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Judge dismisses governor's Penn State suit

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge threw out the Pennsylvania governor's lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State related to the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal on Thursday, calling his argument "a Hail Mary pass."

Tom Corbett's antitrust suit sought to overturn a $60 million fine, four-year bowl ban, scholarship limits and other penalties.

But Yvette Kane wrote even if the penalties make it harder for Penn State to recruit quality players, that would not make it an antitrust case.

"The fact that Penn State will offer fewer scholarships over a period of four years does not plausibly support its allegation that it … will result in a market-wide anticompetitive effect," she wrote.

The NCAA said it was "exceedingly pleased."

Corbett said he feels strongly the claims he raised deserved a thorough review by the courts: "Countless individuals and small businesses throughout the state will continue to suffer because of the NCAA's actions."

The university, which agreed to the penalties, was not a party to the lawsuit.

Notre Dame: Tommy Rees will be the starting quarterback entering fall practice, coach Brian Kelly said. Kelly initially said there would be a competition to replace Everett Golson, who was suspended for academic reasons. Rees started 12 games in 2011 and helped the Irish win four last season when Golson struggled or was hurt. The other QBs: senior Andrew Hendrix and incoming freshman Malik Zaire.

Basketball: Not guilty plea to point shaving

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Former Auburn basketball player Varez Ward pleaded not guilty to conspiring to fix a game. The trial is July 22. According to an indictment, Ward tried to recruit teammates to help him cause Auburn not to cover the point spread against Arkansas on Jan. 25, 2012. Ward entered as a reserve but left after 19 seconds with an apparent leg injury. Arkansas won 56-53. The school didn't disclose an injury, and he was suspended for the rest of the season shortly after.

Memphis: Guard Michael Dixon, the Big 12 sixth man of the year in 2011-12, enrolled. He left Missouri in November after the disclosure of two sexual assault allegations. He was not charged in either.

North Carolina: Guard P.J. Hairston, the team's top scorer last season, was charged with marijuana possession near campus. The school said it was looking into the incident.

Track: Florida State's Michael Fout and Breandan O'Neill finished fourth and ninth, respectively, in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. Fout's five points were the only ones for FSU, which was tied for 16th halfway through the four-day event. Florida's Jeremy Postin and Kyle Strawn finished third and 10th, respectively, in the hammer throw. Postin's six points were the only ones for Florida, which was tied for 12th. Its women's team sat tied for ninth with eight. FSU's Stefan Brits and USF's Kevin Bell finished 12th and 17th, respectively, in the long jump. Neither USF team nor FSU's women have scored.

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