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March Sadness in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) -- A Delaware couple is playing tough defense against authorities trying to remove their family's basketball hoop.

Transportation workers and state police converged on a Wilmington neighborhood Friday morning to remove several basketball goals that officials say violate a law prohibiting objects from being too close to the roadway.

But John and Melissa McCafferty are fighting back. Melissa parked her van underneath the family's basketball hoop and perched herself behind the backboard, risking arrest. McCafferty says she could only think about how sad her 10-year-old daughter would be if she came home to find the basketball hoop gone.

Police and work crews eventually gave up trying to add McCafferty's hoop to several others they confiscated.

John McCafferty says he will seek a restraining order to prevent authorities from seizing his basketball pole.

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