NEW YORK – Paul McCartney is coming to Yankee Stadium.

The team announced Wednesday that the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform his first concert at Yankee Stadium on July 15. Tickets go on sale Monday.

McCartney has been part of several high-profile shows in New York ballparks.

The Beatles played before more than 55,000 fans at Shea Stadium to open a North American tour in 1965, one of the most memorable performances by the Fab Four. After Shea Stadium was torn down, McCartney returned in July 2009 to play three sold-out shows at its replacement, Citi Field.

Upbeat Ja Rule heads off to begin prison term 

NEW YORK – Ja Rule headed to prison Tuesday for up to two years in a gun case, bidding a stoic but upbeat farewell-for-now to family and fans at a New York courthouse.

The multiplatinum-selling rapper and actor – whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap’s stars in the early 2000s – signed autographs for fans on his way to be sentenced after pleading guilty in December to attempted criminal weapon possession. The case stemmed from a gun found in his luxury sports car in July 2007.

“See y’all later,” he told family and friends in the courtroom audience as he was handcuffed. Ja Rule, 35, will briefly be in a city jail before heading to a state prison yet to be determined.

Nelson can mail in pot fine 

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – Country music legend and avowed marijuana aficionado Willie Nelson must pay a Texas court $787 to settle marijuana possession charges.

Hudspeth County Attorney Kit Bramblett told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the 78-year-old Nelson can send the $500 fine and $287 court costs by mail.

In March, Bramblett had suggested that County Judge Becky Dean-Walker had ordered Nelson to perform “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” in court. At the time, Dean-Walker said Bramblett’s suggestion was a “joke that got out of hand.”

On Wednesday, Bramblett confirmed that “he’s not coming, he’s not singing.”