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USC's Walvius steps down as hoops coach

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina women's basketball coach Susan Walvius announced her resignation Monday. She will step down May 31, athletics department officials said in a release.

Walvius went 165-160 and 51-103 in the Southeastern Conference in 11 seasons with the Gamecocks. She made the NCAA tournament twice, advancing to the regional finals in 2002.

South Carolina went 16-16 this season and 4-10 in the SEC. The Gamecocks haven't made the NCAA tournament or had a winning record in the SEC since 2003.

"I want to emphatically thank the players and coaches who have given me so much," Walvius said in the release. "I have one of the best groups of kids ever and leaving them is difficult, but the time is right for me to pursue other opportunities."

The release did not specify what those opportunities were. The university did not make Walvius available to reporters and a phone listing for her could not be found.

A national search for a new coach will begin immediately, athletics director Eric Hyman said.

Walvius' decision to step down came a few weeks after two South Carolina woman's basketball players were arrested on possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and financial card theft charges.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- In Manhattan, Kan., after putting together one of the best freshman seasons ever, Michael Beasley is headed to the NBA.

Kansas State's All-American freshman announced Monday that he will skip his final three seasons to enter the June 26 NBA draft, where he could be the No. 1 overall pick.

"It's time to take my game to the next level," Beasley said as his family and several teammates looked on. "I think I proved myself over the course of the season. I just think it's time for new challenges."

Fellow freshman Bill Walker also announced Monday that he was making himself eligible for the draft, but he won't sign with an agent. That means that Walker, who averaged 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds this season, can remove his name prior to the draft and be eligible to return to Kansas State for his sophomore year.

• NBA -- In Denver, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony was arrested early Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, hours after his worst game of the season.

The Denver Nuggets forward was arrested on Interstate 25, police said. He was alone in the car and pulled over for weaving and not dimming his lights.

Detective Sharon Hahn said Anthony failed a series of sobriety tests. He was charged with DUI, then taken to police headquarters before being released to a "sober responsible party," Hahn said. Anthony is due in court May 14.

• TENNIS -- In Houston, 15-year-old Ryan Harrison beat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-3 in the U.S. Clay Court Championship to become the 10th player in the Open Era to win a main-draw match before his 16th birthday.

The Texan is also the youngest player to get a main-draw win on the ATP Tour since Rafael Nadal, the current No. 2 in the world, won his first tour match in Mallorca in 2002, and the third player this decade to do it before his 16th birthday.

Richard Gasquet of France was 15 when he won his first match in Monte Carlo in 2002.

• In Geneva, Roger Federer, stuck in a slump, said he will work with coach Jose Higueras at the Estoril Open in Portugal this week.

"I am excited as I have asked Jose Higueras, one of the most respected and accomplished coaches in the world of tennis, to join me," the top-ranked player said on his Web site. "We are going to spend the week together to see if we could make a good team."

• HOLES-IN-ONE: There were two holes-in-one recently at York's Spring Lake Country Club, both by Clover residents.

Trent Gardner aced No. 10, a par-3, 130-yard hole. He used a pitching wedge to make this third hole-in-one.

Todd Bowman aced the same hole, his first, using a 9-iron. His playing partners were Dan Payten, Butch Finch and Michael Turner. Bowman was playing in the club's annual Masters Tournament and made his ace on the first shot of the event.

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