PHILADELPHIA -- A report released through the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education shows that most of the schools in the NCAA's six major sports conferences have weak graduation rates for African-American male student-athletes.
The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education provided data from a four-year study of athletes from the schools that comprise the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC. The findings show that on average, 50.2 percent of African-American male student-athletes graduated within six years and that 96.1 percent of the schools graduated African-American male student-athletes at rates lower than student-athletes overall.
The Penn study refutes an NCAA claim that African-American male student-athletes are 10 percent more likely to graduate than their same-race male peers who are not members of intercollegiate sports teams.
Free tickets: Northern Illinois students attending the Orange Bowl won't have to pay admission.
The school says it is giving each student one free ticket for the game against Florida State on Jan. 1, hoping to lure Huskies fans to Miami for the first BCS game in the program's history and the first ever by a MAC team.
Burlsworth Award: Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin has won the Burlsworth Award, given to the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on.
McGloin helped the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record, setting school records for yards passing (3,266) and touchdowns (24) in a season.
A-Rod to DL: Alex Rodriguez will start the season in what's become a familiar place: the disabled list.
The New York Yankees said the third baseman will have surgery on his left hip, an injury that could sideline him until the All-Star break.
Red Sox ink Napoli: Following a disappointing season, the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract with catcher Mike Napoli, a person familiar with the deal said.
Pistons beat Cavs: Brandon Knight scored 17 points, Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince had 15 apiece and the Detroit Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 89-79.
Cleveland was without guard Dion Waiters, who sat out with a sprained left ankle. Anderson Varejao had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs.
Something different: NHL owners and players have met in big groups. They've held smaller sessions. They're tried federal mediators.
Nothing has worked, so they're going to try something different.
The NHL labor talks are set to resume today with six owners and six players scheduled to meet while a couple of key figures remain on the sidelines of the negotiations.