The Blue Horizon on North Broad Street will host some of Philadelphia's great historic boxers in a public "Night of Legends" tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Boxing Hall of Famers Matthew Saad Muhammad and Jeff Chandler, plus others including Tex Cobb, Ivan Robinson, Stanley "Kitten" Hayward, Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, and Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts, will be honored to begin creation of a planned Philadelphia Boxing Museum. Donations of $10 are requested at the door.
ARENA FOOTBALL: Indoor professional football is expected to return this spring in a mix of large and medium markets. Officials with the new Arena Football One league say they also have a more modest economic model they hope will ensure success.
The league is set to debut in April in 15 communities, including seven cities that hosted teams in the now-defunct Arena Football League.
Arena Football One will be a mix of former AFL and af2 teams, with Chicago as the largest market. Tampa Bay, Arizona, Cleveland, Orlando, Dallas and Utah - all former AFL locations - also will be represented. Philadelphia will not. The Philadelphia Soul won the last Arena Bowl in 2008.
COLLEGES: The NCAA rekindled discussion of expanding its men's basketball tournament and is looking into the possibility of moving it from broadcast to cable.
NCAA senior vice president Greg Shaheen said any talks about expanding the tournament or switching to another network are in the very early stages. The NCAA can opt out of its 11-year, $6 billion contract with CBS after this season.
GOLF: In-Kyung Kim shot a 7-under-par 65 to lead the Dubai Ladies Masters at Emirates Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.
Ulrich van den Berg of South Africa shot an 8-under 64 to lead by a stroke after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa.
OLYMPICS: Skip Gilbert, the chairman of the National Governing Bodies Council, and former Chicago 2016 CEO Pat Ryan were among the 13 people named to the U.S. Olympic Committee's advisory panel that is supposed to deliver its findings in March.
SOCCER: Brazilian star Ronaldinho was named soccer player of the decade by World Soccer magazine.
TENNIS: Dinara Safina, formerly the top-ranked women's player in the world, withdrew from next month's Brisbane International because of a bad back, leaving her status for the Australian Open in doubt.
HORSE RACING: The New York Racing Association is calling for harsh penalties for horsemen who directly or indirectly sell a horse for slaughter.
Owners or trainers would have their stalls permanently revoked from NYRA tracks Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga if it is determined their horses ended up being sold for slaughter.
- Staff and wire reports