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No. 4 Clemson saw a six-year run of ACC championships and College Football Playoff appearances come to an end in 2021. However, even in that “down year” the Tigers rallied with a six-game winning streak to finish with 10 wins for the 11th consecutive season. The standard of excellence under coach Dabo Swinney is why the Tigers have entered 2022 right back up in the position of playoff contention, even after undergoing the most significant single-season staff turnover since Swinney was prompted to head coach. 

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables was hired away to replace Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma, and offensive coordinator Tony Elliott got the job at Virginia replacing Bronco Mendenhall. Swinney lost a defensive line coach with Venables’ exit as well, and an offensive line coach took an off-field role as part of the larger shake up. Though for all the changes in titles and responsibilities, Clemson mostly stuck with internal promotions to fill vacancies and piece together the next era of Tigers football. 

Monday night’s national stage provides the setting for Clemson’s debut in this new era, as Swinney himself has said “the torch has been passed” to a new crew of players and coaches. The foe for this stage is a familiar one — the Tigers’ annual cross-division rival, Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have their own motivations heading into the 2022 season, which is a crucial one for coach Geoff Collins, setting up a great conclusion to the five-day weekend that is college football’s Week 1 over Labor Day.  

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DJU looks for a bounce back: Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei was a five-star prospect coming out of high school, and as a true freshman in 2020 he starred in relief for Trevor Lawrence when the Tigers’ starter was sidelined with Covid. Last season was a jarring disappointment, however, as Uiagalelei threw just nine touchdowns to 10 interceptions and finished last in the ACC in passing efficiency. He’s dropped some weight in the offseason and won the starting job heading into this opener, which is a much more significant note now that five-star freshman Cade Klubnik has arrived to present some real competition. Monday night against Georgia Tech will the be first of many data points for the comparison between these two Clemson quarterbacks, and if DJU wants to grab hold of the QB1 responsibilities, he can do so with a form that’s closer to that impressive 2020 debut. 

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Collins enters a pivotal year for Georgia Tech: There was always going to be a longer leash for Collins after he took over the program from Paul Johnson and vowed to move the Yellow Jackets away from the option offense. Doing so would take rebuilding the roster with multiple recruiting classes, and so when the wins didn’t pile up early there wasn’t much panic around Atlanta. But this is the fourth season for Collins and Georgia Tech has still not won more than three games in a season with him at the helm. Collins hit the transfer portal for some instant impact help to the depth chart, but he also lost his best offensive weapon when running back Jahmyr Gibbs transferred to Alabama. The Clemson game itself is not going to determine whether Geoff Collins is on the hot seat at season’s end, but how the team competes against the ACC favorites will be a sign of where they fall in the pecking order and what to expect moving forward. 

Clemson’s D should be among the nation’s best: One reason AP voters and preseason prognosticators across the country put Clemson in the top five nationally despite the poor quarterback play in 2021 is because of a strong defense that should remain salty even after the loss of Venables. Clemson returns six players with starting experience along the defensive line, has blue-chip talent in the back seven, and as a group should be one of the five best defensive units in the country. Defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, defensive end Myles Murphy and linebacker Trenton Simpson all earned first-team All-ACC honors in the preseason balloting, as well as CBS Sports Preseason All-America honors. That group is expected to lead the Tigers out of the gate as the 2022 Clemson offense finds its footing here in the season opener. 

How to watch Clemson vs. Georgia Tech live

Date: Monday, Sept. 5 | Time: 8 p.m. ET

Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium — Atlanta

TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

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Georgia Tech gave Clemson the scare of a potential upset last season, falling short in a lowing scoring 14-8 grinder of.a game in Death Valley. I think there will be more points in this year’s affair, but not enough scored by the Yellow Jackets for this game to hit the over. Clemson is more than happy to ride its elite defense and solid rushing attack to comfortable wins, and that game script comes in well under 51 points. Prediction: Under 51

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Panthers outlast Hurricanes in 4th OT in 6th-longest game in NHL history

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers seemed determined to keep playing. And playing. And playing.

The teams opened their Eastern Conference final playoff series with Florida’s 3-2 victory in four overtimes early Friday, with the game ranking as the sixth-longest game in NHL history.

Matthew Tkachuk’s goal came at the 19:47 mark of the fourth OT to end this one, which marked the 15th four-overtime game in NHL history and the longest game in franchise history for each team.

The longest game in NHL history came on March 24, 1936, when the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0 in the sixth overtime on Mud Bruneteau’s goal at 116 minutes, 30 seconds of extra play.

Florida’s previous record for longest game was 104:31 in Game 4 of the 1996 Stanley Cup final against Colorado. Carolina’s previous record was 114:47 for Game 3 of the 2002 Stanley Cup final.

The only good news for the teams is they had an extended break before this series began. Carolina closed out New Jersey exactly a week earlier, while Florida eliminated Toronto a day later.

But this game ended roughly six hours after Thursday night’s puck drop, and the teams have a Game 2 in less than 48 hours.

