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Feb. 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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Bears' Webb arrested on pot charge

FOREST LAKE, Ill., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Chicago Bears offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb is facing a marijuana possession charge, authorities say.

KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, Mo., reported Webb was arrested by a sheriff's deputy in Pulaski County in southern Illinois, Sunday night. Webb, who paid $500 of a $5,000 bond and was released Monday, is to have a court appearance in March.

"We are aware of the recent arrest of J'Marcus Webb in Pulaski County, Ill.," the Bears said in a statement Wednesday. "We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest."

Webb, a seventh-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft, started all 32 games at left tackle for the Bears the past two seasons.

Report: Giants re-sign Beatty for 5 years

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- New York Giants offensive tackle Will Beatty has signed a five-year contract with the NFL team a New Jersey newspaper said is worth $37.5 million.

The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported $19 million of the contract is fully guaranteed and Beatty will receive a $12.5 million signing bonus.

Beatty was a second-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft. He played in all 16 games last season, starting 14.

Maine women's basketball team in bus crash

GEORGETOWN, Mass., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A bus carrying the University of Maine's women's basketball team crashed in Georgetown, Mass., Tuesday, seriously injuring the driver, officials said.

A number of passengers suffered minor injuries, The Boston Globe reported.

The bus was traveling south on Interstate 95 in northeastern Massachusetts when it crossed the median, swerved across four lanes and crashed into the woods, officials said, saying the unidentified driver was freed from the bus by emergency workers and transported by helicopter to Boston Medical Center.

The passengers, some of whom jumped into the snow through the side windows of the bus, were less seriously injured and taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, the newspaper said.

Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said a preliminary investigation indicated the driver suffered a medical incident.

Red Sox fans not buying season tickets

BOSTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Fans of the beleaguered Boston Red Sox aren't buying tickets, the team acknowledging season ticket sales in January were down 10 percent from a year ago.

Ron Bumgarner, senior vice president of ticketing, said the team is contacting season-ticket holders to offer seating upgrades before moving to a list of 7,500 names on a waiting list.

"They just didn't really put much effort to keep me as a season ticket-holder," said fan Matt Hynes via email to The Boston Globe. "You'd think they'd put a little more effort into it."

Interest in the team has waned, tickets for individual games are going for pennies on the secondary market and season-ticket holders have complained they cannot give away their tickets, the Globe said.

"They (the Red Sox) dropped the ball in the last couple of years, with the way the team was run. It just seemed like they stopped caring about the fans," Phil Ferraguto, a season-ticket holder since 1986, told the newspaper.

The Red Sox won the World Series in 2007 and made the playoffs in 2008 and '09 but haven't been in the post-season since. Last year, Boston was 69-93 and fifth in the American League East. It was the team's first sub-.500 season since 1997.

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