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C.J. Spiller Named to Maxwell Award Watch List

Clemson, SC (Tigers SID)–Clemson running back C.J. Spiller is one of 55 players on the “Watch List” for the 2009 Maxwell Award, which is presented to the Outstanding Player in College Football, Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski announced. Spiller was named to the Walter Camp Watch List and the Doak Walker Award watch list earlier this month. The senior…

Roddick Upset In Cincy

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Andy Roddick threw his racket at the ground in a flash of anger, unable to accept what was happening. Only two weeks away from the U.S. Open, the highest-ranked American was melting down. Fellow American Sam Querrey matched him shot-for-shot and made the biggest ones during a pair of tiebreakers Wednesday night, setting up a 7-6…

Smoltz Picked-Up By Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Smoltz agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, giving the 42-year-old former ace a chance to rejuvenate his career in the middle of a pennant race. Smoltz joined the NL Central leaders shortly after he cleared waivers, following his release by Boston. He was 2-5 with an 8.33 ERA in eight…

Austin Named Benedict Dean

Former Columbia City Manager Charles Austin has a new job. Benedict College spokesperson Carolyn Wigfall announced today that Austin has been named dean of the college’s school of humanities, arts and social sciences. Austin resigned from his post as city manager in January in the wake of being sued for sexual harassment by a former 911 operator.

A Football Recruiting Mishap

Wondering why the Gamecocks just can’t seem to break into the top tier of national football programs? ABC Columbia spoke with one local recruit who may help explain why. Ryan Miller of Gilbert is being recruited by some big time football programs. USC wants him, Illinois really wants him, North Carolina State wants a piece, even Tennessee. One recruiting letter–look…

ACT Scores Down

Scores are down on the college entrance exam. Pete Pillow with the State Department of Education says ACT scores in our state are down by one tenth, and remain below the national average. However close to 2,300 more students took the test this year as opposed to the previous year.

Bank Robber Pleads Guilty

A man suspected of robbing banks across the state pleaded guilty last week. Court records show Jeffery Frye plead guilty today to robbing seven banks. Frye surrendered to authorities after a three hour standoff at a motel. he now faces up to 140 years in prison and fines of close to 2 million dollars.

Clemson Freshman Class Sets Record

There are a bunch of new tigers on the prowl. Clemson University says it is welcoming a record number of freshmen this year. According to the Greenville News the university expects a class of more than 33 hundred freshmen, that is four hundred more than the total admitted in recent years. Its not just Clemson, USC says it expects an…

Congressman Jim Clyburn Speaks Out About Health Care

The town halls keep rolling. Tonight, one aimed at saving a generation. Democratic congressman Jim Clyburn is speaking out about a health care reform issue impacting millions of African Americans. “I almost passed out, continued to use drugs for some years.” That’s how Deadra Lawson-Smith dealt with the devastating blow, 21 years ago, that she has HIV. A supportive network…

Fill the Harvest Hope Truck

You’ve got a chance to make a donation to Harvest Hope Wednesday. Bi-Lo is hoping you can help fill a truck with food donations for the organization. From one to six tomorrow evening a Harvest Hope Truck will be parked outside the Bi-Lo on Devine Street. Harvest Hope provides food for more than 150 thousand families in the midlands each…