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Tickets priced high

as Zion plays first

game as a pro

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Zion Williamson's first NBA show was a sellout.

And it ended earlier than the fans wanted.

The No. 1 overall draft pick by the New Orleans Pelicans didn't keep his adoring new public waiting for his display of dunks and power. With tickets commanding more than $500 on the resale markets throughout the day from those desperate to be part of the crowd — one that included LeBron James and Floyd Mayweather — Williamson took the floor as a pro for the first time Friday night at the NBA Summer League, scoring 11 points in nine first-half minutes against the New York Knicks and fellow former Duke star RJ Barrett.

But Williamson didn't play in the second half because of a knee-to-knee hit, and fans who were chanting "We want Zion! We want Zion!" weren't going to get any more than those first nine minutes.

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So the event — maybe the hottest ticket in Vegas on a night when Reba McEntire and Brooks and Dunn were doing their thing at Caesars Palace, Gwen Stefani was at Planet Hollywood and Wiz Khalifa was playing a late show at a nightclub — ended earlier than anyone anticipated.

Former Clemson RB

drowns at state park

Tyshon Dye, a former running back for the Clemson and East Carolina football teams, drowned Friday during a picnic with his family at a state park in Georgia.

Dye, 25, was swimming at Richard B. Russell State Park with his two brothers when he started to tire in the water and couldn't make it back to shore, Elbert County coroner Chuck Almond said.

His two brothers saw him go under the water, but couldn't help him, Almond said.

The family called 911 at about 4:50 p.m. Friday. Dye's body was recovered later that afternoon, Almond said. 

Dye's death was ruled an accidental drowning, he said.

Dye played at Elbert County Comprehensive High School before coming to Clemson. He was a reserve on the Tigers' 2016 national championship team, then transferred to East Carolina for his final college season.

Dye graduated from Clemson with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management in May 2017. He played for the Clemson football team from 2014 through 2016. 

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"All of our hearts are just broken," Head Coach Dabo Swinney said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. I can honestly say Tyshon Dye is one of the sweetest souls I've ever been associated with or coached.

"We're just all heartbroken tonight, and we're praying for his family and know that he's been called home."

In his three seasons at Clemson, Dye rushed for 351 yards and five touchdowns on 76 carries. In his lone season with East Carolina, he rushed for 217 yards on 50 carries.

Football parking is being

adjusted to build

Clemson softball stadium

CLEMSON — Clemson is building its new softball stadium in a sensible spot, in Jervey Meadows, the grassy area adjacent to the baseball stadium. But that also happens to be the capital of Clemson's football tailgating village, the recreational vehicle lot.

Clemson has reconfigured its parking map around the softball stadium construction to preserve the RV community, but at the expense of at least 500 conventional vehicle spaces that have been relocated from Jervey Meadows.

RVs will now be positioned nose to nose with eight-foot walkways between them. Five hundred conventional vehicle spaces have been transferred from Jervey Meadows to expanded lots near the rowing center, track and field complex, the outdoor wellness center and the west side of the football stadium. Clemson also added 180 spaces in two previous unused lots.

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Some of the new locations are approximately the same distance to Memorial Stadium or closer. Others will require a longer walk.

“It’s the price of change,” IPTAY CEO Davis Babb said recently. “Our parking folks are working hard to try to replace every space that we lose, because that's a very important part of what our folks want to do on game day.

"Obviously, there's the game, but the parking atmosphere is in some cases more important than exactly where they sit in the stands.”

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