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Legendary women's college basketball coach Pat Summitt announced that she would step down at Tennessee, the Los Angeles Times said.

Summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball history, will take the title of 'head coach emeritus' and be replaced by Holly Warlick.

Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset dementia less than a year ago.

Summitt has coached the Lady Vols for 38 seasons, leading the team to eight national championships and 18 Final Four appearances.

She was the NCAA coach of the year seven times.

Facebook purchases Instagram app for $1 billion

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Facebook is purchasing a mobile app that teens can't get enough of, the Los Angeles Times said.

Users of Instagram tend to be far younger than the users of Facebook, but the two certainly are similar in terms of popularity.

Instagram is a mobile application that is used to snap photos, jazz them up with effects, and post them to social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter.

Facebook is paying $1 billion for a hugely popular photo-sharing app maker.

The San Francisco based company says that is has more than 30 million users. Researchers say that the app attracts the most active users of apps, teens.

Baylor women remain perfect heading into final

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The Baylor Lady Bears (39-0) are one win away from becoming the first team in NCAA history to record 40 wins in a season, the Denver Post said.

With their 59-47 win over Stanford on Sunday, the Bears inched one game closer to history, and only Notre Dame now stands in their way.

Baylor has relied heavily on national player of the year Brittney Griner and all-american point guard Odyssey Sims to be their winning connection throughout the season, but an unlikely source provided the spark on Sunday night.

Senior reserve Terran Condrey scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half to propel her team, after she had only averaged 4.1 points the entire season.

Griner tied a season low with only three baskets, on her way to 13 points.

Mega Millions $360 million jackpot goes unclaimed

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California state officials announced the new $500 million Mega Millions jackpot for Friday after the prize went unclaimed Wednesday, the Silicon Valley Mercury News said.

Whether the winner is found Friday or not, the jackpot will be the biggest in human history.

The largest jackpot to be awarded before this one was $390 million, which was split by winners in Georgia and New Jersey in 2007.

Between last Friday and Tuesday, California sold more than $50 million in tickets.

The odds against guessing all six winning numbers correctly are around 1 in 176,000,000.

The thought of the jackpot increasing even more is a possibility as well, but with the rising popularity, it's realistic to think a winner will be determined very soon.

Peyton Manning picks the Denver Broncos

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Four-time MVP Peyton Manning told his agent Tom Condon to finalize contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos because he was headed to the Mile High City, the USA Today said.

ESPN's Christ Mortensen broke the news on SportsCenter and reported that a press conference is expected to be held Tuesday.

Manning apparently called the 49ers and Titans, the other teams vying for his services, on Monday morning to inform them of his decision.

All three of the teams had contractual frameworks in place last week when Manning's decision was yet to be made.

ESPN's Adam Schefter further reports that the Broncos may bring in Center Jeff Saturday, who played alongside Manning in Indianapolis. The Broncos will also look to trade quarterback Tim Tebow.

Rory McIlroy survived a Sunday charge by Tiger Woods to claim his first Honda Classic victory and took over the top spot in the World Golf Rankings in the process, the Times Union said.

McIlroy began the day with a nine-shot lead over Woods, but a final round 62 put him in position to possibly force a playoff with the tournament leader.

A clutch performance worthy of the No. 1 ranking was exactly what McIlroy was counting on, and he delivered down the stretch by making a birdie on the 13th hole. That birdie secured a two-shot lead for the 22-year-old phenom, and he played the final five holes at even par to finish the tournament 12 under par.

With his win Sunday, McIlroy became just the 16th player to reach the world No. 1 ranking.

He is also the second-youngest player to reach the top spot at 22 years and 10 months old. Tiger Woods reached the top spot at 21 years and five months old back in 1997.

MLB officially expands playoffs

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Major League Baseball officially announced that its playoffs will expand to 10 teams in 2012, the Chicago Tribune said.

An agreement was finalized Friday between the MLB and the Players association, which allowed for an additional Wild Card team in each league. The two Wild Card teams will meet in a one-game playoff, with the winner joining the other three division winners in the tournament format.

Another change in the format comes during the divisional series, where the lower-seeded teams will host the first two games of the series, and then the higher-seeded teams will host the following three. The change eliminates one travel day, which was necessary because the regular season schedule is already set.

The expansion of the playoff format places a larger value on winning a division title.

Five Wild Card teams have won the World Series since the format was put in place in 1995.

ESPN fires employee for offensive Lin headline

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ESPN issued an apologetic statement and disciplined two employees after a racial slur appeared in a headline for their mobile site late Saturday night.

The network got in trouble after they ran the inappropriate headline following Lin and the Knicks' winning streak ended Friday night, the Washington Post said. ESPN executives took action Sunday, firing the employee responsible for the headline and suspending an anchor that used the phrase for 30 days.

"We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin," ESPN said in the statement on its Web site. "His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future."

17 TCU students caught in drug sting

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Police said four Texas Christian University football players are among 17 students who were arrested Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

The students that were arrested Wednesday were caught in an undercover operation selling marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs. Names of the students involved will be released later in the day.

USA Today said that the investigation was a joint operation between the Fort Worth Police Department and TCU Campus Police.

"We have a responsibility to ensure that our campus environment is free of such behavior. Today's actions highlight that responsibility," school chancellor Victor Boschini said. "The students involved were immediately separated from TCU and criminally trespassed from campus. Further, according to University policy, students arrested and found in violation of distributing drugs are subject to immediate expulsion from TCU."

Authorities have been investigating for six months after complaints from students, parents, and others.

All of the students involved have since been expelled.

Pierce passes Larry Bird on Celtics scoring list

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Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce moved past Larry Bird on the franchise's all-time scoring list Tuesday night, ESPN said.

Pierce moved into second place behind John Havlicek as the Celtics defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 94-84 at TD Garden.

As he was poised to pass Bird, Pierce swore on Sunday night that he would not think about the milestone moment during Tuesday's game, but he lied.

After two days of hype passed, Pierce began to feel more expectations as he took the floor on Tuesday.

Pierce finished the game with 15 points, passing Bird on a third quarter 3-pointer from the right wing. He also came very close to recording a triple-double, by adding nine assists and eight rebounds in 37 minutes of play.

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