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Gamecocks top recruit detained, not arrested

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's top football recruit Jadeveon Clowney was detained and handcuffed briefly by Columbia police early Friday morning because they say he fit the description of burglar.

Police Chief Randy Scott says Clowney did nothing wrong and was quickly released.

The 18-year-old South Pointe High senior was with friends at night spot near the Gamecocks campus when he was stopped at 2 a.m. South Pointe, located about 70 miles from Columbia, was closed Friday.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier and Scott demonstrated the police action at practice. Scott interrupted Spurrier as he spoke to media, taking him aside and cuffing his hands behind his back. Spurrier was then released.

Spurrier says "they let me go and last night they let Jadeveon go."

The coach has counseled Clowney about how he spends his free time.


Bobcats rally from 13 down to beat Celtics 83-81

BOSTON (AP) — Dante Cunningham hit a go-ahead 15-foot jumper with 34 seconds left and the Charlotte Bobcats erased a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the struggling Boston Celtics 83-to-81 on Friday night.

The Bobcats outscored the Celtics 30-to-15 in the final period. Boston's last hopes ended when Ray Allen missed a three-point attempt and Kevin Garnett failed on a jumper in the final 5 seconds.

Charlotte moved two games behind Indiana, which lost to Sacramento, for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Boston, which began the night a half-game behind the Chicago Bulls for the best record in the East, lost for the sixth time in 10 games.

DJ White led the Bobcats with a career-high 17 points and Gerald Henderson had 15.


Coastal' Carolina G Holloway opts to turn pro

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Coastal Carolina guard Desmond Holloway is leaving the school after one season and has signed with an agent

Holloway had been the Big South Conference's leading scorer until he was suspended on February 17th amid an NCAA inquiry into the program. He did not play again the rest of the season.

Holloway told The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News that he repaid the value of a shirt that was part of the investigation. He denied receiving any money.

According to an open records request made by The Associated Press, the school withdrew its request for the NCAA to reinstate Holloway on February 21st.

Holloway's picture and biography are on the Three Eye Sports agency's website under the organization's client list.


US sailor tries to stay focused, race nears end

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — American skipper Brad Van Liew is already thinking about the sight of his family on the arrival dock in Charleston — and that's not always a good thing for the leader of the Velux 5 Oceans race.

Van Liew will set sail Sunday from Punta del Este, Uruguay, as the points-leader for the round-the-world, 30,000-mile solo adventure race. The 5,700-mile fourth leg finishes in Charleston, Van Liew's place of residence, and gives him a chance to reconnect with wife, Meaghan; nine-year-old daughter, Pate; and six-year-old son, Wyatt.

He worries that too much time thinking about family during the race will steal focus away from keeping his sloop steady and on course.

After a stop in Charleston, the race concludes with a leg across the Atlantic Ocean to finish in France.

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