Spurrier says Young was defending himself

ORANGEBURG -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says he hasn't taken any action against offensive lineman Kevin Young because he may have been defending himself before he was arrested.

The (Orangeburg) Times and Democrat reports Spurrier told a Gamecock Club meeting Monday night that someone punched Young first in a fight at a nightclub area near campus early Sunday.

Spurrier says the 20-year-old redshirt freshman guard and other witnesses have told him Young was then being held down by others and may have been punched by a police officer.

Spurrier says he will wait for all the facts to come out before deciding if Young is punished.

Columbia police charged Young with fighting and resisting arrest.

• In Auburn, Ala., defensive end Antonio Coleman, who suffered a frightening injury in Saturday's scrimmage that sent him to the hospital immobilized in an ambulance, was back on the practice field with a neck brace, but walking around.

"It scared everybody," said defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks. "It lets you know to take nothing for granted, because there's no telling what can happen."

• In Minneapolis, Ted Roof has a tough task ahead of him.

Roof was officially named Minnesota's defensive coordinator on Monday by coach Tim Brewster, who put the former Duke head coach in charge of a unit that gave up more yards than any other team in the NCAA's top tier last season.

• HOLE IN ONE -- Andy Dragan aced the par-three, 172-yard No. 13 hole at Regent Park Golf Club over the weekend using a 5-iron. He was witnessed by Rick Shorter.

• WNBA -- In Seattle, the Seattle Storm have signed former WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes to a contract for the 2008 season.

Swoopes, 37, has been with the Houston Comets during the franchise's entire 11-year history and helped lead the team to the WNBA's first four league championships. She had back surgery to relieve nerve pressure in September.

• TENNIS -- In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Roger Federer is on a losing streak for the second time in four months.

The top-ranked Federer, who won three Grand Slam titles last year but has struggled since the U.S. Open, lost to Andy Murray 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

"My expectations are not sky-high at this point," said Federer, who was playing for the first time since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals Jan. 25. "Obviously, I haven't played much so you don't go in with any expectations, actually. You hope to get past the first round, no matter if it's a guy with no ranking or a guy ranked basically in the top 10."

• NASCAR -- In Charlotte, Mike Skinner will replace AJ Allmendinger at Red Bull Racing for this weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Skinner, a former Cup driver who now races full time in the Truck Series, will attempt to qualify the No. 84 Toyota for Sunday's race.

• NBA -- In Houston, Yao Ming underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.

Houston Rockets team doctor Tom Clanton and Dr. Bill McGarvey performed the surgery on the All-Star center.