5 Questions About Spring Practice

Crestwood High School works on solidifying football units

The Sumter Item sports writer Danny Kelly conducted a question-and-answer interview with each of the 12 high school football coaches in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties, asking each the same five questions about their recently concluded spring …

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Sumter Braves win

Photo provided The Sumter Braves won the 10U SC Open State Championship in Lexington on Sunday. The Braves beat the Lexington Local Boys 8-7, the Columbia Canes 9-2, the Newberry Sluggers 20-5 and the Canes 14-6, Zy Dennis led Sumter with six …

Sumter P-15's score six in second to roll past Camden 9-3

FROM STAFF REPORTS CAMDEN - The Sumter P-15's scored six runs in the top of the second inning to jump out to a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 9-3 American Legion baseball victory over Camden Post 17 on Tuesday at Legion Field. Sumter, which …

Scoreboard, TV listings and more: June 27, 2019

SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO THURSDAY 6 a.m. - Professional Golf: European PGA Tour Andalucia Masters First Round from Sotogrande, Spain (GOLF). 6 a.m. Professional Tennis: QTP/WTA Eastbourne Quarterfinal Matches and ATP Antalya Quarterfinal …

Manning-Santee Post 68 beats Hampton 5-3, wins sixth straight

The streak continues. Manning-Santee won their sixth straight game on Wednesday, downing Hampton 5-3 in a critical League I matchup. Post 68 improved to 7-11 overall and 4-7 in league play, while Hampton Post 108 dropped to 7-7 on the season, and 5-6 in league play.

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Golden State forward Kevin Durant, above, and Toronto forward Kawhi Leonard are two of the biggest NBA free agents on the market.

For Durant and Leonard, best move is no move

Toronto's Kawhi Leonard and Golden State's Kevin Durant are both very difficult to figure out. They seem to enjoy giving cryptic answers, a minimum of clues, and clearly relish having enigmatic status. It makes free agency tough to …

SPORTS ITEMS: Yankees set homer record

NEW YORK - DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back homers to begin the bottom of the first inning, giving the Yankees a major league-record 28 straight games with a long ball as New York held off the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Tuesday. Gleyber …

Eyeing the future, Orioles introduce No. 1 pick Rutschman

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles interrupted their miserable 2019 season to introduce a sliver of hope for the future: Adley Rutschman, the top overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Rutschman sat alongside general manager Mike Elias …

Photo by Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP  Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts emotionally as he accepts the Most Valuable Player award at the NBA Awards on Monday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

Teary-eyed Antetokounmpo wins NBA MVP

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - The Milwaukee Bucks fell two games short of the NBA Finals. They won big at the NBA Awards. A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Valuable Player honors, Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year, and Jon Horst …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jon Lester pitched six innings to pick up the win for the Cubs in their 8-3 win over the Braves on Monday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Contreras, Lester lead Cubs past Braves 8-3 in battle of National League leaders

By ROBBIE WEINSTEIN The Associated Press CHICAGO - Willson Contreras wasn't happy with a called second strike in the second inning. He took his displeasure out on the next pitch, hitting it out of the park. Contreras homered and had three …

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MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM  Ja Morant talks to members of the media during Ja Morant Day at Crestwood earlier this year. The former Knights standout and Murray State All-American point guard is expected to hear his name called as the No. 2 overall selection in the NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies today.

Ja Morant's super fast track from Crestwood to NBA comes to fruition today in NBA draft

At this time two years ago, Ja Morant had just graduated from Crestwood High School and was getting ready to head to Murray State to play college basketball. While he was preparing to play with an NCAA Division I program, the National Basketball …

Former Crestwood High School and Murray State point guard (12) is projected to be the second overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in Thursday's NBA draft.

Crestwood's Edwards knew Morant was special, just not how special

Memphis or Manhattan.That's the only question left for Ja Morant as he waits to see which city he'll call home after Thursday's NBA draft. If the mock drafts are to be believed, then Morant likely won't have to wait very long to hear his name …

AP FILE PHOTO Former Crestwood High School and Murray State point guard Ja Morant (12) is projected to be the second overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in Thursday's NBA draft.

Former Crestwood, Murray State standout Morant tops list of point guards for upcoming NBA draft

Ja Morant, Darius Garland and Coby White make up a clear top tier of point guards in next week's NBA draft, though one has barely played in the past year. Morant was an NCAA Tournament star for Murray State, while White blossomed into a …

Murray State's Ja Morant (12) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half of the Racers' second round loss to Florida State in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in March. Morant is scheduled for knee surgery on Monday.

Morant's journey to NBA slowed a bit

Ja Morant's run to the National Basketball Association has been slowed a bit. Morant, the former Crestwood High School standout and Murray State All-American point guard, will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee on Monday, …

Former Crestwood High School standout and Murray State All-American point guard Ja Morant has signed an endorsement contract with Nike. He is the first player eligible for the NBA draft to sign a shoe contract. He is projected to be the No. 2 overall pick in next month's draft.

