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Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. — The NCAA has given Georgia the go-ahead to accept donations on behalf of freshman defensive lineman Michael Lemon and his younger brother, Marquez, whose mother was killed before her mobile home was set on fire later week.

Coach Mark Richt and three busloads of players attended a memorial service in Macon on Sunday for the mother, Phaba Lemon.

Georgia announced Monday that its athletic association is working with the NCAA to establish a trust fund to assist Michael in taking care of Marquez, 15.

NCAA rules require Georgia to follow strict guidelines. Funds must be disbursed for the actual and necessary expenses that have resulted from Phaba Lemon's death.

Donations can be made payable to the University of Georgia Athletic Association with "The Lemon Support Fund" noted on the memo line and mailed to: University of Georgia Athletic Association, Eric Baumgartner, P.O. Box 1472, Athens, Ga., 30603.

Phaba Lemon died in her mobile home in Lizella in Bibb County last week. Investigators say the home was intentionally torched by her boyfriend.

UAB

BIRMINGHAM — The UAB Blazers will open Neil Callaway's first season as head coach with road games against Michigan State and Florida State.

The Blazers face the Big Ten Conference's Spartans for the first time Sept. 1 at Spartan Stadium. That contest will be followed a week later by their first game against Florida State since 2004 and third overall.

The Blazers open their home play against Alcorn State on Sept. 15 at Legion Field.

- The Associated Press

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