Economy forces delay in Phantoms' new arena

A hockey arena that will be home to the Flyers' minor league affiliate in Allentown won't be open until at least 2013.

Mayor Ed Pawlowski says the arena on the Lehigh River has had trouble lining up financing in a struggling economy. That means the arena won't meet its target opening date of October 2012.

Debbie Yow

Pawlowski says the delay in construction of the $80 million, 10,000-seat arena means a new bridge should be completed in time for the first game. That will greatly improve access to the arena.

The Phantoms previously played home games in the Spectrum, but were forced to move after plans were made to demolish the arena. The franchise is temporarily playing home games in Glens Falls, N.Y.




* Former Seton Hall basketball players Kelly Whitney and Robert Mitchell were indicted on charges stemming from a March armed robbery in South Orange, N.J.

* Southern California filed an appeal with the NCAA, asking that several sanctions on its football program be reduced because they are "too severe" and "inconsistent with precedent." After a 4-year investigation of the entire athletic department, USC was penalized for a lack of institutional control. The report cited numerous improper benefits for Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush and former basketball player O.J. Mayo.

* The NCAA upheld its finding that former men's Southeast Missouri State basketball coach Scott Edgar violated rules on benefits and practice times during a period from 2006 to 2008.

* Debbie Yow, younger sister of legendary North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow, was hired as the Wolfpack's new athletic director. Yow spent the last 16 years at Maryland.


Philly File


* Undefeated Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones, who is ranked second in the WBO, is holding an open workout at the Newtown Athletic Club at 1 p.m. Monday and a meet and greet at 6 p.m. that day. Jones is preparing to defend his NABA and NABO 147-pound titles against Irving Garcia, of Puerto Rico, at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on July 9.


Sport Stops


* Juan Pablo Montoya turned a lap of 132.337 mph and won the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for tomorrow's Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

* A federal appeals court in Philadelphia rejected a challenge from the German Tennis Federation over plans to reorganize the men's ATP Tour, which would result in lowering the status of the clay-court tournament in Hamburg. The German federation claimed that the change would reduce ranking points and prize money, but a three-judge panel ruled that the ATP's plan did not violate antitrust laws.

* The National Lacrosse League's Board of Governors approved a rule change allowing teams to dress 18 nongoaltenders a game, two more than under previous rules.

* Pitcher Eileen Canney allowed four hits and two earned runs as the United States routed New Zealand, 12-2, at the world softball championships in Caracas, Venezuela.

* The Quick Step team said former world cycling champion Tom Boonen, 29, will miss the Tour de France next month becuase of tendinitis around his left kneecap.

* Switzerland's Olympic committee says the country is capable of hosting the 2022 Winter Games and will form a strategy to present a bid to the International Olympic Committee. *