Sports briefs (Oct. 12)

10/12/2011 12:00 AM

10/12/2011 6:43 AM

Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said the league is set with 10 teams for 2012 with the addition of TCU, even though Missouri is exploring a possible departure to the SEC.

The Big 12 has given no deadline for a decision from Missouri, though Neinas said there would need to be some determination by the end of the current academic year. The school has not ruled out remaining part of the Big 12. Neinas said the Big 12 needs to know what Missouri plans to do before the league can fully evaluate whether to stay at 10 members or expand back to 12.

* Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo apologized to the presidents and ADs of the Atlantic Coast Conference for saying ESPN told the league to add Pittsburgh and Syracuse. DeFilippo also said Boston College worked to keep UConn from being invited to the ACC.

GYMNASTICS

With a performance that was part coming-out party, part coronation, the U.S. women won their third title at the world gymnastics championships in Tokyo, letting everyone know it is the team to beat next summer in London. Even runner-up Russia had to applaud the Americans, who never missed a beat despite losing Beijing Olympics captain Alicia Sacramone to an Achilles injury. The U.S. scored 179.411 points and beat defending champion Russia by a whopping 4 points.

Running

Runners who participated in Sunday's 5-kilometer race as part of the Prairie Fire Marathon will receive half off their $20 entry fee in 2012 if they register between Jan. 1 and March 31, Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission president Bob Hanson said. Many runners were allowed to fall as much as a mile off course and no winner was declared.

Participants who didn't receive their T-shirts may pick them up at the Sports Commission office, 515 S. Main or the GoRun Wichita locations at 2350 N. Greenwich Road or 2556 N. Maize Road.

Basketball

The McPherson men and Kansas Wesleyan women were picked to win the KCAC basketball races in polling of the league's coaches. Friends is picked to finish sixth on the men's side, fourth on the women's. The full polls can be found on page 3D.

* Newman's men were picked to finish sixth in the eight-team Heartland Conference coaches and sports information directors poll.

* Former Valparaiso coach Homer Drew and his wife, Janet, have both been diagnosed with cancer. Drew retired from the school for the second time in May and said then the decision was not health related. His son, Bryce, replaced him as coach of the Crusaders.

Baseball

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is likely to join the Chicago Cubs within the next couple days, a source said. The Cubs have been pursuing Epstein, who finished his ninth season with Boston. The Red Sox missed the playoffs following a record collapse, going 7-20 in September.

* The Royals acquired left-handed reliever Aaron Laffey (3-2, 3.88 ERA in 47 games) in a waiver claim from the Yankees. Kansas City designated right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez for assignment.

Soccer

Second-half substitute Jaime Ayovi beat defender Tim Ream to a cross and scored in the 79th minute, giving Ecuador a 1-0 exhibition win over the United States in Harrison, N.J., another setback under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Hockey

Pittsburgh improved to 3-0-1, its best start in 17 years, with a 4-2 win over visiting Florida.... Daniel Alfredsson scored host Ottawa's third straight shootout goal and the Senators rallied for a 4-3 victory over Minnesota.

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