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ALBERTVILLE — Former Alabama football player Herb Hannah, who had three sons play for the Crimson Tide, has died. He was 85.

Hannah, who died at his home Wednesday, played for the Tide from 1948-50 and spent a season at tackle for the New York Giants before retiring to coach and teach in Canton and Cedartown, Ga.

He eventually bought the Alabama territory of a poultry company where he worked. Hannah founded the Hannah Supply Co. in 1961, selling the company to his employees when he retired in the 1980s.

Hannah’s sons Charles, David and John also played for the Tide. John Hannah, an offensive lineman, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991. He was introduced by his father at the induction ceremony, and in his speech credited his parents, Herb and Geneva, for his success.

“They always gave it everything they had and a little more,” John Hannah said. “They never failed to show us their love.”

Geneva Hannah died Sept. 20, 2005.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue wide receiver Selwyn Lymon was stabbed in the chest, saying he was attacked at a nightclub near the campus.

The 20-year-old player was listed in fair condition Friday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lafayette after being in critical condition earlier in the day, Purdue spokesman Tom Schott said.

Lymon arrived at the hospital about 2:45 a.m. with a stab wound to the upper chest and told medical workers he was attacked close to the campus, said John Walker, deputy chief of West Lafayette Police Department.

Police officers were called to the parking lot of Nick’s Nightclub about 2:15 a.m. to a report of a fight in progress. Walker said officers found about 30 people in the lot, but they dispersed without incident. Police had several witnesses to interview, Walker said.

Purdue coach Joe Tiller was awaiting more information from the police before commenting, Schott said.

Lymon, of Fort Wayne, played in 13 games, including 12 starts, last season as a sophomore. He ranked fourth on team with 33 receptions for 580 yards and three touchdowns and led Purdue with a 17.6 yard per catch average.


DETROIT — Federal authorities charged a University of Toledo football player Friday in connection with a point-shaving scheme.

Harvey “Scooter” McDougle Jr. recruited Toledo football and basketball players to participate in the scheme orchestrated by a Sterling Heights man identified only as “Gary,” according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

McDougle was arraigned Friday on charges of participating in a bribery scheme to influence sporting contests, The Detroit News reported on its Web site. He was released on a $10,000 bond and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 20.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Morgan told McDougle he should not discuss the case with the media or anyone else.

The charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine upon conviction.

“Gary” allegedly invited the athletes to gamble and dine at Greektown Casino in Detroit. One player was offered $10,000 to sit out a football game, while others received cash, groceries, merchandise and other gifts, the complaint said.

McDougle, a 22-year-old senior from East Cleveland, Ohio, told FBI investigators he received a car, telephone and other items of value from “Gary,” but insisted he never changed the way he played to affect the outcome of games.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Morris, who is handling the case, wouldn’t confirm Friday whether more people would be charged in the case.

The complaint gave no indication that players threw any games as part of the scheme.

- The Associated Press

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