SOUTH CAROLINA
THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSouth Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley (19) attempts a pass against Texas A&M on Saturday in Columbia. Texas A&M defeated South Carolina 26-23.

QB Bentley looks past boos to try and help Carolina win

COLUMBIA - In football, if a team is struggling on offense the most popular person on the field is likely to be the backup quarterback. University of South Carolina starting quarterback Jake Bentley, returning to the field after sitting out the …
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COMMENTARY

Like it or not, Bentley is the man for USC

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp made it clear on Saturday: unless he is hurt, Jake Bentley is his ride or die at quarterback. So what does that mean for the Gamecocks over the rest of the season? There will be some wins and some …
CLEMSON

No. 3 Clemson blows out No. 16 North Carolina State 41-7

North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley (15) is pressured by Clemson's Christian Wilkins (42) while Joshua Fedd-Jackson (66) tries to block during the first half of the Tigers' 41-7 dismantling of the Wolfpack on Saturday in Clemson.  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEMSON - Trevor Lawrence threw for a career-high 308 yards, Travis Etienne rushed for three touchdowns and No. 3 Clemson turned an expected Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with No. 16 North Carolina State into a 41-7 rout Saturday. The Tigers …
THE ASSOCIATED PRESSClemson running back Travis Etienne (9) and the No. 3 Tigers return to the field on Saturday as they play host to No. 16 North Carolina State. Both undefeated teams are coming off of a bye week.

3rd-ranked Tigers, No. 16 N.C. State prepare for showdown after bye weeks

CLEMSON - Refreshed, rested and ready for more success is the mindset for both No. 3 Clemson and 16th-ranked North Carolina State with both coming off bye weeks heading into their undefeated showdown in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers …
Local Sports

Area Roundup: Scott's Branch clinches playoff birth, Laurence Manning wins big

SUMMERTON - Sean Swaringer ran for four touchdowns, passed for two more and returned a fumble for another to lead Scott's Branch High School to a 67-20 victory over Cross on Friday at Earnest Spann Stadium. Swaringer rushed for 254 yards on 21 …

NELSON

Crestwood falls 25-21 to Orangeburg-Wilkinson

DALZELL - Crestwood High School knew what was at stake for itself in its varsity football game against Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Friday. The Knights needed a victory to keep their hopes of securing a spot in the 4A state playoffs alive. Instead of …

Sumter High standout Calvin Felder goes in for a dunk during the 2017 Bojangles Bash holiday tournament at Sumter High School. Felder committed to play college basketball at Boston College.

Sumter basketball standout Calvin Felder commits to Boston College

Sumter High School standout basketball forward Calvin Felder made a verbal commitment to play college basketball with Atlantic Coast Conference school Boston College on Friday at Sumter High School. "I felt at home," the 6-foot-8-inch Felder said …

Wilson Hall's No.1 varsity girl's tennis player Emily Anne Beasley returns a backhand volley during the Lady Barons' loss to Ashley Hall on Friday in the SCISA 3A state semifinals.

Lady Barons fall 6-0 to Ashley Hall in SCISA 3A semifinals

Wilson Hall's girls tennis team fell to Ashley Hall 6-0 in the semifinals of the SCISA 3A state playoffs on Friday at Palmetto Tennis Center. However, Lady Barons head coach Julia Sorrells was pleased with the performance of her team. "We faced …

WEST

Manning falls short against Hanahan 19-14

Manning comes up short against Hanahan By Neill Kirkpatrick Special to the Item Hanahan – With 2:29 left and the Monarchs trailing 19-14 to the Hawks of Hanahan, quarterback Jack Owens drove …

From the Wire

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Milwaukee's Ryan Braun celebrates with  Lorenzo Cain after scoring on a double by  Jesus Aguilar during the first inning of the Brewers' 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday in Milwaukee. Game 7 was played on Saturday.

Aguilar, Brewers beat Dodgers 7-2, send NLCS to Game 7

MILWAUKEE - Ryan Braun slid across home plate and raised his arms in sheer joy. A big lead, a bruising bullpen and a boisterous crowd have the Milwaukee Brewers all set up for Game 7. Jesus Aguilar sparked Milwaukee's slumping lineup with …

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebgrates with Lorenzo Cain after scoring on a double by Jesus Aguilar during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Aguilar, Brewers beat Dodgers 7-2, send NLCS to Game 7

MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun slid across home plate and raised his arms in sheer joy. A big lead, a bruising bullpen and a boisterous crowd have the Milwaukee Brewers all set up for Game 7. Jesus …

The Boston Red Sox celebrates after winning Game 5 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Thursday.

Red Sox sail into World Series, set for ace Sale's return

HOUSTON (AP) — David Price, at last, looked like a postseason ace. Craig Kimbrel pitched a lockdown inning. And much-maligned Jackie Bradley Jr. became an MVP. Most everything went right for the …

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Read the full story at www.theitem.com.

Kershaw dominant, Dodgers beat Brewers 5-2, lead NLCS 3-2

LOS ANGELES - Clayton Kershaw put his previous flop behind him and pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers forward - one victory from a return trip to the World Series. With so much at stake, the three-time Cy Young Award winner bounced back from one of …

North Carolina State's Kelvin Harmon (3) hauls a pass in against Virginia's Bryce Hall (34) during the first half of their Sept. 29 game in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack visits Death Valley this weekend to take on No. 3 Clemson.

Harmon making the tough catches for No. 16 Wolfpack

RALEIGH, N.C. - It doesn't matter to North Carolina State's Kelvin Harmon whether he's wide open downfield or tussling with a defensive back as the ball comes his way. Just get the ball close, and he's going to make that catch. The junior has …

Outdoors

A tree guard protects a young magnolia tree from bark-eating animals like the Eastern cottontail rabbit grazing nearby in Langley, Washington, in September.

Fragile trees, shrubs need help getting through cold

Winterizing fragile trees and shrubs is a simple and prudent exercise in landscape management. Mulching and watering before the ground freezes up can save you a bundle of time and money. "As long as the soil drains well, water the trees through …

Proud Sumter hunter with 1st deer

Caleb Moore killed his first deer, a 6-point, while hunting with his grandfather on Saturday, Oct. 6.

I placed a game camera in my father-in-law's flower bed 10 steps from his porch. The doe is a little blurry because she is trotting between the camera and his house.

The secret life of deer

I've been fascinated by whitetail deer since I saw my first hoof print pressed into a sandy woodland road many years ago. I was eight years old. I had seen pictures in hunting magazines and on television shows like Wild Kingdom and Walt Disney, but …

Extras

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - OCT. 21

TV, RADIO TODAY 6:25 a.m. - International Soccer: Italian Serie A Match - Empoli vs. Frosinone (ESPN2). 7 a.m. - Professional Tennis: Stockholm Open Doubles Championship Match (TENNIS). 7:30 a.m. - Professional Golf: European PGA Tour …

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - OCT. 19

TV, RADIO TODAY 6 a.m. - Professional Golf: European PGA Tour Andalucia Valderrama Masters Second Round from Sotogrande, Spain (GOLF). 6 a.m. - Professional Tennis: Stockholm Open Quarterfinal Matches (TENNIS). 9:30 a.m. - Professional …

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - OCT. 18

TV, RADIO TODAY 6 a.m. - Professional Golf: European PGA Tour Andalucia Valderrama Masters First Round from Sotogrande, Spain (GOLF). 6 a.m. - Professional Tennis: Stockholm Open Early-Round Matches (TENNIS). 9:30 a.m. - Professional …