Brown says he's game for matchup

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Could President Barack Obama use the basketball court to avenge a Democrat's loss in a key Senate race?

A spokesman for new Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown says he's game for a matchup offered by the mayor of basketball's birthplace. An Obama spokesman says the invitation is being studied.

Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno says in a letter Wednesday to the White House that the event could benefit charities in the city.

Brown is a Republican who upset a Democrat last month to claim the Senate seat long held by the late Edward Kennedy.

He later challenged the basketball-loving president to a game featuring two female players, including Brown's daughter Ayla. She plays for Boston College.