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Ho! Ho! Ho! Sumter Fire Department Capt. Joey Duggan passes on his Santa suit for the holiday season to his 18-year-old son Jordan Duggan.

Santa passes on suit, responsibilities to son BY RAYTEVIA EVANS


ven with his magical abilities, someone as mystical as Santa Claus still needs a little more help after tending to the wants and needs of Sumter’s youth year after year. Yes, he has his elves, the reindeer and even Mrs. Claus

to lend a hand as Christmas Day nears, but this job is special, and only someone properly equipped can take on this huge responsibility. For 24 years that person has been Sumter Fire Department Capt. Joey Duggan, who after serving as Santa for Swan Lake-Iris Gardens

Investigators with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office expect to file charges in the case of a 14-year-old boy shot in the leg Tuesday. Charges won’t be filed against another teen who accidentally fired the weapon while “playing” with it in a home in the 4200 block of Wrangler Trail. But the owner of the handgun could face a charge of unlawful neglect of a child for failing to secure the gun where the children couldn’t get access to it. Emergency responders were called to the home about 2:30 p.m. after a 15-year-old boy reportedly shot the younger boy in the thigh. He reportedly got the weapon from a neighboring home and went to show it to a friend when the gun discharged. “This happened at the home next door to where the gun was kept,” said Lt. Robert Burnish with the sheriff’s office investigations division. “He got the gun and was showing it off, and unfortunately it was loaded and went off.” The gun reportedly came from the same address where another child was shot last year. On July 2, 2012, a 4-year-old boy was transported from a home on Wrangler Trail to Palmetto Health Richland after he apparently picked up an unsecured handgun and shot himself in the foot. No adults were present when the latest


Fantasize no more: It’s time to cut on lights at Swan Lake BY IVY MOORE Thousands and thousands of colored lights will illuminate Swan Lake-Iris Gardens during the month of December, beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, when Mayor Joseph T. McElveen and Col. Clay Hall, commander of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, flip the switch to turn on more than a million bulbs.

“It’s going to be better and brighter than ever,” said Lynn Kennedy, events manager for the city. “We’ve traded out more of the lights for LED bulbs; they’re brighter and last longer than regular bulbs. And we’ve added some new light designs.” The familiar, popular figures are still at the gardens, she said, “and we’re not going to announce the new ones. People

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will have to come out and find them. They’re pretty neat.” In addition, Kennedy said, “The Christmas lights downtown at the corner of Liberty and Main streets have been synchronized and will be turned on Sunday night.” One of the most popular elements in Swan Lake’s Fantasy of Lights is Santa’s Village. SEE LIGHTS, PAGE A12


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Millions of lights will illuminate Swan Lake-Iris Gardens when the electricity is turned on for the annual Fantasy of Lights at 6 p.m. Sunday. The lights will be on each night through the end of December.

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City’s annual audit comes back clean BY BRISTOW MARCHANT City finances received a clean bill of health in Sumter’s annual audit of accounts earlier this week, with the city finishing the year financially ahead of where it was last year. Auditors from Camden accounting firm Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin presented the findings to members of city council at a called meeting Monday, delivering an

“unqualified report” into the city’s books. “A qualified report means they found some issues,” explained City Manager Deron McCormick. “It’s the highest grade we could receive.” The audit covers city operations during the previous fiscal year, which ended June 30. For about three months after the city closed its books on the 2012-13 year, outside auditors pored over accounts to determine the city’s financial health, working with city

staff right up until the final audit was presented. Accountants found Sumter’s assets exceed its liabilities by a net total of $112,929,632. That represents an increase of $6,579,370 over the course of the year, including an extra $4,519,586 raised by “business-type activities” — such as water and sewer management — that generate income. Sumter finished the year with a combined fund bal-

ance of $17,402,018, ON THE NET ies that do have of which 57 percent problems didn’t get The full 85-page is in “unassigned there overnight, so audit funds” available to it’s important the report for be spent at the govlong-term direction 2013 is ernment’s discreis positive.” available for tion. The city’s longThe annual audit review online. term debt also deensures the city stays creased by on the right track. $2,849,953 over the “It’s like going to just-completed fiscal the doctor,” McCoraudit-reports. year. mick said. “You may aspx “The important not look forward to thing is that we’re it, but it’s good to trending in a positive direchave a healthy exam and tion,” McCormick said. “Citknow where you are.”


Honoring a friend, lending a hand Sheriff ’s office holds drive in remembrance of one of its own BY JADE ANDERSON


U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Lewis, 20th Fighter Wing legal office noncommissioned officer in charge of non-judicial punishment, pitches the ball as Airman 1st Class Kelsey White, 20th FW legal office military justice paralegal, stands ready during a kickball game between the 20th FW legal office and U.S. Army Central judge advocates at Shaw Air Force Base on Monday. The teams gathered for a morale-boosting game to augment social interactions between the services.




Maintenance could cause water interruptions, traffic The City of Sumter will perform maintenance to the water mains on Oswego Highway, North Main Street, Florence Highway and Brewington Road from Monday through Friday. There could be minor service interruptions to customers as well as short traffic delays during construction. Direct any questions or concerns to the City of Sumter Public Services Department at (803) 436-2558.

Library buys educational computers with grant The Sumter County Library has received a grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the South Carolina State Library. With the money, the library has been able to purchase After School Edge computers designed for children ages 6 to 12. They feature more than 50 educational software titles covering a variety of curriculum areas including reading, science and math. Library director Robert Harden

said the computers “will supplement our very popular Early Literacy Stations and provide a valuable educational tool for the community.” The After School Edge computers’ software titles include I Love Science!, Britannica Encyclopedia, Eyewitness History of the World, Math Blasters and many more programs across the curriculum to help students improve their skills and provide an enriching out-of-school time activity. For more information about the After School Edge computers, contact the Children’s Department at either the Downtown Library at (803) 773-7273 or the Wesmark branch at (803) 4698110, or visit the library online at

Radio station reaches goal to feed 75 families On Nov. 23, WLJI 98.3 hosted a food drive in the Sumter area. The local radio station’s goal was to help 75 families in Sumter and surrounding areas with food supplies for their Thanksgiving meals. WLJI collected more than $500 in gift cards and monetary dona-

