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Eric Dungey threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, Cole Murphy kicked a tiebreaking field goal in the fourth quarter, and host Syracuse stunned No. 2 Clemson, 27-24, on Friday night to put a damper on the Tigers’ chances to repeat as national champions. Down maybe, but not completely out. The Tigers (6-1, 4-1 ACC) won the national championship last year despite a loss during the season to Pittsburgh. Clemson had won 12 consecutive games on the opponent’s home field, the longest streak in Clemson history and tied for the second longest active streak in the nation. Clemson also had won 11 consecutive games overall, the longest active winning streak in the nation, and 12 straight away from home against ACC teams. The Orange (4-3, 2-1) are 3-6 against the previous year’s national champion, also beating Penn State in 1987 and Michigan in 1998. This was the program’s first win in 13 tries against the No. 2 team in the nation. ‘‘This is truly one of the moments that you coach for. This is really special,’’ said Syracuse coach Dino Babers, in his second year with the Orange. ‘‘This is big.’’ The Tigers took a big blow when quarterback Kelly Bryant suffered a concussion in the final minute of the first half. He was knocked down hard by defensive tackle Chris Slayton and lay on the turf for a couple of minutes before being helped to the locker room. Slowed after spraining his left ankle last week against Wake Forest, Bryant passed for 116 yards and ran for minus-8 yards. Bryant, who watched the second half from the sideline, entered the game averaging 277 yards of total offense, but noticeably favored an injured ankle as Syracuse gained a surprising 17-14 halftime lead. Zerrick Cooper replaced Bryant to start the second half and guided the Tigers to a tying field goal.
Two-time US women’s figure skating champion and 2014 Olympic team bronze medalist Gracie Gold has withdrawn from the Grand Prix series. Gold said Friday she was dropping out of the top series for preparing for the Olympics. She cited ‘‘treatment for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder.’’ Gold, from Newton, previously dropped out of the Japan Open, an invitational team competition on Oct. 7. She now has abandoned her two major international assignments in the Grand Prix series: Cup of China and Internationaux de France.
Their roster overloaded, the Cavaliers are trading Richard Jefferson and Kay Felder to save money. Cleveland agreed to send Jefferson, Felder, two second-round draft picks, and $3 million to the Hawks for the rights to two overseas players in a move that will allow the Eastern Conference champions to avoid paying $12 million in luxury tax penalties, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press . . . The Pacers picked up team contract options on center Myles Turner and forward Domantas Sabonis. The option for Turner is for a fourth year. The Pacers picked up a third-year option for Sabonis, a 2016 first-round draft pick traded to Indiana by Oklahoma City along with Victor Oladipo as part of the deal for Paul George . . . San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard needs more time to get his injured thigh muscle right, meaning he won’t be out there when the Spurs open their regular season Wednesday against Minnesota. ‘‘He’s still rehabbing and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready,’’ Popovich told reporters in Houston before San Antonio’s preseason finale. Leonard didn’t play at all in camp or preseason, after a year where he averaged 25.5 points — raising his scoring average for the fifth consecutive season — and finished behind only Russell Westbrook and James Harden in the MVP race . . . The Minnesota Timberwolves signed forward Shawne Williams in a procedural move because the team intends to waive him Saturday so that Minnesota’s G-League affiliate in Iowa will own his rights. Williams will still be an NBA free agent and will be able to sign with any team in the league . . . The Suns signed 6-foot-10-inch Frenchman Tidjan Keita, 20, an undrafted free agent who played for the Raptors’ Las Vegas summer league team . . . A person with knowledge of the deal says that former New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer will be the new coach and general manager of the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars after the team is sold and relocated.
Pat Perez led by one stroke halfway through the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after carding a 7-under-par 65 around a four-hour rain delay. Fellow American Xander Schauffele was on Perez’s tail after a long-range eagle on the third hole set up his 5-under 67 . . . Angel Yin shot a 7-under 65 and took a two-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea . . . Jerry Smith, David McKenzie and Gibby Gilbert III shared the first-round lead at 5-under 67 at the PGA Tour Champions’ SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. Jerry Kelly, Bart Bryant and Worcester’s Fran Quinn were a stroke back in the 50-and-over tour’s regular-season finale . . . Australia’s Marcus Fraser carded the lowest round of his European Tour career to take a share of the lead at the midway point of the Italian Open in Monza. Fraser produced nine birdies and no bogeys for a second-round 62 that took him to 13-under. Open de Portugal winner Matt Wallace was also at 13-under following a bogey-free 65.
Indians manager Terry Francona said he was physically ‘‘wiped out’’ by a season that ended way too soon. Francona met with reporters two days after Cleveland was eliminated from the postseason by the Yankees, who rallied from an 0-2 deficit to stun the defending AL champions in the ALDS. Francona, 58, said he was challenged physically to get through the season after undergoing a heart procedure in July . . . Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle will be out 6-8 weeks after breaking his right leg Thursday at Chicago. Also injured for the Wild were forwards Nino Niederreiter (sprained left ankle, out at least three weeks) and Marcus Foligno (broken facial bone, out at least one week) . . . A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Monreal Canadiens defenseman Mark Streit will not report to the minors after clearing waivers and will spend the next few days weighing his options. The Canadiens assigned the 39-year-old to the AHL’s Laval Rocket after none of the other 30 NHL teams put in a claim for him . . . Brazilian soccer star Kaka announced he will not re-sign with the Orlando City Lions. Kaka, 35, joined the Lions prior to their first MLS season in 2015 to much fanfare and has been a huge draw for the club.
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