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The Sumter P-15's earned their second straight win of the summer on Wednesday.

P-15's earn second straight win

The Sumter P-15’s picked up their second straight victory on Wednesday, beating Lexington Post 7 4-2 at Ball Park Road Recreation Complex. Sumter improved to 2-2 in the South Carolina …

The University of South Carolina Sumter men’s soccer team is set to begin play in August along with the reinstated women’s program despite the issues provided by the coronavirus pandemic.

Women’s soccer reboot still a go at USC Sumter; men’s soccer ready

It has been a busy summer for the athletics programs at the University of South Carolina Sumter. While the coronavirus pandemic has made things a little more difficult, the school is still gearing up …

USC Sumter to add volleyball in 2021

The University of South Carolina Sumter will be adding a ninth sport to its athletics program in the 2021-22 school year, bringing in women's volleyball. This will be the fifth women's program for the school, which participates in the National …

SB Ducum and the Sumter P-15's had their schedule altered after two teams left the South Carolina American League due to not having facilities at which to play.

McMaster misspoke by saying ban on spectator sports not lifted

Governor Henry McMaster misspoke at his coronavirus pandemic press briefing on Wednesday when he said the ban on spectator sports had not been lifted. McMaster's statement brought into question whether the South Carolina American League, of which …

Evallynn Noel takes a swing during softball camp hosted by the Sumter Recreation & Parks Department on Wednesday.

Sumter Rec & Parks kicks off summer camps

After the Sumter Recreation & Parks Department made the decision to cancel the summer seasons for youth baseball and softball due to the coronavirus pandemic, it knew area kids needed an outlet for summer sports. The department decided to hold a …

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Washington Redskins undergoing what the team calls a "thorough review" of the nickname despite owner Dan Snyder, left, has previously not shown interest in the name change.

Redskins to review name amid race debate

WASHINGTON - The Washington Redskins began a "thorough review" of their nickname Friday, a significant step toward moving on from what experts and advocates call a "dictionary-defined racial slur." Even though owner Dan Snyder had shown no …

Los Angeles Angel outfielder Mike Trout runs the bases while wearing a mask during practice at Angels Stadium on Friday in Anaheim, California.

AL MVP Trout still doesn't feel comfortable about playing this year

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Trout rounded third base wearing a white N-95 mask Friday morning as he participated in the Los Angeles Angels first workout of summer camp. The reigning American League MVP is taking every necessary precaution as he …

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) gained 12 pounds as he prepares for the NBA's return in Orlando Florida.

Grizzlies' Morant adds 12 pounds before heading to Florida

Ja Morant has taken advantage of the NBA's hiatus, adding 12 pounds of muscle to help absorb contact when the NBA's likely rookie of the year fearlessly attacks the basketball. And the Memphis …

Texas A&M's football program was placed on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher given a six-month show cause order by the NCAA on Thursday after the Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018.

Texas A&M, Jimbo Fisher handed recruiting penalties by NCAA

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M's football program was placed on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher given a six-month show cause order by the NCAA on Thursday after the Aggies were …

Scott Stallings drives on the 18th tee during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit.

Redman, Stallings, Kisner in 3-way tie for lead at Rocket Mortgage Classic

DETROIT — Doc Redman is playing his best golf, priming him to perhaps earn his first PGA Tour victory. Redman shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to share the first-round lead with Scott Stallings …

Prep Sports

The Sumter School District is still deciding when they will allow its high schools to resume sports activities, including football with Sumter quarterback Hayden Vasquez (15), after the South Carolina High School League announced that each school district will be able to decide when athletics resume.

