The AP's Mark Scolforo reported the NCAA "wasted no time in challenging a new Pennsylvania law" designed to keep the $60M Penn State fine over the JERRY SANDUSKY scandal in the state, "filing a federal challenge to the legislation hours after Gov. TOM CORBETT signed it" yesterday. State and congressional lawmakers have "objected to use of the NCAA fine to finance child abuse prevention efforts in other states." The complaint asks the court to find unconstitutional the Pennsylvania Institution of Higher Education Monetary Penalty Endowment Act, "saying it violates provisions of the U.S. Constitution." It also asks for "an injunction to prevent the law from being enforced." The NCAA lawyers wrote in the complaint, "By seizing the funds and restricting eligibility to benefit from the funds only to Pennsylvania programs benefiting only Pennsylvania residents, the act will defeat the consent decree's plain terms and frustrate the parties' intended purpose" (AP, 2/20).
TEST OF ENDURANCE: Cyclist REUBEN KLINE launched the Gran Fondo National Championship Series that will wind through six states starting next month. The endurance race will kick off in Dade City, Fla., on March 17. Other legs will be held in Clayton, Ga., Newfoundland, N.J., Golden, Colo., Boone, N.C., and Frederick, Md. The series has signed several endemics to sponsorships, including Specialized Bicycle Components, Bertucci Performance Field Watches, Hammer Nutrition, Descente Ltd. and Road ID (John Ourand, Staff Writer).
SILVER SCREEN: Director ROB ZOMBIE is "putting the finishing touches on the script" to his movie adaptation of the Flyers' famed Broad Street Bullies teams of the '70s, and he hopes to "begin filming in the fall." Zombie wants to film "most of the movie in Philadelphia and will try and find a suitable rink to recreate the old Spectrum" (AP, 2/20)....Basketball HOFer JERRY LUCAS wants to "make a feature film" about his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, "being a basketball mecca in the 1950s" (CINCINNATI.com, 2/17)....White Sox DH ADAM DUNN "did some acting as a bartender" for the upcoming MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY movie "Dallas Buyers Club," which is due out this summer (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 2/20).
|Mike Tyson claims an adviser embezzled money, costing him "million in lost earnings"
: Former boxer MIKE TYSON
yesterday sued a financial services firm owned by Live Nation Entertainment, claiming that one of its advisers "embezzled more than $300,000" from him and "cost him millions more in lost earnings" (AP, 2/20
)....Chesapeake Energy "exonerated" outgoing CEO and Thunder investor AUBREY MCCLENDON
for "privately borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars from some of the company's biggest financiers" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 2/21
)....The Indians yesterday announced that former MLBer CARLOS BAERGA
and former GM JOHN HART
will be inducted into the team's HOF on June 22 at Progressive Field (CLEVELAND.com, 2/20
)....Golfers MARK WILSON
and BO VAN PELT
have been elected as PGA Tour Player Advisory Council co-Chairs for the '13 season (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 2/20
)....White Sox P JAKE PEAVY
will be featured in the May issue of GQ. Reds 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS
and Padres 3B CHASE HEADLEY
were "among the major league players who participated with Peavy in the photo shoot" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 2/20
)....Former NFLer ADEWALE OGUNLEYE
is selling his Vernon Hills, Ill., house for $532,450. The house had been "on the market off and on since mid-2009, when it was listed for $649,000" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 2/20
)....Retired swimmer MICHAEL PHELPS
is scheduled to visit the Orioles' Spring Training facility before today's 1:00pm ET intrasquad game (BALTIMORESUN.com, 2/20
)....Mavericks Owner and Indiana Univ. alum MARK CUBAN
watched Tuesday night's Indiana-Michigan State men's basketball game "with fellow alumni" at Traffic in Midtown Manhattan (N.Y. POST, 2/21