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Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean that the need for nonperishable food items has passed. In recognition of this need and to honor one of its own, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring the Elizabeth Foxworth Helping Hands Canned Food Drive. The 45-year-old senior corporal and mother of five died in December last year. “Every time you turned around, she was trying to help someone,” said Lt. Petrina Wiley, who worked with FoxFOXWORTH worth. “She was always giving her time, her money and even her family’s time. Her husband (William M. DONATE TO THE “Bill” Foxworth) was FOOD DRIVE constantly reminding her they had to go. WHAT: The Sumter County While we were preSheriff’s Office Elizabeth Foxparing for her funeral worth Helping Hands Canned services, unfortunateFood Drive ly, I heard all these WHEN: Now through 5 p.m. stories, but one in Dec. 20; submissions of famiparticular spoke to lies in need will be accepted who she was. One through 5 p.m. Dec. 13 person was addicted WHERE: Drop off donations to drugs and because at the sheriff’s office, 1281 N. of her (Foxworth’s) Main St. constant contact and FYI: Contact Lt. Petrina Wiley support, that person at (803) 436-2026 was able to get help and get rehabilitated. I hadn’t known about that one until that time.” Donations of canned goods and other nonperishable food items are being collected through 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at the sheriff’s office, 1281 N. Main St. The goal is 1,600 cans to feed 200 families at eight cans a bag, she said. Most of the staff is asked to bring in 20 or more cans each. Wiley has challenged leaders such as Sheriff Anthony Dennis to bring in 50 to 100 cans. “I do believe we’ll achieve our goals,” she said Tuesday. “As of today’s date, we have an estimated 380 cans.” The office is also taking submissions of families to benefit from this drive through 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Names may be given to Wiley or submitted at the office. Foxworth’s family is pleased with this project as well. “The family was like, ‘oh wow,’” Wiley said. “He’s (Bill Foxworth) is very excited, and the children are very excited. They hope to participate.” Deputies and volunteers will deliver the food about 9 a.m. Dec. 21. While the office may do a food drive again next year, they may do something different depending on the needs of the community. “It will still be titled the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Elizabeth Foxworth Helping Hands Project,” Wiley said. For more information, contact Wiley at (803) 436-2026.

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very winter, the concerns are the same: sickness, weight gain, lack of energy and seasonal depression. While the shorter days are out of your control, there are steps you can take to help prevent these from happening to you. The shorter winter days disrupt our sleeping and waking CORRIGAN cycles, which causes increased tiredness and oversleeping. Shorter days mean less sunlight, which slows the production of serotonin and melatonin in the brain. Both chemicals play an important role in regulating sleep. This decline can lead to

seasonal tiredness, which can also lead to other problems such as depression, appetite changes and social withdrawal. Because we are tired and need energy, craving sweets and other empty-calorie foods is normal. The downside is that it leads to unnecessary weight gain. Try to keep your food intake healthy and consistent throughout the day to keep your energy levels and metabolism high. The holidays are not a reason to give yourself a free pass to eat whatever you want. Enjoy it in mod-

eration, less humid, which dries out and keep the nasal passages, making the porus more vulnerable to virustions es. under All of these factors mencontrol. tioned contribute to seaBeing sonal depression, or Seaexposed sonal Affective Disorder, to less sunlight means we which is a type of depresproduce less Vitamin D, sion that is associated with which is not only necessary the time of year. for keeping our While it is most bones strong, but common in women, TIPS FOR also for maintainit can affect men as A SUCCESSFUL ing a healthy imwell. The primary WINTER mune system. This cause related to this is one of the many disorder is the defactors that contrib- Spend time outdoors. creased sunlight Exercise daily. ute to increased exposure. Eat healthily. risk for colds and Even if you aren’t flu. During the cold suffering from any months, we spend a of the above, there great deal of time indoors in are additional symptoms to rooms that may not get look for: irritability, loss of much circulation, leading to interest in activities, behavmore viruses. Also, the air is ior disturbances and un-

usual sleep patterns. To help minimize the negative effects associated with winter, increase your daily sun exposure by spending time outside, open your blinds during the day and exercise outdoors. Eat right, wash your hands frequently, and get plenty of sleep. If you are feeling symptoms of extreme sadness and hopelessness, have noticed a dramatic change in your weight, unexplained eating or behavior patterns, you may need to seek medical care. Missy Corrigan is director of healthy living for the Sumter Family YMCA. She can be reached at or (803) 773-1404.


Robert Carl Moore, 32, of 438 Whites Ave., Cottageville, was arrested Monday and charged with driving under suspension, third offense. At 2 p.m., Moore was stopped in the 4600 block of Cherryvale Drive for reportedly driving without a seatbelt. CHILD ABUSE:

DSS contacted law enforcement to report a 30-year-old Pinewood woman for child abuse about 10 a.m. Wednesday in the 4000 block of Pinewood Road. The suspect delivered a baby girl who tested positive for cocaine and opiates. The woman herself tested positive for cocaine, methadone and opiates. ASSAULT:

A 26-year-old man told police that during an argument about finances, a 56-year-old woman threatened him with a handgun at a residence in the 100 block of Church Street about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. While police were responding, the 56-year-old woman denied making any

threats and added that the 26-year-old man had thrown her to the ground on several occasions. A 29-year-old man told police a 21-yearold man hit him in the face with a beer bottle outside a business in the 100 block of East Wesmark Boulevard about 3 a.m. Thursday. While police were responding to the call, a 23-year-old woman told police another woman had attacked her, hitting her several times, at the same location. BREACH OF TRUST:

Deputies with the Sumter County Sheriff ’s Office responded to a call from a residence in the 200 block of East Red Bay Road about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday where a man told officers he allowed another man, referred to only as “Crazy Mike,� to rent his utility trailer for two hours for $35, only to learn later that the suspect had sold the utility trailer to a local business. The trailer is valued at $1,300. STOLEN PROPERTY:

Various electrical, heating and security

| wires were reported cut out of a home under construction in the 3500 block of Preserve Court at 11:05 a.m. Monday. The items are valued at $1,000. A stove, washer, dryer, refrigerator and two air-conditioning units were reported stolen from the first block of Ideal Circle at 4:17 p.m. Tuesday. The items are valued at $4,200. An air-conditioning unit was reportedly stolen from the first block of Cheyne Street between April 8 and 2:57 p.m. Monday. The unit is valued at $3,000. A 42-inch flatscreen TV and an iPad were reported stolen from the 1000 block of Old Pocalla Road at 8:36 a.m. Monday. The items are valued at $1,800. A 42-inch flatscreen TV was reportedly stolen from the first block of Carolina Avenue between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Monday. The item is valued at $1,500. A 50-inch flatscreen TV was reportedly stolen from the 400 block of Loring Drive between 8 a.m.