Sumter School District yet to decide when student-athletes can begin workouts

The South Carolina High School League announced at the end of last week the state's public schools could begin summer workouts after having sports shut down since the middle of March due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, it left the door open to …

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USC picks up commitments from Blake, Morgan

The University of South Carolina football program picked up two commitments last Monday in Wide receiver O'Mega Blake of South Pointe High School in Rock Hill and offensive lineman JonDarius Morgan of Birmingham, Ala. Blake (6-feet-2-inches, 188 …

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USC adds a pair of commitments from Georgia

University of South Carolina football head coach Will Muschamp tweeted out a pair of his #SpursUp commitment alerts on Monday. One was determined to be for safety Jayden Johnson of Cedartown, Ga. The second one was unidentified at the point of …

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USC picks up commitment from RB McDowell

Running back Caleb McDowell (5-feet-10-inches, 175 pounds) of Leesburg, Ga., announced a commitment to the University of South Carolina on Tuesday. McDowell previously was committed to North Carolina State, having pledged to it in April. He broke …

Clemson wide reciever Justyn Ross (8) had surgery Friday for a congenital fusion in his spine that will keep him off the field this upcoming season.

Clemson receiver Ross has surgery to correct spinal issue

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross had surgery Friday for a congenital fusion in his spine that will keep him off the field this upcoming season. Ross said on social media that the operation "went great" and he was ready to …

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Clemson beats Buckeyes for 4-star WR Stellato

Clemson beat Ohio State again in football, this time on the recruiting trail for 4-star wide receiver Troy Stellato (6-feet, 172 pounds) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The heavily recruited Stellato narrowed his decision to Clemson and Ohio State weeks …

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South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley would be prepping to coach Team USA in the Olympics if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she's focusing on getting the Gamecocks back on campus safely.

Staley awaits Olympics, focuses on USC

NEW YORK - Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women's basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she'll hold a Zoom conference call Wednesday with players who are vying for a spot on …

Sumter defensive end Justus Boone (6) is committed to play at Florida, but will be taking visits to USC and Arizona State this fall.

Florida commit Boone to visit USC, Arizona State in October

Sumter High School defensive end Justus Boone committed to Florida in February, but the recruiting, both ways, has not stopped. Schools are still offering and talking, and Boone is still listening. In fact, he has scheduled official visits to …

South Carolina pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates on the first day of the Major League draft on Thursday.

USC's Mlodzinski picked by Pirates on the first day of the MLB draft

University of South Carolina redshirt sophomore pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski was selected in competitive balance round A by the Pittsburgh Pirates on the first day of the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Mlodzinski …

South Carolina men’s basketball head coach Frank Martin, center, joined dozens of his colleagues in discussing racism and diversity in our country.

Martin, fellow coaches discuss racism, diversity

Frank Martin remembers the day 22 years ago when he was stopped by a police officer in the middle of nowhere, when he was driving across the country from his home in Miami to help coach a youth …

South Carolina football head coach Will Muschamp talked about the team’s participation in the George Floyd protests last week during a press conference after USC began voluntary workouts on Monday.

USC’s Muschamp talks about team’s march in Floyd protest

The University of South Carolina football team began voluntary workouts on Monday, following the strict guidelines of social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting that have become part of our society …

Outdoors

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Mayesville's Brunson, Summerton's Wolfe both win on Santee Cooper

SUMMERTON - It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Summerton with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Santee Cooper events. FLW, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the …

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Benefits of nature

We probably take it for granted that we live in an area that offers so many things to do in the great outdoors. Hunting and fishing, camping, hiking, boating and other outdoor pursuits are just a way of life here. We have the Wateree River, Santee …

A bench around a tree and raised flower and vegetable beds, all built by landscape designer Katharine Pinney from discarded scaffolding, are shown in a kitchen garden at a home in La Canada, California.  Homeowners can transform an ordinary looking landscape with some imagination, design, and perhaps the help of a local agriculture extension service, landscape professional or private nursery.

Simple design steps can take your garden to the next level

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The flower beds are finished, the vegetables are growing, and yet something could be missing from the backyard landscape: That "wow" factor. Adding a personal touch to the lawn and garden doesn't have to be complicated or …