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Sports Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina sports news from The Associated Press

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Steve Spurrier has said several times that No. 9 South Carolina has plenty of good players, just no one knows it yet. The Gamecocks coach better hope that's especially true in the secondary where the club enters the season without last year's lockdown standouts Victor Hampton and Jimmy Legree - and will lean heavily on freshmen Chris Lammons, Wesley Green and Al Harris Jr. to rotate into the mix this fall.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson tailback Zac Brooks will miss the season with a foot injury. The school announced Brooks' injury Wednesday. Football spokesman Tim Bourret said Brooks will need surgery.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - While he's not quite ready to name starters, Panthers coach Ron Rivera is pleased with how his offensive line has progressed following an offseason of change. The Panthers lost four offensive linemen from last year's roster to retirement, including longtime left tackle Jordan Gross.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, the third Sprint Cup race he's skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race. Stewart's decision was announced Wednesday and Jeff Burton will once again replace him in the No. 14 Chevrolet.

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