South Carolina football player

Jordin Lindsey

had his neck slashed during a weekend altercation near the school campus in Columbia, police said.

Lindsey, a defensive end for the Gamecocks who could not play this season because of low grades, was cut early Saturday morning by a man wielding a sharp object, possibly a broken bottle, a police report said. Lindsey was fighting with one of two attackers when his neck was cut, the report said.

Lindsey's father, Billy Lindsey, said his son needed surgery but was to be released from the hospital yesterday, according to a report posted online by the (Columbia) State newspaper.

The elder Lindsey said Jordin Lindsey and his twin, Dustin, also a Gamecocks player, were walking early Saturday morning in Five Points, a neighborhood known for its college bar scene and restaurants.

Two men yelled at the brothers from across a street, but the twins didn't think much about it - until they heard footsteps and Jordin Lindsey was stabbed, Billy Lindsey said.

Columbia police spokesman Brick Lewis said authorities were searching for the suspects.

In other college news:

* Marihelen Tomer and Janessa Currier scored goals as Southern Cal (20-3-2) defeated Florida State (18-6-3), 2-0, in College Station, Texas, to win the NCAA women's soccer championship.

Golf

* Woody Austin drained a 35-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Merrill Lynch Shootout in Naples, Fla., with teammate Mark Calcavecchia by a shot over tournament host Greg Norman and Bubba Watson.

* Peter Lonard won the Australian PGA for the third time with a 7-under 65 and a three-shot victory.

Soccer

* Four Serbian soccer officials were ordered to remain in jail for 30 days pending a criminal investigation into fan riots that left a police officer seriously injured. Belgrade's public prosecutor ordered the men, and a Serbian soccer federation official, imprisoned on charges that they did nothing to prevent riots during a league game at Red Star's stadium a week ago.

* A German policeman was hospitalized and is believed to have a broken spine from a clash with hooligans at a Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Bochum and Karlsruher SC. Two other officers were hurt Saturday when they protected the officer after he was knocked down by the hooligans and kicked in the head and body during Bochum's 2-2 draw, police said.

Winter Sports

* Shani Davis, of the United States, won the men's 1,000-meter race in 1 minute, 8.39 seconds in the World Cup speedskating event in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

* Austrian Benjamin Raich has the overall lead in the World Cup standings after winning the slalom, in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, for his first victory of the season.

Auto Racing

* The Rev. Al Sharpton threatened to lobby the International Olympic Committee to reject Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Games if city officials fail to do something about what he calls pervasive police brutality and misconduct.

* Brazilian stock car racer Rafael Sperafico, 26,was killed in an accident during the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. *