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Big Ten, Big East to meet in series in 2015

– The Big Ten and Big East will begin a series of games in 2015 and the multiday event will be named for the late Dave Gavitt.

The conferences will have a news conference today to announce the deal. The games will take place the first Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the regular season. The games will be played at home sites, four from each conference.

The first series of the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be at the start of the 2015-16 season. The matchups will be announced.

The Big Ten will continue its challenge with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Gavitt, a Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer, was the founder of the Big East.

AUTO RACING

IndyCar commits to New Orleans

IndyCar will stage one of its open-wheel races in the New Orleans area in 2015, people familiar with the decision said. The race will come to the 2.75-mile road course at the private NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, about 14 miles southwest of downtown New Orleans, the people said. The $60 million facility was designed by Alan Wilson, who also designed Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama and Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City.

BASEBALL

Winston reinstated to Seminoles team

Jameis Winston has been reinstated to Florida State’s baseball team after being suspended after a shoplifting incident, the school confirmed Sunday. The Heisman Trophy winner was issued a civil citation and entered a program that required 20 hours of community service. The 20-year-old two-sport star is the closer on the baseball team and missed the three-game series against Minnesota this weekend.

BOXING

Mayweather keeps title in tough fight

In Las Vegas, Marcos Maidana did everything but beat Floyd Mayweather Jr., taking him 12 tough rounds before losing a majority decision. Mayweather remained unbeaten Saturday night, but not by much. Maidana swarmed all over him from the opening bell and gave him perhaps his toughest fight in a 16-year professional career. Mayweather got the win – just as he did in his previous 45 fights. He retained his welterweight titles, winning the fight on two scorecards while a third judge had it even.

SOFTBALL

4 from area named All-Crossroads

Woodlan grads Hannah Robbins and Lauren Ehle (both players for Taylor), Garrett graduate Katie Depew and Lakewood Park grad Annie Weaver (both players for Huntington) received Crossroads League All-Conference awards. Huntington advanced from the conference tournament to the NAIA National Tournament despite losing in the championship game to Taylor. The national championship opening round selections will be made Tues- day.

TENNIS

Serena cruises in Madrid Open

Serena Williams brushed aside Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-2, 6-1 to open her defense of the Madrid Open title, while Maria Sharapova beat Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-2 in the first round. In the men’s tournament, Novak Djokovic withdrew before the start of the event because of a right wrist injury that had already affected his play at Monte Carlo last month. The top-ranked Williams, who has won the clay-court tournament the past two years, hit 11 aces and broke Bencic five times to advance in less than an hour. Williams will play Peng Shuai of China in the second round.

Slovakian beats top seed in BMW

In Munich, Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan defeated top-seeded Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the BMW Open final for his second ATP World Tour title. Klizan left center court briefly due to apparent stomach problems in the first set, but he rallied despite appearing to labor with continued difficulties to win in just under 90 minutes. He is the first qualifier to win an ATP World Tour title since Nicolas Mahut won the Topshelf Open in the Netherlands in June.

Former British No. 1 dies of cancer at 30

In London, Elena Baltacha, the former top-50 professional tennis player who had been fighting liver cancer since retiring from the game, died Sunday. She was 30. The Lawn Tennis Association announced the death of the former British No. 1 on its website, with former Fed Cup coach Iain Bates describing Baltacha as “a true role model, a great competitor and a wonderful friend.” The Kiev-born Baltacha, who represented Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, was diagnosed with the illness in January, two months after retiring from tennis and only weeks after she married her long-time coach Nino Severino.

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