Clemson sets season ticket sales record

CLEMSON -- Clemson has sold nearly 58,000 season tickets for football, breaking the previous record set nearly 20 years ago, the school said Tuesday.

Some 57,991 season tickets were sold, eclipsing the 1988 mark of 57,625 by more than 350, ticket manager Travis Furbee said.

The previous high during Tommy Bowden's eight years as coach was 57,506 in 2001.

Also, Clemson Senior Associate Athletic Director Bill D'Andrea said the IPTAY Annual Fund had reached a record, surpassing $15 million for the first time. The more than 16,000 donors was also a record.

"To reach a season ticket record with a schedule that has seven home games and does not include South Carolina speaks volumes to the level of support for this program," D'Andrea said.

• BASKETBALL -- Kobe Bryant headlines the list of 17 players who are expected to report for U.S. national team minicamp this weekend in Las Vegas.

The three-day camp on the campus of UNLV will be used to select the finalists for next month's FIBA Americas tournament, the regional qualifier for the 2008 Olympics. The roster must be trimmed to 12 players before the tournament starts on Aug. 22.

There are 32 players in the national team program, but 15 are unavailable for minicamp, leaving the Americans with fewer players than expected. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said last week he thought 18 or 19 would be in camp.

Bryant, the league's scoring champion, had knee surgery last summer and was unable to play in the world championships, where the Americans finished third. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier and Kirk Hinrich are the only players from that team scheduled to take part this weekend.

• PRO FOOFTBALL -- Daunte Culpepper finally has what he asked the Miami Dolphins for weeks ago -- a chance to start over with a new team.

Miami released the former Pro Bowl quarterback, wrapping up a contentious split between player and team. The move came one day before a breach-of-contract grievance filed by the NFL Players Association on Culpepper's behalf against the Dolphins was scheduled to be heard, and after Miami unsuccessfully tried for weeks to trade the 30-year-old.

Culpepper -- who became expendable once the Dolphins made a trade six weeks ago with Kansas City for Trent Green, who'll be Miami's starter entering this season -- said he got word from his attorneys about the release on Monday night.

• COLLEGE SOFTBALL -- Lynn University's 2005 Division II softball national championship will be vacated after the NCAA found that a former coach made improper payments to players.

The Knights' 54 wins from 2005 will be erased but their losses will remain, NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said Tuesday. Their opponents' records will not be affected.

Those penalties come in addition to sanctions the university imposed on itself, including two years of probation and a reduction of scholarships this past school year.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Arkansas running backs coach Danny Nutt is resigning because of a recurrence of bleeding from his brain stem.

Nutt, 46, is the younger brother of head coach Houston Nutt. Danny Nutt, who had brain surgery in 1998, is currently receiving treatment for what the university called "a serious condition that includes bleeding from his brain stem."

• Rutgers top assistant football coach Chris Demarest was charged with assault after an altercation in a bar at the Jersey shore. Demarest was arrested early Saturday, Sgt. Mike McGlennon said Tuesday.

The name of the alleged victim has not been released, but McGlennon confirmed published reports that it was a woman who was in a relationship with Demarest.