Arkansas' track program stripped of two titles over infractions

Arkansas' renowned track and field program lost two national championships yesterday when the NCAA imposed stiff sanctions for violations involving sprint star Tyson Gay and a former assistant coach.

The Razorbacks also received 3 years' probation. University Chancellor John White said the school plans to appeal.

Arkansas had self-reported violations committed by former assistant Lance Brauman, who was convicted last year of embezzlement, theft and mail fraud.

Arkansas must vacate all of Gay's individual meet results from when he competed for the track team.

In other college news:

* Darnell Dodson, a 6-6 basketball guard who was a key member of what Pitt coach Jamie Dixon called his best recruiting class, is leaving school and plans to transfer to Miami Dade College.

* Florida State athletic director David Hart Jr. is leaving the school after a dozen years.


* Bob Estes and Tommy Armour III tied for the lead in the darkness-shortened opening round of the Ginn sur Mer Classic at a soggy Tesoro Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

* Suzann Pettersen took a two-stroke lead in the Honda LPGA Thailand.

* Defending champion Jim Thorpe and Eduardo Romero shared the lead in the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, Calif.


* Andrew Bogut has a sprained left wrist, the Bucks said after the 7-foot center had more tests to determine the severity of the injury. There are no broken bones.

* Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey had surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to be out for about 6 weeks.

Philly File

* The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation has appointed its corporate officers who each serve 3-year terms. Ken Avallon has been renamed president, Steve Tallant will be vice president, Bob Cassidy secretary and Dan Fahy Jr. treasurer.

Sport Stops

* U.S. flyweight Rau'shee Warren took another step toward returning to the Olympics when he easily defeated 2004 Olympian Tulashboy Doniyorov, of Uzbekistan, in a 20-8 decision at the World Championships in Chicago.

* American skier Bode Miller could miss the season-opening World Cup race in Sweden because of a back injury. *