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SC SMALL COLLEGE ROUNDUP

Wofford, Ga. Southern in matchup of SoCon's best

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One glance at the statistics is all that's needed to see the two best teams in the Southern Conference are likely playing Saturday when Wofford travels to Georgia Southern.

The Terriers are the league's leading offense and its second-best defense. The Eagles lead the SoCon in defense and are the conference's second-best offense.

Wofford coach Mike Ayers says he is approaching it as just another Saturday in one of the toughest leagues in the Football Championship Subdivision.

In other games Saturday involving South Carolina's FCS teams, Furman hosts Chattanooga; The Citadel hosts Western Carolina; Coastal Carolina hosts Stony Brook; Presbyterian hosts Liberty; Charleston Southern hosts VMI; and South Carolina State is at Delaware State.

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No. 3 South Carolina enters road test at No. 9 LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Steve Spurrier isn't afraid to make a few jokes at LSU's expense.

The colorful coach of third-ranked South Carolina light-heartedly brushed aside questions about Tiger Stadium this week by pretending to be momentarily confused about the fact there are two Death Valleys, one at LSU and one at Clemson.

On Saturday night, Spurrier brings the best South Carolina team he's had to Baton Rouge to play the ninth-ranked Tigers.

The unbeaten Gamecocks look impressive on offense and defense, coming off a 35-7 victory last weekend over Georgia.

LSU is trying to rebound from its first loss of the season at Florida, a game in which the Tigers failed to score a touchdown.

Now LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger must contend with Gamecocks star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

NASCAR-CHARLOTTE

Show goes on at Charlotte without Earnhardt Jr.

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. grew up a town away from Charlotte Motor Speedway, running wild with his friends through the infield as his daddy thrilled the hometown crowd on race days.

He became NASCAR's most popular driver, and is presently the only North Carolina native who drives full-time in the Sprint Cup Series.

But Earnhardt won't be at the track on Saturday night. He's out two races after a doctor benched him because of two concussions in six weeks.

It marks the first time an Earnhardt won't race at Charlotte since 1978, and the first time an Earnhardt won't run a Cup race since the 1979 Southern 500.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Forsman takes lead at Greater Hickory Classic

CONOVER, N.C. (AP) — Dan Forsman shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk, David Frost and Larry Mize after the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic.

Forsman had eight birdies and a bogey at Rock Barn Golf and Spa's Jones Course. He won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii in January for his third Champions Tour title.

Frost and Mize had bogey-free rounds, and Funk had four birdies and a closing eagle on the par-5 18th.

Defending champion Mark Wiebe and Jay Don Blake shot 67. Wiebe had a hole-in-one on No. 3.

Tom Lehman, 69 points behind leader Bernhard Langer in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, opened with a 68. Langer, the winner Sunday in the SAS Championship in Cary, had a 70.

DUKE-MEDIA DAY

Krzyzewski: Duke, NCAA cooperate in Thomas inquiry

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski says Duke is cooperating fully with the inquiry into whether any NCAA rules were broken when former player Lance Thomas purchased nearly $100,000 in jewelry during the 2010 national championship season.

The Duke coach said Friday during the team's media day that he hadn't previously commented on it because "we want to honor the integrity of that process."

Krzyzewski says in early September, he was made aware of a lawsuit filed against Thomas. He contacted Duke's administration, and those officials reached out to the NCAA "to go through a process of seeing what happened."

Thomas was sued in January by a New York jeweler claiming he was owed $67,800 for five pieces of jewelry Thomas purchased during his senior season in December 2009. That lawsuit has been settled.

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