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Dodgers want Stow's claim thrown out

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge on Friday to disallow claims against the team filed by Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan nearly beaten to death outside Dodger Stadium last spring.

Stow and his family sued the Dodgers in California state court, then filed the claim with the federal court in July, weeks after owner Frank McCourt put the team in bankruptcy.

"The Stow claim is, when stripped to its core, based on the faulty premise that a landowner is an insurer of the safety of persons on its property," the Dodgers said in a 37-page motion filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross.

Stow sustained a severe brain injury when he was attacked after the Dodgers' home opener against the Giants on March 31. He was hospitalized until October, then moved to a rehabilitation facility.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood were charged in the attack, which police described as the culmination of a string of confrontations they had with randomly selected Giants fans at the stadium.

McCourt is in the process of selling the team by April 30.

Pitt will be in ACC's Coastal Conference

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh will join the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division in football, the league announced on Friday.

When the Panthers actually begin playing in the ACC remains unknown, but athletic director Steve Pederson isn't ready to shut the door on 2012.

The ACC announced Friday that Pitt will join the Coastal with Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Duke and North Carolina. Pitt also will play Syracuse, another Big East program leaving for the ACC.

Pederson said he's keeping an eye on West Virginia's lawsuit against the Big East, as the Mountaineers are suing to play in the Big 12 in 2012.

"We're following that very closely and continue to monitor what happens there," Pederson said Friday. "I don't know exactly what the future holds, but it seems like it's almost changing on a daily basis."

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