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University of Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek met last month with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott while on a trip to the West Coast as the school tries to attract interest from Power Five conferences. Tim Duncan Jersey .Pac-12 spokesman Erik Hardenbergh confirmed Monday that Scott met with Yurachek at the athletic directors request. Houston spokesman David Bassity said Yurachek used the meeting to discuss myriad topics related to the future of college athletics.The Pac-12 has given no indication it is looking to expand from its current 12 members.Houston is a member of the American Athletic Conference and one of many schools outside Power Five leagues that have been working behind the scenes to move to a more lucrative conference.The Big 12 has been considering expansion for months and still has not made a decision. The conference is holding media days in Dallas this week and its presidents are scheduled to meet Tuesday, with expansion on the agenda.The Big 12 is the only Power Five conference with 10 members. The rest have at least 12. The conference has announced it will reinstitute its football championship games and likely break into divisions, even if it does not add members.Houston, along with fellow AAC members Memphis, UCF, Connecticut and Cincinnati, and other schools such as Colorado State, have reached out to members of the Big 12 board of directors to pitch their schools over the last year.The Cougars have a hot football program and a new on-campus stadium, but being in Texas isnt necessarily helping its prospects with the Big 12. The league already has four schools in the state and a large presence in the city of Houston, especially with University of Texas alumni. Often when Power Five conferences have added schools, they have tried to add new media markets and expand the leagues footprint. Dennis Rodman Jersey . Q: Team Canada announces their Olympic roster three weeks from today. Who is general manager Steve Yzerman watching? LeBrun: Over the last 48 hours, hes taken in the home-and-home between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche with Jamie Benn and Matt Duchene being the obvious targets. Derrick White Jersey . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. http://www.cheapspursjerseys.com/?tag=cheap-patty-mills-jersey . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. WASHINGTON -- For all the progress starter Francisco Liriano showed Friday night, a seventh-inning defensive meltdown cost the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Washington Nationals.The Pirates made two errors during that decisive inning that contributed to their 5-1 loss in the first game out of the All-Star break. A mistake by first baseman David Freese on a sacrifice bunt attempt and the combination of a wild by pitch by reliever Neftali Feliz and throwing blunder by catcher Eric Fryer gave the Nationals the breaks they needed.It all comes back to game awareness, manager Clint Hurdle said. We needed to handle it better.Liriano (5-9) lasted into the seventh inning, allowing three runs and five hits. He didnt surrender a hit for the first three innings but wasnt as sharp throughout as Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg (13-0), who allowed one run and three hits in eight innings.Hurdle said Liriano pitched a very competitive ballgame.I feel like the last three starts, Ive been getting better every start little by little, Liriano said. I just got to keep pitching, keep finding a way to get hitters to swing and miss. Try not to walk that many guys and get ahead in the count like I have these last couple of games.A walk and a single by Clint Robinson in the seventh ended Lirianos night and sparked Washingtons rally. Danny Espinosa scored on Strasburgs bunt and Freese failed to tag first to get an out.I threw to first, Feliz said through an interpreter. Unfortunately, the man wasnt on first and Espinosa got there. Its just something that happens.Felizs wild pitch allowed Robinson to go from second to third, and Fryers throwing error gave the Nationals their third run.I didnt even know where the ball went, said Robinson, who went 2 for 4 as a late starter at first base in place of Daniel Murphy. I had no iddea where it was. Pau Gasol Jersey. (Third base coach Bob Henley) just said `Go ahead, so I went.Feliz then served up a two-run homer to Michael Taylor, the center fielders seventh of the season, as Washington broke the game open. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said the Pirates helped his team out with the errors, and Taylor made his aggressive at-bat count.It was just a good inning altogether, Taylor said. Danny with the big base-running. We capitalized on a couple mistakes they made.TRAINERS ROOMPirates: RHP Ryan Vogelsong, who has been out since May 23 when he was hit by a pitch and suffered three facial fractures, threw six scoreless innings in a rehab start for Double-A Altoona. ... C Francisco Cervelli, who has been on the DL since June 11 with a broken bone in his wrist, doubled and singled in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis.Nationals: Murphy said he felt tightness in his hamstring after sliding into second base during the All-Star Game on Tuesday. The team listed him as day-to-day but he wasnt sure if hed be able to play Saturday night. ... Baker said RHP Joe Ross continues to toss but remains on the DL with no definitive timeline.FATHERS DAYSThis is the Pirates fourth annual dads trip, and almost 20 fathers of people throughout the organization are taking part.Its an absolute blast for everybody, Hurdle said. Its kind of like revisiting Little League but backwards because then weve got to follow our fathers around and make sure they havent left stuff behind.UP NEXTPirates RHP Gerrit Cole (5-4, 2.77 ERA) returns from the DL and starts Saturday against Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (8-5, 3.01). 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