and 1:59 p.m. Tuesday. It is valued at $800. A camouflage .45-caliber Magnum revolver and 22 .44-caliber bullets were reported stolen from the 1000 block of Lynn Lane at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. The items are valued at $766. A jacket, shirts, a hat, an iPhone charger and a Remington rifle with scope were reportedly stolen from an unlocked car in the 200 block of Mason Croft Drive between 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. Monday. The items are valued at $651. A riding lawn mower valued at $1,000, a weed trimmer valued at $80, a chain saw valued at $200 and a microwave

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valued at $200 were reportedly stolen from the 2000 block of Brookgreen Road about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday. A lock also sustained $10 in damage. Five car batteries valued at a total of $1,250 were reported stolen from the 800 block of Bethel Church Road about 9 a.m. Wednesday. VANDALISM:

Three windows and a dining room table were broken and several pieces of furniture cut up in a home in the 200 block of Lois Lane at 11:31 a.m. Monday. The damage is estimated at $2,100. EMS CALLS:

On Saturday, Nov. 23, Sumter County

Emergency Medical Services responded to 44 calls. Thirty-nine were medical calls, three were motor-vehicle wrecks, and two were listed as “other trauma.� On Sunday, Sumter County EMS responded to 35 calls. Thirtytwo were medical calls, and three were listed as “other trauma.� On Monday, Sumter EMS responded to 43 calls. Thirty-four were medical calls, four were motor-vehicle wrecks, and five were listed as “other trauma.� On Tuesday, EMS responded to 55 calls. Forty-six were medical calls, one was a standby for the fire department, and eight were listed as “other trauma.�

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Should you worry, or is U.S. military at the ready? cuts come just as the military had planned a significant retraining of the force. That is, the bulk of U.S. forces were organized, trained and equipped during the past 12 years for counterinsurgency wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan and now need to sharpen skills needed to counter other kinds of threats in other parts of the world. For instance, much of the Air Force focus in recent years has been on providing close air support for the ground troops countering insurgents and not on skills that would be needed if the U.S. were involved in a conflict with a foreign government — skills such as air-to-air combat and air interdiction.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation’s military is being hobbled by budget cuts. “You’d better hope we never have a war again,” the House Armed Services Committee chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., said of the decline in what the military calls its readiness. So should Americans be worried? The following is a look at what the Pentagon means by “ready” and where things stand: READINESS

It’s the armed forces’ ability to get the job done, and it’s based on the number of people, the equipment and the training needed to carry out assigned missions. As an example, an Army brigade has a list of the things it would have to do in a fulllevel war, called its “mission essential task list.” And a 4,500-member brigade is deemed ready when it has the right supplies and equipment, is in good working condition and pretty much has that full number of people, well-trained in their various specialties, to conduct its tasks. Military units are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the best, or fully ready. Typically, a unit freshly returned from a tour of duty would carry a 5 rating, since it’s missing people because of casualties or because some are moving on to other jobs, and it’s missing equipment that was battered or worn in the field and is in for repairs or must be replaced.


Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, center, listens while Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno reads an opening statement Nov. 7 during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on military budget cuts. At right, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos is seen during the meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. The nation’s top military officers warned that automatic budget cuts could compromise the armed services’ ability to defend the U.S. and could cause higher casualties.

A unit can be sent out in lessthan-full ready status, but officials warn that would mean it could do less, take longer to do it, suffer more casualties or all of the above. THE U.S. MILITARY RATING NOW

Detailed information on that is classified secret so adversaries won’t know exactly what they’re up against. But because of ongoing budget fights, officials in recent weeks have given broad examples of readiness lapses in hopes of convincing Congress and the American people that cutbacks, particularly in training budgets, are creating a precarious situation. For instance, an Air Force

official said they’ve grounded 13 combat fighter/bomber squadrons or about a third of those active-duty units. And the Army said only two of its 35 active-duty brigades are fully ready for major combat operations. The service typically wants to have about 12 ready at any given time so a third of the total can be deployed, a third is prepared for deployment, and a third is working to get ready. Analysts said a decade of massive spending increases have built a strong force superior to anything else out there. “We could certainly fight another war on the order of the first Gulf War (1991) without any problems; the Air Force

could do air strikes in Syria,” said Barry M. Blechman of the Stimson Center think tank. “We wouldn’t want to get involved in another protracted war (such as Iraq and Afghanistan), but in terms of the types of military operations we typically get involved in, we’re prepared for that.” THE PROBLEM

Even those who think the situation is not yet dire said that eventually these budget cuts will catch up with the force. Some analysts said another two or three years of training cuts, for instance, will leave the military seriously unprepared. As an added wrinkle, the


There’s a broad agreement in Washington that budget cuts should be tailored rather than done by the automatic, acrossthe-board cuts known as sequestration during the next decade. There is not an agreement on politically sensitive potential savings from closing and consolidating some military bases, holding the line on troop compensation that has grown through the war years or drawing down more steeply from the wartime size of the force. Finding replacement cuts for sequestration is the priority of budget talks led by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray, D-Wash., who are facing an informal Dec. 13 deadline to reach a deal. Any agreement that they negotiate could still be rejected by their colleagues.






