USC Sumter splits season-opening double header with Pitt


GREENVILLE, N.C. - The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team split its season-opening doubleheader with Pitt Community College on Friday.

The Fire Ants won the opener 2-1 before blowing a 3-0 lead in the nightcap and losing 4-3.

Saturday's doubleheader was cancelled due to rain.

In Game 1, Blake Robinson scattered five hits over 5 2/3 shutout innings. Robinson had four strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.

Lenny Gonzalez led the offense, going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. He put USCS into the lead for good with a solo home run.

In the second game, Pitt scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and two in the seventh to pull off the comeback victory.

Lindsey Robinson pitched 5-plus innings, getting a no-decision while allowing two runs. Matt Deans took the loss by giving up two runs in the seventh.

The Fire Ants had just three hits in the contest, one of them a 2-run homer by Neil Taylor.

USC Sumter plays host to Harford Community College in a pair of doubleheaders at Riley park this weekend. The teams play at 1 p.m. on Saturday and start the Sunday twinbill at 10 a.m.

Lee Central 46

Scott's Branch 42

BISHOPVILLE - Scott's Branch Middle School lost to Lee Central 46-42 in the Upper Pee Dee Conference boys basketball tournament championship game at the LC gymnasium.

Tariq Coard led SB with 22 points. Randy Gibson added 12.

Colts hire Eagles' Reich

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts' second choice for head coach could turn out to be even better than the first. And Frank Reich has the Super Bowl championship gear to prove it.

Five days after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on a deal to take the Colts' job, Ballard hired Reich, the man who outwitted McDaniels last week and helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Reich is expected to be introduced at a news conference today. Colts officials posted a photo of Reich signing the deal on the team's website.

The move ends a search that spanned 41 days, included two coaching announcements and the embarrassment of McDaniels changing his mind Tuesday night just eight hours after telling the Colts he'd take the job.

Celtics retire Pierce's number

BOSTON - Paul Pierce used to walk onto the court at TD Garden and imagine seeing his number hanging from the rafters.

"The Truth" doesn't have to dream about that day anymore.

The Celtics retired Pierce's No. 34 following the Celtics' 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He became the 23rd person in franchise history to have his number or name enshrined by the Celtics organization.

The honor capped a 19-year career for Pierce, who was named NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics captured their 17th championship.

After the game, Pierce, clad in a green plaid blazer, entered the court via the newly named Paul Pierce Players' Tunnel. The team said the tunnel, featuring Pierce's signature, will serve as a reminder to current and future players of what "being a Celtic" means.

When his jersey was raised, Pierce was serenaded with chants of "Thank You, Paul Pierce!"