|SPORTS UPDATE 10/30/12|
ESPN reports the NCAA has passed a package of sweeping changes intended to crack down hard on rule-breaking schools and coaches.
Under the new legislation, programs that commit the most egregious infractions could face postseason bans of two to four years and fines stretching into the millions, while coaches could face suspensions of up to one year for violations committed by their staffs. The board also approved measures to expand the penalty structure from two tiers to four, create new penalty guidelines and speed up the litigation process.
Jim Leyland is returning as manager of the Detroit Tigers. The club announced the 67-year-old skipper will be back in the dugout for the 2013 season. Leyland was working on a one-year contract this season in leading the Tigers to the World Series. Leyland's coaching staff will also return next year. Leyland leads active managers with 1,676 career wins and ranks 15th on the all-time list. His 607 wins with Detroit ranks third behind Hughie Jennings and Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson.
The NBA regular season tips off Tuesday with a trio of games, highlighted by the reigning world champion Miami Heat opening defense of their title against the visiting Boston Celtics in a rematch of last spring's Eastern Conference finals participants. The Los Angeles Lakers will entertain the Dallas Mavericks, while the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Washington Wizards.