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COLUMBIA â€" Darrin Horn's women's clinic is scheduled for this afternoon. You might find more fluid basketball displayed there than South Carolina's 72-48 victory Friday evening against Furman inside the sparsely occupied Colonial Life Arena. "This was a game that didn't seem to have a lot of flow to it," said Horn, USC's first-year coach. No, it didn't.

Money, fame — and guns

Many NFL players shudder when they think about what Plaxico Burress is going through â€" and what still awaits. Players across the league think about how difficult his life has become. They think about how much worse it could have been. And they think about how â€" in a culture where athletes and guns seem to go together far too often â€" it easily could have been them. "It's eye-opening, there's no doubt about it," Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking said.

Koenning rips Clemson for dismissal

CLEMSON â€" Vic Koenning said nice things about Clemson and new head coach Dabo Swinney in an official statement released a few hours after he was fired Tuesday but did not hold back in an interview with the Wichita Eagle. The former Kansas State linebacker pointed out he was statistically one of the most successful defensive coordinators Clemson has had and questioned how the school could get rid of "beautiful roses" while trimming "a few weeds."

Stingrays earn another win in Charlotte

Stingrays roll, 5-1

Quinn's courage honored

North Carolina freshman defensive end Robert Quinn, a graduate of Fort Dorchester High School, has been awarded the Atlantic Coast Conference's Brian Piccolo Award. The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1972 in memory of the late Brian Piccolo to the "most courageous" football player in the ACC. Piccolo was the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1965 and played for the Chicago Bears before his career was cut short when he was stricken with cancer. His courageous fight against that disease was an inspiration to the Bears and the entire football community.

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