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Defense dominates second Clemson football scrimmage

CLEMSON-- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says the defense dominated the Tigers second scrimmage of spring practice.

Bowden said after Monday's workout he will have to look at the film to decide if the defense was physically dominant or the offense had problems with their assignments.

Quarterback Cullen Harper completed five of his first six passes for 78 yards before the defense clamped down.

Freshman Marquan Jones was another bright spot on the offense, catching seven passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

The defense had three interceptions by Kourtnei Brown, Chris Chancellor and Coty Sensabaugh.

The Tigers play their spring game Saturday at Memorial stadium.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Indiana freshman Eric Gordon is entering the NBA draft.

While he has not yet signed with an agent, his father, Eric Gordon Sr., said he intended to sign with one, which would officially end his college eligibility.

The move was expected long before Gordon made the announcement Monday. When he joined the Hoosiers, many people predicted the 6-foot-4 guard with the nifty moves and NBA 3-point range would go straight to the league after one college season. He's projected as a top-10 pick in the June draft.

Gordon, a third-team All-American, is the second member of the heralded 2008 freshman class to declare for the draft, joining Arizona's Jerryd Bayless. Those who have not yet announced whether they will turn pro include centers Michael Beasley of Kansas State and Kevin Love of UCLA, both first-team All-Americans; Memphis guard Derrick Rose, a third-team All-American; and guard O.J. Mayo of Southern Cal, who was an honorable mention choice on the All-American list.

• Miami Hurricanes basketball coach Frank Haith signed a five-year contract through the 2012-13 season, a reward for leading the school to 23 wins and its first berth in the NCAA tournament since 2002.

In Haith's fourth season, the Hurricanes went 23-11 and earned only the fourth NCAA tournament victory in school history before losing in the second round to Texas.

• Xavier point guard Drew Lavender was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana.

Police said they arrested the 23-year-old Lavender early Sunday morning. According to the police report, Lavender was drunk and disorderly after they asked him several times to move out of a street intersection.

• Winthrop University freshman Sean Sullivan, a native of Columbia, has been selected as the grand prize winner of the Big South Conference's "State Farm March Madness® Giveaway."

Sullivan receives tickets, roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two to the Men's Final Four® in San Antonio, courtesy of State Farm Insurance.

Sullivan became eligible for the grand prize package when his name was randomly selected as one of 12 finalists.

• PRO BASEBALL -- Scott Spiezio pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving and hit-and-run charges stemming from a December car crash in Orange County.

Spiezio's lawyer entered the plea as part of a plea agreement, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for county prosecutors.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Quarterback David Garrard probably could have gotten the Jacksonville Jaguars to pay him more money.

But he was tired of negotiating.

So Garrard ended the contract process Monday, signing a seven-year, $60 million contract that is the richest in franchise history.

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