Florida coach, players receive death threats


GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Jim McElwain can handle the heat, the hate and even the harassment.

He gets paid to deal with it.

But he would like his players, coaches and all their families, including his own, to be left alone.

McElwain said Monday that Florida players and families have received death threats amid the team's struggles. McElwain acknowledged the allegation while responding to a question about whether the team deserves credit for staying competitive despite missing more than 20 scholarship players because of injuries and suspensions.

Thomas wins in playoff in CJ Cup

JEJU, South Korea - Justin Thomas beat Australia's Marc Leishman on the second playoff hole Sunday to win the inaugural CJ Cup in South Korea and cap his breakout year on the PGA Tour.

Thomas sealed his fifth PGA title in 2017 - and his first of the new 2017-18 PGA season - when he birdied the second extra hole and Leishman made bogey after finding the water.

The pair went to a sudden-death playoff after completing the first U.S. PGA Tour regular-season event in South Korea tied at 9-under 279.

Thomas, who shared the overnight lead with Scott Brown, fell behind when he had a double bogey on the 550-yard par-5 No. 3 hole.

Thomas Sumter 58

Williamsburg 27

DALZELL - Eli Kessinger passed for 417 yards and six touchdowns to lead Thomas Sumter Academy to a 58-27 varsity football win over Williamsburg Academy on Friday at General Field.

Kessinger completed 21 of 32 passes with just one interception for TSA, which improved to 3-7 on the season. Richard Huntley had five catches for 126 yards and three TDs, and he rushed for 70 yards and another score on 11 carries.

Zach Fugate had six catches for 113 yards and three more scores while Dante Linder had seven catches for 166 yards.

Clarendon Hall 80

Newberry 34

NEWBERRY - Clarendon Hall's varsity football team concluded its regular season with an 80-34 victory over Newberry Academy on Friday at the NA field.

Wells Robinson scored three touchdowns and had three 2-point conversions as well to lead the Saints, who are 6-4 on the season. Tyrese Mitchum rushed for 151 yards and two scores on 11 carries, while Josh Black had 108 yards and two scores on six carries.

Ryan Gilmore had three catches for 110 yards and two scores. Quarterback Dylan Way completed 7 of 11 passes for 153 yards.

Robinson led the defense with 14 tackles and Justin James had 10. Gilmore had an interception and a fumble recovery and Way had an interception.

Hillcrest parents meeting today

A parents meeting for the potential players for the Hillcrest Middle School boys basketball team will be held today beginning at 5 p.m. in Room 510 at the school.

Tryouts for the team will begin on Monday.

From staff and wire reports