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RIT tops Canisius

Canisius threatened for two periods, but couldn't top RIT Friday night in a 4-1 loss. Facing the defending Frozen Four participant, the Golden Griffs led, 1-0, heading into the final period. But with four unanswered goals, two by Andrew Favot, RIT finished the job.

For the Griffs (6-7-4, 5-6-4 Atlantic Hockey), Cory Conacher scored off an assist from Wes Love and Dan Morrison made 46 saves. Canisius was outshot, 50-19.


Feliciano crosses town

Pedro Feliciano is moving across town from the New York Mets to the Yankees.

The durable left-hander reached a preliminary agreement on an $8 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Friday. The contract, which includes a $4.5 million club option for 2013, is subject to Feliciano passing a physical.

Feliciano had spent part of eight seasons in the major leagues, all with the Mets. He led the major leagues in games pitched with 86 in 2008, 88 in 2009 and a career-high 92 last season. He faced 280 batters this year, an average of just over three per appearance, and held left-handed batters to a .211 average.

Elsewhere in baseball:

*Japanese batting champion Tsuyoshi Nishioka and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $9 million, three-year contract that includes a club option for the 2014 season.

*The San Diego Padres have agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with second baseman Orlando Hudson.


Izzo must sit today

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will serve a one-game suspension for a secondary violation of NCAA rules tied to a summer camp.

Michigan State officials said that the school employed someone associated with a potential recruit during a basketball camp in June. The person was paid $475 for five days of working with middle schoolers. Izzo called it an unintentional violation of the rules. Izzo will sit out the Spartans' game today against Prairie View A&M.


Vols shocked again

In college basketball, Jamar Briscoe scored 14 points, and fed Phil Jones for the go-ahead layup with 7.4 seconds left and Charlotte handed No. 7 Tennessee its second stunning upset loss of the week, 49-48, on Friday night.

Cameron Tatum missed a desperation heave at the buzzer for the Volunteers (7-2), who followed a blowout win over then-No. 3 Pittsburgh with losses to Oakland and Charlotte.


Big Ten may try again

Jim Delany has spent more than two decades as commissioner of the Big Ten, overseeing two conference expansions and the formation of the Big Ten Network.

None of it prepared him for the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the conference's new division names.

Delany said during an interview with WGN AM-720 in Chicago on Thursday that the names Legends and Leaders were picked to highlight the conference's rich history, and that "to a great extent it's fallen on deaf ears." Many fans have instead mocked the names and asked officials to reconsider, which Delany said could happen after the first of the year.

"I think we have enough experience with names, and expansion and development of divisions, to know that you never, rarely, get 90 percent approval rating," Delany said during the interview. "But to get a 90 percent non-approval rating was, you know, really surprising."

From News and wire service reports.

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