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Tigers' Hogan named POW

CLEMSON -- Clemson catcher Doug Hogan was named Eye on the Golden Spikes National Player-of-the-Week by USABaseball.com, announced Monday. Hogan played a large part in the Tigers' 4-1 record last week. The righthanded Hogan hit two home runs in back-to-back games against No. 21 Coastal Carolina and Furman. Hogan's home runs, which came in two Clemson victories, included two two-run home runs, a three-run home run and a grand slam. For the week, seven of Hogan's eight hits were extra-base hits. He led the team with 24 total bases and six runs scored on the week as well.

• NFL -- The San Francisco 49ers forfeited their fifth-round pick in next month's NFL draft after commissioner Roger Goodell said they tampered with Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs.

In a statement released by the league Monday, Goodell also said the teams will switch picks in the third round of the April 26-27 draft. Chicago, which had the 12th pick, will get San Francisco's seventh pick and the 49ers will get Chicago's choice.

Goodell said the 49ers violated the NFL's anti-tampering policy by contacting Briggs' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, about his client during the 2007 season.

"The 49ers organization respects Commissioner Goodell's ruling today, however we do disagree with it," 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said in a statement.

• BASEBALL -- San Francisco Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen ruptured his left Achilles' tendon in a minor league game Monday and could miss the entire season.

Frandsen, who was expected to be a utility infielder and perhaps start at times at second base, injured his leg while rounding second on a base hit after getting aboard on a single.

"It's a terrible break for Franny," manager Bruce Bochy said. "If he had come through this today healthy, he would have started tomorrow.

• BOXING -- In Perth, Australia, WBA light heavyweight world champion Danny Green quit boxing Tuesday, saying he wanted to protect his health and spend more time with his family.

The 35-year-old Green (25-3 with 22 knockouts) had been preparing in Sydney for a mandatory defense of his WBA title against Argentina's Hugo Garay on April 27.

"I am getting out on my terms, with my dignity and respect intact," Green said. "I have made the decision of an intelligent man -- looking to 25 years in the future."

• GOLF -- The Winthrop Golf Course will be closed Friday and Saturday because of the Asics/Winthrop Invitational track meet.

The course will return to regular operating hours at 8 a.m. Sunday.

• HOLE IN ONE -- Joe Ritz of Fort Mill scored a hole in one Friday at Springfield Golf Club.

He hit a pitching wedge on the 110-yard, par-3 16th hole. Buddy Becknell, Henry Powell and Bobby Evans witnessed the shot.

It was his second ace.

• CAROLINA REDS -- The Carolina Reds 9U won USSSA WNC Spring Championship at Renaissance Park in Charlotte on March 15-16. The Reds topped the Carolina Outlaws 19-1 in their first game, beat the Cherryville Roadrunners 8-0 in the second game, and defeated the Outlaws 13-1 in the championship game.

The Reds players are: Wes Bostic, Nick Catan, Will Gardiner, Aaron Groller, Will Hagood, Wade Harris, Thomas Kuchenbrod, Andrew Shipman, Cameron Smith, Bo Taylor and Luke Wright.

The Reds' next tournament is the USSSA Double Play Championship in Charlotte on March 29-30.

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