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Former Clemson OT great Mass dies at 73

CLEMSON — Former Clemson All-America offensive tackle Wayne Mass died after suffering a heart attack in Durango, Colorado on July 4. He was 73.

Mass was one of three former Clemson football players to pass away over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Tyshon Dye, a reserve on Clemson’s 2016 national championship team died in a swimming accident on July 4th and Dr. Randy Smith, starting center on Clemson’s 1965 ACC Championship team, died after a long fight against cancer on July 6.

Mass started every game (30) at offensive tackle during the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons.

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Mass earned first-team All-America honors according to Dell Sports and was a second-team selection according the United Press International in 1966. He was the only Clemson offensive tackle to make a major All-America team in the decade of the 1960s.

The former Edmunds High School (Sumter) product played in the East-West All-Star Game and the Hula Bowl after his senior year. On January 30, 1968, Mass was the fourth-round selection of the Chicago Bears. He played for the Bears organization from 1968-70, then played with the Miami Dolphins in 1971. He played for the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in 1972 before he retired.

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Overall, Mass played 59 NFL games in his five years in the league. He was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

USA (Clemson) edges Germany 76-74

NAPLES, Italy — Behind a big second half, the United States (Clemson) basketball team defeated Germany in the quarterfinals of the 2019 World University Games by a final score of 76-74 on Monday evening.

Four members of the USA Team notched double figures in scoring, including two who posted double-doubles in the victory.

Tevin Mack led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Aamir Simms finished with 11 points and 10 boards.

John Newman III chipped in 16 points and six rebounds, while Nick Honor collected 11 points, three assists and two steals. Honor knocked down a crucial 3-pointer in the corner with the United States leading 71-68 to help seal the victory.

The United States shot an ultra-impressive 46.0 percent from behind the arc (11-for-24) and 44.0 percent from the field for the game.

The USA will play Tuesday night in Italy (11:30 a.m. ET) against Israel. The game will be streamed on FISU.TV. It is FREE to register and log in to view.

USC's Lawson concludes action at FIBA U19 World Cup

COLUMBIA — South Carolina sophomore guard A.J. Lawson and Team Canada concluded competition at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece, on Sunday afternoon. Lawson led the Canadians with 16.7 points per game at the event, while connecting on an average of 5.6 made field goals per outing.

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Lawson's top performance of the FIBA World Cup came in a 31-point outing against Senegal in the Round of 16. He hit 11 of his 20 shot attempts, including six 3s, while also pulling down seven rebounds with three assists. He scored in double figures in five contests.

4 Gamecocks get preseason CFN.com honors

Four University of South Carolina Gamecocks have received preseason recognition from CollegeFootballNews.com (CFN.com).

Senior defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw was named to CFN's second-team All-America squad, was selected to the second-team All-SEC squad, and was considered the 15th-best player in the Southeastern Conference. The 6-6, 302-pound senior from Charleston, S.C., was a co-winner of the Joe Morrison Award along with T.J. Brunson last season, which goes to the team's MVP on defense. He was credited with 38 stops in 2018, including 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

Brunson, earned a spot on CFN's preseason third-team All-America unit, was named first-team All-SEC and was considered the 13th-best player in the Southeastern Conference. The 6-1, 235-pound senior linebacker from Columbia, was the team's leading tackler in 2018 with 106 stops. Selected as one of four team captains last season and a starter in every game over the past two years, Brunson has registered 206 career tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and 6 sacks.

Senior Bryan Edwards was named to the preseason first-team All-SEC unit and was considered the 22nd-best player in the Southeastern Conference, according to CFN. The 6-3, 215-pound senior from Conway, S.C., caught 55 passes for 846 yards a season ago, and has 163 career receptions for 2,229 yards. He is among the school's all-time career leaders in receptions (5th), receiving yards (6th), and receiving touchdowns (t9th) with 16.

In addition, senior quarterback Jake Bentley was recognized as the 25th-best player in the SEC, according to CFN.

A 6-4, 220-pounder, Bentley owns a 19-13 career record as a starter. He is poised to finish among the all-time statistical leaders at Carolina, as he ranks second in completion percentage (62.8), third in pass completions (610) and passing touchdowns (54), fourth in passing yards (7,385), pass attempts (972), and touchdowns responsible for (62), and fifth in total offense (7,533) entering his final campaign.

The Gamecocks open the 2019 season in Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium on Aug. 31 against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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