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Last Update on August 22, 2014 07:33 GMT
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson defensive tackle Carlos Watkins is determined not to forget that fatal car wreck that cost him a childhood friend -- and forever changed his perspective on life and football.
Watkins was riding to a cookout near his hometown of Mooresboro, North Carolina, last September when the car slid off a rainy road, overturned and slammed into a utility pole. The North Carolina Highway Patrol says Watkins' longtime friend -- "He was like a big brother," Watkins says -- Dache Gossett was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.
When Watkins awoke at an area hospital, he learned the horrible news of Gossett's death.
While Watkins didn't play last season after the wreck, he vows to bring Gossett's spirit to the field for every snap.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State safety Jarvis Byrd is working his way back from the third serious knee injury of his college career.
Byrd tore his left anterior cruciate ligament at Wake Forest last year. It was the same injury that sidelined him for the 2011 season. He also tore his right ACL as a true freshman in 2009 and redshirted the 2010 season.
The NCAA granted Byrd a sixth year to complete his playing eligibility. Byrd says he briefly thought he was done with football after his most recent injury before deciding to return.
It's unclear how much Byrd will play in next weekend's opener against Georgia Southern. Safeties coach Clayton White says Byrd has practiced enough and knows the playbook, so the goal is "just getting him to game day."
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Top-seeded John Isner has withdrawn from his Winston-Salem Open quarterfinal against Lukas Rosol on Thursday because of a sprained ankle.
Organizers say Isner injured his left ankle Wednesday night during his third-round victory over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Isner won this tournament in 2011 and 2012.
Rosol, a Czech who is seeded seventh, will play ninth-seeded Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan or 14th-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy in Friday's semifinals at Wake Forest Tennis Center.
In other quarterfinal pairings in this tuneup for next week's U.S. Open, Belgian qualifier David Goffin plays Poland's Jerzy Janowicz, and fifth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain faces American Sam Querrey.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Truck Series win on Thursday.
Keselowski passed defending champion Kyle Busch with 75 laps to go and held off Busch's teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Wallace closed to Keselowski's back bumper with two laps left, but drifted high in turn one and Keselowski pulled away.
Four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. finished third, followed by Matt Crafton and series points leader Johnny Sauter. Busch crashed with 22 laps left and finished 24th.
Keselowski first Truck Series win came after 62 starts. The driver of the No. 19 Ford is the 25th driver to win in all three of NASCAR's national series (Cup, Nationwide and Trucks).
Rain washed out the race on Wednesday night.