Big 12 leaning toward title game

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says he believes the conference will move toward having a championship football game because not having one puts it at a disadvantage when it comes placing teams in the College Football Playoff.

“Having 13 (games) is superior to having 12,” Bowlsby said Wednesday. “It kind of gives us guidance to what we need to be doing in the future.”

Bowlsby said he spoke with selection committee chairman Jeff Long this week during the College Football Playoff meetings in North Texas and came away convinced not having a conference championship game was a problem last season and will continue to be an issue for the league.

Cubs clean with Maddon

CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball has ruled that the Chicago Cubs did not violate tampering rules when they pursued manager Joe Maddon last fall.

The commissioner’s office released a statement Wednesday clearing the Cubs of wrongdoing about six months after Tampa Bay accused Chicago of tampering with their manager before Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays.

“The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on tampering,” MLB said in the statement.

The Cubs were happy it’s finally resolved.

“We’re glad that the process is over,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “We’re glad the result we expected came through and now we can put it behind us and never talk about it again.”

Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay soon after Rays executive Andrew Friedman left the club to take over the Los Angeles Dodgers in mid-October.

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