Local Sports

Wilson Hall volleyball team earns Academic All-American honors again

The 2017-2018 Wilson Hall varsity volleyball team not only had a good season on the court, it also had a great year off of it as well. The team received Academic All-American Team honors for the third year in a row (one of only three teams in the …

High school football season kicks off Thursday with REL hosting Heathwood

After getting a taste with the Sumter Sertoma Club's Sumter County Football Jamboree and Laurence Manning Academy traveling to Alabama to take on a team from Mississippi, the local high school football season kicks into gear on Fri.... uh, make that …

P-15's banquet set for August 23

Sumter American Legion Post 15 will hold its season-ending baseball banquet on Thursday, August 23, at the American Legion facilities located on Artillery Drive. The banquet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. It is open to the public, and the cost …

Briggs likes Swampcats' play despite loss to Mississippi team

The Laurence Manning Academy varsity football team traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to open its 2018 football season on Friday. And while the Swampcats suffered a 30-14 loss to 2-time defending 4A Mississippi Independent School state champion Lamar …

Delayed start of jamboree prompts look at rule governing playing in hot weather

Those arriving at Sumter Memorial Stadium early on Friday expecting a 6:30 p.m. start to the Sumter Sertoma Club's 37th Annual Sumter County Football Jamboree were greeted with an announcement that the proceedings were being held up due to a wet …

From the Wire

NASCAR's dark cloud lifted after change

CHARLOTTE - Keelan Harvick had the father-son weekend of a lifetime: He crashed a golf cart, drove a tiny race car, ran on a NASCAR track to collect his dad's checkered flag and got to ride shotgun alongside his old man to victory lane. The …

QB Lawrence among freshmen who could make impact

Freshmen should play a bigger role than ever in college football this season, thanks to an NCAA rule change. The NCAA is allowing players to participate in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt season that would enable them to …

Acuna still sizzling, homers twice in Braves' 10-6 win

ATLANTA - Ronald Acuna Jr. had a case of jitters before he stepped in the batter's box for the first time Tuesday night. He had homered in the leadoff spot twice in a doubleheader the day before, so even Acuna wondered if it could happen …

Double duty: Braves' Acuna rips 2 leadoff HRs in 1 day

ATLANTA - Ronald Acuna Jr. is only 20 years old, so he never gives much thought to his still-fledgling place in baseball history. There'll be plenty of time for that. So, it wasn't until Acuna got back to the Atlanta clubhouse after a long, …

Maryland takes responsibility for mistakes in player death

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland acknowledged Tuesday that the football player who collapsed during practice and subsequently died did not receive proper medical care and the school must accept "legal and moral responsibility for the …

Outdoors

A new critter on the landscape

I saw one on a deer drive in the Lowcountry a few years ago. I was surprised because they are nocturnal and seldom venture out in the daylight hours. I've seen them south of Lake Marion for a few years - as roadkill. Lately, I've seen some killed on …

Plants can be poisonous to pets, livestock

Not all plants are wholesome for foraging animals. Certain species of milkweed, for example, that are highly valued as host plants for the dwindling monarch butterfly population are extremely poisonous to pets and to range animals like sheep, …

Deer, elk harvested out of state must meet guidelines

South Carolinians planning out-of-state trips to hunt big game this fall should be aware of restrictions on importing deer and elk parts into the Palmetto State. The S.C. Department of Natural …

Extras

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - AUG. 16

TV, RADIO TODAY 5 a.m. - Professional Golf: European PGA Tour Nordea Masters First Round from Gothenburg, Sweden (GOLF). 9 a.m. - NASCAR Racing: Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 Practice from Bristol, Tenn. (FOX SPORTS 1). 9 a.m. - …

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - AUG. 15

TV, RADIO TODAY 2 p.m. - Major League Baseball: Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs or Pittsburgh at Minnesota (MLB NETWORK). 3 p.m. - International Soccer: UEFA Super Cup Match from Tallinn, Estonia - Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid (TNT). 5 p.m. …

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - AUG. 14

TV, RADIO TODAY 2 p.m. - Major League Baseball: Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs (MLB NETWORK). 6:05 p.m. - Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. - Major League Baseball: Boston at Philadelphia or Tampa Bay at New York …

South Carolina

Bentley growing in South Carolina's offense

COLUMBIA - South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan Werner keeps searching for flaws, shortcomings or things to fix with Gamecocks starter Jake Bentley. So far, the long-time coach hasn't found anything to complain about - yet. "There are no …
USC FOOTBALL

Muschamp's focus on now, not last year's turnaround success

COLUMBIA - For South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, it's time to prove it all again. No more does he want to talk about the Gamecocks' turnaround 9-4 season a year ago - their most since going 11-2 in 2013 - or how strong the team looked in …

Changing of the guard: Gamecocks look for backcourt success

COLUMBIA - South Carolina is changing its approach this season, turning to its deep group of guards to keep the four-time Southeastern Conference Tournament champions on top. Coach Dawn Staley led the team to a national title in 2017, largely …
USC BASKETBALL

Gamecocks sign Canadian hoops standout Lawson

University of South Carolina men's basketball head coach Frank Martin told the media earlier this month he was hoping for some good recruiting news in the near future. He got that news on Tuesday night when 6-foot-7-inch AJ Lawson of Brompton, …
USC BASEBALL

Gamecocks fall hard in Game 3 as Hogs stamp ticket to Omaha

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Nothing short of a return to the College World Series would have been good enough for an Arkansas team that started the year in the top 5 of most national polls and loaded with expectations. Facing the prospect of failing to …
Clemson

Dominant Tigers aim for 4th straight ACC title

RALEIGH, N.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn't changing how the Tigers approach each season - and there's no reason he should. The repetition is working. His program is the unquestioned Atlantic Coast Conference favorite again and has become a …
CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Quarterback question: Veteran Bryant or newcomer Lawrence?

CLEMSON - For those expecting clarity on Clemson's quarterback question after the Tigers' first scrimmage, forget it. Incumbent Kelly Bryant and newcomer Trevor Lawrence both played strongly Saturday in a big showing for Clemson's offense. "I …
CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Loaded Clemson opens camp with experience, great expectations

CLEMSON - Most seasons, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney feels excited about his Tigers' chances. He's got more reasons than ever with his latest group. Clemson opened practice Friday with 57 juniors or seniors, the most Swinney has ever had. They …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Clemson No. 2 in coaches poll; Carolina just outside top 25

Clemson will enter the 2018 campaign ranked No. 2 in the nation behind defending national champion Alabama, according to the preseason Coaches Poll released by USA Today on Thursday, while South Carolina is knocking on the door of the top …
CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Tigers' control of ACC fuels rise to national elite

CHARLOTTE - Dabo Swinney has built Clemson into an every-year power with regular College Football Playoff appearances and a recent national championship. None of that could've happened without first asserting unquestioned control of the Atlantic …