Small Spartanburg textile company now thriving SPARTANBURG (AP) — In a Simon’s father, John S. Simon, landscape dotted with massive who is now 75, served as president crumbling relics of Spartanburg of the company from 1984 to 2001. County’s textile heritage, it might Simon became president in 2001. seem impossible for a smaller outGreen Textile originally profit to beat the odds. cessed spinning mill waste for But Green Textile Associates manufacturers, including Spartan Inc., which has been family-owned Mills, Mayfair Mills and various for four generations, has continued other companies. to thrive. Simon said ‘It’s about counting Green Textile’s The company will celebrate its Spartanburg operayour blessings and tion continued to 76th anniversary this year. expand through the knowing where they 1950s, 1960s and “It’s about faith,� said John W. Simon, early 1970s, as the come from. You have company began president of Green Textile. “It’s about moving into the to work hard and double-knit polyescounting your blessings and ter and finishing treat people — your business. knowing where they come from. The company employees and your has since evolved, You have to work hard and treat peodeveloping the cacustomers — with pability to produce ple — your employees and your cusits own fabrics. respect and dignity.’ It currently protomers — with respect and dignity. I duces materials that take a lot of pride in span the apparel, the fact that my home textile, indusJohn W. Simon, trial and medical family has been here so long. It boils industries. Green president of Green Textile also has down to being a good steward of carved out a niche Textile Associates Inc. with its organic cotwhat I’ve been given.� ton and fabrics The company was founded in made from other eco-friendly maOctober 1938 by Simon’s greatterials, including recycled polyesgrandfather Sydney R. Green in ter, PLA, bamboo, hemp, Modal Boston. and Tencel. In November 1938, Green Textile Simon said Green Textile’s busireceived its charter to conduct ness is up 21 percent compared to business in South Carolina. 2012. The company has more than Green, who had five daughters, 100 employees and nearly 350,000 passed the executive leadership square feet of manufacturing and duties on to his son-in-law, Mauwarehouse space at its headquarrice J. Simon, Simon’s grandfather, ters in Spartanburg and two North in 1952. Carolina facilities.


One of the most exciting and beautiful scenes in Nutcracker will bring “snow� to the Patriot Hall stage on Monday and Tuesday nights. The beloved ballet produced by the Columbia City Ballet has been a tradition in Sumter for decades.

The tradition of ‘Nutcracker’ returns to Patriot Hall stage FROM STAFF REPORTS


COLUMBIA — Columbia City Ballet presents its 53rd anniversary production of “Nutcracker,� the famous holiday ballet set to the music of Tchaikovsky and choreographed by CCB artistic director William Starrett, at Patriot Hall at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The cast includes 26 professional CCB dancers and 25 trainees sharing the stage with 107 local children ages 4 to 15. “Our ballet mistress and I have really been working on bringing out the lyricism of our female dancers complementing the magnificent Tchaikovsky score, paying even greater attention to the quality of the movements particularly during our new Snow Sequence from the Land of Snow,� Starrett said. “I’ve also created a new Spanish Hot Chocolate divertissement from the Land of the Sweets during Act II inspired by the Argentine Tango.� Starrett himself was celebrated for his performance as the Nutcracker prince by Dance magazine in 1983, and he’s combined his 45 years of “Nutcracker� experience with his love for the deep South. “I’ve tailored a production that has a Southern charm,� Starrett said. In the performance

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday WHERE: Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. COST: $20 for adults, $15 for students, seniors and military, and $12 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Miss Libby’s School of Dance (cash or check only), SEACO Music, or by calling the Columbia City Ballet at (803) 799-7605. FYI: Columbia City Ballet at (803) 799-7605

Sumterites will see on Monday and Tuesday, Columbia’s Kathryn Smoak again takes the lead role of Clara, the young girl who travels through the enchanted winter wonderland as a reward for saving the life of the Nutcracker Prince, played by Dancer Vasilly Baldwin. This is Baldwin’s first season and will be his first time dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince. Smoak began dance training at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance and joined the company in 1998. She is praised by reviewers for her lively stage presence, saying “she may be petite in size, but her dancing is colossal in strength and stamina.� Principal Dancer Regina Willoughby will be dancing the famed role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, partnered by Principal Dancer Journy Wilkes-Davis dancing the role of the

Sugar Plum Cavalier for his second time. “The Nutcracker� was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1892. The American version began in 1940 when the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo suddenly took refuge and was based in America because of the World War II and presented its production in New York City. George Balanchine, the famed founder and choreographer of the current New York City Ballet, was the company’s ballet master. For more information about the Columbia City Ballet visit

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Facing tough foe, man turns to comics collection KILDEER, Ill. (AP) — It could be a plot from a classic comic book: A mild-mannered boy with the good Spidey sense to treat his comics like priceless manuscripts grows into a man who must use the valuable collection to fight his greatest foe, a rare disease threatening to rob him of his ability to walk. Fact is, for Steve Landman, it’s a real-life predicament. Diagnosed with anti-MAG IgM peripheral neuropathy, an autoimmune disease that attacks the nerves, Landman for months has watched helplessly as the numbness that started in his toes crawled up his legs to the point where he now moves as if trudging through snow. Landman, 62, is weighing his options while also hoping for a cure to the disease, which can upset a person’s sense of balance to the point that walking is impossible. And an alternative to some of the current treatments has side effects that, he’s learned, don’t always work. So, he’s turning to his collection of 10,000 comics in an


Steve Landman is seen with one of his collectable comic books, a vanity license plate with the name of a childhood superhero on it and a poster of the same superhero Dr. Fate at his home in Kildeer, Ill. Diagnosed with Anti-MAG IgM Peripheral Neuropathy, a rare autoimmune disease that attacks the nervous system, Landman has sold 420 comic books out of his collection of 10,000 in an online auction.

effort to raise enough money to live on and fight his affliction. Word of the online auction of 420 of Landman’s more pristine comics, including the first appearance of the Fantastic Four and Hulk and early appearances by Spider-Man, has lit up the comic book world like the

Bat Signal. “I’ve never heard of anything like this come out of the blue like this,� said Ralph DiBernado, owner of Jetpack Comics LLC, in Rochester N.H. He said the auction house’s estimate that the collection is worth $500,000 may be low by as much as a quarter-million dollars when the

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The Sumter Elks Lodge 855 32nd Annual Turkey Shoot will be held each Sunday through Dec. 29 from 1 p.m. until sundown at 1100 W. Liberty St. The St. Jude Alumni Association Annual Harvest Ball will be held 8 p.m.-1 a.m. today at the American Legion Post 15 Memorial Building, 30 S. Artillery Drive. Admission is $30 per person and attire is semi-formal. Call Claude Esperson at (803) 494-4066 for tickets. A celebration to honor daycare workers for their dedication and great service to the Sumter community will be held 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Imperial Restaurant, 451 Broad St. Sponsored by the Family Unit Inc., this event will feature free food and beverages as well as the opportunity to enroll in Obamacare. Call Dr. Brenda C. Williams at (803) 778-2429 for details. The Wateree AIDS Task Force Annual World AIDS Day event will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church. This event is held to give an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died.Call Wateree AIDS Task Force at (803) 778-0303 or Latrell Billie at (803) 565-7173. The Sumter Benedict Alumni Club will hold an important round-up meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the North HOPE Center. Call Shirley M. Blassingame at (803) 506-4019. Lincoln High School Calss of 1964 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the South Sumter Resource Center, 337 Manning Ave. Call (803) 773-3804, (803) 775-9088 or (803) 775-9660. The Ninth Annual Christmas Luminary Service presented by Evergreen and Hillside Memorial Parks will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 802 N. Guignard Drive. Rain date will be Thursday, Dec. 5. The Third Annual Silver Bells Arts & Craft Show will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 30 Artillery Drive. Santa will be onsite 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Bring a nonperishable food item for food drive. Unwrapped toys are needed for Toys for Tots. Vendors include: Beaded Snowflakes; The Up-Cycling Junkie; Just Kiln’ Time Ceramics; Pretty Is You ... Avon by Vi; Tastefully Simple; Parker’s Artistic Scrollwork; and many more.

