AROUND THE CAROLINASCOLLEGE FOOTBALLClemson's Dye asks for release to transferClemson | Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says former starting receiver Xavier Dye has asked for his release so he could transfer. Swinney spoke Thursday on WCCP-FM. Athletic spokesman Tim Bourret confirmed Swinney's comments. Dye began the season as a starter, but dropped a pass against Middle Tennessee. He was moved to second team at practice the next week and did not play in a 30-27 loss at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10. Swinney says Dye has been a bit inconsistent this season. Bourret says Swinney wanted Dye to remain with the Tigers. ACROSS THE NATIONTENNISFederer fined $1,500 for using profanityNew York | Roger Federer has been fined $1,500 for using a profanity while arguing with the chair umpire during the U.S. Open final. CBS microphones picked up the exchange during its live broadcast of the match. Tournament spokesman Chris Widmaier says Federer is being docked the same amount as two other players - Vera Zvonareva and Daniel Koellerer - for audible obscenity. Widmaier says a total of $31,500 in fines is being collected by the tournament, topped by Serena Williams' $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. She also was fined $500 for racquet abuse. COLLEGE FOOTBALLFlorida's Debose has hamstring surgeryGainesville, Fla. | Florida receiver Andre Debose had surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon in his left thigh. Debose had surgery Thursday at Shands Florida Surgical Center. He is expected to fully recover in four to six months, making it possible for him to return for spring practice. NBAReferee lockout could be `imminent'New York | The lead negotiator and spokesman for the NBA's referees union said Thursday a lockout appears "imminent and unavoidable" following the latest breakdown in talks. Lamell McMorris said the officials made another $1 million in concessions in their proposal, but believes it's evident the league is not interested in further discussions. The officials then headed home after spending the last 24 hours meeting in Chicago. The contract between the NBA and its officials expired Sept. 1 and the sides have been trying to reach a new two-year deal. McMorris said they largely agree on salaries, but the union has balked at the league's attempt to change retirement benefits. In other NBA news Thursday:The Minnesota Timberwolves added some much-needed size on the perimeter by signing 6-foot-7 shooting guard Sasha Pavlovic to a one-year deal. Veteran forward Juwan Howard signed a one-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, the team announced Thursday. LeBron James will make his feature film debut by playing himself in an upcoming comedy. James will appear in "Fantasy Basketball Camp" by Universal Pictures. The movie is about five guys from different backgrounds who come to Las Vegas to live out their fantasy by attending James' basketball camp. Production will begin next summer. The Miami Heat will retire former guard Tim Hardaway's No. 10 jersey in a ceremony Oct. 28, immediately prior to the season opener against the New York Knicks. AUTO RACINGDate for trucks race at Iowa movedNewton, Iowa | The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway will move from early September to mid-July in 2010. Track officials say the truck series race will be held on July 11, a Sunday. This year's inaugural NASCAR truck race was held on the same day as Iowa's home football opener. The fourth Iowa Corn Indy 250 will be held on June 20. The Nationwide Series race, which drew nearly 60,000 for the inaugural event in August, will be held July 31. In other auto racing news Thursday:Richard Petty Motorsports says director of competition Mark McArdle has left the team. Team president Rick Russell says the split is amicable. But McArdle had a heated argument with team co-owner George Gillett in the garage last Friday at Richmond International Raceway, and left the track for the rest of the weekend. COLLEGE BASKETBALLArkansas to suspend unnamed playerFayetteville, Ark. | Arkansas basketball coach John Pelphrey said Thursday he will suspend at least one player two to three games following a rape investigation that did not result in charges. The school released a statement from Pelphrey outlining punishment in the aftermath of the allegations. The release did not name any players and Pelphrey said he could not disclose specific punishments because of federal privacy laws. - From wire reports
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