Clemson PK Huegel out for year after tearing ACL


CLEMSON - Clemson starting placekicker Greg Huegel suffered a torn ACL on a field goal attempt on the last play of practice Wednesday evening and will be lost for the season.

It was the second consecutive day head coach Dabo Swinney reported a season ending injury. On Tuesday, freshman defensive end Logan Rudolph suffered a shoulder injury that will require season-ending surgery.

Huegel is Clemson's second leading scorer this year with 21 points on two field goals and 15 extra points. The junior from Blythewood is eighth in Clemson history in total points scored with 271 points. He was third among active ACC players in points per game entering the season and has been Clemson's leading scorer each of the last two years.

Alex Spence, a redshirt junior from Florence, will step into Huegel's role. He played in three games last season and two games in 2015. He had seven kickoffs in 2016 with one touchdown back. He is 2-2 in his career on extra points.

Stanley, Spieth open strong at Tour Championship

ATLANTA - Kyle Stanley and Jordan Spieth are off to strong starts in the Tour Championship with different goals in mind.

Stanley ran off four straight birdies on the front nine, and then added two more late in his round on a steamy Thursday afternoon at East Lake for a 6-under 64. He had a 2-shot lead.

Spieth had a 67, which was just fine with him. No one among the top five seeds in the FedEx Cup had a lower score, so that kept Spieth on track in his bid to join Tiger Woods as the only 2-time winner of the $10 million bonus.


Nationals 7

Braves 3

ATLANTA - Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino issued three bases-loaded walks in the 6-run eighth, Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings and the Washington Nationals beat Atlanta 7-3 on Wednesday.