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Spurrier: Clowney working to return vs. Arkansas

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Injured All-American Jadeveon Clowney is working hard so he can play against Arkansas on Saturday, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said on Tuesday.

Spurrier said he'll know later in the week if Clowney has recovered enough from a strained muscle near his ribcage to get back on the field.

Since the 6-foot-6, 274-pound defensive end said shortly before kickoff last Saturday against Kentucky that he was in too much pain to play, there have been questions about whether the potential No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft was shutting it down for the season.

It has not been the season expected out of the SEC's reigning defensive player of the year. He has just two sacks and 12 tackles. After setting a school mark of 23 1/2; tackles for loss last season, Clowney's got just three stops behind the line of scrimmage this year.


Stanford coach Shaw denies team faking injuries

Stanford football coach David Shaw lashed out at Washington coach Steve Sarkisian on Tuesday during the weekly Pac-12 coaches conference call, saying the Cardinal didn't fake injuries in Saturday night's 31-28 win over Washington.

Shaw asked to make a statement at the start of the call and said in part, "We don't fake injuries. We never have and never will. I don't care what Steve Sarkisian thinks he saw."

Sarkisian, whose turn on the teleconference came about an hour later, said he was unaware of Shaw's specific comments and added, "We saw what we saw. We'll leave it at that."


BASKETBALL

Lynx blast Dream 88-63; one win from WNBA title

MINNEAPOLIS — Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and five assists to push the Minnesota Lynx to the brink of the championship with an 88-63 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night.

Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Maya Moore chipped in 14 points and eight boards for the Lynx, who set a finals record with 56.9 percent shooting and lead the best-of-five series 2-0.

Game 3 is on Thursday night in Georgia.

Compiled from wire reports


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