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Oklahoma, Texas regents say shop around

University of Oklahoma and Texas regents Monday gave their school presidents authority to negotiate a move out of the Big 12. Texas president Bill Powers Jr. told his regents that the options could include remaining in the Big 12. Texas A & M has announced that it plans to leave the Big 12 and pursue membership in the SEC.

Meanwhile, a person involved in the discussions told The Associated Press that school and conference officials from the Big East and Big 12 have been discussing ways to merge what's left of the two leagues if Texas and Oklahoma leave.


Stewart ace in first Chase race

Tony Stewart ended a 32-race losing streak, winning for the first time this year in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where the title-deciding series opened a day late because of rain Sunday. Stewart stretched his final tank of fuel to the finish. He jumped from ninth in the standings to second, just seven points behind runner-up Kevin Harvick. Five-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, points leader Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon were among those who ran out of gas on the last lap.-- AP


Hofstra gets Hall

Power forward Jimmy Hall of Jersey City St. Anthony High School has committed to Hofstra for the 2012-13 season, St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said. The 6-7 Hall was a role player as a junior, averaging 5.3 points but is expected to be an impact player this season. "I think they did a very good job of recruiting him," Hurley said of Hofstra. "Mo and I have talked at length about where I think Jimmy is as a player and where I think he can get to. I think it's an excellent choice." Hall was also being recruited by Penn State, Temple and George Washington.

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