Harvey Updyke Jr., the Alabama fan accused of poisoning the oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner, was indicted by a Lee County grand jury on four felony charges and two misdemeanors. Updyke, 62, faces two felony counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two felony counts of unlawful damage, felony vandalism or theft of property from a farm animal or crop facility and two misdemeanors. Arraignment is May 26; the trial date is June 20.
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Out of bounds
Raiders staff: Sell tickets to get paid
Instead of forcing employees to take pay cuts or unpaid furloughs during the lockout as several teams are doing, the Raiders will allow them to keep their full salary if they sell a certain number of season tickets. Yes, that includes CEO Amy Trask and coach Hue Jackson. To avoid a pay cut, employees must sell season tickets worth 10 percent of their salary. Oakland, last in attendance last year, offers season tickets starting at $260. The Bucs have not announced any plans for cuts or furloughs.
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Baseball scholarship for girl criticized
Michael Bender, baseball coach of Montreat College in Charlotte, N.C., is getting mixed feedback after he offered a junior varsity scholarship to a female pitcher. Some alumni are angry and players have threatened to transfer. Right-hander Marti Sementelliof Birmingham (Calif.) High is 5 feet 2, 115 pounds. She played on the women's national team in 2008 and 2010. "A lot of people question my integrity ... just for the simple, ignorant, simpleton fact that they can't look past that she's a female," Bender said.
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"I guess being the linchpin for five world championships is not considered significant enough in terms of being part of Lakers history.''
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hall of Fame center who was part of Lakers titles in 1980, '82, '85, '87 and '88, on a "slight'' of not having a statue at the Staples Center. The statues there are Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Chick Hearn, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya.
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