Big Ten commissioner

Jim Delany

said he was overwhelmed by the negative reaction to the planned names for the league's new divisions and will consider making changes.

The league will be split into two divisions beginning next season, when Nebraska becomes the 12th member. The Huskers will be joined by Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Iowa in the Legends Division. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin will comprise the Leaders Division.

Delany said the conference chose the divisions based on parity, so geographic names were impractical. He said names of key figures was "too limiting."

In other college football news:

* Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin was introduced as the new head coach at Vanderbilt.

Boxing

* Floyd Mayweather Jr. was released from a Las Vegas jail following his arrest on a misdemeanor battery warrant stemming from an allegation that he poked a security guard in the face last month outside his home.

* The adviser for boxer Manny Pacquiao, Michael Koncz, said his client probably will next fight on May 7 against former welterweight champion Shane Mosley, welterweight champ Andre Berto or lightweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez.

Golf

* Alex Cejka shot an 8-under-par 64 for a share of the first-round lead of the 100th South African Open in Durban with two-time winner Retief Goosen.

* Ireland's Graeme McDowell, this year's winner of the U.S. Open, was named player of the year by the Golf Writers Association of America. Yani Tseng, this year's winner of the Kraft Nabisco and Women's British Open, won female player of the year and Bernhard Langer, winner of the U.S. and British Senior Opens, was the senior player of the year.

Baseball

* The San Diego Padres agreed to an $11.5 million, 2-year contract with second baseman Orlando Hudson, the Associated Press reported.

* Japanese batting champion Tsuyoshi Nishioka and the Twins agreed to a $9.25 million, 3-year contract that includes a club option for the 2014 season.

* Lefthander Pedro Feliciano is set to move from the Mets to the Yankees, having reached preliminary agreement an $8 million, 2-year contract, the AP reported.

* The Astros agreed to a 1-year contract with free-agent utility man Bill Hall that guarantees $3.25 million, the AP reported.

* Tampa Bay agreed to a $925,000, 1-year contract with reliever Joel Peralta.

* San Diego got shortstop Jason Bartlett and a player to be named from Tampa Bay for pitchers Brandon Gomes, Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos and infielder Cole Figueroa.

* Arizona agreed to 1-year contracts with outfielder Xavier Nady ($1.75 million) and catcher Henry Blanco ($1.25 million).

* The Pirates finalized a 2-year, $8 milion contract with righthander Kevin Correia.

Philly File

* Rich "Moose" Carfagno resigned after two seasons (8-13) as Ss. Neumann-Goretti High's football coach.

* Former MLS player Diego Gutierrez was named the Union's head of scouting and player development.

Sport Stops

* New Jersey will offer standardbred owners a $1.2 million secured loan through April 1 to keep harness racing alive while transitioning to a private operation, but if a deal is not reached by April, racing at the Meadowlands will shut down.

* American swimmer Ryan Lochte set a world record in the the 200-meter individual medley at the short-course world championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, finishing in 1 minute, 50.08 seconds. *