and lead her nation to an unprecedented sweep in the race. Vivian Cheruiyot led a Kenyan sweep in the 10,000 as they dominated from halfway.
American decathlon favorites Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee led the standings halfway through the competition.
Power leads Team Penske in qualifying
Will Power won the pole position in Saturday's qualifying for the Infineon Grand Prix at Sonoma, Calif. Power led Team Penske to the top three qualifying spots in Sunday's race, with Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe qualifying second and third.
Danica Patrick failed to get out of the first elimination in round one and qualified a disappointing 25th. "Qualifying didn't go our way today," Patrick said. "We were hoping for some speed after practice earlier, but we didn't quite have it."
■ Australia's Casey Stoner continued to dominate the MotoGP circuit, becoming the first two-time pole winner at Indianapolis. He earned his seventh pole of the season by covering the 2.621-mile, 16-turn road course in 1 minute, 38.850 seconds — the fastest lap ever clocked by a motorcycle at Indy.
Owensboro native Nicky Hayden qualified eighth. It was Hayden's first attempt at qualifying in a new bike. "We're not certainly putting up the fight that we had hoped here," Hayden said. "This bike is new for us, and we still need more experience with it. Anyway, we still salvaged the third row in the end."
■ Sebastian Vettel held off Lewis Hamilton in rainy weather in Saturday's qualifying to secure pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, Belgium. The defending Formula One champion will start from the front for the ninth time this season.
California, Japan in Little League finals
The Little League World Series title game matchup is set, with Huntington Beach, Calif., playing Hamamatsu City, Japan, on Sunday. California secured its berth by routing Billings, Mont., 11-2 Saturday to take the U.S. championship in South Williamsport, Pa. Twelve-year-old pitcher Nick Pratto struck out 10 and had three RBI. Japan defeated Mexicali, Mexico, 5-2 to take the international championship. The Hamamatsu City mashers hope to defend the title won last season by a team from Tokyo.
Napier kicks off season with perfect game
Jeff Napier started the new bowling season off right, rolling a perfect game on the first night of play Monday in the James Wafford Memorial League at Collins Bowling Centers-Southland. The score spiced a 713 series.
■ The Lexington Area Bowling Association will host the 56th annual Kentucky State Bowling Tournament at Joyland Bowl on Nov. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. Entry forms are available at all area bowling centers and the entry fee is $25 per bowler per event.
The last word
Ron Gardenhire has been ejected 60 times during his tenure as Minnesota Twins manager, drawing fines for each ranging from $250 to $2,500. Or, as Gardenhire told the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
"I've written more checks (to MLB) than I have the IRS."