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South Carolina to interview Western Kentucky coach

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn, who led the Hilltoppers on a nice run in the NCAA tournament, will interview for the job at South Carolina.

Horn told WKU athletic director Wood Selig that he has been approached by the Gamecocks about the coaching vacancy left by Dave Odum's retirement. Selig said South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman also left him a voice mail inquiring about Horn.

The 35-year-old Horn guided the Hilltoppers (29-7) to the Sun Belt Conference title this season and a spot in the West Regional semifinals, where they lost to top-seeded UCLA 88-78 Thursday night.

Horn is 111-48 in five seasons at his alma mater. He has three years remaining on his contract, which includes a buyout of $157,000 per year for each year bought out, as well as a provision that would require Horn's new school to play four games against the Hilltoppers in the future.

South Carolina went 14-18 this season, including a 5-11 mark in the Southeastern Conference.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- TCU hired Jim Christian away from Kent State, hoping his penchant for 20-win seasons with the Golden Flashes translates to the moribund Horned Frogs.

Christian was introduced during a news conference at TCU on Saturday afternoon.

Christian was 138-58 in six years at Kent State, winning at least 20 games each season. The Golden Flashes were 28-7 this year, losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament to UNLV.

• TENNIS -- Lindsay Davenport says she wanted to talk Venus and Serena Williams into taking part in the next round of Fed Cup -- but failed.

Davenport will lead the U.S. team that faces Russia late next month in Moscow. She said she lobbied Venus Williams about playing when they crossed paths at a tournament in Memphis last month.

• SWIMMING -- Libby Trickett broke the world record in the women's 50-meter freestyle, finishing in 23.97 seconds at the Australian swimming championships and Olympic trials.

Trickett, formerly Libby Lenton but competing under her married name for the first time at this event, topped Marleen Veldhuis's mark of 24.09 by .12 seconds.

Trickett has both the 50 and 100-meter freestyle world records after setting a new mark in the 100 on Thursday when she beat the 53.30 mark set by Germany's Britta Steffen Aug. 2, 2006.

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