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Tired of buying the same old

Girl Scout cookies every year?

The Atwood-Hammond (Ill.) Little League is selling a $2,000 AR-15 assault rifle as a fundraiser -- at $20 a raffle ticket.

"We could have went with a basic shotgun or something simple," league commissioner Steven McClain told Champaign's WCIA-TV. "But obviously it's not going to draw the attention, not going to draw the volume we're hoping to make."

No kidding. Last year's raffle raised $10. This year, according to sponsor Atwood Armory, ticket-buyers have already shelled out $13,110 -- with three-plus months to go.

Crossover move

Former NBA star Adrian Dantley is staying busy -- for the benefits, he says, not the $14,685.50 a year pay -- as a two hour a day school-crossing guard in Silver Spring, Md.

In keeping with the theme, the kids get just three seconds in the lane.

Foul on the play

Rayshawn Goins, James Madison's top scorer and rebounder, was arrested just hours after the Dukes CAA tournament title win Sunday on charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice. Though lawyers are haggling to get the obstruction reduced to a blocking foul.

Change for a Ten?

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says his conference might have to adopt a Division III non-scholarship model if college players successfully sue to win a share of TV revenue. What's next -- threatening to make jock-factory athletes real, live students?

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-- Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, on the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez: "So strike that name from (Dennis) Rodman's Lunatic Diplomacy World Tour."

-- Comedy writer Tim Hunter, on Washington getting an NIT invite: "And that's fine -- but it's like going to the other prom with a date that was turned down 68 times."

-- Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, with a quickie Mizzou scouting report: "Final Four talent but sub-NIT poise and execution in late-game situations."

-- Jack Finarelli of SportsCurmudgeon.com, still rummy from Selection Sunday: "I love Vegetative State to 'make a run' in the North bracket, but that's just me."

Tapping out

And in economic news, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., says the minimum wage -- if it had kept up with increased worker productivity since 1960 -- should be $22 an hour.

Responded one woe-is-me Big Ten AD: "Does the NCAA have a Division IV?"

-- The Seattle Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 24, 2013 A1

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