Sports Shorts

Basketball league cancels second-tier games

Due to the fighting with Gaza, the Israel Basketball Association has postponed two National League games. The two affected games are Nes Tziona vs. Elitzur Ramle and Maccabi Kiryat Gat vs. Hapoel Afula. The other games are due to be played tonight as scheduled: Ramat Gan vs. Be'er Yaakov, Kiryat Ata vs. Galil Elyon, Kfar Sava vs. Elitzur Ramle, Hod Hasharon vs. Kiryat Tivon, and Nahariya vs. Kiryat Bialik. (Arie Livnat )

European Olympic body moves meeting out of Israel in wake of Gaza violence

The European Olympic Committees are moving their general assembly out of Eilat because of the violence between Israel and Hamas. EOC President Pat Hickey told The Associated Press that the December 7-8 meeting will be relocated to Rome. The decision was made yesterday by the EOC's executive committee. Hickey said many national Olympic committees "voiced concerns about safety and security" because of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. He said that "an overwhelming amount were not prepared to travel" to Israel for the annual meeting. The assembly will be held on the same dates in the Italian capital, which serves as the headquarters of the EOC. The European body represents 49 Olympic committees. The meeting is expected to attract about 500 delegates. (AP )

Maryland leaving ACC to join Big 10 in 2014

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says the addition of Maryland to the conference was a response to the recent trend of college leagues expanding outside their traditional regions. Maryland was scheduled to announce yesterday it is joining the Big Ten and leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference. Delany told The Associated Press before a news conference that a "paradigm shift" is occurring in college sports. He also said the slowing population growth in the Midwest, compared to other parts of the country, is a concern for the Big Ten in maintaining long-term success. Maryland will become the southernmost member of the Big Ten starting in 2014. (AP )