MONDAY SPORTS: Tigers, Gamecocks moving on

Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant have played their final game for the Tigers. The AP reported Sunday that Watkins has made his decision to go pro and the Charleston Post and Courier reported that Bryant has made the same call. Also, reported cornerback Baushad Breeland is also entering the NFL draft. The Tigers are also expected to lose junior DE Vic Beasley to the draft though he’s yet to make a public announcement.


Four South Carolina juniors have declared for the NFL Draft. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, cornerback Victor Hampton and wide receiver Bruce Ellington will forego their final year of college eligibility and take their talents to the next level. Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., joins Warren Muir and George Rogers as the only Gamecocks to earn first-team All-America honors in two seasons.


The Furman men’s basketball team hits the road in search of its first Southern Conference victory when it travels to Greensboro, N.C., to face the UNCG Spartans at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Greensboro Coliseum. Monday’s game will mark the 24th all-time meeting between the Paladins and Spartans with Furman holding a 12-11 series lead. Coverage of Monday’s game begins at 6:30 PM on 96.3 WGOG.


Here are the results of this weekend’s National Football League wild card playoff games:

Saturday, January 4th

Indianapolis Colts 45, Kansas City Chiefs 44 (AFC) — The Colts rallied from 28 points down to win, the second-largest playoff comeback ever.

New Orleans Saints 26, Philadelphia Eagles 24 (NFC) — Saints won on a 32-yard field goal as time expired.

Sunday, January 5th

San Diego Chargers 27, Cincinnati Bengals 10 (AFC) — Bengals went into halftime with a 10-7 lead, but were outscored 20-0 in the second half.

San Francisco 49ers 23, Green Bay Packers 20 (NFC) — 49ers won on a 33-yard field goal as time expired. Temperature at game time at Lambeau Field was 5 degrees with a wind chill of minus-10, and it got colder as the game went on.

This weekend:
–New Orleans takes on the Seahawks at Seattle
–Indianapolis faces Tom Brady and the Patriots in New England
–The Niners travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers
–The Denver Broncos host San Diego


The college football season comes to an end Monday night as the BCS Title Game pits #1 Florida State against #2 Auburn at 8:30 PM on ESPN from Pasadena.