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San Diego St considers Big East and Mountain West

San Diego St considers Big East and Mountain West

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) San Diego State is planning to attend the Big East's meetings on Friday, but the school has been talking to the Mountain West about possibly staying in that conference rather than switching leagues.

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said Tuesday he doesn't anticipate San Diego State will have a decision at the upcoming meeting in Dallas.

``Every indication is they want to stay,'' he said after attending a BCS commissioners meeting. ``Whether they will or not we still don't know. We're still talking.

``If I had to guess, it would shake out in a couple of weeks.''

San Diego State has committed to join the Big East as a football-only member in 2013. The school plans to have the rest of its sports compete in the Big West.

The Aztecs joined the Big East along with Boise State, when the rebuilding conference was attempting to put together a coast-to-coast football league. But the Broncos backed out last month after the most recent Big East defections and struck a deal to stay in the Mountain West. Now SDSU is looking into doing the same, but the MW has to decide if it wants the Aztecs back.

The Mountain West recently restructured its television deal with CBS Sports Network, which allowed the conference to cut a deal with Boise State that could allow the Broncos and their powerful football program to make more revenue than the rest of the schools in the league.

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said conference leaders have been trying to get San Diego State up to speed on the new TV deal, while considering whether to go to 12 members or stick with 11.

``We're just trying to understand how the league is going to work,'' he said. ``Trying to understand what their wants, desires, concerns might be and then our board would get together and say, `Yeah, we can live with that,' or otherwise.''

Part of the Boise State deal with the Mountain West was an agreement that the conference would first consider San Diego State it if did look for another member. The agreement set an exclusive window for San Diego State that closes Jan. 31.

``The reason for that deadline is I took 10-team (football) schedule last week and tore it up,'' Thompson said. ``Before we go to the computer and ask it to create an 11-team schedule we ought to see if it's going to be a 12-team schedule.''

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What It Means: Wizards reportedly expected to make extension offer to Bradley Beal

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What It Means: Wizards reportedly expected to make extension offer to Bradley Beal

Despite the litany of teams who would love to get their hands on Bradley Beal this offseason, Washington has so far remained committed to keeping Bradley Beal a Wizard.

And when he's eligible in July, they plan to offer him a three-year, $111 million extension, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  

"He's eligible for a three-year, $111 million extension," Wojnarowski said during ESPN's televised mock draft special. "I'm told it's the team's intention to offer that up to him and try and move forward."

Keeping Beal long-term may wind being a smart move, as NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig wrote this week. The extension would lock Beal up for the next five years and secure him and John Wall -- once he's fully recovered from offseason Achilles surgery -- as the Wizards' backcourt for the foreseeable future. 

The offer may seem financially burdensome, considering the Wizards just signed John Wall to a massive supermax extension that starts this season. But although the Wizards are currently strapped for cash, there's hope on the horizon. Ian Mahinmi's $15.6 million deal and Dwight Howard's $5.4 million deal expire after the 2019-2020 season.

The Wizards could decline Jabari Parkers $20 million team option and let Bobby Portis walk in restricted free agency this offseason. If both those happen, the Wizards could open up cap space for Beal's extension.

Considering John Wall is out for likely the entire next season and the Wizards still don't have a GM, their best move might be to lock in what proven production they have.

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Phillies are 2-for-2.

Tuesday night's game was postponed following a two-hour rain delay. Monday's game was postponed after a three-hour rain delay.

Tuesday's game will be made up as part of a split day-night doubleheader Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., bumping a four-game series to a five-game series. The Nationals and Phillies are scheduled to also play a split day-night doubleheader Wednesday.

The day was not without news. Nationals ace Max Scherzer broke his nose in batting practice when a ball bounced off his bat and struck him in the face. Scherzer was attempting to bunt at the time.

Scherzer's injury and the multiple postponements throw the Nationals' pitching plans into disarray. They're not sure if Scherzer will pitch as expected Wednesday. It appears Austin Voth, who was scratched from his Thursday start for Triple-A Fresno, will be available to pitch in one of the Wednesday games -- should they be played. More rain is expected Wednesday.

The Nationals will bump Patrick Corbin, who was slated to pitch again Tuesday, into a Wednesday spot. Wednesday's other starter is TBA. It could be Scherzer if he is ready. It could be Erick Fedde, and Voth could be used in the bullpen as the 26th man. That would provide Scherzer a chance to pitch Thursday and Strasburg on Friday against Atlanta. 

Or, Scherzer could be provided more time off. There's a lot to sort out once again thanks to the rain.

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