Police charge 18-year-old in USC stabbing

COLUMBIA -- Police have charged an 18-year-old man with assault and battery with intent to kill in the slashing of South Carolina defensive lineman Jordin Lindsey.

Clifton Hunter Epps turned himself into authorities Monday and confessed to the assault that took place early Saturday morning in the Five Points area, police said.

Epps was taken to the Richland County jail. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer, jail officials said.

Lindsey suffered a 4-inch laceration to the left side of his neck and spent a night in the hospital before he was released, authorities said

Lindsey and Epps were arguing when Epps used a broken bottle to cut the victim, police said.

Lindsey's father said Jordin and his twin, Dustin, also a Gamecocks player, were walking early Saturday morning in Five Points, a neighborhood known for its college bar scene and restaurants.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- South Carolina guard Devan Downey was named SEC Player of the Week after scoring 21 points with five steals and five assists in the Gamecocks' 68-67 win over Providence last week.

Downey, a Chester native and redshirt sophomore, helped guide USC to the SEC's only win in the SEC/Big East Invitational. He is the fifth-leading scorer in the SEC at 18.4 points per game.

• USC junior forward Demetress Adams was also named SEC Player of the Week after posting double-doubles against Charleston Southern and Jackson State.

Adams, the Lady Gamecocks' leading scorer and rebounder, finished one assist short of a triple-double against CSU.

• LOCAL SOCCER -- The U17 Boys Discoveries Soccer Club 90 Green based in Rock Hill won its second straight state championship this past weekend.

The team, coached by Northwestern coach Dominic Wren, beat Carolina Elite Soccer Academy 1-0 in the finals and advanced to the Southeastern Regional Championship in June in Raleigh, N.C.

Frannie Twohig scored the only goal in the game's 20th minute on an assist from Alex Martinez.

The DSC defense was led by goalkeeper Craig Lowe, Taylor Grim, Aaron Mayes, Tyler Vukoder and Robbie Benson.

• PRO BASKETBALL -- Jamaal Tinsley knows he has to make lifestyle changes, and he feels blessed to have the chance.

That was the Indiana Pacers guard's mindset 36 hours after being shot at with an assault weapon in front of a downtown Indianapolis hotel. He was not injured.

Tinsley met with coach Jim O'Brien and team president Larry Bird a day after the guard and several companions were targeted in the early Sunday morning shooting that wounded the team's equipment manager. The suspected shooters have not been arrested as police continue to investigate.

• Madison Square Garden and New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas have settled the sexual harassment case brought by a former team executive who was awarded $11.6 million in punitive damages.

Terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed.

The deal came as compensatory damages were about to be added and as Browne Sanders was preparing to return to U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where her description of her ordeal with the Knicks exposed the club's tawdry side, from its dysfunctional clubhouse to its star player's sexual exploits with a Knicks intern.

• PRO BASEBALL -- Former NL Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne and the Milwaukee Brewers finalized a $10 million, one-year contract.

The 31-year-old right-hander, who finished last season with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, can earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 50, 55, 60 and 65 games finished.

Gagne joins a bullpen that lost closer Francisco Cordero, who agreed to a $46 million, four-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Derrick Turnbow and Gagne are the top candidates to close for the Brewers.