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Clarendon Hall fell to Patrick Henry 22-16 on Friday.

Turnovers bookend Clarendon Hall’s 22-16 loss to Patrick Henry

Mistakes buried Clarendon Hall as they faced longtime 8-man rival Patrick Henry in an 11-man battle on Friday.The Saints’ first offensive play of the game was a fumble that Patrick Henry …

Thomas Sumter's Gatlin Kimbro rushed for two scores and threw for a third in the Generals' win over Greenwood Christian on Friday.

Thomas Sumter uses late score to outlast Greenwood Christian

The Thomas Sumter football team had an ideal start against Greenwood Christian on Friday but needed a few big plays late to earn a comeback win.The Generals sprinted out to an early 14-0 lead but …

Sumter High's Marquis Lane (1) and the Gamecocks will face another ranked opponent this week as they travel to The Citadel to face 2A No. 2 Oceanside Collegiate.

Sumter High faces Oceanside Collegiate in another ranked battle ahead of region play

The 5-0 Sumter Gamecocks will have another matchup against a high profile non-region opponent this Friday when they travel to play 2A No. 2 Oceanside Collegiate Academy. The Sumter defense continued its strong play last Friday, shutting out …

The Crestwood and Lake City volleyball teams gather for a photo after their matchup on Tuesday.

Crestwood volleyball wins region match with Lake City

The Crestwood volleyball team improved to 2-2 in Region VI-3A with a win over Lake City on Tuesday. The Lady Knights had to grind to complete a 3-set sweep. The first set came down to the wire, but Crestwood managed to pull out a 25-21 win. The …

Scott's Branch's Tyler Kind (1) and the Eagles host Lee Central for their home opener tonight.

Scott's Branch and Lee Central programs growing as they meet on the gridiron

The Scott's Branch and Lee Central football teams find themselves in in similar positions as they meet on the gridiron tonight. The Eagles are in their first season under head coach Randall State. He's in the process of establishing the program's …

From the Wire

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London (5) celebrates with quarterback Marcus Mariota after scoring a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Falcons' Mariota and Seahawks' Smith on similar NFL paths

SEATTLE - Marcus Mariota and Geno Smith are living similar NFL lives these days. Both have been cast off and discarded by other teams in the past. Both are currently with franchises in some mode of rebuild. And both are trying to prove they …

Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn, the former South Carolina standout, and the Panthers host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Panthers look to continue to fluster Winston, get first win

CHARLOTTE - The Carolina Panthers are looking for their first takeaway - along with their first win - and history suggests New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston could help them solve both problems on Sunday. Winston has struggled mightily …

Arkansas defensive lineman Jordan Domineck (14) and the Razorbacks travel to Texas A&M on Saturday.

Week 3 preview: SEC has four ranked teams squaring off

Georgia and Alabama have held down the top two spots in the AP Top 25 the past three weeks and are a good bet to stay there after this weekend's games. The rest of the Southeastern Conference - at least the top half - is proving to be pretty …

Roger Federer waves during a training session ahead of the Laver Cup at the O2 in London on Thursday.

Federer says tennis can still thrive amid major retirements

LONDON - Roger Federer was paying attention right along with everybody else when Serena Williams played what is expected to be her last match three weeks ago at the U.S. Open. "Not surprised. Just very similar to me, in many ways. We were …

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is potentially facing a year-long suspension for an improper relationship with a female staff member.

Celtics considering suspension of Udoka

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics are planning to discipline coach Ime Udoka, likely with a suspension, because of an improper relationship with a member of the organization, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on …

Prep Sports

Manning quarterback Justin Daniels leaps into the end zone for a score against Baptist Hill on Friday.

Manning crushes Baptist Hill for homecoming victory

Manning High School’s varsity football team made it a happy homecoming for all of the alumni and faithful with a 44-18 romp over Baptist Hill on Friday at Ramsey Stadium.The Monarchs scored …

Wilson Hall celebrates an interception from Landon Gilley, center, against First Baptist on Friday.

Wilson Hall defense strong in 28-0 rout of First Baptist

The Wilson Hall football team put everything together on Friday night for a well-rounded 28-0 rout of First Baptist.The Baron defense set the tone early, forcing turnovers on the first two Hurricane …

Lee Central quarterback Chuck Harry drops back to pass against Scott’s Branch.

Lee Central edges Scott's Branch to lead Friday Night Scoreboard

LEE CENTRAL 12 SCOTT'S BRANCH 8 Penalties hampered both teams, but Lee Central was able to hold off a Hail Mary from Scott's Branch to cling to a 12-8 win. Lee Central opens region play at home …

Thomas Sumter, Laurence Manning run at Trinity Collegiate, Generals take second

The Thomas Sumter and Laurence Manning cross country teams ran at Trinity Collegiate on Tuesday.It was a big day for TSA, as both their boys and girls teams came away with second place finishes.The …

Thomas Sumter Academy's Carter Hill intercepted two passes in the Generals' win over Carolina Academy on Friday on his way to Hines Furniture of the Week honors.

