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Perseverance Panthers play at home Saturday at Sumter Family YMCA

Posted 11/17/17

The Perseverance Panthers, a semiprofessional basketball team in Sumter that is a member of the American Basketball Association, will play their second home game of the season against the Charlotte Rams on Saturday in the Sumter Family YMCA's lower …

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Perseverance Panthers play at home Saturday at Sumter Family YMCA

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The Perseverance Panthers, a semiprofessional basketball team in Sumter that is a member of the American Basketball Association, will play their second home game of the season against the Charlotte Rams on Saturday in the Sumter Family YMCA's lower gymnasium beginning at 7 p.m.

The Panthers are 1-1 on the season.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets can be preordered at a $2 saving by going to Eventbrite.com and searching Perseverance Panthers.

YAS Spartans seeks support for championship trip

The Youth Athletics of Sumter Spartans Pee Wee football team is seeking financial support and sponsors from the community to play in the Pop Warner National Championship to be held Dec. 1-9 at Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

The team has set up a GOFUNDME page at https://www.gofundme.com/sumter-pee-wee-road-to-disney.

The team will be having a Spartan Rally on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at Manning Avenue Free Studio Park located at 241 Manning Avenue. There will be food, music and a chance to win prizes such as a 55-inch Vizio D series 1080p Full Array LED television valued at $450 and a 20-quart Yeti Roadie Cooler valued at $180. Raffle tickets for the TV and cooler are currently being sold at CA Harler Trophies & Engraving LLC located at 703 Bultman Drive and by Meagan Cassidy at Destinations Spa at 1147 North Guignard Drive.

Prior to going to Orlando, the Spartans will travel to Virginia Beach, Va., to play the Cleveland Rams from Clayton, N.C., in the region championship game on Nov. 25.

Kirk finishes with eagle and the lead at Sea Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Chris Kirk holed an 18-foot putt for eagle on his final hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-shot lead in the RSM Classic.

Kirk played the par 5s on the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club in 5 under Thursday. The seven lowest scores of the opening round came on the Plantation Course during a picturesque afternoon on the Golden Isles.

Joel Dahmen had a 64, while the group at 65 included Sea Island resident Hudson Swafford, Jason Kokrak and Brian Gay.

Nick Watney and Brice Garnett each had a 5-under 65 on the Seaside Course, which will be used for the final two rounds.

Kirk won at Sea Island four years ago for the second of his four PGA Tour victories. The RSM Classic is the final PGA Tour event of the calendar year.

LPGA rookie Park takes big step toward award sweep

NAPLES, Fla. - LPGA rookie Sung Hyun Park took a big first step toward sweeping all the season awards with a 5-under 67 to finish one shot behind after the opening round of the CME Group Tour Championship.

Peiyun Chien of Taiwan and Sarah Jane Smith both shot 66 on a breezy day at Tiburon Golf Club. Neither has a chance at the $1 million bonus this week.

Of the leading five players for the CME Race to the Globe, Park got off to the best start. She saved par after two poor shots on the par-5 14th with a short iron, and then added a pair of birdies late in her round.

Shanshan Feng, in her debut at No. 1 in the world, had a 70.

Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Race to the Globe, hit her opening tee shot into a hazard and her day never got much better. She opened with a 71.

Trump exhorts UCLA trio to thank China's Xi for release

WASHINGTON - President Trump is exhorting three suspended UCLA basketball players to thank Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) for their freedom following a shoplifting incident while they were in China.

Trump had tweeted Wednesday: "Do you think the three UCLA basketball p layers will say thank you President Trump. They were headed for 10 years in jail."

The trio apologized later Wednesday and publicly thanked Trump, who was in Asia last week, for his help. On Thursday morning, the president sent another tweet saying, "You're welcome. go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible."

In the same tweet, Trump said, "HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"

Ex-France minister has to pay damages to Nadal

PARIS - Former French minister for health and sport Roselyne Bachelot has been ordered to pay $11,800 in damages to Rafael Nadal after accusing him of doping.

In March last year, Bachelot said on a French television show that Nadal's seven-month injury layoff in 2012 was "probably due to a positive doping test."

Nadal, who has won 16 Grand Slam titles, filed a defamation suit against Bachelot in Paris.

Bachelot was also ordered by the French tribunal to pay Nadal a suspended fine of 500 euros ($590).

In April 2016, Nadal wrote to the president of the International Tennis Federation asking for all of his drug-test results and blood profile records to be made public. In the same letter, the Spanish player said of Bachelot: "It is unacceptable and mostly unfair that someone that should have knowledge of sports to a certain point and degree can publicly say something like this with no proof or evidence."