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Local Roundup: Bulloch Academy raises $4,400 in charity event at GSU

The Bulloch Academy varsity softball team raised $4,400 for the Alzheimer’s Association with a preseason tournament Tuesday.
    Held at the Georgia Southern University softball field on Fair Road, the charity event featured the Lady Gators, the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets, the Effingham County Lady Rebels and the Tattnall Square Academy Lady Trojans.
    GSU provided the use of the fields and field maintenance for free, members of the Statesboro Officials Association waived their normal game fees, schools made donations while spectators and even players paid the admission fee to help raise money to end the devastating disease. All concessions also went toward the cause.
    At the end of the night, the tournament was renamed the Miriam Burnette Striking Out Alzheimer’s Memorial Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament, in memory of the mother of Darron Burnette, the tournament’s co-founder, local Alzheimer’s Association board member and Sea Island Bank President and CEO.

NASCAR's Penske dumps Allmendinger
    A.J. Allmendinger had a ride to envy with one of NASCAR's top teams end in stunning disgrace.
    He can only hope his failed drug tests don't cost him his career.
    Allmendinger's first season with Penske Racing was an abbreviated one after team owner Roger Penske announced Wednesday that he had fired the driver three weeks after he tested positive for a banned amphetamine.
    Sam Hornish Jr. will drive the No. 22 Dodge this weekend at Pocono Raceway and "for the foreseeable future," the team said.

Lawyer: Sandusky upset with NCAA
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky is distraught over the NCAA penalties issued to Penn State's football program for the school's handling of his child sexual abuse scandal and maintains his innocence as he awaits sentencing, his defense lawyer said Wednesday.
    Attorney Joe Amendola told The Associated Press in a phone interview that Sandusky told him that even if people believe he is guilty of the crimes for which he was convicted in June, it would be "ridiculous" to think Penn State administrators engaged in a cover-up.
    The NCAA imposed a multi-year bowl ban on Penn State, invalidated 112 wins, fined the school $60 million and took away future scholarships. The university leadership said the alternative could have been a complete ban on playing games and has acquiesced to the penalties.

Wednesday, the NCAA announced it had picked former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell of Maine to monitor Penn State's compliance with the sanctions.

Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including attacks on boys inside athletics facilities at Penn State, where he played college football and became a successful defensive coach under Joe Paterno.