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Colleges

Arrest made in tree poisoning at Auburn

A 62-year-old Dadeville, Ala., man was arrested in connection with the poisoning of the historic Toomer's Corner oak trees at Auburn University.

A spokeswoman for the Lee County Sheriff Office said Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr. was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief.

Bond was set at $50,000. If convicted, Updyke could face one to 10 years in prison.

A man claiming to be "Al from Dadeville" phoned a radio show late in January, claiming he poured herbicide around the 130-year-old oaks that are the scene of celebrations after Auburn's sports victories.

- Claflin University will induct Laney High School athletic director and girls basketball coach Otis Smart into its Athletics Hall of Fame today.

Wrestling

Boy in Iowa defaults rather than face girl

An Iowa high school wrestler, who was among the favorites to win his weight class, defaulted on his first-round state tournament match rather than face a girl.

Joel Northrup , a home-schooled sophomore who was 35-4 wrestling for Linn-Mar High this season, said in a statement Thursday that he doesn't feel it would be right for him to wrestle Cedar Falls freshman Cassy Herkelman.

Herkelman and fellow 112-pounder Ottumwa sophomore Megan Black made history this year by being the first girls to qualify for the tournament. Black was pinned quickly in her opening match.

Northrup says he has "tremendous" respect for the girls' accomplishments, but doesn't feel it's appropriate for boys to engage girls in a combat sport.

Women's Basketball

WADA could punish Turkish laboratory

The World Anti-Doping Agency could suspend the Turkish drug-testing laboratory that reported an apparent "false positive" for American basketball star Diana Taurasi.

WADA director general David Howman told The Associated Press the agency has asked the Ankara lab to explain why it declared Taurasi's samples positive for the banned stimulant modafinil, a decision which led to her contract being terminated by her Turkish club.

- The Tulsa Shock re-signed former Olympic track star Marion Jones to a multi-year deal.

Tennis

Wozniacki close to regaining top spot

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Caroline Wozniacki moved within one victory of regaining the No. 1 ranking after beating Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday.

In earlier matches, Alisa Kleybanova beat Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2, while Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Francesca Schiavone 1-6, 6-0, 7-5.

- In Marseille, France, top-seeded Robin Soderling moved into the quarterfinals of the Open 13 tournament with a 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5) victory over wild-card entry Nicolas Mahut, of France.

Soderling will meet Michael Llodra in the quarters. The eighth-seeded Llodra, also the defending champion, defeated Tobias Kamke, of Germany, 6-3, 6-4

Auto Racing

Practice in Bahrain halted amid unrest

Practice for the GP2 Asia Series race in Bahrain was canceled amid anti-government protests that have left four dead overnight.

The announcement is bound to raise further concerns about February's season-opening Formula One race at the same circuit which is slated for March 13 with F1 workers due to be in Bahrain 10 days earlier.

- Austin Dillon won the pole for the Trucks Series race at Daytona International Speedway, posting a lap of 179.047 mph.

James Buescher qualified second in a Chevrolet for tonight's race. Ron Hornaday Jr. will start third.


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