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Clemson Club holds meeting on Tuesday


The Augusta Clemson Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Enterprise Mill. Former North Augusta star Reggie Merriweather will be the guest speaker. Nonmembers are welcome. Reservations are requested.

For more information, contact Earle Maxwell at (706) 651-1987 or e-mail emaxjr62@yahoo.com.

- USC Aiken named John Abbott its equestrian riding coach, a new endeavor that will also establish Bridlewood Farm in Aiken as the headquarters for the equestrian riding team.

Abbott purchased Bridlewood Farm in the spring. He will be offering equestrian lessons and coaching there for equestrian team members and USC Aiken students at a reduced lesson cost. He will receive no payment from the school in his coaching role.

- In Aiken, S.C., Pat Brogden , of Garner, N.C., captured the Women's Eastern Senior Amateur Championship at Houndslake Country Club on Thursday.

Brodgen's three-day total of 221 was seven better than second-place finisher Peg Brady 's score.

Miami's Miller out with injured thumb

A freak injury to Mike Miller 's right thumb is expected to keep one of the NBA's top 3-point shooters sidelined for weeks, yet another blow to the injury-prone Miami Heat. Miller was injured when the thumb on his shooting hand got tangled in a teammate's jersey during practice Wednesday. The Heat have not revealed a diagnosis or possible recovery time.

- The Phoenix Suns picked up the fourth-year option for Robin Lopez , keeping the center under contract through the 2011-12 season.

- The Denver Nuggets picked up the third-year option on point guard Ty Lawson .

- The Charlotte Bobcats waived forward Darius Miles and rookie center Matt Rogers .

- The Philadelphia 76ers exercised their third-year option on guard Jrue Holiday and the fourth-year option on forward Marreese Speights .

College Basketball
Vols' Pearl without deal during inquiry

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl is working without a contract while the NCAA investigates his staff's recruiting practices.

Pearl's contract was terminated Sept. 9, the day before he revealed to the public that he had provided incorrect information during an interview with NCAA investigators.

Tennessee officials presented Pearl with a new contract two weeks ago for a reduced salary of $11 million over four years, and attorneys are working to complete the deal. Athletic director Mike Hamilton cut Pearl's salary by a total of $1.5 million for the four years remaining on his original $12.5 million contract as part of his punishment for misleading the NCAA.

China claims team crown; U.S. fourth

In Rotterdam, Netherlands, China won its fourth consecutive men's team title at the world championships, while the United States struggled on the pommel horse and finished fourth.

China finished with 274.997 points, ahead of Japan by 1.228 points. Germany was 3.745 behind the winners.