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Pres Box: Maryland approves move to Big Ten; Rutgers joining too

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University of Maryland regents unanimously approved the school's move to the Big Ten on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Once the school is formally invited, the move is expected to take effect in the 2014-15 season.

Also, Big East Conference sources told ESPN that Rutgers will be announced as the 14th member of the Big Ten on Tuesday.

Moving out of the ACC would reportedly cost Maryland a $50 million exit fee.

School president Wallace Loh, who was heading Maryland's communications with Big Ten officials, formerly was a provost at the University of Iowa, a Big Ten member.

Gaining the state universities of Maryland and New Jersey would be a coup for the Big Ten in terms of television interest.

The conference grew to 12 schools when Penn State (1990) and Nebraska (2010) joined.


--Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Brandon Roy will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday, a team spokesman told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Roy has experienced discomfort in the knee since sitting out the second half of the Timberwolves' game against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 9. He has missed the last four games and did not practice last week.

Yahoo! Sports reported that Roy will be out for "a couple of weeks."

Roy, 27, retired in December 2011 because of a degenerative condition in his knees, but decided to make a comeback this season. He signed a two-year, $10 million free-agent contract.


--The NHL and NHL Players' Association will resume negotiating for a new collective bargaining agreement Monday night, according to ESPN New York.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week he wanted a two-week moratorium on talks, but the NHLPA requested that discussions continue.

It has been more than a week since the two sides negotiated. The Nov. 11 meeting lasted less than an hour and no progress was made.

It is not clear exactly what the league and players will discuss.


---Indiana and Louisville still top the AP nd USA Today men's top 25 polls, released Monday.

The top-ranked Hoosiers (3-0) received 46 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll while the No. 2 Cardinals (5-0) picked up the remaining 19 votes. Indiana received 26 first-place votes in the coaches poll, and Louisville was next with five first-place votes.

Kentucky dropped from third to No. 8 in the AP after losing to Duke, and the Wildcats fell to No. 7 in the USA Today poll.
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