Judge: No stay for WVU
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A judge has refused to stay West Virginia University's lawsuit against the Big East while the conference's countersuit plays out in Rhode Island.
Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Russell Clawges says staying the lawsuit until Rhode Island's courts decide the other case won't promote the interests of justice.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, Clawges also denied the Big East's request to dismiss WVU's lawsuit. He had rejected a different dismissal motion in December.
WVU is challenging the Big East's bylaws in a bid to join the Big 12 in time for the 2012 football season.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he will fight Miguel Cotto May 5 in a Cinco de Mayo matchup in Las Vegas. Mayweather made the announcement after getting a conditional one-fight license and a lecture from Nevada athletic commissioners, who told the fighter, his manager-promoter and his lawyer they want a prefight report May 1 to ensure Mayweather abides by conditions set by a Nevada judge in a criminal domestic violence case that will have him begin serving 90 days in jail June 1. The commission unanimously granted the one-fight license, after commissioner Pat Lundvall told Mayweather he can't postpone or delay serving his jail sentence and must stay out of trouble for the 14-plus weeks he's training to take on Cotto.
• Angelo Dundee, the trainer who helped groom Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard into world champions and became one of boxing's most recognizable figures, died. He was 90. He died with his family surrounding him, said son, Jimmy Dundee, but not before being able to attend Ali's 70th birthday bash last month.
Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello spent a third day testing for KV Racing Technology. Although a move to IndyCar was not imminent, the Brazilian is definitely considering the series for 2012. Barrichello was scheduled to test Monday and Tuesday at Sebring International Raceway, then stayed an additional half day Wednesday to drive friend Tony Kanaan's car in the morning session.
Mexico will play exhibition games in the United States against Wales and Bosnia-Herzegovina this spring ahead of the start of World Cup qualifying. The Mexican Football Federation said that El Tri will play Wales May 27 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., then will face Bosnia-Herzegovina four days later in Chicago. Mexico also plays Colombia on Feb. 29 in Miami.
Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet won in straight sets to reach the Open Sud de France quarterfinals in Montpellier, France. The second-seeded Simon had nine aces and saved four break points in his 6-3, 6-2 win against Flavio Cipolla of Italy, while the fourth-seeded Gasquet broke Nikolay Davydenko three times in a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
• Jurgen Melzer of Austria upset fifth-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi, 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of Zagreb Indoors tournament in Croatia. Seventh-seeded Robin Haase from the Netherlands also advanced.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is set to return to racing Feb. 25 in the Tampa Bay Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs after being out for nearly eight months with a hairline fracture to his left hock.
The Washington Mystics have acquired guard Noelle Quinn from the Los Angeles Sparks for forward Marissa Coleman in a swap of former high first-round draft picks.
The NCAA put Nebraska on two years' probation and endorsed the school's self-imposed fine of $38,000 as part of an impermissible benefits case involving textbooks and school supplies. The NCAA spared Nebraska a stiffer punishment for what the Division I Committee on Infractions determined to be major violations across multiple sports over multiple years.
First Published February 2, 2012 12:00 am