James Davis ran for a career-high 143 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with a broken wrist, Charlie Whitehurst threw for two more scores and Clemson beat North Carolina State, 31-10, last night in Raleigh, N.C., for its first win in more than a month.
The loss was the Wolfpack's sixth in a row at home to a Division I-A opponent -- all in the ACC -- and led to many early departures from another sellout crowd at Carter-Finley Stadium. To qualify for a bowl, N.C. State (2-3, 1-3) must win four of its final six games, a stretch that includes trips to No. 4 Florida State and No. 14 Boston College.
None of that matters to the Tigers (3-3, 2-3). After beating Maryland on Sept. 10, they lost their next three games by a total of 13 points, with two going into overtime. Clemson shook off those memories with a balanced offensive performance, piling up 489 yards while burning the Wolfpack with a variety of deceptive plays. . . .
Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer has a new seven-year contract that will boost his annual salary from $1.4 million to $2 million and runs through 2012 season. The deal has an option for three additional years.
The agreement also guarantees the 58-year-old Beamer, who is in his 19th season as Tech's coach, additional bonuses. His assistants also will receive substantial pay increases and performance-based annual raises.
* GOLF: Michelle Wie steadied her 6-foot frame over the ball, unleashed a powerful swing with a 3-wood and sent the ball soaring against the yellow-and-green backdrop of Bighorn Golf Club to embark on her professional career in Palm Desert, Calif.
When the first round of the Samsung World Championship ended with a bunker-to-bunker bogey for a 2-under-par 70, it was not much different from the previous 93 rounds that Wie, 16, has played against the pros.
Not much different, either, was the name atop the leader board.
Watching the Michelle Wie Show unfold in the group ahead, Annika Sorenstam went about her business with amazing precision on her way to an 8-under 64. Sorenstam had a one-shot lead over Gloria Park and Cristie Kerr. . . .
Briny Baird shot a 10-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the Michelin Championship in Las Vegas, with the players going low on the tournament's two desert courses.
Baird played at the TPC at Summerlin, where the par is 72. The other course being used for the first two rounds, the TPC at The Canyons, is a par 71. Ryan Palmer shot a 9-under 62 at The Canyons, and Charles Howell III had a 9-under 63 at Summerlin. The players will switch courses today and the final two rounds will be played at Summerlin.
* TENNIS: Top-ranked Roger Federer will likely miss at least two tournaments after tearing a ligament in his right foot during a recent training session.
* OBITUARY: Joe Pons, patriarch of Maryland's powerful Country Life Farm and father of Maryland Million President Mike Pons, died yesterday at age 83 at his home on the Harford County farm. Joe Pon's father, Adolphe Pons, who founded the farm in 1933, handled the sale of Man O'War at the 1918 Saragota Yearling Sale. When he died in 1951, Joe Pons and his brother John took over Country Life. It is Maryland's oldest family-owned and family-managed commercial breeding farm and 26 runners in tomorrow's Maryland Million are offspring of Country Life stallions.
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