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Clemson beats USC for 4-star DE Patterson

The Clemson and South Carolina football programs went head to head for one of North Carolina's top prospects in 4-star defensive end Zaire Patterson (6-feet-6-inches, 225 pounds) of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Clemson came out the winner. Patterson …

Former Laurence Manning Academy basketball standout Jerrel Kelly, left, has signed to play with Queens University in Charlotte after having played at the junior college level the past two seasons.

Former LMA standout Kelly signs with Queens University

Jerrel Kelly remembers going to a basketball camp at Queens University in Charlotte when he was either a freshman or sophomore at Laurence Manning Academy. And Queens head coach Bart Lundy remembered Kelly a few years later. And that is why Kelly …

Former Wilson Hall golfer Christian Salzer will return for a fifth year at N.C. State after the coronavirus pandemic ended his senior spring season after just three events.

Former Wilson Hall golfer Salzer to return to N.C. State after virus shortens senior season

This spring was supposed to be one final run for Christian Salzer at North Carolina State. The Wilson Hall alum was one of the key contributors and one of the most consistent golfers for the Wolfpack. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and his senior …

The Sumter P-15s returned to practice for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday. The P-15's will not play for the American Legion this summer,  after the national organization canceled its seasondue to the pandemic. Instead they will play independently in the South Carolina American League.

P-15's open up practice amid restrictions preparing for independent league season

This is normally the time of year when young baseball players have completed the transition from the high school season to the start of the American Legion season. This spring obviously hasn't been a normal one. The fact that the Sumter P-15's …

Scott's Branch guard Randy Gibson (2) and the Eagles will move into Region IV-1A for the 2020-21 season along with fellow Clarendon County school East Clarendon.

New Scott's Branch AD Barr excited about new region

Even if Scott's Branch High School would not have been affected at all by the South Carolina High School League's biannual realignment, it would have still been all new to athletic director and football head coach Rodney Barr. Why? Because Barr …

From the Wire

Chase Elliott gets out of his car after winning a NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday in Concord, North Carolina.

Elliott ends week of misery with overdue Cup victory

CONCORD, N.C. - Chase Elliott's streak of bitter defeats in NASCAR's frantic first push of rescheduled races finally ended with his first Cup victory of the season. Elliott won Thursday night in the rain-delayed event at Charlotte Motor Speedway …

Washington pitcher Max Scherzer, one of eight players on the Players' Union executive subcommittee, released a statement on Wednesday that called MLB's recent proposal for salary cuts a non-starter.

Players want more games, no more salary cuts

NEW YORK - Baseball players appeared likely to propose more regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries, people familiar with their deliberations told The Associated Press. Washington pitcher Max …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and his Tiger teammates will be able to return to campus for voluntary team activities on June 8.

Clemson football, basketball student-athletes can return for voluntary activity on June 8

Student-athletes for Clemson football, men's basketball and women's basketball are set to return to voluntary activity beginning on June 8. "We are encouraged to begin the first step in the implementation of our Phase I planning, and appreciate …

Officials decided  to cancel this year's John Deere Classic on Thursday.

John Deere Classic chooses to cancel PGA Tour event

Two weeks before the PGA Tour is set to resume its schedule, John Deere Classic officials decided Thursday to cancel what would have been the fifth tournament back. Tournament director Clair Peterson said there were too many obstacles to overcome …

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90),who played his college football at South Carolina, remains unsigned this offseason. Cleveland is showing interest in him.

Browns remaining interested in Clowney while building solid line

CLEVELAND - Myles Garrett on one end. Jadeveon Clowney on the other. Just the thought of it elicited a quick smile from new Browns coordinator Joe Woods, who oversaw a star-studded defensive front in San Francisco and could have a similar one in …

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CLEMSON

Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) will have surgery on his shoulder.

