Local Sports

Crestwood's Jayden Stokes calls a play during the Lady Knights' 46-30 victory over Camden on Tuesday at The Castle.

Knights still searching after 43-36 loss to Camden

Tony Wilson saw a better version of his Crestwood High School varsity boys basketball team against Camden on Tuesday. However, it wasn’t enough to get the Knights their first win of the …

Felder tip-in saves Gamecocks

Calvin Felder tipped in a missed free throw at the buzzer to lift Sumter High School to a 62-61 varsity boys basketball victory over South Florence on Tuesday at the SHS gymnasium. Felder finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 …

Lady Barons first in shooting qualifier

EASTOVER - Ann Weathers Blankenship was the overall individual winner and led the Wilson Hall ladies middle school shotgun team to first place in the SCDNR Skeet Open Qualifier on Friday at Wateree Range. Blankenship won with a score of 38. She …

Lakewood's Quentin Hodge (3) is guarded by Sumter's Kareem Brunson (5) during the Gators' 68-61  victory on Saturday at the Sumter High gymnasium. Hodge had 15 points.

Gators beat Sumter again

The Lakewood High School varsity boys basketball team came into the Sumter High School gymnasium on Saturday and defeated the Gamecocks 68-61 behind 26 points from senior forward Juwan Perdue. It was the second time the Gators have beaten the …

Lady Gamecocks cruise past South Florence 76-44

Natalie Jackson had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Wilson Hall's varsity girls basketball team to a 49-30 victory over Pinewood Prep on Saturday in the Baron Classic at Nash Student Center. Sydney Jarecki added 10 points for …

From the Wire

Seattle's Bobby Wagner (54) leaps to block a field goal attempt by Minnesota's Dan Bailey in the second half of the Seahawks' 21-7 victory over the Vikings on Monday in Seattle.

Seahawks on brink of playoffs after 21-7 win over Vikings

SEATTLE - Bobby Wagner leaped over the line of scrimmage, swatted Dan Bailey's field goal attempt and sparked the Seattle Seahawks to two late touchdowns. Whether or not what Wagner did was entirely legal, he frankly didn't care. "I'm not …

Clemson running back C.J. Fuller (27) powers in for a touchdown during a 2017 game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Coroner: Ex-Clemson RB died of blood clot in his lung; Blue Jays release Tulowitski

CLEMSON - An autopsy report states that ex-Clemson running back C.J. Fuller died of a blood clot that lodged in an artery in his lungs. Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said in a report released Tuesday that the 22-year-old Fuller died from a …

Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey (22) scores a 1-yard touchdown during the first half of the Panthers loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in Cleveland.

Panthers' Rivera clinging to slim playoff hopes, Saints next

CHARLOTTE - Ron Rivera is clinging to the slim hope the Panthers can rebound from a five-game losing streak, beat the Saints twice in three weeks and earn a wild card spot in the NFC playoffs. The coach understands the chances of all of that …

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, shakes hands with Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James at the end of their Dec. 10 game in Los Angeles.

Wade, James embrace final chance to compete on court

LOS ANGELES - Dwyane Wade will be spending a lot of time in Los Angeles while he settles into retirement next year. He already has a house here, and his wife's acting career would undoubtedly benefit from more time in Hollywood. LeBron James is a …

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick warms up before an NCAA college football game against Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick was one of three Bison players selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America team, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Bison highlight AP FCS All-America team

North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick was one of three Bison players selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America team. Stick is joined by North Dakota State offensive lineman Tanner Volson and defensive back Robbie Grimsley on the …

Outdoors

An old hat from the Lake Marion Waterfowl Association is seen.

