college sports • The Southeastern Conference sent a strong message to the NCAA on Friday: provide the Big Five some autonomy or they’ll form their own division. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said if the Big Five conferences — which also include the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 — don’t get the flexibility needed to create their own bylaws, the next step would be to move to "Division IV." Moving to Division IV would keep the Big Five under the NCAA umbrella while granting college football’s biggest money makers power to better take care of student-athletes.
The SEC, for example, would like to pay full cost of college attendance, provide long-term medical coverage and offer incentives to students who return to school and complete degrees. Smaller Division 1 schools likely can’t afford the changes the major conferences are seeking.
Giants release quarterback Freeman
NFL • The New York Giants released quarterback Josh Freeman on Friday, five weeks after signing him. Freeman played for Tampa Bay and Minnesota last season. Also Friday, Giants safety Will Hill was suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Keselowski wins Sprint Cup pole at Dover
NASCAR • Brad Keselowski turned a track-record lap of 164.444 mph to win the pole at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Friday. Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson round out the top five for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
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