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At the end of the day, ‘Conway’ is a Hallmark movie BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH “Christmas in Conway” (9 p.m. Sunday, ABC, TV-PG) offers a slight variation on the Hallmark movie formula. In most holiday movies of this sort, fate moves a workaholic woman from the city to a more bucolic environment, where she finds love in the arms of a down-to-earth hunk. In “Conway,” nurse Natalie (Mandy Moore) is left in her small town by her ambitious boyfriend’s transfer to Chicago. Her new assignment, providing hospice home care for Suzy (Mary-Louise Parker), the dying wife of cantankerous construction company owner Duncan Mayor (Andy Garcia), puts her in close proximity to a handsome landscaper, Tommy (Riley Smith), who’s working on elaborate Christmas decorations for Duncan’s nosy neighbor (Cheri Oteri). A gaggle of busybodies and their gossipy barbs provide comic relief from Suzy’s tragic story. Things aren’t helped by Duncan’s prickly personality. His way of coping with his wife’s imminent death is to keep society — particularly Natalie — at arm’s length. The film’s real mystery is when — not if — Natalie decides to break it off with her yuppie boyfriend, and how she will help Duncan come to grips with his feelings. The fact that the neighborhood’s Christmas decorating contest helps him do so serves as a reminder that this is very much a Hallmark movie. • Using a veneer of science to celebrate superstition, “America Unearthed” (9 p.m. Saturday, H2, TV-PG) enters its second season. Forensic geologist Scott Wolter travels to sites shrouded in legend, lore and crypto-mythic babble to test relics, rocks and artifacts to prove or disprove peculiar urban legends. In tonight’s season premiere, he ponders tales that the Ark of the Covenant found its way to North America. • “Great Performances” (6:30 p.m. Saturday, PBS, check

local listings) presents “Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages,” celebrating the life and influence of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti on the 50th anniversary of the launch of his career. • Nat Geo Wild’s Big Cat Week programming continues with “Killer Queen” (9 p.m. Saturday, TV-14), which documents how an African lioness travels far afield to avoid trouble with nomadic male lions and continually puts herself in jeopardy to protect her young cubs. “Cougar v. Wolf” (10 p.m. Saturday, TV-PG) moves the action to a spot in the Rocky Mountains, where cougars have dominated for decades. The recent arrival of wolves in their domain sets up a battle as old as that between cats and dogs. • New Orleans celebrates the 2008 election of a black president in the fourth and final season premiere of “Treme” (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO, TV-MA). This truncated season will last five episodes. It’s interesting to note that HBO has two ambitious series (“Treme” and “The Newsroom”) with cult followings, which feature characters reacting to recent current events. I prefer the unfolding history of the Coolidge years on “Boardwalk Empire.” We’ve had more time to reflect on the meaning of that show’s embroidered legends. • For fans of a certain “Masterpiece” presentation, we’re entering that most wonderful time of the year. Susan Sarandon hosts “Return to Downton Abbey” (9 p.m. Sunday, PBS, TV-G, check local listings). This look back at past episodes of the popular series includes a glimpse at the fourth season, which begins Jan. 5. Repeats of season three begin Dec. 8.

Saturday’s Highlights • Syfy continues its holiday movie binge with “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” (6:30 p.m.) and “Star Trek: Generations” (9 p.m.).

Not to be confused with “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (8 p.m. and 10 p.m., BBC America, TV-PG). • Notre Dame and Stanford meet in college football action (7 p.m., Fox). • The voices of Emma Roberts and Norm Macdonald animate the 2008 fable “The Flight Before Christmas” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-G). • Tatyana Ali and Jordin Sparks star in the 2013 melodrama “Dear Secret Santa” (8 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG). • Purebred dogs compete for the title of Best in Show in the encore helping of “The National Dog Show” (8 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG), hosted by John O’Hurley. • Ed Asner, Betty White and Tim Curry lend their voices to the 1996 cartoon “The Story of Santa Claus” (9 p.m., CBS, TVG).

Sunday’s Highlights • Catch up on the first five episodes of the acclaimed French supernatural miniseries “The Returned” (3:45 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sundance, TV-MA). • Performers, including Jennifer Hudson, Evelyn “Champagne” King, T.I., Chaka Khan and Tamar Braxton, appear on “The 2013 Soul Train Awards” (8 p.m., BET, TV-PG). • The Washington Redskins host the New York Giants on “Sunday Night Football” (8:20 p.m., NBC). • A former client remembers Alicia in his will on “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14). • A calm arrives before a renewed storm on “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC, TV-MA). • Brody takes a high-risk mission on “Homeland” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA). • The experiments yield at least one announced pregnancy on “Masters of Sex” (10 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA). • A professor helps Freya regain her abilities on “Witches of East End” (10 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14). • Patsy’s customer-friendly policy runs into a cantankerous patient (June Squibb) on

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Cult Choice A righteous nurse (Pam Grier) comes after those responsible for her niece’s drug addiction in the 1973 thriller “Coffy” (8 p.m. Saturday, Bounce, TV-14), featuring a cool score by jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers.

Saturday Series More college football, with teams to be announced (8 p.m., ABC) * Mysteries, mostly murder, on “48 Hours” (10 p.m., CBS) * Josh Hutcherson hosts “Saturday Night Live” (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).

