The five power conferences want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes. Now NCAA president Mark Emmert and the leaders of those leagues must convince schools with fewer resources that giving them greater autonomy is in the best interest of college athletics.
NCAA leaders are exploring ways to alter their governing structure, which would allow the colleges that can afford it to pay for certain expenses currently prohibited. That includes offering a stipend for the costs of attending school not covered by scholarships.
Emmert said members are "cautiously optimistic" an acceptable plan can be devised.
There are 340 schools in Division I, and only 120 of them are in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Just 65 will be in the five power conferences -- Pac-12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big 12.
New England goalkeeper Matt Reis retired after a 16-year career to become the goalie coach for Los Angeles. Reis, who spent the past 11 seasons with the Revolution, is a four-time MLS All-Star. He starred at UCLA before playing for the Galaxy from 1998-2002.
Michael Chang will join Kei Nishikori's coaching staff as an adviser. Dante Bottini will remain full-time coach. Nishikori, ranked No. 17. has been training with Chang for the last two weeks in California.
Mapping out her Olympics preparation after a three-race test, Lindsey Vonn will skip this weekend's World Cup stop at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and is planning to return to the circuit in a downhill Dec. 21 at Val d'Isere, France. The American returned to competition at Lake Louise, Alberta, last week -- 10 months after tearing ligaments in her right knee. She placed 40th in Friday's downhill, 11th in Saturday's downhill and fifth in Sunday's super-G.