Memphis Will Join Big East

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- It looks like Rick Pitino will get his wish. Memphis will announce Wednesday that they will join the Big East in all sports starting in 2013. 

Pitino has been on record saying the Big East should pursue Memphis and Temple since they will be losing Syracuse, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh.

Memphis is most valuable to the conference in men's basketball. The program has made 23 NCAA tournament appearances and has played in two national championship games.

Memphis previously tried to enter the Big East in 2005 when Louisville, DePaul, Cincinnati, South Florida, and Marquette joined the conference, but they were denied.

Memphis will have to pay a $500,000 dollar exit fee to the Conference USA and forfeit their share of television right revenue valued at approximately $6.13 million, according to a league spokeswoman.

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Third Ranked Ohio State Edges Purdue 87-84

Jamie Sabau/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, OH) -- The third ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (21-3) hung on and beat Big Ten rival Purdue (15-9), 87-84 in Columbus Tuesday night.

Buckeyes' senior guard William Buford led the way with 29 points.

"They came out ready to play." Buford said after the game. "They threw the first punch. We didn't lock up defensively how we needed to, how we knew to lock up....But down the stretch, we ended up locking up on defense and executing on offense."

The win was Ohio States sixth straight, and gives it a game and a half lead over Michigan St. in the Big Ten.

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Paul Pierce Passes Bird for Second on Celtics' All-time Scoring List

Boston Celtics/NBA(BOSTON) -- Paul Pierce is etching his name into the Boston Celtics' history book. On Tuesday, he passed Larry Bird for second on the Celtics' all-time scoring list during the Celtics victory over the Charlotte Bobcats 94-84.

After the game,when Pierce was asked about how he felt passing Larry Bird he said, "That's incredible...In my mind one of the top five players that ever played the game. I'm not going to sit here and say that I'm anywhere near his accomplishments. Just to be mentioned with this organization is a great honor."

Pierce is now in his 14th NBA season, all played with the Celtics. He is currently 4,598 points away from tying John Havlicek as the Celtics all-time leading scorer.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 2/7/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky (24-1) defeated (8) Florida (19-5), 78-58.

(3) Ohio State (21-3) edged Purdue (15-9), 87-84.

Evansville (12-12) upset (17) Creighton (21-4), 65-57.

NBA: The Miami Heat (19-6) defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers (9-14), 107-91.

The Boston Celtics (14-10) tamed the Charlotte Bobcats (3-22), 94-84.

The Indiana Pacers (17-7) outpaced the Utah Jazz (13-11), 104-99.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) were two points better than the Sacramento Kings (9-16), 86-84.

The Phoenix Suns (11-14) topped the Milwaukee Bucks (10-14), 107-105.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (20-5) slipped by the Golden State Warriors (8-14), 119-116.

NHL: The Washington Capitals (28-21-4) blanked the Florida Panthers (24-17-11), 4-0.

The New Jersey Devils (31-19-3) shut down the New York Rangers (33-13-5), 1-0.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (15-32-6) stung the Minnesota Wild (25-20-8), 3-1.

The New York Islanders (22-22-8) outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers (30-16-7) in a shootout, 1-0.

The St. Louis Blues (31-14-7) crowned the Ottawa Senators (27-22-7), 3-1.

The Los Angeles Kings (26-18-10) beat the Tampa Bay Lightning (23-24-5), 3-1.

The Montreal Canadiens (21-24-9) skated past the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-19-5) in a shootout, 3-2.

The Phoenix Coyotes (25-21-8) powered past the Dallas Stars (27-23-2), 4-1.

The Winnipeg Jets (25-24-6) clipped the Toronto Maple Leafs (28-20-6), 2-1.

The Colorado Avalanche (27-25-3) crunched the Chicago Blackhawks (29-18-7), 5-2.

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Kershaw and Dodgers Agree To New Contract

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) -- NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a two-year contract worth $19 million, avoiding salary arbitration. He will receive $7.5 million this season and $11 million in 2013. along with a $500,000 salary bonus.