Sunday Series Bob Costas hosts “Football Night in America” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Henry’s life hangs in the balance on “Once Upon a Time” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Kristen Wiig voices a Carrie-like character on an homage to “Homeland” on “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG) * Cobras strike on “The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Linda sings again on “Bob’s Burgers” (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV14) * On top of the world on “Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) * Zooey Deschanel guest-voices as Steve’s ideal girl on “American Dad” (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Jane receives a startling job offer on “The Mentalist” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). Copyright 2013, United Feature Syndicate

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SANDRA THOMPSON Sandra Gayle Lindsey Thompson, 67, beloved wife of 47 years to George Robert Thompson III, died on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at her residence in Sumter. THOMPSON Born in Andalusia, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Jacob Dennis Lindsey and Opal Evelyn Short Lindsey. She had a passion for genealogy and Bible study. Sandra will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Surviving in addition to her husband are: one son, George Robert Thompson IV and his

wife, Stacey Michelle, of Willow Springs, N.C.; one daughter, Heather Deann Thompson Hogan and her husband, Phil, of Bedford, Va.; one sister, Shirley Jean Williams of Blountstown, Fla; three grandchildren, Hannah Lindsay Hogan, Caroline Allysa Thompson and William Kyle Thompson; and one great-grandchild, Matthew Robert Marsten. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Bullock Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Creation Worldview Ministries, Attention: Grady Mc-

Murtey, 4698 Hall Road, Orlando, FL 32817; American Lung Association, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, SC 29201; or to the American Kidney Foundation, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. The familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guest book can be signed at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

MAMIE A. GRIFFIN Mamie Anderson Griffin, 96, wife of the late James Griffin, died Wednesday, Nov. 27,


2013, at her residence in Sumter. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Sam and Lottie Kendrick Anderson. The family will receive friends at the home of her cousin, Ruth Muldrow, 160 Gardner Road, Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Palmer Memorial Chapel.

ESTHER W. SCHLEMMER Esther Winter Schlemmer, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at the home of her son. Services will be announced by ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.

TRISTIAN HOPKINS Tristian Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;King Hopkins, baby boy of Laqua and Chris Hopkins, passed away on Nov. 24, 2013. Funeral services will be held at noon today at Gum Spring Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will accept friends at 405 Wilson St. in Bishopville. Services are entrusted to New Life Funeral Services LLC of Bishopville. Online condolences can be made at ANNIE MAE BENJAMIN Annie Mae Horton Benjamin, 85, wife of Manuel Benjamin Sr., entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at her home, 211


Brand St., Sumter. She was born in Clarendon County on July 20, 1928. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter.

SHIRLEY M. TRACEY Shirley Melton Tracey, 82, wife of Arthur C. Tracey, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at her home. Services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter (803) 775-9386.




Comet ISON shows off its tail in this three-minute exposure taken on Nov. 19 using a 14-inch telescope at Marshall Space Flight Center. Declared dead after grazing the sun, new images that show a streak of light moving away from the sun indicate that the comet may have survived.

Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope BY KARL RITTER The Associated Press STOCKHOLM â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after essentially grazing the sun. Now, there is a sliver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived. New images, basically faint smudges on a screen, being analyzed Friday showed a streak of light moving away from the sun that some said could indicate it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t game over just yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It certainly appears as if there is an object there that is emitting material,â&#x20AC;? said Alan

Fitzsimmons, an astronomer at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Basically a dirty snowball from the fringes of the solar system, scientists had pronounced Comet ISON dead when it came within 1 million miles of the sun Thursday. Some sky gazers speculated early on that it might become the comet of the century because of its brightness, although expectations dimmed over time. But it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be all bad news if the 4.5-billion-year-old space rock broke up into pieces, because some scientists said they might be able to study them and learn more about comets.

The European Space Agency, which had declared ISONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death on Twitter late Thursday, was backtracking early Friday, saying the comet â&#x20AC;&#x153;continues to surprise.â&#x20AC;? Comet ISON was first spotted by a Russian telescope in September last year and became something of celestial flash in the pan this week for its vivid tail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; visible by the naked eye â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and compelling backstory of impending doom. The comet was two-thirds of a mile wide as it got within 1 million miles of the sun, which in space terms basically means grazing it. NASA solar physicist Alex Young said Thursday the


comet had been expected to show up in images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft at about noon, but almost four hours later there was â&#x20AC;&#x153;no sign of it whatsoever.â&#x20AC;? Images from other spacecraft showed a light streak continuing past the sun, but Young said that was most likely a trail of dust continuing in the cometâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trajectory. However, instead of fading, that trail appeared to get brighter Friday, suggesting that â&#x20AC;&#x153;at least some small fraction of ISON has remained in one piece,â&#x20AC;? U.S. Navy solar researcher Karl Battams wrote on his blog. He cautioned that even if there is a solid nucleus, it

may not survive for long. Two years ago, a smaller comet, Lovejoy, grazed the sun and survived but fell apart a couple of days later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is what makes science interesting,â&#x20AC;? said Fitzsimmons, who specializes in comets and asteroids. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we knew what was going to happen, it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be interesting.â&#x20AC;? ISONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slingshot toward the sun left astronomers puzzled and excited at the same time. Made up of loosely packed ice and dirt, the space rock came from the Oort cloud, an area of comets and debris on the fringes of the solar system.


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14-year-old dies in wreck during police chase

Addis said an autopsy was planned Friday.

WESTMINSTER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Seneca teen has died after he crashed a car during a police chase. Coroner Karl Addis said 14-yearold Jesse Logan Hannah died at Oconee Medical Center shortly before 5 a.m. Friday. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder said Hannah and three other teens were traveling on state Highway 24 when a Westminster police officer tried to pull them over shortly before 3:30 a.m. just east of Westminster. Elder said the teens drove off, and the officer chased them. The car ran off the road and overturned. Hannah and two 16-yearold males were thrown from the vehicle. A fourth teen in the vehicle was not hurt. There was no word on the condition of the two teens who were hurt.

12 people displaced by Columbia apartment fire COLUMBIA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; At least a dozen people have been forced from their homes after a fire at a Columbia apartment complex. No injuries have been reported in the fire that started shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday. Columbia Fire Department spokesman Brick Lewis said all eight units at one building in the Charbonneau Apartment complex on Stoneridge Drive were damaged. Lewis said it appears the fire was caused by the improper handling of old fireplace ashes. He said the South Carolina Red Cross is helping those forced from their homes. Lewis said damage is estimated at about $350,000.

