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Rec department baseball, softball camps set to begin Monday


The Sumter County Recreation & Parks Department will be holding a series of baseball and softball camps beginning on Monday.

The baseball camps will be held at Palmetto Park Sports Complex, while the softball camps will be held at Dillon Park.

Camps will be held June 29-July 2, July 6-9, July 13-16, July 20-23 and July 27-30. There will be two sessions held each day, the first from 9 a.m. to noon and the second from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30. The campers will be broken up into three age groups, 7-and-under, 9-and-under and 12-and-under

The cost for each camp per week is $30.

Campers can register online at or by calling (803) 436-2248.

7-on-7 competition today

Sunday Night Live Presents 7-on-7 Football will be held on Saturday at Dillon Park.

The camp will be ran by former Sumter High School and current Wofford College offensive tackle Tayvian Gass. The sign-in will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a workout for those from the ages of 6 to 19 beginning at noon. The 7-on-7 competition, which is open to those ages 15-23, will begin at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Gass at (803) 847-6918 or at or Carla Gass at (803) 968-2441.

Clemson has 19 active coronavirus cases

The Clemson athletics department is monitoring 19 active COVID-19 cases as of Friday, concluding a week in which 28 individuals who had previously tested positive have now completed a minimum 10-day isolation period.

There have been no hospitalizations for any individual with Clemson athletics related to COVID-19, and approximately half of the cases have been asymptomatic.

Once an individual completes the isolation period without symptoms, he or she is re-examined by Clemson's medical staff.

Clemson has completed 430 tests thus far since June 1, with a total of 47 positive results. Nineteen new cases were identified since the previously announced update on June 19, 14 of whom are football student-athletes.

Clemson has notified and isolated each of those individuals for a period of at least 10 days. Known close contacts have also been asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are unable to participate in voluntary activity during that period.

Two more players withdraw from Travelers Championship

CROMWELL, Conn. - Will Gordon shot an 8-under 62 on Friday to take the lead halfway through the second round of the Travelers Championship, where two more players withdrew because of the coronavirus.

Gordon, the 23-year-old former Vanderbilt player making his eighth PGA Tour start, was at 12-under 128. He got into the field on a sponsor exemption.

Mackenzie Hughes, the first-round leader after a 60, played in the afternoon.

The field continued to shrink after Denny McCarthy tested positive for the coronavirus. McCarthy withdrew along with Bud Cauley, who tested negative for the virus, but played alongside McCarthy on Thursday.

The departure of McCarthy and Cauley made seven withdrawals from the tournament because of COVID-19.

Panthers Rhule considering kneeling

CHARLOTTE - Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he's considering kneeling alongside his players during the national anthem this season in support of the movement against racial injustice.

"I would consider anything as we move forward," Rhule said Thursday on a Zoom conference call. "I'm supportive of the cause. I'm supportive of the movement. I'm supportive of social justice. I think for every person, coach or player, that will be a very personal decision. I think it has to be made at the right time and the right reason for everybody."

The first-year coach hired from Baylor previously has told his players that he will support them for expressing their views about social injustice.

"I will support my players with whatever they do and then when the time comes I will really think deeply about what is the best thing for me and what is the best way I can show my support," Rhule said.