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MADRID (AP) — The investigation ordered by Barcelona into its controversial payments for refereeing reports found no evidence of corruption by the club, president Joan Laporta said Monday.

Laporta reiterated that the club’s payments over several years to the company owned by the vice president of Spain’s refereeing committee were only for technical reports and not to influence referees. He said he believed there were no ethics breach and that Barcelona was the victim of a campaign to hurt its reputation.

“This is one of the most ferocious attacks in our history,” Laporta said. “I ask FC Barcelona supporters to be as united as ever in defense of our crest, our essence, and our ownership model. No campaign to discredit us will prevent us from continuing to be an organization of reference in the world of sports that is beloved and admired by millions of Catalans and by many more millions of people around the world.”

It was the first time Laporta spoke at a news conference to give explanations after it became public that the club paid 7.3 million euros ($8 million) from 2001-18 to the company of then committee vice president José María Enríquez Negreira. Prosecutors have accused Barcelona of alleged corruption in sports, fraudulent management, and falsification of mercantile documentation.

Barcelona opened the probe to look into the actions of all the different presidential administrations that made payments over the years, including Laporta’s first at the club. The investigation was conducted by an external company.

The club said the probe found that “no conducts of a criminal nature associated to sporting corruption have been identified, nor are there any grounds to investigate any form of criminal activity associated to bribery.” It added there was “official documentation on the invoices and payments” for the services of “scouting and advice regarding referees, which are common practices in the professional sports sector.”

“Consulting on technical-refereeing issues does not constitute any type of illegal act,” Laporta said. “Consulting, as is done by the big clubs, that was carried out transparently, with the corresponding invoices, at least in my first mandate as president.”

The probe found 629 technical refereeing reports and 43 CDs that the club received over 18 years for what Laporta called “market price.” More reports were likely lost over time, he said.

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“I reiterate with all my resolve, I am convinced that FC Barcelona has not committed any crime of sports-related corruption. I hope that sooner rather than later, it is fully exonerated,” he said. “Accusations must be proven. We live by the rule of law, which guarantees among its basic principles the presumption of innocence.”

He said that if there were any irregularities committed by Negreira, Barcelona would be a victim of them. He also said Negreira was not in a position to directly influence referees, and that it was Negreira’s son who actually produced the refereeing reports.

“I dare anyone to show an instance in which Barcelona was favored in a match because of these payments,” Laporta said. “We will allow the justice system to do its work and I’m sure that Barcelona will be cleared. I am fully convinced that FC Barcelona has never performed any act with the intention of altering the competition to gain an advantage.”

The Spanish league, Real Madrid and other clubs have been among those taking part in the legal proceedings against Barcelona. Laporta criticized league president Javier Tebas for making accusations against Barcelona, and also took a shot at rival Madrid.

“Everyone knows that Real Madrid is a club that is historically favored by refereeing mistakes,” he said.

Laporta said Barcelona has always been a club that takes pride in its values, and it would never want to win anything with outside help.

“Throughout its 123-year history, FC Barcelona has always been a model of fair play, both on and off the field,” he said. “If we have won for so many decades, it has undoubtedly been a result of effort, talent and knowledge.”

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley city councilman has been charged with perjury after he allegedly lied about leaking a grand jury report to the San Francisco 49ers last year that detailed a purportedly unethical relationship between the team and the city council, prosecutors said Friday.

Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker is accused of providing the secret report titled “Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Santa Clara City Council” to the team’s former top spokesperson and a local media outlet in 2022, days ahead of its official release.

Becker then allegedly lied to the grand jury about the leak, prosecutors said, prompting the criminal charges.

The 49ers play in Levi’s Stadium in the city of Santa Clara, about 35 miles (56.33 kilometers) south of San Francisco. Santa Clara County is broadly considered home to Silicon Valley.

The city of Santa Clara owns the stadium and leases it to the team; fighting between the two groups has led to ethics complaints, legal disputes and years of bad blood.

Al Guido, the team’s president, and Larry MacNeil, the former CFO who worked extensively on the team’s stadium project, were named in the indictment as witnesses who spoke to the criminal grand jury for Becker’s indictment.

“The 49ers have cooperated fully with the District Attorney’s Office in their investigation, and will continue to do so,” team spokesperson Brian Brokaw said in a statement Friday. “However, because this is an ongoing legal matter, the organization is not able to make any further comment at this time.”

Prosecutors say the team has bankrolled Becker’s political career by spending $3.2 million through independent expenditure committees for his 2020 city council race, which he won, as well as his unsuccessful 2022 mayoral bid.

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The “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” report alleged that Becker and four other councilmembers regularly voted “in a manner that is favorable to the 49ers” and would routinely meet with the team’s lobbyists but not disclose what was discussed.

Becker faces a felony charge of perjury under oath, as well as a misdemeanor charge of willful failure to perform duty. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Becker did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday, and it was not clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

“Councilmember Becker violated the public’s trust,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “That an elected official would commit perjury and lie under oath before the grand jury strikes at the very heart of our justice system and requires accountability.”

Representatives for the Santa Clara City Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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