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Sports briefs: Big Ten adjusts divisions
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL • The Big Ten says it is going to an East and West alignment for divisions and a nine-game schedule format for conference play.

Big Ten presidents and chancellors approved the moves on Sunday.

The new division alignments will begin in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference, meaning "Legends" and "Leaders" will be a thing of the past. Teams will go from playing eight conference games to nine in 2016.

Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers will be in the East division. The West will consist of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Nadal wins title in Barcelona

TENNIS • Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time, defeating Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 for his fourth title of the year.

This latest victory, with next month's French Open approaching, is a promising sign that Nadal is getting back to full strength from a knee injury that sidelined him since last summer.

"I am very happy," he said. "It has been an important week for me to win here again and a great source of joy after everything I have been through."

• Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won her first title in nearly a year, beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-1, 6-3 in the Grand Prix SAR final in Marrakech, Morocco.

• Maria Sharapova beat Li Na 6-4, 6-3 to successfully defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title in Stuttgart, Germany, in a final between the last two French Open champions.

Miami's Larkin to enter NBA Draft

BASKETBALL • University of Miami guard Shane Larkin says he will forgo his final two years of college eligibility and enter the NBA Draft. Larkin averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists this season for the Hurricanes.

• Colorado announced that junior forward Andre Roberson will enter the NBA Draft. Roberson led the Pac-12 with an 11.2-rebounding average and scored nearly 11 points a game.

From wire reports

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