Big 12 Conference offers membership to 4 schools

The Big 12 Conference officially invited four schools to join the conference amid the spate of expansion within major collegiate athletics.

The conference’s board of directors voted to extend memberships to BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston on Friday. A news conference was scheduled for each school over the course of Friday afternoon.


Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston are all members of the American Athletic Conference, and BYU’s teams have various conference affiliations. BYU is independent in football but competes in the West Coast Conference in basketball and its Olympic sports.

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Nike’s ‘super shoes’ spark race with Brooks Running and others to outfit the world’s elite runners

It should have been a perfect moment for Carson Caprara, head of footwear development for Brooks Running, when the company’s star athlete claimed bronze in the 1,500-meter finals at the Tokyo Olympics.

Instead, there was a catch. The runner, Britain’s Josh Kerr, wore shoes designed by Nike. That’s because, amid the complications of COVID-19, Brooks had been delayed in developing a version of next-generation track spikes that are transforming the sport.

“It was so frustrating,” said Caprara, whose company let Kerr and other sponsored elites race in spikes from rival brands. “We’ve always responded for our athletes, every time. To

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2021 International Swimming League – Match 5, Day 2 Live Recap 2021 International Swimming League


Day 1 of Match 5 had some exciting races, including Louise Hansson swimming a 54.73 100 butterfly split on the Toronto Titans’ 4 x 100 medley relay, as well as a 55.26 in the individual 100 butterfly, making her the 7th-fastest performer all-time. 15-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh posted a 3:58.78 in the women’s 400 freestyle to demolish the Canadian record and win the event. The DC Trident looked strong and won a total of 7 events, including the men’s 50 freestyle where ISL rookie Ryan Hoffer picked up his first ISL

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What BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF will bring to Big 12 basketball when they join the conference

Losing Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC may be crushing for the Big 12 from the perspectives of financial and football strength, but with reigning national champion Baylor and blue blood Kansas still around, losing the Sooners and Longhorns won’t be as devastating on the hardwood. But how will the additions of BYU from the WCC and Cincinnati, Houston and UCF from the AAC impact the conference’s standing in the college basketball landscape?

Expanding to 12 teams — and maybe even 14 temporarily until Oklahoma and Texas transition out — could force the league to recalibrate its scheduling setup, altering

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FIFA clears Brazilians to play in Premier League this weekend, along with Chile, Mexico and Paraguay players | Football News

FIFA has cleared players who were called up by Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay during the international break to play in the Premier League this weekend.

On Wednesday it was revealed that FIFA had invoked Article 5 to block Premier League clubs from selecting players who they had refused to release for the latest round of international fixtures, following a request from the Brazilian Football Confederation.

The request came after Premier League clubs unanimously agreed last month not to release players for international matches in countries on the UK Government’s red list.

However, following extensive talks with FIFA, the FA

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My Desk Bike Is A Permanent Fixture in my WFH Office Setup

Enlarge / Behold: It is both desk and bike.

Corey Gaskin

If you work from home, it’s a good idea to spice up the home office from time to time. Some of us have been living the telecommuting life for longer than others, and while we at Ars have some extensive experience (and an equally comprehensive guide on the best gear for home offices), we still like to periodically change things up to meet our dynamic needs. That’s how I found the Desk Bike.

Well, that, and I’m recovering from a foot injury that recently got me into biking as

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Giorgio Minisini: Male artistic swimmers redefine what ‘masculinity’ means

Artistic swimmers have just two minutes to show off their strength, flexibility and aerobic endurance — all while smiling and trying not to wipe off their heavy, waterproof make-up.

“If you think that that is easy, we are doing our job fine,” 25-year-old Italian artistic swimmer Giorgio Minisini tells CNN Sport. “If you see that we are struggling, that we are making difficult things, maybe we are missing something.”

Dive deeper into the sport, however, and it turns out that aerobic capacity and striving for synchronization are the least of male artistic swimmers’ problems, according to Minisini.

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Big 12 to add BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF after they formally accept invitations to join conference

BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF accepted invitations Friday to join the Big 12 after the conference voted to expand its league membership for the first time since 2012. As expected, the Big 12 rubber stamped the membership invitations, extending them to the four schools who quickly accepted the offers. 

Extending an invitation required a supermajority of the remaining eight Big 12 athletic directors. However, the Big 12 notes that the vote to add these new members was unanimous. 

BYU and Houston accepted their invitations within hours of receiving them, and by the end of the day all four universities announced

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Staten Island on the Run: Patricia Mulligan is a model of consistency

Talk about an impressive resume!

She’s the head coach for the McKee/Staten Island Tech girls’ track team.

She’s a former president of the Richmond Rockets.

She’s a board member of the Staten Island Running Association.

She co-chairs the Staten Island Track & Field Association with Chris Mancusi.

And, year in and year out, Patricia Mulligan has been one of the borough’s top competitors on the racing scene, netting lots of age-group awards notably in Triple Crown races going back to the 1990s!

Catching up with Mulligan is no easy feat, but the Tottenville alum took the time to share her

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Why I Mountain-Bike for My Mental Health


Mountain biking provides a freedom unlike any I’ve experienced. Trail riding allows me to feel weightless, like I’m flying past trees, yet at the same time I’m grounded. I focus on the dust and the turns ahead; I feel the presence of every rock and root I roll over. To me, mountain biking is the physical embodiment of the concept of mindfulness: it requires you to be in the moment, because if your attention wanders, the consequences can be severe. For that short hour or two on the trail, I am how people are meant to be—free. Biking helps

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