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Alice Drive, Hillcrest volleyball teams remain undefeated

Alice Drive Middle School remained undefeated on the season with a 3-1 volleyball victory over Furman on Monday at the FMS gymnasium. The Lady Hawks, who are 4-0, won by the scores of 25-8, 25-19, 23-25, 25-10. Nicki Hazuda led ADMS with 12 …

Tim Leible / The Sumter ItemSumter quarterback Hayden Vazquez (15) rolls out for a pass in the Gamecocks' 61-0 victory over Lakewood on Friday at Memorial Stadium. The Gamecocks remained in seventh among 5A schools in this week's S.C. Prep Medial Poll.

Sumter still seventh in 5A; Cavaliers No. 1 in SCISA 2A

Sumter High School remains seventh among 5A SCHSL schools in the latest edition of the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll released on Tuesday. Among local SCISA schools, Robert E. Lee Academy remains atop the 2A poll, while Clarendon Hall fell out of …

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Clarendon Hall's Horton earns steak dinner, Player of Week honor

As he worked his way down the field after intercepting a Patrick Henry Academy pass at his 5-yard line last Friday, Clarendon Hall defensive back Kylic Horton wasn't thinking about taking it all the way back for a touchdown. Well, at least not …

Alice Drive remains undefeated, beats Furman 3-1

Alice Drive Middle School’s volleyball team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 3-1 (25-8, 25-19, 23-25, 25-10) victory over Furman Middle School on Monday.

Angels' Trout to have surgery on right foot

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mike Trout's season is over. The Los Angeles Angels say the eight-time All-Star will have surgery on his right foot this week because of Morton's neuroma, a thickening of tissue around a nerve that causes pain. Trout was …

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESSPittsburgh relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez was arrested on pornography  and solicitation charges on Tuesday.

Pirates' V zquez arrested on porn, solicitation charges

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe V zquez was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of pornography and soliciting a child and was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball. V zquez was taken into custody by …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Kyle Busch blasted NASCAR and the financial difference between the haves and the have nots in the Monster Energy Cup Series after a wreck late in Sunday's race in Las Vegas caused him to drop from first to fourth in the Playoff chase.

Kyle Busch criticism highlights NASCAR's financial disparity

The massive divide between NASCAR's heavyweights and the underdog teams just scraping by received renewed attention following Kyle Busch's damning assessment of how backmarkers raced in the playoff opener over the weekend. Busch rallied from an …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSRonald Acuna Jr., center, and teammate Freddie Freeman, right, are two of the main reasons the Braves have clinched a playoff berth, are on the verge of winning the NL East for a second straight season have a chance at 100 victories.

100 losses no novelty this year; same with 100 wins

The Baltimore Orioles might lose 110 games and still not end up with the No. 1 pick in the draft. That race, so to speak, is pretty unforgiving this year. The Orioles (49-101) split a four-game series at Detroit (45-104) that matched the teams …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSNew York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass under pressure from Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Maliek Collins (96) in Sunday's game in Arlington, Texas.

Giants bench Manning, name Jones starting QB

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning's long and distinguished reign as the New York Giants' starting quarterback is seemingly over. Let the Daniel Jones era begin. Coach Pat Shurmur announced Tuesday that the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft is …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSCleveland wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) catches a pass in front of New York Jet cornerback Nate Hairston in the Browns' 23-3 win on Monday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Beckham puts on show in MetLife return as Browns top Jets 23-3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham Jr. felt right at home again - in the end zone and on the highlight reels. With an 89-yard touchdown catch and a spectacular one-handed grab in his return to MetLife Stadium, the Browns wide receiver helped …

Prep Sports

Wilson Hall JV volleyball outlasts Ben Lippen 2-1

Wilson Hall's JV volleyball team pulled out a 2-1 victory over Ben Lippen on Thursday night to improve to 5-2 overall.

Knights improve to 7-0 with sweep of Lee Central

Bishopville - The Crestwood Knights varsity volleyball team improved to 7-0 on the season with a 3-0 sweep of Lee Central on Tuesday night. The Knights swept Lee Central at home in their season …

TSA JV and varsity volleyball teams fall to The King's Academy

Dalzell -- Thomas Sumter Academy’s JV and varsity volleyball teams fell to The King’s Academy on Monday night on B..J. Reed Court in Edens Memorial Gym.

Laurence Manning plays first ever girls golf match

MANNING -- Laurence Manning Academy played its first ever varsity girls golf match on Tuesday, shooting a 188 to beat Wilson Hall by 62 strokes at The Players Course at Wyboo. The Lady Swampcats were led by Lexi Bennett and Autumn Carey, who both …

Manning quarterback Corey Graham (5) evades a Wilson defender in the first half of Manning's 35-13 loss to Wilson.