Thomas Sumter's Hill flashes instincts in secondary with two picks against Carolina Academy

Thomas Sumter freshman Carter Hill is only four games into his varsity career, but he's already making an impact for the Generals. The newly minted safety, who started the season at outside linebacker, intercepted two passes in the Generals' …

CLEMSON

The Clemson football team is among the ACC teams getting out to a hot start.

ACC off to strong start in nonconference games

BOSTON - All that talk about how the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference are making the rest of college football irrelevant? Well, the Atlantic Coast Conference would like a word. Winner of two national championships in the past six years - …

Georgia's Dan Jackson (17) intercepts a pass against South Carolina on Saturday.

Georgia stays atop AP poll, Washington moves in

Washington made its season debut in The Associated Press college football on Sunday at No. 18, and Penn State and Oregon moved into the top 15 after all three had decisive nonconference victories. A weekend filled with blowouts by highly ranked …

Clemson running back Will Shipley (1) celebrates a touchdown against Louisiana Tech on Saturday in Clemson.

No. 5 Clemson overcomes slow start to beat La Tech 48-20

CLEMSON - Will Shipley told his mother as a youngster there was one thing he loved above all else in football - scoring touchdowns. Shipley's done that a bunch for Clemson this season in his impressive start. He added two more Saturday, along …

Clemson's K.J. Henry and the Tigers host Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Louisiana Tech embraces chance against No. 5 Tigers

CLEMSON - First-year Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Cumbie had a message for his players while prepping for No. 5 Clemson this week. The Bulldogs have an opportunity to mark themselves alongside Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Marshall, all …

Bryan Bresee

Clemson DT Bresee's 15-year-old sister dies of brain cancer

CLEMSON (AP) - The sister of Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee has died of cancer. Bresee announced Thursday on social media that his 15-year-old sister, Ella Bresee was battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. "I know for a fact …

USC

South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer hangs his head during the Gamecocks' loss to Georgia on Saturday.

South Carolina struggles to find bright spots in loss to Georgia

South Carolina fans came into Williams-Brice Stadium hoping for the Gamecocks to pull off one of the season’ most unlikely upsets with No. 1 Georgia coming to town on Saturday. They left …

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer isn't focusing on Georgia's standings atop the Associated Press Top 25 as the Bulldogs come to Columbia on Saturday.

USC's Beamer focused on field, not on Georgia's No. 1 rank

COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Shane Beamer was adamant about his team's approach - and enormous challenge - during Georgia week. He emphatically told his staff on Sunday that he didn't want to hear about "shocking the world" or how the …

South Carolina tight end Jaheim Bell (0) is one of the SEC's top tight ends this season.

SEC full of tight-end talent, led by SC's Bell

It's difficult to truly gauge the Southeastern Conference's tight-end talent through two weeks of the season. There's little chance the same will be said after two months. The powerhouse league has arguably its deepest and most skilled …

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer announced that Mohamed Kaba and Jordan Strachan are both out for the season with torn ACLs.

South Carolina loses defenders Kaba, Strachan for season

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina lost starting linebacker Mohamed Kaba and backup defensive end Jordan Strachan for the season after both suffered ACL injuries during a weekend loss at Arkansas. Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer announced the status of …

South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) tries to throw the ball away from the end zone as he is pressured by Arkansas defenders during their matchup on Saturday.The play resulted in a safety against the Gamecocks.

Sanders helps No. 16 Arkansas rocket past South Carolina

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Darren McFadden and Felix Jones make for some serious company. Rocket Sanders can now say he’s there with those all-time Arkansas running backs. The …

Outdoors

Camp Leopold, S.C. Waterfowl Association announce partnership with Dominion Energy

STAFF REPORT PINEWOOD -Camp Leopold and the South Carolina Waterfowl Association recently announced a partnership with Dominion Energy. Dominion Energy has pledged $50,000 in support to provide multi-day outdoor education experiences to more …

Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival Oct. 7-9

STAFF REPORT WEST COLUMBIA - Mark your calendars for the 2022 Fall Plant and Flower Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, on Oct. 7-9. Shop for fall plants, flowers, pumpkins, gourds and other home, yard …

Mike Benenhaley shot this coyote on an early morning deer hunt.

Column by Dan Geddings: Coy dogs

The shot caught me completely by surprise. It came from behind me, straight down the old railroad bed. I knew it was Mike. His was the only stand in that direction. And it was about the right distance. For a moment or two I wondered, "Did he shoot …