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

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Luke Kuechly says even though the Carolina Panthers were No. 2 in the NFL in defense last season he sees plenty of room for improvement. Kuechly, the team's middle linebacker and last year's AP Defensive Player of the Year, points to early season losses to Seattle and Buffalo in which Carolina surrendered late touchdowns.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander says he won't appeal his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. In his first public comments since being suspended on May 2, Alexander says "I've done it, so there ain't nothing to appeal."

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says having one of college football's top playmakers in Jadeveon Clowney was never a burden for the Gamecocks last season, no matter how big a distraction he seemed to be at times. Spurrier says Clowney became the center of college football once he popped the helmet off Michigan tailback Vincent Smith at the 2013 Outback Bowl.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Wake Forest running back Dominique Gibson has been suspended from the team for violating undisclosed team rules. Team spokesman Steve Shutt confirmed Gibson's status Thursday, one day before the Demon Deacons begin their first preseason camp under new coach Dave Clawson.

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