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GLENDALE, Ariz. Albert Pujols Jersey . -- The conservative watchdog group Goldwater Institute has filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the Glendale City Councils vote to approve a lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena with a potential buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court on behalf of Glendale taxpayers Ken Jones and Joe Cobb, claiming last weeks vote violated a 2009 court order requiring Glendale to provide all documents in negotiations between the city and a prospective owner to Goldwater in a timely manner. The council voted 4-2 on Friday to approve the 20-year, $325 million lease agreement with former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison, who is leading a group that hopes to buy the Coyotes from the NHL. Goldwater claims that the city did not make two exhibits in the proposed deal available to the public before Fridays vote and asked the court to nullify the vote and hold council members in contempt for violating the 2009 order. It also claims the city violated its own charter by casting a vote on a proposed management agreement without putting an arena management contract out to bid. \"We continue to hope that the city will construct a lawful deal that protects the interests of Glendale taxpayers,\" said Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen. \"Without seeing critical exhibits contained in the arena management agreement such as the arena annual budget or the arena management performance standards, it is not possible to determine the constitutional validity of the agreement.\" The NHL has operated the Coyotes since former owner Jerry Moyes took the team into bankruptcy in 2009. The team has still managed success on the ice, making the playoffs all three years, but the ownership saga has been filled with failed negotiations and uncertainty. Goldwater thwarted a potential deal with Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer last year when it warned potential bond buyers to stay away from the Glendale offering because of a looming lawsuit. \"We have to look at and evaluate the complaint to see what, if any, impact it will have on the NHL moving forward,\" said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. \"We obviously share Glendales desire to proceed as previously contemplated.\" The NHL announced during the playoffs that it had a preliminary agreement with Jamison and the lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena was seen as the only major hurdle left in the deal. Goldwater asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent Fridays council vote, but Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper denied the restraining order, saying the court lacked the jurisdiction. She did add that there were \"clear violations\" of the 2009 court order. During the meeting, an economic study showed the city would have a benefit of $17 million from the deal that would pay Jamison $203 million and include an average of $15 million in operating costs. The study estimated $177 million in operating costs for the arena should the Coyotes leave it without an anchor tenant. The final report for the economic study was not given to council members until about midway through a contentious council meeting that lasted more than six hours, but they still voted in favour of the deal. Jamison, who attended the meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, is currently working on a final agreement with the league to buy the team and both sides said they hoped to have approval from the NHL board of governors within a couple of weeks. Travis Snider Jersey . Just another case of history repeating. 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Longueuil police confirm that two men forced their way into a Boucherville borough home Wednesday morning but would not confirm the name of the victim.WENGEN, Switzerland - Werner Heel posted the fastest time in a mens World Cup downhill training session Wednesday. He finished the tours longest course in two minutes 30.89 seconds. Didier Cuche of Switzerland was second in 2:31.11 and Andrej Jerman of Slovenia was third in 2:31.42. Two Canadians were in the top 10. John Kucera of Calgary was seventh in 2:32.55 and Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Vancouver was eighth in 2:32.78. Organizers have moved the race from Saturday to Sunday. With a weather forecast calling for snow and wind on Saturday, organizers decided to switch days for the downhill and slalom, which had originally been scheduled for Sunday. A super-combined race will be held on Friday as planned. Heel is looking for his first top-10 finish since November, when he finished sixth in the downhill at Lake Louise, Alta. It was the second training session ahead of the weekends races. The nearly 4.5-kilometre Lauberhorn course is one of the most physically demanding slopes. Francois Bourque of New Richmond, Que., was tied for 33rd in 2:34.72 and Montreals Ryan Semple was 48th in 2:35.67. Jan Hudec of Calgary did not participate after injuring his right knee in a fall on Tuesday. Hes expected to miss the rest of the season. Bode Miller, who broke away from the U.S. Ski Team to compete on his own this season, had to settle for 19th but was smiling confidently when he arrived in the fiinish area. Bob Feller Jersey. Miller, who got his first victory of the season last month in the downhill in Bormio, Italy, was fifth in the first training session Tuesday. Marco Sullivan was best among the Americans, coming in sixth, while Steven Nyman was 15th. I skied well, but a couple of times I kind of drifted, Nyman said, adding that he needed more speed in the turns. Lauberhorn is a widely varying course which boasts the fastest and slowest passages on the mens tour. The straight Hanegg section pushes racers to speeds up to 150 km/h and a three-metre-wide passage over a bridge in a curve forces them to slam on the brakes to slow to 70 km/h. The Brueggli-S curve was renamed Wednesday to Kernen-S in honour of 2003 Lauberhorn champion Bruno Kernen of Switzerland, who in 1997 had a terrible crash into the safety net in the section. The final S turn just before the finish line, a difficult set of sharp curves, has been the site of gruesome accidents over the years. In 1991, Austrian rookie Gernot Reinstadler died from massive internal injuries after crashing there. Adrien Duvillard suffered a serious head trauma in 1997 after hitting the fencing there at more than 90 km/h. Andrew Weibrecht of the United States, who is competing in the Lauberhorn for the first time, said the course was more difficult than expected. Its fast and in some places, its really tough, he said. ' ' '
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