Tennessee Titans tight end Brandon Barden was arrested on DUI charges Saturday in Lincoln County.
Barden, a 23-year-old Lincolnton native who starred in football at Lincoln County High School, was arrested after a single-car accident on Georgia Highway 220 around 4:30 a.m.
Barden was traveling east when he lost control of a 2008 GMC Sierra and hit a ditch drain, flipping the vehicle one and a half times, according to the accident report. The officer reported he could smell a strong odor of alcohol. Barden refused a field sobriety test, according to the report.
Barden also refused state chemical testing both roadside and at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane, and was booked into the Lincoln County jail. He has since been released on bond.
Barden, along with two passengers, refused medical treatment.
RISING CAP: The NFL salary cap for 2013 will rise to $123 million from $120.6 million in 2012, an NFL Players Association official familiar with negotiations over the figure told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.
COWBOYS: The team reworked the contracts of starters DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Miles Austin, Brandon Carr and Ryan Cook,
to save salary cap space.
By restructuring the deals, Dallas wiped out the $20 million they were projected to be over the cap this year.
FEMALE KICKER TRYOUT: Lauren Silberman has never kicked anything more than a soccer ball in an organized game and she just started practicing long-range field goals. Silberman, 28, will kick Sunday at the New York Jets’ training facility in Florham Park, N.J., the first female kicker scheduled to try out at an NFL regional scouting combine.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Ticket prices are going up.
The school’s Board of Trustees approved a $45 increase to season ticket prices for 2013, raising the cost to $365 a seat for the Gamecocks seven-game schedule. The school said Thursday it has not raised football season tickets since 2008.
Athletic director Ray Tanner said the additional revenue will help fund about $53 million in building new facilities and upgrading existing buildings.
NAME CHANGE: The Independence Bowl is changing its name to the AdvoCare V100 Bowl as part of a new sponsorship deal.