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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Group hits bowls over tax status

Opponents of how college football crowns its champion say three of the nation’s premier bowls are violating their tax-exempt status by paying excessive salaries and perks, providing “sweetheart loans” and doing undisclosed lobbying.

Playoff PAC plans to file a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday against the operators of the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange bowls. They are three of the five games that constitute the Bowl Championship Series. The others are the Rose Bowl and the BCS title game.

Playoff PAC is a political action committee that wants the bowls replaced with a championship playoff system. Officials for the Sugar and Fiesta bowls dismissed the report as a rehash of old complaints. They say they comply with IRS rules.

PENNSYLVANIA

Toomey pulls ahead in Senate race

HARRISBURG, Pa. | Republican former Rep. Pat Toomey is ahead of Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak in a new poll in Pennsylvania’s closely watched race for U.S. Senate.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Mr. Toomey with 50 percent to Mr. Sestak’s 43 percent among likely voters. Meanwhile, independent voters are breaking heavily for Mr. Toomey, 54 percent to 36 percent.

It’s the Connecticut school’s first survey in the race since July, when it showed both at 43 percent.

In the new poll, 7 percent say they remain undecided.

From staff reports and wire service dispatches.