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Amid the SEC's growing power, the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announced Tuesday that they have formed an "alliance" to navigate the uncertain future of college athletics.

Details: The three conferences, which include 41 schools across 25 states, agreed to tackle specific topics together — including the future structure of the NCAA and social justice issues — all in the name of unity.

"Hopefully this will bring some much-needed stability in college athletics. It will allow people to understand where everyone else stands because some of the events over the last couple of months have kind of shaken the foundation."
Kevin Warren, Big Ten commissioner

Yes, but: The leagues stopped far short of a formal merger; there's no contract. Even the scheduling component, which could produce more marquee football and basketball matchups, won't begin for years due to contractual obligations and how far in advance games are scheduled.

The backdrop: This pact comes amid a summer of sweeping changes. It began in June with a proposal for a 12-team college football playoff, peaked in July with NIL legislation and then the latest domino: Oklahoma and Texas' pending move from the Big 12 to the SEC.

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Sep 29, 2021 - Sports

NCAA to use "March Madness" brand for women's basketball tournament

The Stanford Cardinal celebrate the win over the Arizona Wildcats during the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on April 4. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

The NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament in 2022 will use the "March Madness" branding that has long been used only for the men's tournament, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The announcement comes after gender inequities at the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments in 2021 sparked national outrage.

Scoop: Garland defends DOJ's handling of Jan. 6 probe

Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland will tell the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that federal prosecutors "are doing exactly what they are expected to do" in seeking accountability for the "intolerable assault" on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Allies of former President Trump, including Republican congressmen, have criticized the department's treatment rioters charged with crimes, and sought to recast the insurrection as a righteous protest. Garland's testimony with be his first appearance before the panel.

Updated 43 mins ago - World

Police charge man with murder of British MP David Amess

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Police said Thursday that Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old British man, has been charged with the murder of David Amess, a Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K.

The big picture: Last week, the Metropolitan Police declared the fatal stabbing a terrorist incident, saying that they had found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

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