SHOOTING from Page A1 shooting occurred. The victim was transported by EMS to Tuomey Regional Medical Center for treatment, and the other teen was taken in for questioning by deputies, who eventually determined the shooting was accidental. The gun was recovered from a wooded area behind the home where the boy reportedly

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SANTA from Page A1 for all that time will pass on his suit and some of this holiday season’s responsibilities to his 18-year-old son Jordan Duggan. Now, you can’t just put on the suit and figure it out as you go. Joey made sure his son was properly prepped for the job. In previous years, Jordan has helped with events when his dad was unable to attend. Jordan said there were times when his father had a number of events lined up and no one to fill in for him, so he stepped up and made the Santa appearance. “There were times when my schedule would conflict with Santa’s schedule, and I would ask my son if he wanted to help out,” Joey explained. In his many years as Santa, Joey said some children’s requests have surprised him, but there’s a method to it that he’ll be sure to teach his son. “I think the most important thing to do as Santa Claus is to listen. It’s amazing what kids will tell you,” Joey said. “With this being a military town, I’ve had children ask anything from, ‘Can you bring my parent home from overseas?’ and sometimes they’ll ask for peace in the world. Sometimes they’ll catch you off guard and really make you think a little. A lot of times I remind them that their parents are protecting the country and protecting Santa, and I tell them to remember to thank their parents for protecting us. “Something I’ve learned — and I’ll tell my son this — is that you can look at the parent and get an idea of what your response should be.” Joey first stepped into the role of Santa when he worked for the Sumter Recreation Department. When he started working

for the city, Swan Lake wanted to have an event with Santa for the children in the city. As the event became popular, Swan Lake created Santa’s Village, where Joey has received some interesting requests from local children. When he’s not listening to holiday requests from children in the Sumter area, Joey is a senior corporal with the Sumter Police Department and a captain with the Sumter Fire Department. He has worked for the city for 24 years and has been with the police department for 22 years. “Between the police, fire and Santa, they don’t know which uniform to expect,” Joey said. Jordan has followed in his father’s footsteps in ways beyond wearing the red suit, recently becoming a part of the city’s fire department. He looks up to him and has many attributes Joey said are needed to rightfully portray Santa. “He’s the reason I’m taking on Santa,” Jordan said. “I’m here because of him, and I’ve never met anybody as loving as he is. He’ll do anything to help other people. I know I got my hands full, but it’s a special job.” So why volunteer to travel the world in a single night to deliver thousands of gifts to children all over the world —metaphorically speaking? “When you’re sitting in that seat and look out at those children, and you see the glow in those children’s eyes who truly believe,” Joey said. “That makes it all worth it.” Children can talk to Santa Claus at Santa’s Village in the Heath Pavilion at Swan Lake from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays beginning Dec. 6 and continuing through Dec. 21.

LIGHTS from Page A1 “Of course, we’re still going to have that,” Kennedy said. “Santa will be in his house in the Heath Pavilion with elves, and there will be Girl Scouts there to help children write and mail their letters to the North Pole. Kids will be able to talk to Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas.” During Sunday’s opening ceremonies, audiences will hear several songs by Standing Ovation, a show choir from Furman Middle School that is directed by Linda Beck. “They’re always wonderful,” Kennedy said. Refreshments, including hot dogs, hot chocolate, cupcakes and more will be available for purchase at the Evening Pilot Club’s Iris Market, just down from the Swan Lake Visitors Center. While the Fantasy of Lights can be visited from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Santa’s Village will be open each Friday and Saturday only from 6 to 8 p.m. “When the lights go on at Swan Lake,” Kennedy said, “the Floating Christmas Tree sponsored by the Pilot Club of Sumter will also be lit” and remain on nightly through the end of the month. The tree is actually older than the Fantasy of

Lights, having started 34 years ago. Many Sumter children — and adults — refer to it as “The Swan’s Christmas Tree.” The Fantasy is in its 26th year. When driving or walking through the gardens, Kennedy said, “Don’t forget there are lights everywhere,” in both the Bland and Heath gardens and on the Garden Street side, where Santa’s Village will also be located. Local entertainment will be presented each Friday and Saturday through Dec. 21, Kennedy said. Among the performers are student choirs from Kingsbury, R.E. Davis, Crosswell Drive, Alice Drive, Wilder, Manchester, Rafting Creek and Cherryvale elementary schools. Middle schools performing include Mayewood, Alice Drive, Ebenezer and Chestnut Oaks; Lakewood and Crestwood high school show choirs will perform on Saturday, Dec. 7, as will Tyler Cook and his band. Miss Libby’s School of Dance will provide entertainment on Friday, Dec. 20. For more information about the Fantasy of Lights and associated events, call the Swan Lake Visitors Center at (803) 436-2640.

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35° 41° Warmer with sun and clouds




Times of clouds and sun

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Winds: NNE 4-8 mph

Winds: N 3-6 mph

Winds: NW 3-6 mph

Winds: N 3-6 mph

Winds: S 6-12 mph

Chance of rain: 5%

Chance of rain: 55%

Chance of rain: 5%

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Temperature High ............................................... 54° Low ................................................ 26° Normal high ................................... 62° Normal low ..................................... 37° Record high ....................... 82° in 1990 Record low ......................... 22° in 1950

Greenville 46/33

Mostly cloudy

River Black River Congaree River Lynches River Saluda River Up. Santee River Wateree River

Full pool 12 19 14 14 80 24

City Aiken Asheville Athens Augusta Beaufort Cape Hatteras Charleston Charlotte Clemson Columbia

Today Hi/Lo/W 53/36/pc 46/26/pc 48/35/pc 54/37/pc 58/43/pc 56/47/c 58/44/pc 47/30/pc 50/36/pc 53/36/pc

7 a.m. yest. 4.23 10.20 3.30 7.49 78.99 9.20

24-hr chg +0.16 +0.60 none -0.10 +0.22 +0.40

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Bishopville 52/34 Columbia 53/36


Dec. 2 Full

Dec. 9 Last

Florence 53/37

Sumter 51/35

Myrtle Beach 55/41

Manning 54/38

Today: Periods of clouds and sunshine. Sunday: Times of clouds and sun.

Aiken 53/36

The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.


Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2013 Today Hi/Lo/W 53/33/pc 52/38/pc 54/34/pc 50/33/pc 53/37/pc 73/52/pc 48/30/pc 50/34/pc 58/43/pc 44/28/pc

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 57/38/pc 55/37/pc 58/39/pc 56/38/pc 58/41/pc 73/56/pc 53/37/pc 56/37/pc 61/45/pc 52/34/pc

Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

Charleston 58/44

Today: Times of clouds and sun with a shower in the area. High 55 to 59. Sunday: Clouds and sun; a shower in spots in southern parts. High 59 to 63.

