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DARLINGTON PRESIDENT-DRIVER

Darlington president Wile to drive stock car

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile is steeping out from behind his desk and getting behind the wheel.

The superspeedway's first-year leader will drive a 3,300-pound stock car Saturday in a celebrity competition at Dillon Motor Speedway. Wile is among several area leaders racing at the track, a paved oval of about four-tenths of a mile.

The event will have two cars on the track competing in multiple elimination rounds. The two drivers who make it through to the finals will race for a $3,000 first prize that will be donated to the winner's charity of choice.

Wile is racing for Darlington Shares, the charitable arm of NASCAR's oldest superspeedway.

Others racing include the sheriffs of Darlington and Dillon counties and Maj. Melvin Warren of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

SEC-AUBURN

Malzahn: Marshall 'embarrassed' after legal run-in

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says Nick Marshall will "suffer the consequences" but declined to elaborate on the punishment the quarterback will face after he was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana following a traffic stop in Georgia.

Marshall was pulled out of Monday's SEC media days appearance by Malzahn, three days after the senior received a $1,000 ticket in Reynolds, Ga.

Malzahn told beat reporters Marshall had been a "model citizen" before the incident,

The coach says Marshall is "very regretful, and he's embarrassed he hurt his teammates, his family, his coaches." Marshall had 1,976 yards passing and 1,068 rushing last season, leading the Tigers to the national title game.

Malzahn says defensive end Carl Lawson's status for the season is uncertain after knee surgery.

GEORGIA-MORRIS DISMISSED

Georgia basketball player arrested, off team

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia forward Brandon Morris has been kicked off the basketball team following his arrest on a marijuana charge.

The Athens-Clarke County Jail said Monday he was arrested early Sunday and later posted bond. He was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Morris was suspended for three games last season for a violation of team rules. Coach Mark Fox said on the team's website that Morris has a "very clear understanding of our expectation. Unfortunately, I've had to dismiss him from our team."

Morris, a junior, was set to return as one of four starters for a team that won 20 games last season before losing in the second round of the NIT to Louisiana Tech. He averaged 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.

OBIT-OLYMPIAN ALICE COACHMAN

First black woman to win Olympic gold dies in Ga.

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, has died at age 90 in south Georgia.

Davis' daughter, Evelyn Jones, says her mother died early Monday morning in Albany. Vera Williams, a secretary at Meadows Funeral Home in Albany, says Meadows will be handling Davis' memorial service but plans haven't been finalized yet.

Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London. She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Davis attended Tuskegee University and won 25 national track and field championships - including 10 consecutive high jump titles.

She was the only American woman to win a gold medal at the 1948 games, and retired at age 25 after winning Olympic gold.

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