From Comcast SportsNetSOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame has picked its conference. Now it has to decide which football rivalry games to keep.The announcement Wednesday that Notre Dame is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except football and hockey came with a provision that the Fighting Irish play five football games a year against league opponents. That's good news for fans who want to see the Irish play Miami more often, but may not be welcomed by some traditional rivals.The deal calls for the Irish to play each ACC team once every three years, which means traditional games against Pittsburgh and Boston College will end. Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Notre Dame will continue to play Navy, which bailed out the school in the 1940s when it was struggling financially by putting programs on the South Bend campus. The Irish also will keep playing Southern California and Stanford, to keep a presence on the West Coast.But what of Big Ten rivals Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue? Swarbrick wasn't ready to say immediately. He did say, however, the shift in scheduling wouldn't be as big as some people think."We're going to keep some traditional rivals and we're going to get around the country. We're still going to be in California every year and we're still going to find a way to get into the Southwest. And, of course, this gives us a great East Coast footprint and we want to make sure we keep a Midwest presence, too," he said. "We'll meet our mission and make sure Notre Dame is playing everywhere in the country."Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke expects the Boilermakers to continue playing the Irish."We have a long-time relationship with Notre Dame involving many of our programs, and we expect it to continue," he said.Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon hopes to keep the series against Notre Dame going after their contract expires in 2020, but said it will be Notre Dame's decision. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said the Spartans have a contract that runs through 2031 that calls for games against Notre Dame for four years and then two off years.But with five ACC games on the schedule, games against USC, Stanford and Navy, if the Irish played all three Big Ten opponents it would have just one other game on the schedule.Notre Dame will begin playing five ACC teams in 2014. It wasn't clear when it would join the league in other sports because the Big East has a 27-month notification period for any member that wants to leave, and a 5 million exit fee. The Big East has shown a willingness to negotiate, as it did with Pittsburgh and Syracuse, who paid 7.5 million each to get out early. Swarbrick wouldn't say when Notre Dame would leave, but indicated he would try to work out a deal."My own philosophy is, it's in everybody's interests to do it sooner rather than later," Swarbrick said.One of the key reasons Notre Dame decided to move from the Big East, which it joined in 1995, was because the ACC's offer allowed the Irish to be part of its bowl rotation. For the next two seasons, if Notre Dame doesn't earn a BCS berth it must wait to see what conferences can't fill their bowl allotments to see where it can play. Notre Dame also could play an ACC team in the Orange Bowl in some years."We needed a soup-to-nuts solution for the postseason and we have achieved it," Swarbrick said.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said the deal helps the league as well because it will re-negotiate its recent ESPN contract worth 3.6 billion to account for Notre Dame's arrival. Notre Dame will keep its broadcast partnership with NBC and won't receive TV revenue for other ACC football games.Swarbrick said he thinks Notre Dame's move to the ACC might stabilize all the changes going on among conferences."I think this gives us a real chance that we are going to have a period ahead of us now in college athletics which is going to be pretty stable," he said. "That would be one of the nicest possible legacies if five years from now we look back on this deal and say, You know what, that ushered in a period of where we focused on what was going on on the field and not what was going on in the AD's office in college sports. I think it will."
BALTIMORE – The Orioles finally broke their 21 inning scoreless streak, and thanks to a sacrifice fly by Pedro Alvarez pulled out a 10-inning 1-0 win over the New York Yankees before 19,598 at Oriole Park on Thursday night.
Hyun Soo Kim started the 10th with an infield single off Johnny Barbato (1-2). Kim advanced to third on a single to left by Jonathan Schoop.
Andrew Miller came in to face Alvarez, who flied to fairly short center. Reimold beat Jacoby Ellsbury’s throw home for the winning run.
The Orioles (16-11) took two of three from New York (9-17).
Darren O’Day started the ninth with two outs, and after Starlin Castro singled, Zach Britton who hadn’t pitched since spraining his left ankle on Saturday, came in to face Brian McCann.
On a 3-1 pitch, Britton threw a strike to McCann, and Matt Wieters fired the ball to shortstop where Manny Machado tagged Castro out to end the ninth.
After walking Brian McCann to start the 10th and later allowing a stolen base to pinch runner Brett Gardner, Britton (2-1) struck out the side.
In the bottom of the ninth, Mark Trumbo walked with one out, and Wieters’ fly ball was caught by a jumping Dustin Ackley in right, and pinch runner Joey Rickard was easily doubled up at first to end the inning.
Kevin Gausman allowed just two hits in the first six innings, a single to Aaron Hicks in the third, and leadoff double to Castro in the fourth.
Castro was on third with one out, but Gausman stranded him.
Gausman’s motion so frustrated Yankees manager Joe Girardi that he was thrown out of the game after Castro was left on third because he argued to third base umpire Chris Guccione that Gausman was balking.
Masahiro Tanaka allowed just four singles in six innings, and no Oriole baserunner advanced past second.
In the seventh, Gausman allowed a single to Mark Teixeira with one out, but was immediately bailed out when Carlos Beltran hit into a nifty, shift-induced 5-6-3 double play.
Jonathan Schoop singled with two outs in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to eight games, but he has just one hit in each game.
Gausman finished by throwing eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four.
Tanaka gave up five hits in eight shutout innings.
NOTE: The Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series on Friday night. Rich Hill (3-3, 2.53) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (1-3, 5.20).
After leading the Capitals to their second Presidents' Trophy in franchise history, head coach Barry Trotz has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, the NHL announced Thursday. The award is voted on by the NHL Broadcasters' Association and is officially awarded to the coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success."
Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers are also finalists.
In his second season as coach, Trotz led the Caps to a 56-18-8 record and a Presidents' Trophy. The team set franchise records in wins (56) and road wins (27) and also came just one shy of tying records in home wins (29) and points (120).
This is the third time Trotz has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams. He finished second in 2010 and third in 2011 while with the Nashville Predators. Should Trotz win, he will become the third coach to win the award in franchise history. Bryan Murray won for the 1983-84 season and Bruce Boudreau for the 2007-08 season.
The winner of the award will be announced during the 2016 NHL Awards on June 22.
Three things to know about Ravens fourth-round pick (107), wide receiver Chris Moore from the University of Cincinnati:
1. Moore’s college breakout game came against Ohio St in 2014.
Everybody in the Buckeyes’ secondary who played against Moore remembers him. Moore had three catches for 221 yards and three touchdowns, and he also had a 40-yard touchdown nullified by a penalty. On two of those touchdowns, Moore burned highly-touted Ohio St. defensive backs - cornerback Eli Apple, who was drafted No. 10 overall by the Giants, and safety Vonn Bell, who went to the Saints in Round 2.
“When it came time to play against the best talent, I performed,” Moore said.
2. At 6-foot-2, 190 pound, Moore has the frame to be more than just a deep receiver.
“I practice running every route, every single day,” Moore said. “I run all the short routes too, so I’m not just a deep threat.”
3. The biggest knock on Moore is the drops he had in college.
The Ravens coaching staff, particularly wide receiver coach Bobby Engram, will be looking for ways to improve Moore’s concentration and technique.