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Spurrier Says It's Time to Lower the Flag

Sharks right wing Steve Bernier is left on the ice following a hit by Nashville's Alexander Radulov. Radulov was suspended for Game 3.
Sharks right wing Steve Bernier is left on the ice following a hit by Nashville's Alexander Radulov. Radulov was suspended for Game 3. (By Neil Brake -- Associated Press)

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Confederate flag shouldn't fly at the Statehouse, South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier said yesterday after the Gamecocks' annual spring game.

Spurrier's comments came in response to questions about something he said Friday night when he received an award from a volunteer organization. According to people at that event, Spurrier said the flag should come down.

"My opinion is we don't need the Confederate flag at our Capitol," Spurrier said yesterday. "I don't really know anybody that wants it there, but I guess there are a lot of South Carolinians that do want it there."

City Year board chairman Kerry Abel said Spurrier's remarks at his group's awards banquet Friday night caught everyone by surprise.

Jenna Micklash, who attended the event, said the coach's comments came as he accepted a citizenship award from the group, which encourages young people to take on community improvement projects. . . .

Navy's first-team offense scored two touchdowns on 11 drives against the first-team defense in the second of three spring scrimmages in Annapolis. Junior linebacker Clint Sovie had two interceptions, including one he returned 44 yards for a touchdown.

"The offense regressed, but I saw better things out of the defense," Navy Coach Paul Johnson said.

Sophomore Kevin Campbell (Robinson) was the leading rusher, with 86 yards on 18 carries.

· HOCKEY: The NHL suspended Predators forward Alexander Radulov for one game for a hitting-from-behind incident involving Sharks forward Steve Bernier in Nashville's first-round series with San Jose. Radulov will miss Game 3 of the Western Conference series tomorrow at San Jose. He will be eligible to return for Game 4, on Wednesday at San Jose.

Also yesterday, the NHL rescinded two game misconducts called on Predators forward Scott Hartnell, meaning he won't have to sit out a game against the Sharks. . . .

Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi will not play today against Calgary in Game 2 of their first-round series. He has been out with a concussion and a neck injury.

· MOTOR SPORTS: Former Champ Car champion Paul Tracy will miss at least one race after suffering a compression fracture to his back in a crash during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif. . . .

Felipe Massa took the pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, leading the field in qualifying for the fourth time in the last five Formula One races.

· COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Wichita State hired Gregg Marshall as its men's basketball coach, four weeks after he led Winthrop to a first-round upset of Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament.

School officials said they had reached a tentative seven-year deal with Marshall for $750,000 a year.

· BOXING: In Stuttgart, Germany, Ruslan Chagaev outpointed Nikolai Valuev to take the 7-foot Russian's WBA heavyweight title.

The Uzbekistan fighter, who calls himself "White Tyson," gave away 11 inches and 90 pounds to Valuev.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports


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