The 23-year-old lefthander went 21-5 last year with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts, winning the Triple Crown for pitchers.

The Dodgers drafted Kershaw out of Highland Park High School in Dallas with the seventh overall pick in the 2006 MLB draft.

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Billups Will Miss Remainder Of Season With Torn Achilles

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers will be without guard Chauncey Billups for the remainder of the season after he tore his left Achilles tendon in Monday night’s overtime victory against the Orlando Magic.

The 14-year NBA veteran suffered the injury in the fourth quarter, when he fell down to the ground untouched after he tried to run up the court following a missed three-pointer.

Billups was claimed off waivers by the Clippers this past off-season, after the New York Knicks released him to make room for center Tyson Chandler. He was averaging 14.9 points and 4.0 assists this season.

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Woods Is Ready for Pebble Beach

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.) -- Tiger Woods will make his 2012 PGA Tour debut this week at Pebble Beach. 

He tied for third two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, finishing with a poor final round, but Woods says he is happy with where he is at right now.

"I feel very at peace where I am at, I had to make some changes, that took time," said Woods at Pebble Beach.  "I'm starting to see the results of that.  The last four events I really played well, I'm just building on that."

Woods had an opportunity to close out Robert Rock in Abu Dhabi but instead let the win slip away.

He has gone 26 tournaments dating to November 2009 without winning an official event, but he does admit age is catching up with him.

"I don't recover quite as well.  I know that I'm sore quite often when I'm playing with my kids," said Woods on Tuesday.  "I do get sore."

Woods will play with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in the pro-am format that requires each team to play at Pebble Beach over the first three rounds.

"He's been calling me quite a bit, sending me video of his golf swing, 'What can I do, what can I do,' " Woods said. "He's competitive and he's been grinding hard. It's been cool to see."

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Ricky Williams Announces Retirement

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- After 11 seasons in an NFL uniform, Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring.

"The NFL has been an amazing page in this chapter of my life," Williams said in a statement released by the University of Texas, his alma mater. "I pray that all successive adventures offer me the same potential for growth, success and most importantly fun. I want to thank all my fans, teammates, coaches and supporters for the strength they've given me to overcome so much."

Williams briefly retired once before, missing the 2004 season.  He returned in 2005, then left to spend the 2006 season in the Canadian Football League

He is one of only 26 NFL running backs to rush for more than 10,000 yards in a career.

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Giants Celebrate on Canyon of Heroes

Bobby Bank/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants on Tuesday got their second parade down the Canyon of Heroes in four years.

The parade began at 11 a.m. at Battery Place and Washington Street, before continuing north up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street. The parade ended at City Hall, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Giants great Michael Strahan presented the team with keys to the city.

"We do have the best fans in the world.  There is a group of guys down in Dallas who call themselves 'America's Team'," said Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. "Looking out at all of you and the millions of people in the streets today, we're 'America's Dream.'"

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he stressed all season to his team the goal of finishing.  That is exactly what his team did in Super Bowl 46.

"All things are possible for those who believe, we always believed, we always knew we could get here," said Coughlin.  "It's a great credit to the coaches who did a magnificent job and our players."

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Kobe Bryant Moves to Fifth All-Time on NBA Scoring List

NBA(PHILADELPHIA) -- You can add another milestone to the long and decorated career of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. After scoring 28 points against the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night, Bryant passed his former teammate Shaquille O'Neal to become the NBA's fifth all-time leading scorer.

"To say it's a huge honor would be an understatement," Bryant said after the game. "It's a lot of basketball. I've been very, very fortunate to have such a good career."

Bryant wasn't kidding: even though he's only 33, Bryant is currently in his 16th NBA season, having spent all of those with the Lakers. Even if Bryant retired today, he'd be one of the most accomplished players in NBA history. He has five NBA championships, been named to 13 All-Star games, won one MVP award, and an Olympic gold medal.

Despite battling a wrist issue, Bryant currently leads the NBA in scoring at 29.3 points per game.

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