June 15th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Sports Update: Texas and Big 12 drama, Celtics vs. Lakers

Texas has decided not to abandon the Big 12 for the Pac-10.

College football’s biggest offseason drama is over. Texas decided to turn down the Pac-10’s offer and is remaining in the Big 12. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M followed suit and will also stay in the conference. So how did the Big 12 go from near-extinction to being safe and sound? At the end of the day, it was all about Texas and money, writes SI.com’s Andy Staples. The Longhorns wanted to pave the way for their own TV network, which the Pac-10 wasn’t willing to allow.

With the biggest pieces of the realignment puzzle staying put, we turn our attention to a heavy sports schedule that includes the World Cup, the NBA Finals, baseball and tennis. Here are a few highlights (all times Eastern).

Celtics at Lakers (9 p.m., ABC). Paul Pierce turned back the clock to pull the Celtics within a win of an 18th title, says SI.com’s Lee Jenkins. With their backs against the wall, will Kobe Bryant and the Lakers force a Game 7? Recent history is on L.A.’s side, with the game being played at Staples Center, where the Lakers are 9-1 this postseason.

North Korea vs. Brazil (2:30 p.m., ESPN). Kaka and Brazil are one of the favorites to leave South Africa with the title, can they get off to a fast start vs. North Korea, which is making its first World Cup appearance since 1966? Brazil hasn’t lost a Cup opener since falling to Spain in 1934.

By The Numbers

1: After 11 games, no team has scored at least one goal in the World Cup and gone on to lose.

5.9: Magnitude of a brief earthquake that shook San Diego’s PETCO Park during the bottom of the sixth inning of the Blue Jays’ 6-3 win over the Padres.

20: Years defenseman Rob Blake spent in the NHL. The 40-year-old is retiring after a career that included stops with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, and most recently, the San Jose Sharks.

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  1. carlos


    June 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve T


    Just a note to set you straight. Texas (and all the others) didn't go to the PAC-10 because A&M wasn't about to blindly follow them there. When the longhorns realized that A&M had called their bluff, they backed off and "saved" the Big 12...or 10, ...or whatever. A&M was ready (and their fans are still willing) to head to the SEC. Politics had a lot to do with convincing A&M to stay (for now). Dont make it sound like Texas decided to stay and the others followed. The fact of the matter is, A&M decided to stay, and the others breathed a collective "thank goodness!!".

    June 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. YeaRight

    Another Delusional Aggie Fan. When was the last time the Aggies won a Nat'l Championship?....Or even a BCS Bowl game? Love the 1930's all male cheerleaders, but get a grip man. This was all about money. Something the Aggies have not contributed. Look at this as a blessing though; you would have got killed in the SEC (And dont give me the recruiting excuse). And thanks for the Longhorns and the money they and Oklahoma have so graciously earned by winning their games, the BIG 12 will have its own TV network. So Aggie fans can now watch their team lose every week from the comfort of their own home!

    June 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve T

    ...and yet another pompous post by an arrogant tshirt fan proclaiming the glories of the vaunted Longhorns. People throughout the state are furious with A&M because they chose not to follow the leader. If it weren't so comical it would be sad.

    June 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. YeaRight

    I actually hate the Longhorns as much as i hate the Aggies. With their Sh@!t Brown 1970's colors and their coach, who resembles Boss Hog. My point was that if your team actually contributed to the conference, I doubt there was any debate whether or not to leave the BIG 12 was based on the Aggies. Oh, you'd have to change your gay fight song..nevermmind, you were 100% right coach! Because i'm sure your a little league football coach somewhere in redneckville. Not an arrogant tshirt aggie fan. Never met one of them, oh no.

    June 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |