Police found gun during Tar Heel's arrest

DURHAM, N.C. — Police seized a 9mm handgun and ammunition when North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston was arrested on a marijuana possession charge, according to a report released Friday.

Durham police stopped Hairston, the Tar Heels' leading scorer as a sophomore last season, Wednesday for a routine license check. Police said the pistol was found on the ground outside the rented 2013 GMC Yukon. Also seized were three cigars and two plastic baggies containing about 1½ ounces of marijuana.

Hairston and his two passengers were charged with possession of less than one-half ounce and released on $1,000 bail.

The pistol is not listed as reported stolen, but police did not say if they determined who owns it.

The report also said officers found the rental agreement for the luxury sport utility vehicle. Neither Hairston nor his passengers are 25, the age auto rental companies often require to sign for a car.

Police said they had no information about whose name is listed on the rental agreement. That name could be critical. If the vehicle was paid for by a booster or agent, the NCAA could potentially impose penalties.

Thursday, the school said coach Roy Williams and athletic director Bubba Cunningham were aware of the arrest and looking into the incident. No announcement about Hairston's status has been made.

Track: Tampa native is second in NCAA 100

EUGENE Ore. — Florida State's Dentarius Locke, a graduate of Tampa's Chamberlain High, finished second in the 100 meters at the NCAA championships.

Locke, a junior, finished in 9.91 seconds, 0.02 behind TCU's Charles Silmon. Both times were wind-aided. Wednesday, Locke finished a semifinal in 9.97, the fastest wind-legal collegiate mark and tied for the fourth best in the world this year.

Meanwhile, James Harris finished fifth in the 400 and fourth in the high jump to help the Semi­noles sit fourth entering today's final day of the event. They have 21½ points, 10½2 behind first-place USC, with their 4x100 relay and javelin thrower Morne Moolman competing.

Florida's Arman Hall and Hugh Graham finished third and sixth, respectively, in the 400. That left the Gators 11th with 15 points.

And Florida's Ugonna Ndu finished fifth in the 400 hurdles and Ciarra Brewer fifth in the triple jump. That left the Gators in 12th with 16 points, 32 behind first-place Kansas. Neither USF team nor FSU's women have scored.

Football: Mississippi State hears penalties

The NCAA accepted Mississippi State's punishment of two scholarship losses in 2013 and 2014 and two years of probation.

According to the NCAA, a booster helped defensive back Will Redmond secure a car, gave him cash multiple times and offered him $6,000 not to visit another school during his recruitment period.

Redmond paid back the $2,660 in benefits, forfeited a season of eligibility and will sit out the first five games of this season.

USC: Receiver Steven Mitchell, a consensus four-star recruit who was expected to compete for playing time as a freshman, will miss the upcoming season after tearing ligaments in his right knee during a voluntary workout.

Police found gun during Tar Heel's arrest 06/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:06am]

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