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.
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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.
Middle school hoops jamboree today, Thursday
The Sumter Middle School Basketball Jamboree will be held today and Thursday at the Bates Middle School gym.
The girls will play today with the boys tipping off on Thursday. Both days will have Mayewood and Manning Junior High facing off at 5 p.m. Furman will take on Chestnut Oaks at 5:35 followed by Alice Drive and Hillcrest at 6:10 and Ebenezer and Bates at 6:45.
The format will have the teams playing two 10-minute quarters with a running clock. Each team will have one timeout.
Molitor, Lovullo win awards
Paul Molitor has won the American League Manager of the Year award after his Minnesota Twins became the first team to make the playoffs following a 100-loss season.
Molitor won the honor Tuesday in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the NL award. In his first full season as a big league skipper, Arizona reached the playoffs a year after going 69-93.
Molitor joined Frank Robinson as the only Hall of Fame players to win a manager of the year award, which was first presented in 1983.
The Twins went 85-77 this season and earned their first playoff spot since 2010 before losing to the Yankees in the AL wild-card game. Last year, the Twins led the majors with 103 losses.
Red Sox great Doerr dies
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the "Silent Captain" of the Boston Red Sox by longtime teammate and friend Ted Williams, has died. He was 99.
Doerr died on Monday in Junction City, Oregon, the Red Sox said Tuesday in a statement. The Red Sox said Doerr had been the oldest living major league player.
Signed out of the old Pacific Coast League on the same scouting trip that brought Williams to Fenway Park, Doerr played 14 seasons with the Red Sox and joined his fishing buddy in the Hall of Fame in 1986. He had a .288 lifetime average and helped the Red Sox to the 1946 World Series.
The nine-time All-Star often forgave his more accomplished friend for his storied anger and impatience.
Doerr's modesty was belied by his stats: He finished with 2,042 hits, 223 home runs and 1,247 RBIs and he once went 414 games without an error - a record at the time. His six seasons with at least 100 RBIs was not matched by another second baseman for 25 years.
Doerr was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 by the Veterans Committee and the Red Sox retired his No. 1 jersey in 1988. The Red Sox honored Doerr with a 2004 World Series ring after breaking their 86-year championship drought.
UCLA players return home
LOS ANGELES - Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting have been allowed to return home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal.
Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were on a plane back to Los Angeles that was due to land late Tuesday afternoon after a 12-hour flight from Shanghai.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the matter "has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities."
The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team returned home last Saturday.
From staff and wire reports
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