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OPELIKA, Ala. — Former Auburn defensive back Mike McNeil was sentenced to serve at least three years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery for an incident his attorney characterized as "possibly a prank."

Lee County Circuit Judge Christopher Hughes accepted McNeil's plea deal Monday as his trial was set to begin. Under the deal, McNeil received a 15-year split sentence: He must serve three years, plus three years of supervised probation, and pay $2,000 in restitution. If he violates any terms, the judge could sentence him to the remainder of the 15 years.

McNeil, 24, and three teammates from the Tigers' 2010 national championship team were charged with armed robbery and dismissed from the team in March 2011. Antonio Goodwin is serving a 15-year sentence while Dakota Mosley and Shaun Kitchens are awaiting trial.

Witnesses at Goodwin's trial had testified that McNeil had a gun in the robbery at a mobile home. McNeil's attorney, Ben Hand, said information could have come out at trial to support the contention that it was a prank. He said "everybody seemed to know everybody" at the home, but some people were present that they didn't realize would be there.


Pitino among 2013 Hall of Fame class

Rick Pitino got the phone call of a lifetime and an incredible text at the same time.

On Wednesday, John Doleva, president of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, called seven people to tell them they would be part of Monday's announcement for the Class of 2013. Pitino was one of the seven.

"When I got the call I was trying to call my wife over so she could hear it and I'm trying to put it on speaker phone and a text keeps beeping as I'm getting this special call," Pitino said Monday. "I saw the text. 'Go Gophers. I got the job.' "

It was his son Richard, who had just found out he was chosen to coach Minnesota.

The other members of the Hall class: former college coaches Guy Lewis of Houston and Jerry Tarkanian of UNLV, current North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell, former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, and former Virginia star Dawn Staley.

The inductions are Sept. 8 in Springfield, Mass.

Laker Close: Metta World Peace plans to play in the Lakers' next game, less than two weeks after left knee surgery. He participated in drills and the forward said he's ready to return nearly a month earlier than anticipated. The Lakers host New Orleans tonight with five games left to get in playoffs.

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Olympics: Gold medal-winning skier Picabo Street has joined Fox Sports as an analyst for the 2014 Winter Games from Sochi, Russia. She was first American woman to win the World Cup downhill season title in 1995, and repeated the next season.

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Sports in brief 04/08/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 8, 2013 11:26pm]
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