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Two charges dropped against USC lineman

COLUMBIA -- Fighting and resisting arrest charges have been dropped for South Carolina offensive lineman Kevin Young, police said Friday.

Early on the morning of March 2, the 20-year-old redshirt freshman was ticketed by Columbia police for his role in a fight at a nightclub area near campus.

The department decided to drop the charges but would not elaborate, police spokesman Brick Lewis said Friday.

Days after the 6-foot-4, 320-pounder was charged, Columbia city manager Charles Austin asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate whether officers had used excessive force.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier had said that Young and other witnesses claimed police hit the player several times during the encounter.

• LOCAL BASKETBALL -- Team Hoop from Rock Hill won the 12-and-under division of the Lake Norman Invitational last weekend, going undefeated and beating the Carolina Express 47-46 in the finals.

Team members are Isiah Blackmon, Luke Hamrick, Mike Scurlock, Debo Roseboro, Christian Hyatt, Harrison Burton, Hunter Harty, Kyle Nyman, Mason Rudolph, Alex Thompson, Zack Lundy and Brandon Rose.

Team Hoop is coached by Frank Hamrick, Jeff Nyman, Rich McKendrick, Brian Harty and Ken Hyatt.

• MLB -- Major League Baseball put the suspensions of Baltimore's Jay Gibbons and Kansas City's Jose Guillen on hold for 10 days, giving lawyers for players and owners more time to reach an agreement toughening their drug rules.

The outfielders were suspended for 15 days each by commissioner Bud Selig on Dec. 6, following media reports linking them to performance-enhancing drugs. The penalties were to start Sunday, when the U.S. portion of the major league season begins.

• Minnesota pitcher Francisco Liriano will start the season in the minor leagues.

The left-hander is coming back from elbow surgery and was 2-2 with a 4.02 ERA in spring training. He missed the 2007 season recovering.

• NBA -- Injured center Greg Oden was reprimanded by Portland for playing in a pickup game at a neighborhood gym.

"We called him and we told him he can't do that," coach Nate McMillan said Friday.

Oden, the top pick in last year's draft, is out for the season after microfracture surgery on his right knee. He said he played two games when he was at the fitness center with friends.

• FOOTBALL -- Descendants of Notre Dame football legend George Gipp are still fighting over his remains, nearly nine decades after his death.

A lawyer representing some family members said he plans to appeal a judge's ruling earlier this week that threw out a suit resulting from the exhumation of Gipp's body last October. The suit claimed the remains of the player's sister were disturbed because workers initially dug in the wrong spot.

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