Jadeveon Clowney sounds eager to return
All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will play again for 14th-ranked South Carolina, he assured a nervous fan base Tuesday. But he isn’t sure when he will return.
Clowney intends to return
Junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will play again for 14th-ranked South Carolina, he assured a nervous fan base Tuesday. But he isn’t sure when.
Clowney faced the media Tuesday for the first time since holding himself out of South Carolina’s 35-28 victory over Kentucky because of a muscle strain near his rib cage. The decision to not play and coach Steve Spurrier’s comments after the game set off a firestorm of speculation about Clowney’s future.
“I haven’t played my last game here,” said the All-American, who didn’t practice Tuesday. “I will be back on the field.”
Clowney, who is expected to be one of the first players drafted next year, also has been slowed by illness and bone spurs this season. He insisted his focus is on college ball rather than his NFL future.
“I am in college. I am playing for this university right now,” he said. “Regardless of what people think, I am still in college. I am going to do that and get ready for the future. I ain’t looking past this. We have Arkansas coming up. That’s what I am (focused) on right now.”
Spurrier learned Clowney wasn’t playing when the player told him “right before the game,” the coach said.
After the game, Spurrier told media, “If he wants to play, we will welcome him to come play for the team if he wants to. But if he doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t have to play.”
Spurrier opened his news conference with a defense of Clowney.
“He was in pain,” Spurrier said. “It was diagnosed later and, obviously, we all handled it poorly.”
Penn State settles with 19
At least 19 young men have settled with Penn State over assertions of abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, according to lawyers for the claimants.
Many, if not all of them, have received checks from the university, the attorneys said. Penn State has set aside about $60 million to pay claims.
Among those who reached settlements were some who testified at Sandusky’s trial last year.
Sandusky, 69, the school’s longtime assistant coach under Joe Paterno, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
Sandusky’s son, Jon Sandusky, was arrested early Tuesday in Fargo, N.D., on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Jon Sandusky, 36, is director of player personnel for the NFL Cleveland Browns and a former Penn State safety.
Thunder wins in England
Reggie Jackson scored 29 points and former Sonic Kevin Durant added 21 to help Oklahoma City beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-99 in an exhibition game in Manchester, England.
Ex-Washington Huskies played prominent roles for the Sixers, as Tony Wroten Jr. scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes had a team-high nine rebounds.
Nets prevail in overtime
Tyshawn Taylor scored 16 points and Jason Kidd was a winner in his coaching debut as the new-look Brooklyn Nets opened their exhibition season with a 111-106 overtime victory over the host Washington Wizards.
Ex-Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce played 12 minutes each in their first game as Nets. Garnett scored four points and Pierce had three.
Bryant returns to U.S.
Superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is back from Germany, an innovative knee procedure complete, but there is no recent timetable for his return to game action.
“He said it went great, feels good,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.
Bryant, also recovering from an Achilles problem, attended the 90-88 exhibition victory over Denver in Ontario, Calif.
When the Lakers released a timetable in mid-April, they said Bryant was approximately six to nine months from returning.
Lawson case is dropped
A domestic-violence case against Denver point guard Ty Lawson has been dropped.
Lawson, 25, and his girlfriend were arrested after a fight at home in August.
Nadal to avoid ATP politics
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal said his belief too many tournaments are played on hard courts hasn’t changed with his success on the surface this year; he also said he has given up trying to change the system.
“I am really out of politics, and I don’t want to be involved in politics of the tennis anymore,” the 27-year-old said.
Protesters vandalize site
A group of about 50 protesters vandalized part of the construction site of a 2014 World Cup stadium and chanted anti-FIFA slogans during an inspection by organizers in Cuiaba, Brazil.
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