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Summerall to air opinions on Internet radio

The announcer renowned for sticking to the barest of facts had an opinionated alter ego lurking inside him.

Pat Summerall's trademark as an NFL play-by-play commentator was describing events without wasting words. Now, all those thoughts he used to keep quiet have an outlet in his new sports talk radio program that airs over the Internet.

"The Pat Summerall Show" airs every Tuesday through VoiceAmerica Sports' Web site. During the premiere this past week, Summerall interviewed Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy and offered his analysis on each of the NFL's divisions.

Summerall, who played in the NFL from 1952-61 primarily as a kicker, weighed in on the league's suspension and fine of Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson for using a banned substance. He faulted Wilson for purchasing the substance, but questioned whether the punishment was excessive.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- South Carolina place-kicker Ryan Succop was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Gamecocks' 16-12 win at No. 11 Georgia.

Succop was perfect on three field-goal attempts, matching his career-high, and averaged 40.7 yards on seven punts. His field goals came from 41, 35 and 34 yards and he accounted for 10 of USC's 16 points.

It's the second time that Succop earned the award. He garnered similar acclaim after the 2006 season-opener, when he connected on three field goals and punted six times for a 48.7-yard average in a 15-0 win at Mississippi State.

• Two players from North Carolina and one from Clemson were among six honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Linebacker Durrell Mapp and receiver Brandon Tate earned the league's weekly awards for defensive backs and specialists, respectively.

They were joined by quarterback Cullen Harper of Clemson, tight end Tom Santi of Virginia, linebacker Jolonn Dunbar of Boston College and running back Jonathan Dwyer of Georgia Tech.

Harper is the offensive back of the week who passed for a school-record five touchdowns and completed 20-of-26 passes for 270 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

• Clemson's kickoff for its Sept. 22 game at N.C. State was set for noon. The game will be televised by Lincoln Financial/Raycom.

• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The Carolina Reds 13-U AA travel baseball team won the Mighty Casey NIT at Hargett Park in Rock Hill this past weekend with a perfect 4-0 record.

The Reds defeated the Mustangs 3-2, The Carolina Miners 6-3, The Stealth Penguins 18-3 and the Carolina Riptide 6-1.

Winning pitchers were Jonathan Smith, Charlie Herron, Justin Skramstad and Clayton Cooper. Charlie Keesee recorded two saves.

Leading the way offensively for the Reds was Justin Johnson, J.T. Marion, Danny Howland, Keesee and Smith.

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