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PATERNO MOURNED BY THOUSANDS

Penn State security had to turn away mourners as viewing hours for legendary football coach Joe Paterno, who died Sunday, ended at midday after thousands of students, alumni and admirers had filed past his closed casket. The viewing was held over 11/2 days at a spiritual center on the State College, Pa., campus. After a private funeral in the afternoon, thousands waited on sidewalks as the funeral procession drove past Beaver Stadium and through the town to the cemetery. Today is a public service at the school's basketball arena. Paterno died from lung cancer at 85.

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Tree hug of the day

Auburn to replace poisoned oaks

The poisoned oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner, where toilet paper is wrapped around the trees after football wins, will be replaced under a plan approved by school president Jay Gogue. An Alabama fan is charged with the November 2010 poisoning; the trees aren't expected to survive past this fall. Gogue approved a school committee's plan, which also recommended that a temporary toilet-papering solution be found for the three to five years before the new oaks are ready.

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Bubba buy of the day

He's just a good ol' boy ...

After years and years of yearning, pro golfer and Dukes of Hazzard megafan Bubba Watson has what he says is his dream car: the General Lee that jumped the police car in the opening credits of the 1980s TV series. The Bagdad native in the Panhandle, 33, got it for $110,000 at an automobile auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., last weekend. The car, known as Lee 1, was totaled in the jump but was restored.

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QUOTABLE

"There will be blood on the field, and it won't be mine. ... Quote it. Let them know."

Ohio high school offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, the No. 1-rated recruit in the state and who committed to Michigan, on playing Ohio State this coming season. Kalis reneged on a commitment to the Buckeyes after coach Jim Tressel's firing and has received numerous threats for going to rival Michigan.

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LIGHTNING

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