Cumberland Times-News

April 4, 2013

Sports Roundup - 04/04/2013


Cumberland Times-News

LaVale Lions final sign-ups today

LAVALE — The LaVale Lions pee wee football team will hold final signups for players and cheerleaders tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the LaVale Library.

Limited roster spots are available.

For more information, call 240-727-2979.

CAYFL coaches meet tonight

CUMBERLAND — The regularly scheduled meeting for all Division I and II coaches of the Cumberland Area Youth Football League will be tonight, 7 p.m., at the Cumberland Outdoor Club.

New by-laws and nominations for officers will be the subjects of the meeting.

Old Big East chooses its new name

NEW YORK (AP) — The current Big East will be called the American Athletic Conference starting next season.

The conference announced the decision Wednesday after university presidents approved the new moniker earlier in the day.

The Big East football schools were in need of a new name after they agreed to let seven basketball schools break away from the conference to start a new league this summer to be called the Big East. In return, the football schools received about $100 million of a $110 million pot the league had accumulated in recent years from exit and entry fees and NCAA basketball tournament revenue.

The American Athletic Conference will have 10 members in its first season: Rutgers, Louisville, Connecticut, South Florida, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Memphis, Houston, SMU and Temple.

The Big East will now be a basketball-centric conference with old Big East members Georgetown, Villanova, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Marquette, DePaul and Providence, along with Xavier, Butler and Creighton.

Minnesota hires FIU’s Richard Pitino

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has picked 30-year-old up-and-comer Richard Pitino to take over for Tubby Smith.

The university announced on Wednesday evening that it has reached an agreement to bring Pitino to the Golden Gophers after one season at Florida International. Athletic director Norwood Teague says full terms of the contract will be finished later in the week.

In his lone season at Florida International, Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record, the school’s first winning season in 13 years. He turns 31 in September, fitting the profile of the young, up-and-comer that Teague has preferred to hire in the past.

Smith was fired last week after six seasons at Minnesota. He was hired at Texas Tech on Monday.

49ers sign Asomugha for one year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers made it official with free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (NAHM’-dee AH’-suhm-wah), signing him to a one-year contract Wednesday that could pay him as much as $3 million.

Asomugha and the reigning NFC champions reached agreement on the deal Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Asomugha, a former college star at Cal, spent his first eight seasons with Oakland.