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Man facing charges for urinating on Modell's grave

Man facing disorderly conduct charge after urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell's grave
Juliet Linderman, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Maryland authorities said Tuesday they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.

The man, who so far has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident to YouTube this month.

Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

Dollar Tree buying peer Family Dollar Stores for approximately $8.5 billion
Candice Choi And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers

The deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dollar store segment, with its more than 13,000 combined locations eclipsing current leader Dollar General Corp., which has about 11,300.

Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers' new coach

Byron Scott says he is the Los Angeles Lakers' new coach, but team won't confirm
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.

Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday that no deal has been reached.

Scott, who won three NBA titles as a shooting guard for the Lakers, told KCBS-TV he will take over the club, which hasn't had a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30.

Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA

Trade talk requires Kevin Love to withdraw from Team USA basketball
Jon Krawczynski, The Associated Press

Kevin Love still doesn't know where he will play next season, his NBA future hanging in the air while a seldom-used league rule complicates a potential trade to Cleveland.

The only thing certain from a basketball standpoint for Love is that he won't be playing for Team USA this summer.

Love had to withdraw from Team USA's roster while the Minnesota Timberwolves field offers for their three-time All-Star, a process that was extended when Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins signed his contract this week.

Giants acquire righty Jake Peavy from Red Sox

Giants acquire right-hander Jake Peavy from Red Sox for 2 minor league pitchers
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.

The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner will start Sunday night's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants held a half-game division lead in the NL West against their rival going into Saturday night's middle game at AT&T Park.

Torre, Cox and La Russa manage their way into Hall

A managing trio like no other: Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa entering Hall of Fame
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Joe Torre still needs a pinch or two, just to make sure.

"It's still sort of unbelievable," he said. "Cooperstown was always something way out there. OK, I know where it is. Doesn't mean I'm going there to visit, much less be inducted. I never had a goal of getting to the Hall of Fame."

That's exactly where he's headed Sunday.

Torre will be inducted with fellow former managers Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa in what is a banner year for the baseball shrine. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas also will enter.

Ichiro's home run lifts Yankees over Blue Jays 6-4

Suzuki ends HR drought as Yankees top Toronto 6-4 for 17th straight home win over Blue Jays
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Derek Jeter stood on the dugout steps, stone-faced as a statue, when Ichiro Suzuki approached after rounding with the bases with his first home run since last August.

Only when the Japanese star was inches away did the New York Yankees captain crack a wide smile and offer a fist bump.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

Penn State president to face alumni

Penn State president Erickson to face alumni at town hall in Pittsburgh
Kevin Begos,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State University president Rodney Erickson faces a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, more than two months since Sandusky was arrested, bringing with it controversy, criticism and contemplation.

Penn State president to face alumni

Penn State president Erickson to face alumni at town hall in Pittsburgh
Kevin Begos,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State University president Rodney Erickson faces a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, more than two months since Sandusky was arrested, bringing with it controversy, criticism and contemplation.

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