Attorney asks to withdraw from tree-poisoning case
An attorney for the man accused of poisoning Auburn's Toomer's Corner oak trees has asked to withdraw from the case.
Glennon Threatt Jr. filed a motion Thursday seeking to withdraw as the attorney for Harvey Updyke Jr. He cites comments Updyke made on a Birmingham radio show on Sept. 28 when he apologized to Auburn fans "for the damage I have done" but stopped short of confessing to the crime.
Threatt says he advised Updyke against calling the show. He says he doesn't want to comment further until Lee County Circuit Court Judge Jacob A. Walker III rules. Updyke is also represented by another Birmingham lawyer, Everett Wess.
Updyke, an Alabama fan, has pleaded not guilty to charges including criminal mischief and desecration of a venerated object. He's awaiting trial.
Texas network can't run prep highlights
The Longhorn Network will not show high school game highlights under an agreement approved by leaders of the Big 12, including Texas. The NCAA has already banned school-affiliated networks from showing high school games, saying they would be an unfair recruiting advantage. The Big 12 Board of Directors on Thursday banned the use of highlights from prep games, though scores, standings and game statistics will still be allowed if approved by the NCAA. The Longhorn Network is a 20-year, $300 million venture between Texas and ESPN struck earlier this year.
■ Colorado Coach Jon Embree suspended five defensive players indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules. Defensive back Parker Orms was the only starter among the group. The Buffaloes (1-4) play at seventh-ranked Stanford on Saturday.
■ Miami has lost defensive tackle Marcus Forston for the remainder of the season because of a knee injury, the latest blow in an already-tough season for the Hurricanes. Forston is the second defensive starter Miami lost for the year in the past week. Starting linebacker Ramon Buchanan sustained a season-ending right knee injury in last weekend's win over Bethune-Cookman.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Police: Ohio player used tack on foes
Police in southern Ohio say a high school football player pricked players from the opposing team with something sharp in a postgame player handshake. The visiting team from the Washington Court House high school had just won a game Friday when police say the suspect stuck 27 McClain High School players with what was most likely a tack. The players received tetanus shots and were to have blood tests. The Washington Court House Record Herald reports that Greenfield police say the 16-year-old suspect was ineligible to play but was on the sidelines during the game. Police say the Highland County prosecutor will decide if charges are warranted against the Washington High School student.
Ex-Card McCoughtry scores 38 in loss
Seimone Augustus scored 36 points to lead host Minnesota's second-half surge, and the Lynx moved within one win of their first WNBA title by beating the Atlanta Dream 101-95 in Game 2 of the league championship series on Wednesday night. The Lynx overcame 38 points by the Dream's Angel McCoughtry, a former Louisville standout. McCoughtry had 24 points in the first half but shot just 2-for-13 after halftime. Game 3 in the best-of-five matchup is Friday night in Atlanta.
Obama congratulates Texas A&M
President Barack Obama praised Texas A&M's NCAA champion women's basketball team for being role models to young girls — including his two daughters, Sasha and Malia. The president congratulated the team Thursday at the White House. Coach Gary Blair presented Obama with team jerseys for himself and the first lady. Noting that Blair sometimes throws candy to the crowd during games, Obama joked that he might try the same tactic with members of Congress.
Quigley wins consolation singles match
UK men's tennis seniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek lost in the singles main draw and in their opening-round doubles match at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Quigley, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, came back to win his consolation match against Luka Somen of Virginia Tech 6-2, 6-2. Quigley will face No. 36 Louis Cant of Mississippi State on Friday in the consolation singles draw.
Former Vols AD joins non-profit
Former Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton says he has accepted a job that will allow him to raise awareness about conditions in Africa. Hamilton, who resigned as Tennessee's AD in June after eight years in the position, will work as president of U.S. operations for Nashville-based Blood: Water Mission, a nonprofit that works to provide clean water and to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa. Hamilton sought to get more involved with work in Africa after he, his wife Beth, daughter Madison and son Matthew welcomed Ethiopian siblings Kalu, Kiya and Nate into their family in the summer of 2009.
Ex-N.C. State coach Lowe hired by Jazz
The Utah Jazz completed their coaching staff by hiring Sidney Lowe, who spent the past five seasons as head coach at his alma mater, North Carolina State. He also was a teammate of Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin when they played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989-90. While at N.C. State, Lowe teamed with former Jazz player Thurl Bailey to lead the Wolfpack to the 1983 national title.
The last word
Brad Rock of Salt Lake City's Deseret News, after Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland revealed he didn't change his lucky underwear during a 12-game win streak:
"Which raises a disturbing question: Does anyone know if Cal Ripken was superstitious?"