Spurrier Says It’s Time to Lower the Flag

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The Con­fed­er­ate flag shouldn’t fly at the State­house, South Carolina foot­ball coach Steve Spurrier said yes­ter­day af­ter the Game­cocks’ an­nual spring game.

Spurrier’s com­ments came in re­sponse to ques­tions about some­thing he said Fri­day night when he re­ceived an award from a vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion. Ac­cord­ing to peo­ple at that event, Spurrier said the flag should come down.

“My opin­ion is we don’t need the Con­fed­er­ate flag at our Capi­tol,” Spurrier said yes­ter­day. “I don’t re­ally know any­body that wants it there, but I guess there are a lot of South Carolini­ans that do want it there.”

City Year board chair­man Kerry Abel said Spurrier’s re­marks at his group’s awards ban­quet Fri­day night caught ev­ery­one by sur­prise.

Jenna Mick­lash, who at­tended the event, said the coach’s com­ments came as he ac­cepted a cit­i­zen­ship award from the group, which en­cour­ages young peo­ple to take on com­mu­nity im­prove­ment projects. . . .

Navy’s first-team of­fense scored two touch­downs on 11 drives against the first-team de­fense in the sec­ond of three spring scrim­mages in An­napo­lis. Ju­nior line­backer Clint Sovie had two in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing one he re­turned 44 yards for a touch­down.

“The of­fense re­gressed, but I saw bet­ter things out of the de­fense,” Navy Coach Paul John­son said.

Sopho­more Kevin Camp­bell (Robin­son) was the lead­ing rusher, with 86 yards on 18 car­ries. K HOCKEY: The NHL sus­pended Preda­tors for­ward Alexan­der Radu- lov for one game for a hit­ting-frombe­hind in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Sharks for­ward Steve Bernier in Nashville’s first-round se­ries with San Jose. Radulov will miss Game 3 of the West­ern Con­fer­ence se­ries to­mor­row at San Jose. He will be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn for Game 4, on Wed­nes­day at San Jose.

Also yes­ter­day, the NHL re­scinded two game mis­con­ducts called on Preda­tors for­ward Scott Hart­nell, mean­ing he won’t have to sit out a game against the Sharks. . . .

Detroit Red Wings for­ward Todd Ber­tuzzi will not play to­day against Cal­gary in Game 2 of their firstround se­ries. He has been out with a con­cus­sion and a neck in­jury. K MO­TOR SPORTS: For­mer Champ Car cham­pion Paul Tracy will miss at least one race af­ter suf­fer­ing a com­pres­sion frac­ture to his back in a crash dur­ing prac­tice for the Toy­ota Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif. . . .

Felipe Massa took the pole po­si­tion for the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, lead­ing the field in qual­i­fy­ing for the fourth time in the last five For­mula One races. K COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL: Wi­chita State hired Gregg Mar­shall as its men’s bas­ket­ball coach, four weeks af­ter he led Winthrop to a firstround up­set of Notre Dame in the NCAA tour­na­ment.

School of­fi­cials said they had reached a ten­ta­tive seven-year deal with Mar­shall for $750,000 a year. K BOX­ING: In Stuttgart, Ger­many, Rus­lan Cha­gaev out­pointed Niko­lai Valuev to take the 7-foot Rus­sian’s WBA heavy­weight ti­tle.

The Uzbek­istan fighter, who calls him­self “White Tyson,” gave away 11 inches and 90 pounds to Valuev. — From News Ser­vices

and Staff Re­ports

BY NEIL BRAKE — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Sharks right wing Steve Bernier is left on the ice fol­low­ing a hit by Nashville’s Alexan­der Radulov. Radulov was sus­pended for Game 3.

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