Tigers, Swinney near a new deal
Clemson and football coach Dabo Swinney are close to announcing a new six-year deal, according to an ESPN.com report.
The school gave Swinney a five-year deal when it hired him as head coach in December 2008.
The Tigers have gone 25-16 in Swinney’s three full seasons.
The Tigers finished 10-4 last season, which ended with a 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.
• Miami is reaffirming its commitment to the Atlantic Coast Conference, debunking speculation that the Hurricanes might be considering a jump to the Big 12 or elsewhere.
Hurricanes athletic director Shawn Eichorst released a statement Friday saying, among other things, that Miami has “not engaged in any formal or informal discussions with any other conferences” and that the school continues to believe in the appeal and strength of the ACC.
The Hurricanes began play in the ACC in 2004.
Speculation about schools like Miami, Florida State and Clemson has increased in recent days, with reports linking all three on some level to the Big 12.
Kamin out front in eGolf event
In Lake Wylie, S.C., Chris Kamin shot 4-under-par 67 to take a two-stroke lead at the eGolf Tour’s River Hills Classic.
Kamin is at 14-under 200 heading into the final round at River Hills Country Club.
Matt Hill (69) and Drew Weaver are tied for second.
British Amateur champion Bryden Macpherson, a former Georgia golfer, shot 64 and is four off the lead. Brian Duncan, a former Clemson star who held the lead after each of the first two rounds, posted 73 and is also four back.
Roberto Diaz (73) and Alex Hamilton (69) are tied for 23rd at 210 to lead all players with local ties.
Henrik Norlander (73) and Stephen Poole (71) are tied for 41st at 212. Mitch Kryrwulycz (73) is tied for 52nd at 213.
Dream dominate in home opener
In Atlanta, Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points, Lindsey Harding added 19 and the Atlanta Dream (1-1) won their home opener, 100-74 over the New York Liberty on Friday night.
Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points and Essence Carson had 15 for New York (0-4).
The Liberty have opened the season with four losses for the first time since 2006, when they also began 0-4 en route to a franchise-worst 11-23 record.
American moves into final at Nice
In Nice, France, American qualifier Brian Baker outlasted Nikolay Davydenko 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 Friday to advance to the final of the Open de Nice.
The 216th-ranked Baker will face Nicolas Almagro who beat Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
Baker is on a 15-match winning streak. He broke Davydenko, a former No. 3, three times in the deciding set.
• In Brussels, top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska beat Kaia Kanepi 7-6 (8) 6-3 to set up a championship match against Simona Halep in the Belgian Open.
Halep reached the final in when she beat Sofia Arvidsson 6-4, 6-3.
• In Duesseldorf, Germany, Janko Tipsarevic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to give Serbia a place in the final of the Team World Cup.
Tipsarevic secured an unassailable 2-0 lead over the defending champion.