South Carolina's opener set for a Thursday night

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South Carolina will again open its football season on a Thursday night.

ESPN has decided to open its 2013 broadcast schedule by showing the Gamecocks’ game against North Carolina. The game is now scheduled for Aug. 29. When the Gamecocks originally announced their schedule months ago, the opener was set for Saturday, Aug. 31.

South Carolina has been a regular on ESPN’s opening game since coach Steve Spurrier arrived in 2005. The Gamecocks have played the network’s opening game six times, winning them all.

GEORGIA TECH: Will open its season at home against Elon on Aug. 31 in the first of seven home games.

The 2013 schedule released Monday includes home games against Atlantic Coast Conference newcomers Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Syracuse makes its first visit to Georgia Tech on Oct. 19. Pittsburgh comes to Atlanta on Nov. 2.

The home schedule also includes a final regular-season game against Georgia on Nov. 30.

NFL COMBINE: Manti Te’o’s first appearance on a football field since the BCS championship game didn’t go as well as planned.

The Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy runner-up was clocked Monday at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Draft analyst Mike Mayock had said Sunday anything faster than 4.7 would be “phenomenal.” Anything 4.8 or over would be a “concern.”

The workout comes more than a month after Te’o’s highly publicized online romance with a girlfriend was exposed as a hoax and Te’o was revealed as a victim of the hoax.

PATRIOTS: Someone familiar with the contract says that Tom Brady has received a three-year extension worth about $27 million.

The 35-year-old two-time league MVP was signed through 2014 and has said he wants to play five more years. By redoing his contract Monday, Brady also has cleared nearly $15 million from New England’s salary cap.

EAGLES: Released veteran defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson.

Jenkins signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Eagles in 2011 and started every game the past two seasons.


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