Manning falls to Wilson Tigers 35-13

MANNING - What a difference a week makes. The Manning High School football team fell to Wilson 35-13 on Friday at Ramsey Stadium, a week after dismantling Scott's Branch 62-8. The Monarchs fell behind early and were never able to catch up to …

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Georgia wide receiver Powers commits to USC

Wide receiver Rico Powers (6-feet-2-inches, 181 pounds), a native of Savannah, Ga., who attends Hapeville Charter outside of Atlanta, announced a commitment to the South Carolina football program on Tuesday, giving USC three WRs in its 2020 …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talks to his players during Saturday's game against Syracuse in Syracuse, New York.

Clemson looks for offensive consistency

CLEMSON - Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott doesn't see anything wrong with the top-ranked Tigers' attack that a little time won't fix. Scoring points has not been a problem for the top-ranked Tigers, they just haven't done it with the …

Clemson's quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against Syracuse during the NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Steve Jacobs)

Lawrence leads No. 1 Clemson past Syracuse 41-6

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was forced to be a spectator a year ago when a hard hit to the helmet knocked him out in the second quarter of his first college start. This time he left in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSClemson wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) catches a pass in the Tigers' 24-10 win over Texas A&M last week. The top-ranked Tigers play at Syracuse on Saturday.

Bring on the noise: Syracuse awaits No. 1 Clemson at Dome

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Top-ranked Clemson plays its first road game Saturday night, and the Tigers have good reason to be wary. The opponent is Syracuse, which has given the Tigers fits the past two times these teams have met and will have a packed and …

Clemson's Amari Rodgers (3) rushes while defended by Texas A&M's Leon O'Neal Jr. during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 24-10.

Clemson WR Rodgers has rapid return from ACL surgery

CLEMSON - Amari Rodgers was about the only person around Clemson in March who thought he wouldn't miss most of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Tigers starter, second on the national champions with 55 …

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MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM  Alabama running back Najee Harris leaps over a South Carolina defender on the way to a 42-yard touchdown pass in the Crimson Tide's 47-23 victory on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

Gamecocks look to shore up defense

COLUMBIA - Will Muschamp and his South Carolina football team knew coming into Saturday's matchup with No. 2 Alabama they had to limit big plays from the Crimson Tide. The Gamecocks didn't succeed in that, but those big plays didn't end up coming …

South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski fires a pass against Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 15. Hilinski threw two touchdowns in the Gamecocks' 47-23 loss.

‘Bama cruises past Gamecocks after strong USC start

The Gamecocks made things interesting early as they hosted no. 2 ranked Alabama on Saturday afternoon, but the Crimson Tide proved to be too much for South Carolina. USC only trailed 14-10 at the end of the first, but it was all Bama after that, as the Tide ran away with a 47-23 win.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSouth Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski (3) will lead the Gamecocks against Alabama on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

Alabama's Saban remembers last beating at South Carolina

COLUMBIA - Alabama coach Nick Saban is grateful most of his players don't remember the last trip into South Carolina. But he does. "What I remember from it is we got the lining kicked out of our britches," he said. "I don't know if you know …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSouth Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski had a tremendous collegiate debut in the Gamecocks' 72-10 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday. He will face a big test this week as USC plays host to No. 2 Alabama at Williams-Brice Stadium.

South Carolina adjusts to new game plan minus starting QB

COLUMBIA - Very little has gone according to plan early on at South Carolina. And now the Gamecocks are facing a new reality - along with a new face at quarterback in backup Ryan Hilinski. Hilinski will make his second start this week for South …

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Sumter DE Boone picks up two more offers

Sumter High School defensive end Justus Boone, a 2021 football recruit, has picked up two more scholarship offers. The 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pound Boone received offers from both Virginia and Charlotte. That gave him three offers, with the first one …

Outdoors

Modern Turf in Dalzell site of Fall Field Day

FROM STAFF REPORTS The S.C. Green Industry Association will hold its 16th-Annual Fall Field Day on Wednesday at Modern Turf, 2895 Edens Road in Dalzell. Educational presentations, hands-on courses, equipment demonstrations and networking with …

National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration is Sept. 28

By DNR Oconee County's South Cove County Park near Seneca will host a family event celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. This free family adventure is open to the public. The 12th celebration …

Tree seedlings available at special prices for landowners

By DNR COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Forestry Commission is encouraging landowners to place their tree seedling orders for winter planting while they are still available. ArborGen's Taylor Nursery in Edgefield County has more than 750,000 …