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Big East gets OK to expand to 12

COLLEGESBig East can expand to 12

Big East schools gave the go-ahead yesterday for the conference to expand to as many as 12 teams for football, a move that could involve adding six members.

The schools' chancellors and presidents gave approval for the league to talk to outside schools.

The conference is trying to make up for lost schools. Syracuse and Pittsburgh started the exodus by deciding to leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Connecticut Gov. Daniel P. Malloy has said UConn also is interested in the ACC, and there has been speculation that Rutgers, too, could leave the Big East.

The league thought it had strengthened its football status by adding Texas Christian. But TCU reversed course and accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 last night.

East Carolina has applied for membership to the Big East.

Arizona fires coach

Mike Stoops has been fired halfway through his eighth season at Arizona, two days after the Wildcats lost to previously winless Oregon State. Arizona (1-5) has lost 10 of 11.

Hartley preseason pick

UConn sophomore Bria Hartley of North Babylon is one of 30 players on the preseason list for the John R. Wooden Award, given to the nation's most outstanding basketball player.

POLICE BLOTTER

Arrest in ex-player's death

A Romanian man, Ionut Adrian Tanasoaia, was arrested in the killing of Chauncey Hardy, a former basketball player at Sacred Heart in Connecticut. Prosecutors say Hardy was punched in the face by the boyfriend of a woman Hardy was with in a bar in Romania on Saturday night.

NHLKovalchuk boosts Devils

Ilya Kovalchuk scored the deciding goal and added two assists, Zach Parise had two goals and Johan Hedberg made 24 saves, leading the host New Jersey Devils to a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

--AP

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