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Isner, Simon, Almagro, Baker move into Nice quarters

Nice, France (Sports Network) - Top seeds John Isner, Gilles Simon and reigning champion Nicolas Almagro were among Wednesday's second-round winners, while a big upset came when American qualifier Brian Baker ousted fourth- seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils at the $505,000 Nice Open.

The 6-foot-9 American Isner smacked 13 aces in sneaking past capable Belgian Xavier Malisse 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5), while the heavy French crowd favorite Simon subdued Bulgarian qualifier Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-3 on the red clay at Nice Lawn Tennis Club.

Meanwhile, a third-seeded Almagro, of Spain, got past France's Edouard Roger- Vasselin 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 at this final French Open tune-up.

Almagro beat Romanian Victor Hanescu in last year's Nice finale.

The 27-year-old Baker stunned Monfils in 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) fashion in 1 hour, 31 minutes.

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Demolition nears for historic dorm at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Construction crews have fenced off a historic dormitory at the University of Georgia to prepare for its demolition.

University spokesman Tom Jackson tells The Athens Banner-Herald that the demolition of 159-bed Rutherford Hall will probably begin in the first full week of June.

In November, a Board of Regents' committee approved plans to tear down the 72-year-old dorm to build a new residence hall.

UGA President Michael Adams has said the historic building isn't a good candidate for renovations and needs to be razed.

Rutherford Hall was built in 1939. It was named after Mildred "Millie" Rutherford, principal of a secondary school for girls in Athens.

The new four-story dorm, which will also be called Rutherford Hall, is set to open in time for the fall semester of 2013.

Clarke Central ranks in top 6% of US high schools

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Washington Post has named Clarke Central High School on of the leading high schools in the nation in their annual High School Challenge. 

"Being listed as one of the top high schools is a recognition I am pleased to share with the entire Clarke Central High School community," said Principal Robbie Hooker. "It is an honor to be nationally recognized for preparing our students to be successful in a post-secondary experience."

Clarke Central was among 110 Georgia high school named to the ranking and was listed in the top 6%. 

Bulldogs Fall To Pepperdine In Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia men's tennis team narrowly dropped the doubles point and could never fully steal the momentum away from seventh-seeded Pepperdine as the Bulldogs fell 4-3 to the Waves in the NCAA Championships quarterfinal round at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex Sunday evening, in front of an announced attendance of 3,167.

Georgia - which entered as the two-seed - watches its season come to a close with an overall record of 26-3 and a 34th SEC championship in the books. The Bulldogs were playing in their 34th overall NCAA tournament, but fail to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2009. Still, Georgia maintains a record of 90-29 all-time in the tournament.

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'Ring of Fire' solar eclipse this Sunday

ATLANTA -- The difference between a regular eclipse and this one is the fact that only 94 percent of the sun will be covered up, leaving a ring of fire to be seen by millions of people.

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Paula Deen traces Georgia roots on 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

ATHENS, Ga. -- Sites around Georgia will be featured in celebrity chef Paula Deen's appearance on the NBC series "Who Do You Think You Are?"

The Savannah-based chef will appear on the episode that airs Friday. Researchers on the show help celebrities trace their ancestors.

Deen's episode includes scenes shot at the University of Georgia's special collections library and in Savannah, as well as other sites throughout the state. Documents at the UGA Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library were used in tracing Deen's heritage.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" airs Friday night at 8 p.m. on 11Alive.