ESPN2 to air South Carolina, Clemson game

COLUMBIA -- The rivalry game between South Carolina and Clemson will be under the lights on national television.

Officials from both schools say the game at Williams-Brice Stadium will kick off on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24.

No. 15 Clemson hosts No. 18 Boston College this weekend. A win for the Tigers would send them to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Dec. 1.

South Carolina is off this week and is trying to break a four-game losing streak.

The Gamecocks won last year's game 31-28. The Tigers have won seven of the last nine and lead the series 63-37-4.

• PRO BASEBALL -- Dustin Pedroia won in a runaway, just like his Red Sox in the World Series.

The little Boston second baseman with the big swing was an easy pick for AL Rookie of the Year, while Ryan Braun barely edged Troy Tulowitzki for the NL honor Monday.

Generously listed at 5-foot-9, Pedroia became a fan favorite at Fenway Park with his all-out style. Plus, few knew he played with a broken left hand down the stretch.

Pedroia hit .317 with eight home runs and 50 RBIs. He got 24 of the 28 first-place votes to outdistance Tampa Bay outfielder Delmon Young in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Braun's brawn earned him the NL award. The slugging third baseman from Milwaukee finished two points ahead of Tulowitzki, Colorado's sparkplug shortstop.

• Todd Jones and the fast-moving Detroit Tigers agreed to a $7 million, one-year contract.

Jones had 38 saves for the Tigers last season, a year after saving 37 games to help Detroit make the playoffs for the first time since 1987. He had four more in the postseason as the Tigers reached the World Series. He turns 40 in April.

The Tigers addressed another need, acquiring outfielder Jacque Jones from the Chicago Cubs for utility player Omar Infante.

Jones hit .285 with 33 doubles, five homers and 66 RBIs in 135 games last season, coming close to matching the production he has had over his nine seasons. He signed with the Cubs as a free agent before the 2006 season after playing for the Minnesota Twins from 1999-2005.

• The New York Yankees planned to make a new contract offer to Jorge Posada in an effort to re-sign the All-Star catcher before he hit the open market.

New York also was trying to re-sign Mariano Rivera before Tuesday, when free agents could start talking money with all clubs.

"Mariano already has been given an improved offer, and Jorge's will be today," senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner said. "We're kind of hoping to get an answer at least on one of the two tonight."

Posada, a five-time All-Star who is 36, said Sunday he was "really close" to an agreement with the Yankees and his preference is to remain with the only major league team he's played for. His contract is expected to be for three or four years.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Kent Briggs was fired as head football coach at Western Carolina, two days after his team gave up 79 points to archrival Appalachian State.

Athletic director Chip Smith said the search for a replacement for Briggs would begin immediately. Smith said in a prepared statement that Briggs would be reassigned to a position within the university.

• LOCAL GOLF -- Pinetuck member Freddy Bivens recorded his second hole-in-one recently. Bivens' ace came on the par-3 17th hole, using a 7-wood. He was playing with Bobby Rockholt and Goat Sterling.