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Oregon plans to bar too-wide seat cushions

PORTLAND — Some University of Oregon fans say it's getting crowded in the bleachers. The problem: Jumbo seat cushions.

So the school proposes to limit cushions to 17 inches wide.

University spokeswoman Julie Brown says there have been "a few complaints" about extra-wide cushions taking up too much space at venues with bench-style seating, such as Autzen Stadium and Hayward Field. The benches include seat numbers, but no lines to mark just how much room each spectator gets.

Besides ensuring comfort for spectators squeezed between neighbors with cushions, the university wants to maintain the allocated stadium seating capacity. The presence of large cushions has yet to curtail capacity, but Brown said the school wants to get ahead of the issue as manufacturers expand their menu of cushions and portable seats with larger options.

"It's something that has been happening with a little bit of an increased frequency," Brown said.

The plan calls for boxes at the gates, like those at airports for carry-on luggage, to determine whether cushions make it into the game or track meet.


BASKETBALL

Ellis tells the Milwaukee Bucks he will opt out of his contract

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. — The Milwaukee Bucks have lost their leading scorer.

Monta Ellis has informed the Bucks he won't exercise his $11 million option for the upcoming season, making him an unrestricted free agent July 1. The move Monday wasn't a total surprise, coming after Ellis rejected a two-year contract extension last fall.

There's a chance the Bucks could lose their second-leading scorer, too.

Brandon Jennings, who combined with Ellis to contribute almost 37 percent of Milwaukee's points, is a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Bucks have the right to match any offer for him. J.J. Redick, traded to Milwaukee from Orlando in February, also is a free agent.


BASEBALL

Yankees' Youkilis needs surgery, Teixeira goes to disabled list

NEW YORK — Kevin Youkilis needs back surgery and Mark Teixeira returned to the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with an aching right wrist, the latest injury setbacks for the depleted New York Yankees.

Youkilis will miss at least 10-12 weeks after he has the procedure in California on Thursday. He had gone back on the DL last Friday.

The three-time All-Star, who signed a one-year, $12 million contract with New York as a free agent on December 14, has played in only 28 games and is batting .219 with two home runs and eight RBIs.

Teixeira missed the first 53 games of the season because of a wrist injury. Both he and Youkilis returned from their previous DL stints May 31.

Compiled from wire reports


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