Sports In Brief - February 28, 2008

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's Nick Godwin pitched six scoreless innings and combined with three more pitchers for a 12-0 shutout over UNC Asheville Wednesday at Sarge Frye Field. Reese Havens collected his third home run and three RBIs and Whit Merrifield and James Darnell drove in three runs apiece as the No. 10 Gamecocks improved to 3-1.

Godwin allowed just two hits and struck out four to pick up his first career victory. Carolina relievers Parker Bangs, Will Atwood and Alex Farotto closed out the final three innings.

The Gamecocks tallied 10 hits and also walked 10 times. Justin Hopper had two hits and scored three times and Scott Wingo had three runs scored along with three walks.

• NO. 19 CLEMSON 12, HIGH POINT 3 -- At Clemson, Ben Paulsen, Kyle Parker, John Nester and Wilson Boyd each hit home runs to highlight Clemson's victory over High Point. The Tigers improved to 4-0.

Paulsen went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer and four RBIs to lead Clemson's 14-hit attack. Boyd added a three-run homer, his fourth of the season, and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Parker, a freshman, hit his first career homer and Nester hit his second homer of the year. Stan Widmann also went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

Seven Tiger pitchers contributed to the win without walking a batter. Craig Gullickson (1-0) earned his first career win, allowing four hits and one unearned in three innings.

• Vanderbilt All-American third baseman Pedro Alvarez will be sidelined at least six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.

Alvarez, considered a possible No. 1 draft pick in June, injured the hand in his first at-bat of the season against Oregon State last week and was held out of games against Arizona State and Miami (Ohio).

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Clemson receiver Rendrick Taylor and running back Sadat Chambers are switching to defense, coach Tommy Bowden announced.

Taylor, a senior who played wideout the past three seasons, will line up at inside linebacker when spring practice starts March 8. Chambers, who began his Clemson career as a defensive back, will move back to safety.

Also, Bowden said senior Jock McKissic will move from defensive tackle to offensive tackle and sophomore Mike Wade will return to quarterback after serving as a backup safety last fall.

• NFL -- Myron Cope, the screechy-voiced announcer whose colorful catch phrases and twirling Terrible Towel became symbols of the Pittsburgh Steelers during an unrivaled 35 seasons in the broadcast booth, has died. He was 79.

Cope died at a nursing home in Mount Lebanon, a Pittsburgh suburb, Joe Gordon, a former Steelers executive and a longtime friend of Cope's, told The Associated Press. Cope had been treated for respiratory problems and heart failure in recent months, Gordon said.

Cope's tenure from 1970-2004 as the color analyst on the Steelers' radio network is the longest in NFL history for a broadcaster with a single team and led to his induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2005.

• MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -- Single-game tickets for the Charlotte Knights go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday. Charlotte's home opener will take place at 7:15 p.m. on April 11, when the Knights host Columbus.

Tickets are sold at and at the Knights Stadium box office. Field box tickets are available for $12, lower level reserved for $10, and general admission for $7.

Full-season ticket packages are available for all 72 home games. The Knights also offer weekend ticket and fireworks ticket packages. Group outings are also available through the ticket department. For more information, contact the box office at (704) 364-6637 or

The box office is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.

• TENNIS -- Former U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters gave birth to a daughter, nine months after retiring from tennis.

Clijsters and her husband, American basketball player Brian Lynch, named the baby Jada.