Former Crestwood standout Morant signs with Nike

Former Crestwood High School standout and Murray State All-American Ja Morant has signed a shoe deal with Nike. ESPN's Nick DePaula reported on Monday that a multiyear, multimillion deal with the footwear and apparel giant was agreed to in …

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Tallahassee tight end Ennis commits to Clemson over FSU

Longtime Florida State fan tight end Sage Ennis (6-feet-4-inches, 225 pounds) of Tallahassee, Fla., camped at Clemson earlier this month, earned an offer from the Tigers, and that changed his entire approach to his recruiting. Florida State is in …

PHIL KORNBLUT

Massive JUCO OL Turnetine commits to Gamecocks

Longtime University of South Carolina football lean Jazston Turnetine made an official commitment to USC last weekend. The 6-foot-8-inch, 340-pound offensive lineman of Hutchinson Junior College in Kansas and Ellenwood, Ga., made his commitment …

Barbara Boxleitner / Special to The Sumter Item  Former Sumter High School and Clemson standout pitcher Charlie Barnes has been promoted to Minnesota's Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, Florida.

Former Sumter, Clemson standout LHP Barnes promoted to Minnesota's Double-A affiliate

Charlie Barnes has made it another step closer to the Major Leagues. The former Sumter High School and Clemson standout pitcher was recently promoted to Pensacola, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The left-hander was called up …

Freshman lefty, 3 HRs push Ole Miss over Clemson 6-1 in NCAA

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi freshman Doug Nikhazy struck out nine pitching into the ninth inning, and the Rebels beat Clemson 6-1 on Saturday night to advance to the NCAA Tournament regional …

Clemson's Braden Galloway (88) celebrates a touchdown during its spring game in Clemson on April 16. Galloway and offensive lineman  Zach Giella will miss next season after an NCAA panel rejected the  school's appeal of their drug suspensions.

2 Clemson players suspended for season; NCAA rejects appeal

COLUMBIA - Clemson tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will miss next season after an NCAA panel rejected the school's appeal of their drug suspension. Clemson athletic spokesman Jeff Kallin said Friday that the school …

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PHIL KORNBLUT

Carolina picks up tight end transfer Muse

Looking for the next Hayden Hurst, the University of South Carolina football program gained a tight end with a lot of promise on Saturday in Nick Muse. The 6-foot-5-inch, 235-pound native of Belmont, N.C., who is transferring after two seasons at …

USC Sports Information Department / Special to the Sumter Item  Jordan Holladay has transferred from the University of South Carolina to play for NCAA Division II powerhouse North Greenville University in Tigerville.

Former SHS, USC Gamecock Holladay transferring to North Greenville

Former Sumter High School first baseman Jordan Holladay entered the NCAA transfer portal last week, and it didn't take him long to make a decision. He decided to transfer to NCAA Division II powerhouse North Greenville by the end of the week to …

South Carolina guard A.J. Lawson (00) has withdrawn his name from the National Basketball Association draft and will return for his sophomore season.

Lawson withdraws from NBA draft

COLUMBIA - South Carolina freshman guard A.J. Lawson has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft. Lawson announced his choice on Tuesday, a day before the deadline for those who want to return to college to pull out of the draft pool. Lawson is …

PHIL KORNBLUT

QB prospect Colten Gauthier says USC is a priority

The University of South Carolina football program has offered several 2021 quarterback prospects and a few have risen to a level of prominence in the eyes of head coach Will Muschamp and QB coach Dan Werner. Apparently one of those is Colten …

LSU's Josh Smith, left, scores as South Carolina pitcher Parker Coyne misses the throw during the Gamecocks' 8-6 loss in the Southeastern Conference tournament on Tuesday. The loss brought an end to a bad season for USC, which was 28-28 on the season and 8-22 in SEC play.

USC baseball must find way to turn things around quickly

On the positive side for the University of South Carolina's baseball season - and yes, there was a very small, small, small one - the Gamecocks finally won the season series against archrival Clemson, finally beat North Carolina after taking several …

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GEDDINGS

A personal account

My feet were getting wet, and it woke me up. The rain was being driven through the screen on the window, near the foot of the bed. I was a heavy sleeper, and it took a lot to wake me up. Now that I was awake, I got up and closed the window. Even in …

Survey sees biggest U.S. honeybee winter die-off yet

WASHINGTON - Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed. The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 …

Keep family safe during mosquito, tick season

FAIRFAX, Va. - As warm weather moves in across the country, several regions are now reporting an increase in mosquito and tick activity. A recent online research study conducted between January 2018 and May …

Extras
TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - JUNE 5

TV, RADIO TODAY 8 a.m. - Professional Tennis: French Open Men's and Women's Quarterfinal Matches from Paris (TENNIS). 1 p.m. - Major League Baseball: Chicago White Sox at Washington (MLB NETWORK). 2:30 p.m. - International Soccer: UEFA …

Sumter High mini cheer camp begins Monday

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - JUNE 2

NCAA REGIONAL RESULTS

Rossi wins pole at 1st of 2 Detroit IndyCar races