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February 28, 2013 9:59 PM

RCS Morning News: Catholic 7 seceding, Adidas pulls a Nike, and top 50 NFL free agents

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NCAA Basketball

There goes the Big East, here comes the Big East. ESPN.com reported that the Catholic 7 will be leaving the Big East to start their own Big East. The seven Catholic teams (DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova) will keep the Big East name and add Xavier and Butler, and possibly Creighton. 

Adidas has announced new, "radical" uniforms for six schools to wear during the 2013 NCAA men's basketball postseason. Jason Gay at the Wall Street Journal calls the new look, reminiscent of bad '90s neon fads, is "madness." Don't blame Adidas though; Nike started this a long time ago.

Football

The NFL offseason is in full swing as the Draft approaches. And while teams look to the future with college prospects, a free-agent signing can provide a much more immediate boost. Joe Fortenbaugh at National Football Post ranks the NFL's top 50 free agents for 2013. Number one? Joe Flacco, but he should be off the market pretty quickly.

Spring practice is kicking off around the country, and that means college football teams are looking to fill holes left by graduating or otherwise departing upperclassmen. Zac Ellis at Sports Illustrated has a breakdown of 20 FBS teams with holes to fill.

Highlights

Joakim Noah had a classic big man's triple-double with 23 points, 21 rebounds, and 11 blocks against the 76ers:

Also... Chris Paul dropped 29 on the Indiana Pacers.

The Chicago Blackhawks extended their record point streak to 37 out of 40 points over 20 games.

And Kobe threw down a big baseline slam against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Three for Seven

The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)

1. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel thinks NASCAR needed Danica, not Jimmie, to win the Daytona 500. (1-4)

2. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports writes that even though Matt Barkley's at the Combine, he's done. (2-5)

3. Tim Kawakami & Cam Inman break down the deal sending Alex Smith to Kansas City. (3-2)

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