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Coaches Team Up For Charity

College head football coaches from around the state of South Carolina gathered in Columbia Tuesday night to raise money for charity. Tim Hill has the story from the Tuesday ABC Columbia News at 11.

Former Gamecocks Going To Olympics

A pair of former South Carolina women’s basketball standouts will represent their countries in the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London. Ilona Burgrová, who played for the Gamecocks 2005-08, will represent the Czech Republic, while Iva Sliskovic, a 2004-07 letterwinner, will be part of the team from Croatia. Both are making their Olympic debuts and join Shannon Johnson (2004, United States) as the only Gamecock women’s basketball alumnae to participate in an Olympic Games.

Clemson Picked 2nd, Watkins Gets Top Honors

Clemson sophomore wide receiver Sammy Watkins (Fort Myers, Fla.), who set ACC single-season freshman records for receptions (82), reception yardage (1,219) and receiving touchdowns (12), was the choice for Preseason Player of the Year.

Clemson's Ellington Makes Walker List

Clemson running back Andre Ellington has been named to the 2012 Doak Walker Award Watch List. Ellington was Clemson’s leading rusher last year with 1,178 yards and he has 2,355 career yards entering this year, more than any other active ACC player.

Swinney Says Watkins Could Play in Opener

Dabo Swinney said star wide receiver Sammy Watkins is doing everything he must and more to regain the trust of his coaches and teammates. Swinney promised after Watkins arrest there would be punishment, but says he’s still a couple of weeks away from announcing if Watkins will miss any or all of Clemson’s opener against 2010 national champion Auburn at the Georgia Dome.

Freeman On Watch List for Outland Trophy

Clemson first-team All-ACC center Dalton Freeman has been named to the 2012 Outland Trophy Watch List. The Outland Trophy has been presented since 1946 by the Football Writers Association and is given to the top lineman in college football.

Clemson's Mayberry Loses Cancer Battle

Bob Mayberry, a starting offensive tackle on Clemson’s 1982 ACC Championship team and a top reserve on the school’s 1981 National Championship team, died Tuesday morning after a bout with cancer. He was 51-years-old.

Three Tigers Named to Maxwell Watch List

Senior running back Andre Ellington, junior quarterback Tajh Boyd and sophomore wide receiver Sammy Watkins are all on the preseason Watch List for the 2012 Maxwell Award. The award is presented each year to the top player in college football.

Clemson's Kitchens Qualifies For Olympics

Former Clemson All-American George Kitchens became the first athlete with ties to Clemson track & field to qualify for the Team USA squad headed to London, England this summer for the Olympic Games. Kitchens, who jumped for the Tigers from 2002-05, surpassed the “A” standard for London with a personal best jump of 26’11.25” on his third attempt Sunday at Oregon’s Hayward Field and finished in third place at the Olympic Trials.

Swinney Signs 3-Year Contract Extension

Clemson Athletic Director Dr. Terry Don Phillips announced Thursday that Head Coach Dabo Swinney has agreed in principle to a three-year contract extension that will keep him as leader of the Tigers program through the 2017 season.

Clemson's Kieboom and Brady Drafted

Junior catcher Spencer Kieboom (Marietta, GA) and junior righthander Kevin Brady (Gaithersburg, MD) were selected on day-two of the Major League Draft on Tuesday. Kieboom was a fifth-round pick ( #174 overall) of the Washington Nationals, while Brady was a 10th-round pick (#338 overall) of the Philadelphia Phillies. They joined corner infielder Richie Shaffer, who was a first-round pick of the Rays on Monday, as the three Tigers chosen on the first two days (rounds 1-10) of the MLB draft.

Tampa Bay Takes Clemson's Shaffer #25

Junior corner infielder Richie Shaffer (Charlotte, NC) was selected in the first round of the Major League draft on Monday night. Shaffer was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays with the #25 overall pick. He became the first-ever Tiger drafted by the Rays.

Clemson Eliminates Coastal, Gets USC Rematch

Clemson remained alive in the 2012 NCAA Columbia Regional with a 5-3 victory over Coastal Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. With the victory, the Tigers (35-27) advance to face rival South Carolina today in game six at 4:34 p.m. on ESPNU. The Chanticleers are eliminated and wrap up their season with a 42-19 record.

Manhattan & SC Teams Ready For Regional

USC, Clemson, Coastal Carolina and Manhattan all practiced at Carolina Stadium Thursday in preparation for this weekend's Columbia NCAA Regional. Clemson will open up play Friday at noon against Coastal. The Gamecocks will play Manhattan at 4 p.m.

Branch Signs $5.1 Million Deal With Jaguars

Former Clemson standout defensive end signed his first NFL contract Tuesday. The four year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars is worth a reported $5.1 million. Branch was the team's second-round draft pick, taken 38th overall.

Clemson's Shaffer & Pohl Make All-ACC 1st Team

Four Tigers were named First or Second-Team All-ACC in 2012. Senior designated hitter Phil Pohl and junior third-baseman Richie Shaffer were both named First-Team All-ACC, while junior outfielder Thomas Brittle and sophomore second-baseman Steve Wilkerson were named Second-Team All-ACC. The team was compiled by a vote of the 12 ACC head coaches.

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