The NCAA asked a Pennsylvania court on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of the late football coach Joe Paterno that seeks to overturn the sanctions against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Some trustees, former players and coaches and current faculty members are also taking part in the same lawsuit, which the NCAA said was flawed and contained "various significant legal deficiencies."
College sports' governing body said in the filing in Centre County court that the civil suit must be dismissed in part because the university itself isn't part of the suit. The sanctions handed down in July 2012 were agreed to by the NCAA and the university president.
The NCAA also firmly denied a claim that it had conspired with former FBI director Louis Freeh's team in formulating the sanctions. Freeh led the school's internal investigation into the scandal, and the Paterno family and three former school officials have vehemently denied Freeh's scathing allegations of a cover-up.
It was the NCAA's first response to the case since the lawsuit was filed in late May. The NCAA also asked for related complaints against NCAA President Mark Emmert and Oregon State President Ed Ray to be dismissed for lack of merit. Ray was chair of the NCAA executive committee when the penalties were announced.
ETC.: Trevor Lewis gets one-year deal with Kings
Forward Trevor Lewis and the Kings avoided salary arbitration, reaching a one-year deal worth a reported $1.325 million.
Tuesday's announcement comes one day after Lewis was among the 48 players invited to Team USA's orientation camp in late August. Lewis, a restricted free agent, had been scheduled to go to arbitration Aug. 2.
Lewis, 26, made $750,000 this past season, in which he appeared in all 48 games and recorded a career-high 14 points.
Team USA's camp will be Aug. 26-27 and among the other invitees are Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and captain Dustin Brown. The final roster for the Sochi Olympics is expected to be announced in late December.
Kristi Toliver and Nneka Ogwumike of the Sparks were named as reserves on the WNBA Western Conference All-Stars, joining starter Candace Parker in Saturday's game at Connecticut.
UCLA safety Dietrich Riley will be unable to continue his football career because of lingering problems with neck and shoulder injuries. Riley, from Pasadena St. Francis High, would have been a junior. He was unable to get final medical clearance, thinning out an area that lacks experience. UCLA lost all four starters from the secondary from the 2012 season.
In his first public comments since Aaron Hernandez was arrested, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was understated, saying simply that he has "moved on" when asked his reaction to the murder charge against his former tight end.