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CLEMSON-PEAKE

Injured Clemson WR Charone Peake has knee surgery

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Injured receiver Charone Peake's comeback for Clemson took a step back after knee surgery Friday.

Clemson announced that Peake was injured during workouts Wednesday and needed the operation. He's expected to miss at least a week of training camp that starts Aug. 1.

Peake missed the last 11 games of the season a year ago with a torn knee ligament.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Peake's ACL was fine and he expected the junior receiver to play when the Tigers open at Georgia on August 30th.

Peake had eight catches and a touchdown in Clemson's first two games of 2013. A healthy Peake is being counted on to make up for some of the production of Sammy Watkins, Clemson's record-setting wideout who left a season early for the NFL.

SEC-LEAVING EARLY

Quickest route into NFL draft goes through SEC

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference has become the most popular jumping-off point for underclassmen looking for a head start on NFL careers.

The trend creates more spots to fill around the league with preseason camps approaching, but also helps entice blue-chip prospects to play in the SEC.

No league has had nearly as many players leaving early to pursue NFL careers over the past eight years, and LSU has had the most of any program two years running. Tigers coach Les Miles says they "do lead college football in three-and-outs."

Since the league's seven-year national title run started in 2007, the SEC has had 109 early departures drafted. The next two leagues - the Pacific-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference - have combined for 111, according to research by STATs, Inc.

EGOLF-TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Area golf tour's championship on Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Regional golf tour, eGolf, will hold its season-ending Tour Champion at Palmetto Hall Plantation on Hilton Head Island.

The tour announced the move Friday. The $300,000 event will finish a four-event series the Charlotte, North Carolina-based tour calls its Million Dollar Championship Series.

The 156-player field will consist of the top 60 members of eGolf Tour and 30 members each from eGolf Tour West and eGolf Tour Florida. The rest will come from tours around the world along with a Monday qualifier.

The Palmetto Hall Plantation event will take place from December 3rd through December 6th. The winner will receive $50,000.

PANTHERS-FAN FEST

Panthers QB Newton practices, not 100 percent yet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says that while his surgically repaired ankle is getting better, it's not completely healed.

The Pro Bowl player participated in his first full practice Friday night at Fan Fest since undergoing surgery in March.

Newton looked sharp throwing passes but struggled with his timing on handoffs. He didn't appear to run with a limp until after practice when he jogged over to sign autographs for some of the 36,315 fans in attendance at the team's downtown stadium. The event signaled the official start of training camp.

Newton says: "I can't stress enough that I'm not 100 percent yet."

At one point Carolina's trainer checked on Newton during practice, but Newton said it was just precautionary.

Newton says: "It's just going to take treatment and time."

CANADIAN WOMEN'S AMATEUR

Augusta James wins Canadian Women's Amateur

WOODSTOCK, Ontario (AP) - North Carolina State senior Augusta James won the Canadian Women's Amateur on Friday, shooting a 2-under 69 for a six-stroke victory.

James, from Bath, Ontario, had a 14-under 270 total at Craigowan Golf and Country Club. She broke the tournament and course records Thursday with a 63.

James received spots in the Canadian Women's Open and U.S. Women's Amateur.

Australia's Su-Hyun Oh was second after a 69.

Canada's Brooke Henderson, the 2013 winner, was another stroke back after a 70.

HORNETS-MOVES

Hornets sign rookie F Vonleh, veteran PG Pargo

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Hornets have announced they've signed rookie forward Noah Vonleh and re-signed veteran point guard Jannero Pargo.

Terms of the deals were not released Friday.

Vonleh, the ninth overall pick in this year's draft, played one season at Indiana before turning pro. The 6-foot-10 Vonleh was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after averaging 11.3 points, nine rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game for the Hoosiers.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford recently said he considers Vonleh "a couple of years away" from being a real contributor.

Pargo originally joined Charlotte in March, 2013, and has played in 47 games averaging 6.1 points and 1.8 assists in 11.4 minutes. Pargo is expected to be the team's No. 3 point guard behind Kemba Walker and recently signed Brian Roberts.

NASCAR-PETTY-RTA

Petty believes NASCAR should be helping teams

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Richard Petty said Friday the Race Team Alliance was necessary because NASCAR hasn't done enough to help the owners slash costs.

The RTA was announced earlier this month as an alliance of nine of NASCAR's top teams. Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing and chair of the owners' group, said the RTA's immediate aim is to build purchasing power, create travel partners and finding a common insurer.

NASCAR Chairman Brian France this week said the RTA wasn't necessary and the sanctioning body believes listening "to one voice is just a bad idea."

Petty, the seven-time NASCAR champion and Hall of Fame driver, gave a hearty laugh at the idea the RTA is a bad idea.

PUBLIC PROSTATE EXAM

Minor league GM gets prostate exam

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A minor league baseball manager in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has done his part to spread prostate cancer awareness - he had a prostate cancer exam before a field packed with baseball fans.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans' general manager Andy Milovich stuck his head out of the press box to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch while a doctor below and out-of-sight performed the screening.

Milovich agreed to have the exam in support of a 10-year-old girl suffering from brain cancer if her Facebook page got 10,000 "likes." That number was reached Monday.

The team has held several events to help raise funds for the girl.

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