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Clemson improves to 6-0...Cubs make lineup changes...Basketball Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins dies

October 7, 2017

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant threw for 200 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an ankle injury as the second-ranked Tigers defeated Wake Forest 28-14. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury. Bryant left the game in the third quarter after Travis Etienne’s 1-yard touchdown run put Clemson ahead 21-0. Clemson improved to 6-0 after beating the Demon Deacons for a ninth straight time.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are making some lineup changes ahead of today’s NL Division Series Game 2 at Washington. Facing Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez, Cubs manager Joe Maddon put right-handed outfielder Albert Almora Jr. in the leadoff spot and inserted switch-hitter Ian Happ, removing Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward. Anthony Rizzo is the only left-handed hitter in the lineup for the defending World Series champs, who are sending veteran lefty Jon Lester to the mound.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is acknowledging he could still get better, more than two weeks after returning from a knee injury. He says he’ll feel more comfortable the more at-bats he gets. He’s 4 for 22 with two walks since returning, counting his 1 for 4 showing in Washington’s 3-0 loss in Game 1 Friday. The 24-year-old missed 42 games with a bone bruise in his left knee after hyperextending it Aug. 12.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out starting center Brandon Linder for tomorrow’s game at Pittsburgh. Linder missed practice earlier this week due to illness and had been listed as questionable. Tyler Shatley is expected to start in Linder’s place. To help fill the void, the 2-2 Jaguars elevated offensive lineman Chris Reed from the practice squad and released third-string quarterback Ryan Nassib.

PHOENIX (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins has died at 75. The 6-foot-8 Hawkins was a dazzling playground legend in New York City who didn’t play in the NBA until he was 27. He signed with the Suns in 1969 and was an NBA All-Star for four straight seasons. He also played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992.

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