CHICAGO (AP) — Big Ten officials have rejected on-campus sites for a potential four-team national college football playoff, preferring to keep the Rose Bowl and other traditional bowls venues intact.
Athletic directors meeting as part of the annual spring Big Ten Joint Group on Tuesday, said many playoff details remain unsettled.
“There was a pretty strong consensus among the ADs that we’d like to have the playoff within the bowl system,” Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said. “If you took them out of the playoff, it would pretty much destroy the bowl system.”
A four-team Football Bowl Championship system is set to debut in the 2014 season, replacing a current No.1 vs. No. 2 BCS championship game that has rotated among the Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and Rose Bowl sites.
Larry Bird is NBA Executive of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) — Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird has been voted the NBA’s Executive of the Year, becoming the first person to win that award, plus the league’s MVP and Coach of the Year honors.
The Pacers went 42-24 and are tied 1-1 with Miami in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Bird’s moves to strengthen the team during the offseason included promoting Frank Vogel from interim to head coach and signing starting forward David West.
Bird was a three-time MVP as a Boston Celtics player, then led his home-state Pacers to a 147-67 record in three seasons and their only finals appearance in 2000.
Bird received 88 points and 12 first-place votes from a panel of his fellow team executives Wednesday. San Antonio’s R.C. Buford was second with 56 points.
Newgarden tops speed chart at Indy practice
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josef Newgarden is getting used to finishing first.
The American rookie topped the Indianapolis 500 speed chart Wednesday, posting the fastest lap of the day at 222.785 mph. It’s the third time he has led in five practice sessions.
Marco Andretti was second at 222.108. He has the fastest lap this week at 223.676 on Tuesday.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, another American, was third at 221.763.
Newgarden had a late spin in the fourth turn. He climbed out of the car without assistance, but there was light damage to the car. It’s the first crash this week at Indy.
Practice resumes Thursday on the 2.5-mile oval. Qualifying will be Saturday and Sunday, and the race is May 27.
McNamee turned on Clemens over son’s illness
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brian McNamee claims he went from reluctant turncoat to angry accuser against Roger Clemens. He testified Tuesday that happened when Clemens’ lawyers allowed details of McNamee’s oldest son’s illness to be revealed during a nationally televised news conference.
McNamee said he was furious. He said he went to his house and retrieved the medical waste he had collected from injecting Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs. McNamee turned the materials over to his lawyers, who gave it to law enforcement officials. It’s now the physical evidence prosecutors are using to try to prove Clemens, the former pitching great, lied to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids and human growth hormone.
The prosecution is expected to show the evidence contains Clemens’ DNA. The Clemens camp says the materials are tainted.