Those were the days

We called him "Bear." A big guy, bearded and imposing - with a heart of gold and a gentle manner. I don't remember when we first met, but I think it was on a local deer drive, nearly 40 years ago. His real name is Phillip Mixon, and he is an old …

For 'weedless gardening' next spring, begin now

I take a four-pronged approach to keeping my vegetable and flower gardens free of weed problems and suggest you try it. First, keep dormant weed seeds asleep by not tilling or otherwise churning the soil. (All soils contain many weed seeds that …

Clemson University Public Service and Agriculture  The second annual Clemson Corn and Soybean Growers Meeting is slated for Dec. 6 at the Santee Convention Center in Santee.

Clemson Extension announces 2nd Corn and Soybean Growers Meeting

SANTEE - Precision agriculture, Dicamba, fungicides and tariff effects will be the topics of discussion at Clemson Cooperative Extension's second-annual Corn and Soybean Growers Meeting on Dec. 6. The meeting will be at Santee Convention Center …

Extras

Former Sumter standout Johnson makes All-Sun Belt 2nd team

Former Sumter High School standout Raymond Johnson III has been recognized for his football performance. The Georgia Southern University sophomore defensive end was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference second team. The former Gamecock made 36 …

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - DEC. 12

TV, RADIO TODAY 6 a.m. - Professional Golf: European PGA Tour Aldred Dunhill Championship Par-3 Challenge from Malelane, South Africa (GOLF). 12:55 p.m. - International Soccer: UEFA Champions League Group G Match - CSKA Moscow vs. Real …

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - DEC. 12

TV, RADIO TODAY 12:55 p.m. - International Soccer: UEFA Champions League Group D Match - Porto vs. Galatasaray (TNT). 3 p.m. - International Soccer: UEFA Champions League Group B Match - Tottenham vs. FC Barcelona (TNT). 5 p.m. - …

South Carolina guard A.J. Lawson (00) defends against Michigan guard Jordan Poole (2) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
USC BASKETBALL

No. 5 Michigan stays unbeaten with 89-78 win over Gamecocks

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - South Carolina coach Frank Martin had a simple explanation for why Michigan's Jordan Poole is so tough to defend. "He makes the easy shots, and he makes the hard shots," Martin said. Poole scored 19 of his 26 points in the …
USC MEN'S BASKETBALL

Wyoming rallies in second half to beat South Carolina

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming rattled a young South Carolina team with a stingy defense for a much-needed win on its home court. Senior Justin James scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out five assists as Wyoming came back in the second …
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel announced on Monday he will not play in the Belk Bowl and instead prepare for the NFL draft.
USC FOOTBALL

Carolina's Samuel to forgo Belk Bowl to prepare for NFL draft

The University of South Carolina football team will likely be getting some injured players back for the Belk Bowl to be played in Charlotte on Saturday, Dec. 29, but it will be playing without first team All-Southeastern Conference performer Deebo …
Clemson forward Hunter Tyson dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Mississippi State in the Never Forget Tribute Classic Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
CLEMSON BASKETBALL

No. 22 Bulldogs hold off Tigers at Never Forget Tribute Classic

NEWARK, N.J. - Lamar Peters scored 28 points to lead No. 22 Mississippi State to a wire-to-wire 82-71 win over Clemson in the first game of the Never Forget Tribute Classic on Saturday. Quinndary Weatherspoon had 20 points for Mississippi State …
Clemson's Travis Etienne (9) followed by quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) runs for a touchdown against Pittsburgh in the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Charlotte last weekend. Etienne and Lawrence lead Clemson's high-octane offense.
CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Lawrence, Etienne anchor Clemson's high-octane offense

Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne are young, a bit raw and awfully talented. Together, they anchor Clemson's high-octane offense and have helped the No. 2 Tigers get into in the College Football Playoff. Now, Lawrence, a freshman quarterback, …
CLEMSON BASKETBALL

Reed, Thomas help Clemson hold off Saint Peter's 65-60

CLEMSON - Marcquise Reed tossed in 21 points with three assists and three steals and Elijah Thomas posted a double-double as Clemson outlasted Saint Peter's 65-60 on Tuesday night. Thomas, who had a season-high 17 points, scored nine in the final …