SOUTH CAROLINA

Gamecocks believe they may be catching up with Clemson

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley goes over the top for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Gamecocks’ 35-31 loss to Florida earlier this season. USC is hoping it has closed the gap between itself and No. 2 Clemson its last visit to  Clemson, which resulted in a 56-7 blowout loss.
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's last trip to Clemson was memorable for all the wrong reasons. Two years later, the Gamecocks believe the gap with their highly ranked rival is closing. In 2016, overmatched South Carolina did about everything wrong and …
THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSouth Carolina's Chris Silva (30) shoots over George Washington's Javier Langarica (32) on Sunday in Uncasville, Connecticutt.
USC MEN'S BASKETBALL

Silva's 20 and 10 lifts USC past GWU

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - South Carolina's Chris Silva came out of a shoulder harness that he'd been wearing since the preseason and came out of his shell against George Washington on Sunday. Silva scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the …
CLEMSON

No. 2 Clemson overcomes slow start to beat Duke 35-6

Clemson's Derion Kendrick (10) hurdles Duke's Chris Rumph ll (96) on a kickoff return as Jarrett Garner reaches for him during the first half of the Tigers' 35-6 victory over the  Blue Devils on Saturday in Clemson.
CLEMSON — Trevor Lawrence was 21 for 38 for 251 yards and two touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson overcame a slow start to beat Duke 35-6 on Saturday night to finish a perfect Atlantic Coast …
CLEMSON MEN'S BASKETBALL

Mitchell, No. 16 Clemson top Akron in Cayman Islands Classic

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) - Shelton Mitchell scored 22 points with four steals, Elijah Thomas had 15 points and 12 rebounds and No. 16 Clemson beat Akron 72-69 on Monday in the first game of the Cayman Islands Classic. Marcquise Reed added …
Local Sports

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE: Nov. 20, 2018

TV, RADIO TODAY 11:50 a.m. - Women's International Soccer: FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Group B Match from Maldonado, Uruguay - Japan vs. Mexico (FOX SPORTS 2). 1:30 p.m. - College Basketball: Cayman Islands Classic Winner's Bracket Game …

Sumter's Tamerah Brown (10) looks to pass during the Lady Gamecocks' 69-59 victory over Conway in the Region VI-5A opener for both teams on Tuesday at the Sumter High gymnasium.

Sumter girls open season on Monday

Jeff Schaffer is beginning his second season in his second stint in charge of the Sumter High School girls basketball program. Only this year he's doing so as head coach. Schaffer was the interim head coach last year when he took over just prior …

Lakewood's Juwan Perdue (10) is rated as one of the top five senior boys basketball players by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

Local players, teams recognized by S.C. Basketball Coaches Association

The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association has released its preseason polls and player honors and several Sumter area teams and players have been recognized. The Sumter High School boys team is ranked No. 4 in the 5A poll. The Gamecocks …

SCISA FOOTBALL STATE PLAYOFFS

3A Championship Saturday At Charlie W. Johnson Stadium (Columbia) First Baptist vs. Hammond, 7:30 p.m. 2A Championship Saturday At Charlie W. Johnson Stadium …

Sumter's season ends with 33-23 loss to Byrnes in 5A second-round game

It was a tale of two halves for the Sumter High School football team in its second-round playoff game against Byrnes in the 5A state playoffs on Friday on Sumter Memorial Stadium’s Freddie Solomon …

From the Wire

DePaul's Tanita Allen, left, has her shot blocked by Notre Dame's Danielle Patterson on Saturday in Chicago.

Notre Dame tops AP Top 25, Gamecocks drop from top 10

NEW YORK - South Carolina's run in the top 10 is over. The Gamecocks fell out of the first 10 teams in the AP women's basketball poll on Monday after being ranked that high for the past 89 consecutive weeks dating back to Jan. 6, 2014. It was the …

Former Louisville and South Carolina player Brian Bowen II is suing Adidas.

Brian Bowen sues Adidas, associates over corruption scandal

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Louisville and South Carolina player Brian Bowen II has sued Adidas and several associates caught up in the college basketball corruption scandal alleging federal racketeering violations that cost him the chance to …

LOGANO

Logano spoils Big 3 party, wins title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Joey Logano was the underdog in NASCAR's title race, the driver few thought capable of keeping pace with the Big Three and stealing the title from one of the favorites. Logano proved everyone wrong with an upset victory in a …

Boston's Steve Pearce  watches his 2-run  home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton  Kershaw during Game 5 of the World Series on Oct. 28. The World Series MVP announced his decision to stay with the Red Sox on Friday.

World Series MVP Pearce stays with Red Sox for $6.25M

BOSTON (AP) - World Series MVP Steve Pearce is staying with the Red Sox. The journeyman first baseman agreed to a $6.25 million, one-year contract with Boston on Friday. The 35-year-old Pearce was a free agent after completing a $12.5 million, …

Washington quarterback Alex Smith puts his hands over his face after fracturing his right leg in the Redskins' 23-21 loss to Houston on Sunday in Landover, Maryland.

Theismann 'turned away' after seeing Redskins QB Smith hurt

LANDOVER, Md. - Alex Smith seemed to know immediately this was bad. Really, really bad. He covered his face with both hands, then a white towel, before his fractured right leg was placed in an air cast and he was carted off the field. One of …

Outdoors

Celebrating his 1st buck

Trey Hartley is seen with his first buck.

Wood stove ashes, a nutrient-rich sample free of any residue from pressure-treated wood, painted wood or cardboard, are spread on a property near Langley, Washington. Good-quality wood ash is a soil amendment bonus for gardeners, but beware using any containing additives.

Wood ash can sometimes help soil

For gardeners who heat their homes in winter using stoves or fireplaces, good-quality wood ashes can be a soil-amendment bonus. But if applied improperly, they can be a caustic topping for foliage-heavy plants and seedlings. The primary benefits …

GEDDINGS

The rest of the story

"It looks like a group of bucks chasing a doe," my brother Matt said. The tracks, crossing the county dirt road, were fresh and very encouraging. It was good sign that the rut was still going on, at least for now. It was mid-November, and we had …

Extras

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - NOV. 18

TV, RADIO TODAY 10:30 a.m. - College Basketball: Myrtle Beach Invitational Fifth-Place Game from Conway (ESPNU). 10:30 a.m. - Professional Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals Doubles Championship Match from London (TENNIS). Noon - Figure …

Tigers, Gamecocks wooing First Baptist standout Dukes

Running back Michel Dukes of First Baptist in Charleston is finishing his high school career with a flourish. He rushed for over 300 yards in a playoff win last Friday, and that puts him at 1,971 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season, according to …

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - NOV. 16

TV, RADIO TODAY 7 a.m. - Professional Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals Day 6 Round-Robin Doubles Matches from London (TENNIS). 11 a.m. - College Basketball: Charleston Classic Semifinal Game from Charleston (ESPN2). 11 a.m. - College …