Gamecocks quarterback Garcia reinstated by Spurrier
South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is officially back on the Gamecocks — again. Coach Steve Spurrier said Monday that Garcia had completed the obligations he was asked to do for returning to the team after the fifth suspension of his college career. "We think he's going to do what's right," Spurrier said. "Sometimes, it takes some guys a little longer, I guess."
Garcia was banned from all team activities in April after displaying what Athletics Director Eric Hyman called "behavior that is unacceptable for one of our student athletes" during a life-skills meeting. However, he was given the green light in May to attend off-season workouts on a probationary basis.
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Spurrier praised the changes he saw in Garcia at last week's media gathering. "He has changed his lifestyle almost completely," Spurrier said then. "He's been on time. No goofing around. He's very serious. He's shown a commitment we haven't seen before. Hopefully that will continue, and I expect that to continue. I expect him to be a different person."
Then again, Spurrier has said that before.
Garcia started out as one of college football's top quarterback recruits, enrolling early in January 2007 to go through spring practice and grasp Spurrier's system. But Garcia was arrested twice his first six weeks on campus and was suspended that spring.
Garcia was ticketed for underage drinking in March 2008 and was again suspended until just before that year's fall practice began. Garcia's fourth suspension was handed down by Spurrier this past March, docking his starting quarterback a week of spring ball for a undisclosed transgression during South Carolina's stay in Atlanta at the Chick-fil-A Bowl last December.
Upon his return, Garcia pledged things would improve and said, "Nothing bad is going to happen again — that's guaranteed."
Less than two weeks later, Garcia was in trouble again.
■ Tennessee freshman tailback Devrin Young has fractured his right collarbone. Volunteers spokesman Jason Yellin said Monday the team is unsure how long the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Knoxville native will be out of action. Young is expected to be in contention to be a punt returner for the Vols.
Shackleford to Travers or Woodward next
Preakness winner Shackleford, second by a neck to Coil in Sunday's Grade I Haskell Invitational, arrived at Saratoga Race Course on Monday and will prepare there for his next start.
Yet to be determined is whether his next star will be against fellow 3-year-olds — likely to include Coil and Jim Dandy winner Stay Thirsty in the Grade I, $1 million Travers on Aug. 27 — or against older horses one week later in the Grade I, $750,000 Woodward.
"The obvious thing is to go in the Travers and take on the 3-year-olds," trainer Dale Romans said, "but then we've had a few discussions about the Woodward, which gives us an extra week; it's 11⁄8 miles, and we'd get a little bit of weight. It's something to look at."
Romans said Shackleford will return to the track on Wednesday for a jog and resume more serious training at the end of the week.
"We wouldn't have to make a decision about his next start until the week of the race," he said. "We'll see who's in each race and see which one makes the most sense."
Euroears sets record in Bing Crosby
Trainer Bob Baffert's 7-year-old Euroears led from the gate and held off favorite Smiling Tiger to win Sunday night's $250,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar in California in a track-record time. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Euroears went straight to the front of the field of six older horses in the Grade I Crosby and built up a 2-length lead at the halfway point. Smiling Tiger rallied as expected but couldn't overcome the speed of Euroears, who won by 1¼ lengths and covered 6 furlongs in 1:08.17, easily besting the previous track record of 1:08.29 set by Cost of Freedom in 2008.
It was the 10th victory in 19 lifetime starts for Euroears, a Kentucky-bred son of Langfuhr owned by James and Marilyn Helzer.
Ex-Razorback Clarke picks Butler
Former Arkansas guard Rotnei Clarke told CBSSports.com Monday that he is transferring to Butler. Clarke, an Oklahoma native, also considered the Sooners.
"It just felt like the best fit for me," Clarke said. "It was a tough decision, especially with me being from Oklahoma. Coach (Brad) Stevens is an unbelievable guy and, obviously, they've had tremendous success the last few years. I really liked the players on the team. They seemed like more than just teammates."
Clarke will sit out this season and have one year of eligibility left. He averaged 15.2 points last season and shot nearly 44 percent from three-point range.
Chelios, Tkachuk, Suter named to Hall
Longtime NHL players Chris Chelios, Keith Tkachuk and Gary Suter were selected Monday for induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. They were joined by Philadelphia Flyers founder and current owner Ed Snider along with play-by-play announcer Mike Emrick.
Chelios played 26 NHL seasons with Montreal, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta. He left after the 2009-10 season as the all-time leader in games played by a defenseman (1,651). He also was part of three Stanley Cup championships.
Suter spent most of his 17 seasons with Calgary and helped the Flames to a Stanley Cup crown in 1989.
Tkachuk played nearly two decades and is one of just four American-born players to score 500 career NHL goals.
Serena returns to top 100 after title
Serena Williams was back in the top 100 in the women's rankings after winning her first title in more than a year in Stanford, Calif., on Sunday. The former No. 1 jumped nearly 90 places to 79th in the rankings released Monday after beating Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-1 in the Bank of the West Classic finals to win her first title outside of the Grand Slams since 2009. Williams was sidelined for almost a year until June with foot injuries and blood clots on her lungs, and she slid to 175th in the rankings when she failed to defend her Wimbledon title — her lowest spot in 14 years.
■ Versus will be renamed the NBC Sports Network early next year. The cable channel's parent company, Comcast, took over NBC Universal in January, and NBC Sports' production and programming have already been appearing on Versus. The change will take place Jan. 2, the day NBC airs the NHL Winter Classic, allowing for extensive promotion of the newly named network.
■ Former Oregon Ducks and NFL quarterback Joey Harrington was injured when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle while bicycling in southeast Portland, Ore., on Sunday night. Harrington was hospitalized with a broken collarbone, a punctured lung and a cut on his head. He was expected to remain in the hospital until Tuesday. Portland police say the 33-year-old Harrington was hit from behind by a passing SUV driven by a 26-year-old man who remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
The last word
While talking to a reporter on Monday, Seattle Mariners reliever Josh Lueke dug into the pink backpack he's required to carry to the bullpen — a rookie thing — and grabbed a tube of Super Glue. He then dabbed some of it on the knot in the leather laces on the back of the webbing. The former Scott High School and Northern Kentucky University standout told The Daily Herald of Everett, Wash.:
"(Teammate) Dan Cortes is my throwing partner, so I've got to do this to make sure the knot doesn't come undone. The guy throws 100 miles an hour. I don't want one of those coming through my glove and hitting me in the face."