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Sports briefs for Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Men’s basketball meeting at Bangor Y Wednesday

BANGOR — There will be a meeting for those interested in putting a team in the 2012-13 Bangor Y Men’s League at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bangor Y on Second Street.

Each team should have a representative present. League rules and schedule will be discussed and team roster and entry forms will be available.

Contact Bob Cimbollek at 356-6787 for more information.

Commissioners to meet on football playoff format

NEW YORK — Conference commissioners will meet Monday, hoping to decide whether to have a six- or seven-game format for the new college football playoff.

Support has waned for adding a seventh marquee bowl game to the semifinal rotation. But there is still a strong possibility some automatic entry to the system will be given to the Big East and four other conferences now without a bowl of their own.

“Whether it’s seven games or six games, the commitment to access that was established at the Chicago meeting, I’m confident, is still in place,” Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said Sunday from Denver, where the commissioners regular meeting with the BCS presidential oversight committee was being held.

The idea of adding a game to the playoff rotation that starts in 2014 came up at that September meeting in Chicago and initially had strong support.

The tentative plan was to match the best team from Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference against a team from the Pac-12 or Big 12.

But the game drew tepid interest from television networks, including ESPN, because adding a game to the format would increase the overall price tag on the new postseason package.

ESPN.com reported two weeks ago the addition of a seventh game to the format was becoming unlikely. Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco responded there was still support for it among the commissioners.

Last week, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told The Associated Press that both the six- and seven-game formats were still “on the table.”

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic win at ATP finals

LONDON — As usual, Roger Federer is looking to add to one of his many records. And as many expected, Novak Djokovic will be trying to stop him.

The top two players in the world advanced to the championship match at the ATP finals on Sunday, each looking beatable early before turning things around.

Federer, a six-time champion at the season-ending event, advanced by beating U.S. Open champion Andy Murray 7-6 (5), 6-2. The top-ranked Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

“I knew that if I lose today it’s the end of the season, so I gave everything I had and couldn’t be more happy,” Federer said on court after the match.

The ATP finals is the last tournament of the season, and Federer will face Djokovic in the final match on Monday at the O2 Arena.

Federer found himself in a hole early against Murray, losing his serve in the opening game of the match. But Murray, who lost to Federer in the Wimbledon final but beat him in the Olympic final, couldn’t hang on. The 17-time Grand Slam champion broke back to even the score at 4-4, and then recovered from a 3-1 deficit in the tiebreaker to win the opening set and take control of the match.

In the second set, Federer lost only two points on serve and broke Murray twice.

Baseball auction sells Babe Ruth bat for $253K

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An auction at the Louisville Slugger Museum pulled in $253,000 for a 1924 Babe Ruth autographed professional model baseball bat.

According to a news release from Hunt Auctions, two collections of sports memorabilia also did well at the weekend auction.

A group of autographed baseballs assembled by the general manager of the St. Louis Jefferson Hotel in the early 1900 sold for more than $102,000. The collection included an R.J. (Bobby) Wallace single signed baseball and an incredibly rare 1915 Miller Huggins single signed baseball.

The second large dollar collection was a group of 20th century baseball programs which sold for over $89,000.

Hunt Auctions President David Hunt said the collections prove that there still are some great “attic finds” remaining in the hobby.

SU to review claims Leach was abusive to players

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State President Elson Floyd has called for a review of claims of abusive behavior by coach Mike Leach and his staff toward players by wide receiver Marquess Wilson.

The decision by Floyd comes one day after Wilson quit the team. Wilson says he left the program because of the actions of Leach and his staff. Wilson says the new staff has “preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us,” and that included physical abuse.

Floyd said in a statement Sunday morning that after consultation with Athletic Director Bill Moos, he asked the athletic department to report findings and conclusions as soon as possible. Floyd says reviews from both the Pac-12 and the athletic department “should get to the bottom of the matter.”

Leach is in his first season as Washington State coach after spending two years out of coaching. He spent 10 seasons as Texas Tech coach before being fired in 2009 after claims of mistreatment from a player.

After Washington State’s 44-36 loss to UCLA on Saturday night, Leach declined to address Wilson’s claims.

“I’m not going to talk about anyone that isn’t here,” he said

In a statement issued Saturday night, Moos said it was unfortunate that Wilson decided to quit.

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