Clemson' Ross to have shoulder surgery

CLEMSON (AP) - Clemson receiver Justyn Ross will have shoulder surgery next month to take care of an issue that cropped up during the team's spring workouts in March. Team spokesman Ross Taylor said the 6-foot-4 receiver is doing well, but will …

PHIL KORNBLUT

Clemson picks up LB Carter, QB Chandler for '21 class

Four-star linebacker Barrett Carter (6-feet-1-inch, 210 pounds) of Suwanee, Ga., announced a commitment to Clemson on Tuesday, becoming the 11th commitment for Clemson's 2021 football recruiting class. Each commitment is rated at least a 4-star …

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Clemson lands 5-star running back Shipley

Five-star running back Will Shipley (5-feet-11-inches, 198 pounds) of Matthews, N.C., announced a commitment to Clemson on Wednesday over Notre Dame. Shipley had a national offer list that also includes South Carolina, Stanford, Ohio State, …

Clemson is one of eight ACC schools with plans in place to reopen in the fall, giving Amari Rodgers (3) and the Tigers a chance to return to action.

More than half of ACC football schools aim to reopen in fall

Eight of the 14 football-playing members of the Atlantic Coast Conference are making plans for reopening campuses this fall while four others have publicly said they are exploring scenarios for a return following the outbreak of the coronavirus …

Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.

Bengals open second round by drafting Clemson WR Higgins

CINCINNATI - With a franchise quarterback in hand, the Bengals took a receiver at the start of the second round Friday, drafting Clemson's Tee Higgins with the 33rd overall pick. No more Dalton-to-Green. Now, it's Burrow-to-Higgins. Cincinnati …

USC

South Carolina wide receiver Shi Smith and the Gamecocks will be able to return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 8.

USC sets protocols for student-athletes to return June 8 for voluntary workouts

The Southeastern Conference announced on Friday that its schools will be able to bring athletes in all sports back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 after being shut down to the coronavirus pandemic, at the discretion of each …

USC football coach Will Muschamp will take a pay cut for the upcoming fiscal year.

Muschamp, Martin, Staley, Tanner taking cuts for USC's new fiscal year

University of South Carolina football head coach Will Muschamp, men's basketball head coach Frank Martin, women's basketball head coach Dawn Staley and athletics director Ray Tanner will all take voluntary 10% pay reductions for the 2020-21 fiscal …

All but one of the schools in the SEC plans to reopen their campuses this fall, opening the door for South Carolina, led by quarterback Ryan Hilinksi (3), to return to the football field this season.

SEC schools, including USC, expect campuses to be open in the fall

All but one of the 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference have indicated they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester, a step widely believed to be needed to resume football and other sports. South Carolina and Tennessee on …

South Carolina's A.J. Lawson, right, has declared for the NBA draft for the second straight season.

USC forward Lawson declares for NBA draft

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina leading scorer A.J. Lawson is entering the NBA draft for a second straight season. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin confirmed Sunday that Lawson would not hire an agent, meaning he could return to the team for his …

South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (3) was drafted by the San Fransisco 49ers as the 14th overall pick on Thursday.

49ers make 2 trades, end up with DT Kinlaw, WR Aiyuk

The new league year for San Francisco started with the 49ers losing defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and receiver Emmanuel Sanders. So when it came to the draft, the defending NFC champion Niners were happy to be able to fill those holes by …

Outdoors

New program will feed South Carolinians, help farmers

South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture has announced a new program to help ease the strain on the food system caused by COVID-19.According to a news release from the nonprofit, it has partnered with Certified South Carolina to form Farmers to Food …

S.C. farmers, ranchers can apply for financial assistance through USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and …

PHOTO PROVIDED  A power line right-of-wa  was recently planted with a wildlife seed mix by the landowner.

Stewardship of the land

A few days earlier, I had driven in as close to the small stream as I could on the dim woodland road. I stopped at regular intervals and clipped the overhanging limbs back from the roadside, just to maintain the roadway and make it more passable. I …