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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Pennsylvania governor plans to sue NCAA over Penn State sanctions

Posted By Jerry Spar On January 2, 2013 @ 7:44 am In Uncategorized | No Comments

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page [1] or click here for the top stories from our news wire [2].

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, NBATV; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Kentucky, 6 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Nebraska at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Duke vs. Davidson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: St. John’s at Villanova, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Florida at UCF, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Illinois at Purdue, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas-El Paso at Colorado State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Francisco at Santa Clara, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Sugar Bowl, Louisville vs. Florida, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is taking on the NCAA. (AP)

♦ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sue the NCAA [4] for the penalties it imposed on Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Corbett scheduled a press conference Wednesday at Penn State to announce the antitrust filing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa.

The school was fined $60 million (with the money targeted for child-abuse prevention grants) and the football team faces a four-year ban from bowl games along with reduced scholarships and the forfeiture of 112 wins.

Corbett, a Republican, was the state’s Attorney General when his office took over the Sandusky case in 2009, but the former Penn State assistant coach was not charged until almost three years later. Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, has promised to investigate why it took so long to charge Sandusky.

♦ The Celtics aren’t the only NBA team that’s underachieving this season. The Mavericks, one season removed from an NBA championship, are 13-19 and had lost six straight before beating the lowly Wizards on Tuesday. Coach Rick Carlisle is not happy with the attitude of some players, and he’s threatening to start handing out suspensions [5].

“We’ve got to fight harder than we did tonight,” Carlisle said after Sunday’s 111-86 loss to the Spurs. “It’s not what this organization has been about since Mark [Cuban] bought the team. This is a stretch that’s unprecedented, really. It’s bad. We’ve got to fix it, and it starts with me.”

Added Carlisle: “I [have] to be inventive and find ways [to get through to the players],” he said. “I don’t have a better answer than that. The last week, I’ve had to literally scream in the face of two guys in practices and shootarounds to get the point across. And I will continue to do that.

“If I have to start suspending guys for not doing things they’re supposed to be doing on the court, I’ll do it. And Mark and I will get into it about that. But somehow, things have got to change and it can’t just be about that it’s a tough schedule. It just can’t.”

♦ ESPN anchor Hannah Storm, who suffered first- and second-degree burns in a gas grill accident Dec. 11, returned to the air [6] Tuesday, hosting the Rose Parade from Pasadena, Calif.

“I was just so happy to be there, so grateful,” Storm told The Associated Press. “It took a lot out of me, but it went great.”

Storm lost about half her hair in the accident, along with her eyebrows and eyelashes — all burned off. She has flame marks on her neck and burns and an infection on her left hand.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 2, 1994, which Patriots player recorded his 100th and final career sack when he tackled Dolphins quarterback Scott Mitchell during New England’s 33-27 overtime victory?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re not going to sit and cry on the plane and get beat down. We’re not going to cause ourselves to lose our confidence, despite what people want us to do. That’s the best thing about the NBA — you’ve got another game.” – Clippers forward Blake Griffin, after his team lost to the Nuggets [7] on Tuesday night, ending Los Angeles’ 17-game winning streak

STAT OF THE DAY: 63 – Years since Northwestern last won a bowl game prior to Monday’s 34-20 victory over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s a ferocious hit by South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney in Tuesday’s Outback Bowl. Clowney knocks Michigan running back Vincent Smith‘s helmet off and recovers the ensuing fumble.

Vanderbilt coach Ron Franklin put on quite a show in Tuesday’s Music City Bowl victory over NC State. First Vanderbilt defensive lineman Jared Morse knocks over teammate Trey Wilson, who is returning an interception, and Franklin gives Morse an earful.

Here’s Franklin giving a fake French kiss to safety Eric Samuels after another interception.

After Vanderbilt’s win, Franklin stops the postgame press conference to hug a fan who expressed his gratitude.

Rockets guard Carlos Delfino sends a pass through the legs of Hawks big man Al Horford to get Omer Asik a dunk during Houston’s 123-104 victory.

Arizona-bound basketball player Rondae Jefferson, from Chester High School in Pennsylvania, throws an alley-oop to himself off the backboard.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Andre Tippett, who is the team’s all-leader sacks leader

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Roger Miller was born on this day in 1936.


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[1] WEEI.com home page: http://www.weei.com/

[2] click here for the top stories from our news wire: http://weei.stats.com/multisport/front.asp

[3] Image: http://leeinks.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Corbett_Tom-Pa-Gov.jpg

[4] sue the NCAA: http://weei.stats.com/multisport/story.asp?i=20130101163533302517408

[5] threatening to start handing out suspensions: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20121230-sefko-after-six-straight-losses-rick-carlisle-begs-mavs-to-fight-harder.ece

[6] returned to the air: http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/hannah-storm-suffers-severe-burns-returning-to-work-123112

[7] lost to the Nuggets: http://weei.stats.com/multisport/recap.asp?lg=NBA&g=2013010107

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