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Feb. 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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Price objects to Yankees' facial hair rule

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, though three years away from free agency, says he wants no part of the New York Yankees and their restrictions on facial hair.

"I wouldn't sign a long-term deal there (with the Yankees). Those rules, that's old-school baseball," the left-handed pitcher said at spring training.

The Yankees' policy, put in place by owner George Steinbrenner when he bought the team in 1973, allows moustaches but forbids facial hair below the lip, and hair below the collar.

Plenty of Yankee acquisitions over the years, including Lou Pinella, Jason Giambi and Randy Johnson have traded their whiskers for Yankee paychecks and opportunities for championships, the New York Daily News said Thursday.

"Do you really think some player would say no, all things considered, it if was a good deal for them?" the Yankees' Derek Jeter said when hear of Price's comments.

At Tampa Bay, manager Joe Madden does not impose restrictions on facial hair, clubhouse music or attire on travel days, the newspaper noted.

Judge says El Paso can build stadium

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A Texas judge has ruled the city of El Paso can issue $50 million in bonds to build a minor league baseball stadium downtown.

Travis County District Judge Tim Sulak said actions by El Paso city officials to issue and obtain the bonds were "legal and valid," the El Paso (Texas) Times reported Thursday.

Sulak said objections raised by opponents of the bond issue did not "sufficiently show just cause."

The judge declined to rule on whether the city council should hold a May referendum to get voter approval for razing City Hall.

The ruling allows officials to proceed with plans to tear down the municipal building to build the stadium.

Sulak set a $1 million bond for an appeal of the ruling. Opponents have 30 days to file any appeal.

The city council last week approved placing a petition to save City Hall on the May 11 ballot. However, attorneys for the Triple-A Tucson Padres and the city say the wording of the petition would have little effect and not stop the demolition.


Kent State's Durden suspended from team

KENT, Ohio, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Julian Durden, Kent State running back, is charged with receiving stolen property and marijuana possession, and has been suspended from the team.

School police charged Durden with receiving stolen property, a felony, after a student reported her wallet missing from her dorm room on Feb. 9. Durden also received a citation after police found less than 100 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession, the website kentwired.com reported Thursday.

Durden, a freshman, pleaded guilty to the marijuana possession charge and will participate in a counseling program, the website said.

"His status (on the football team) depends on how things go moving forward," said Aaron Chimenti, assistant director of athletic communications.

Ex-Utah footballer admits to child porn

CEDAR CITY, Utah, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A former football player at Southern Utah University has pleaded guilty to charges he downloaded child pornography in 2010, officials say.

Cameron Anthony Morgan, 22, was charged last year with 10 counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor.

Morgan's attorney stipulated during a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Cedar City that child pornography was on his client's computer.

Morgan pleaded guilty to all 10 counts.

In court documents, Morgan had said he accidentally received the child porn while downloading adult pornography.

A trial date has not been set.

Morgan could be sentenced to 15 years in prison on each count.

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