City Darlington Elizabeth City Elizabethtown Fayetteville Florence Gainesville Gastonia Goldsboro Goose Creek Greensboro


Dec. 17 Dec. 25

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.00" Month to date ............................... 2.15" Normal month to date ................. 2.81" Year to date ............................... 45.64" Normal year to date .................. 43.50"

Full 7 a.m. 24-hr pool yest. chg 360 350.54 +0.04 76.8 74.37 -0.03 75.5 74.18 none 100 96.78 +0.21

Mostly sunny

Sunrise today .......................... 7:08 a.m. Sunset tonight ......................... 5:12 p.m. Moonrise today ....................... 4:22 a.m. Moonset today ........................ 3:29 p.m.

Gaffney 46/31 Spartanburg 47/33


Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

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City Greenville Hickory Hilton Head Jacksonville, FL La Grange Macon Marietta Marion Mount Pleasant Myrtle Beach

Today Hi/Lo/W 46/33/pc 44/29/pc 58/47/pc 66/52/pc 52/37/pc 54/38/pc 50/37/pc 47/26/pc 59/44/pc 55/41/pc

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 54/39/pc 53/35/pc 61/50/pc 69/53/pc 57/39/pc 61/41/pc 55/40/pc 56/33/pc 61/46/pc 60/46/pc

High Ht. Low Ht. 6:20 a.m.....3.4 12:31 a.m.....0.0 6:28 p.m.....3.0 1:19 p.m.....0.1 7:12 a.m.....3.6 1:23 a.m....-0.3 7:21 p.m.....3.1 2:12 p.m....-0.2

City Orangeburg Port Royal Raleigh Rock Hill Rockingham Savannah Spartanburg Summerville Wilmington Winston-Salem

Today Hi/Lo/W 54/38/pc 58/45/pc 47/30/pc 48/30/pc 50/31/pc 58/44/pc 47/33/pc 58/45/pc 58/39/pc 42/28/pc

Sun. Hi/Lo/W 60/43/pc 60/47/pc 51/35/pc 54/37/pc 55/36/pc 63/47/pc 53/39/pc 61/49/pc 60/43/pc 52/36/pc

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Cold front Showers Rain T-storms Snow Flurries


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): you’re close to will want to the last word in astrology Aggressive and get involved. progressive should be LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): eugenia LAST your plan of attack when Too much of anything will it comes to work, money lead to trouble. Avoid and pursuing goals. A problems at home by change in your financial situation looks refusing to get caught up in a situation that’s promising. based on assumptions and someone TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your sense of design overreacting. and creative input in any job will turn out well. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Let your emotions A change regarding the way you feel about lead the way. A unique approach to the way someone may be disconcerting initially, but you run your home will intrigue someone you once you take action, you won’t have any want to spend more time with. reservations. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Expressing your GEMINI (May 21-June 20): There’s no time to opinion will lead to controversy. Don’t argue if waste on pettiness or arguing. Put time and someone disagrees with you. If you judge effort into something that will bring you others, you’ll face a challenge you aren’t likely benefits or skills that will help you broaden to win. your professional options. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Changes may be CANCER (June 21-July 22): Stick to a budget suggested, but before you let someone lead even if you’re trying to impress someone. Use you down a path you know little about, do creative skills to wow someone. An unusual your research. Staying on top of any plans you situation will be uplifting and help you make have will be your saving grace. positive changes at home. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Get down to LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Pick up information that business and finish what you start before will enable you to contribute to a project that someone criticizes you. Poor judgment will get interests you. Now is not the time to complain, you into trouble. Someone you deal with will but it is the time to take control and make have ulterior motives. things happen. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Financial gain will VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Check out your come to you from an unusual source. Joining alternatives when it comes to travel forces with someone you love or who can destinations, hobbies or fun activities that you contribute to your goals will be a blessing in can share with friends or family. Someone disguise.


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Clemson rolls past Coastal BY GREG WALLACE The Associated Press

state title on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia at 6 p.m. Dutch Fork beat Byrnes 31-21 on Friday in the other season. “These kids just weren’t ready to quit playing football this season,” said Gamecocks head coach Reggie Kennedy, whose team is 9-5 on the season in his first year. “When we fell behind, I told the coaches, ‘Let’s just coach

CLEMSON — Friday afternoon, Clemson coach Brad Brownell had some very special pregame viewing for his team. The featured presentation? Film of Coastal Carolina’s 69-46 whipping of Clemson last December. The Big South member Chanticleers outplayed and outclassed the ACC’s Tigers in Conway’s HTC Center, and Brownell didn’t want his team to forget it. “It was more to remind them of BROWNELL how focused Coastal could be, how hard they play,” Brownell said. “They’re a very physical team. I let the guys know they have to be ready for a physical battle.” Clemson (6-1) received Brownell’s message, loud and clear. The Tigers scored the game’s first 13 points and cruised to a 69-40 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum. “We took that as a learning experience,” said junior forward K.J. McDaniels, who scored a game-high 22 points, adding seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks. “We knew this team was going to come in and play as hard as they could. So we knew we had to come in and lay it down on them.” The Chanticleers (2-5)




Sumter’s Ky’Jon Tyler dives for extra yards against Summerville during the Gamecocks’ 28-27 victory on Friday in Summerville in the 4A Division I state playoff semifinals.

Next stop: Columbia SHS rallies again, tops Summerville 28-27 for berth in state championship BY DENNIS BRUNSON SUMMERVILLE — So how do you trump rallying from a 14-0 deficit to win your first playoff game and rallying from a 21-0 deficit to win your second playoff game? How about coming back from a pair of 2-touchdown deficits, including trailing 27-14 in the fourth quarter, and putting together a 95-yard game-

winning drive to earn a spot in a state championship game? That’s what Sumter High School did on Friday, rallying to beat Summerville 28-27 in a 4A Division I state playoffs semifinal game at Summerville Memorial StadiKENNEDY um’s John McKissick Field. Sumter will face Dutch Fork for the

High 5 for Clowney, USC? Carolina seeks record win vs. rival Tigers BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press


South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) will likely play his final collegiate home game today as the Gamecocks look to make it five straight wins against rival Clemson.

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney will play his last home game in what has been sluggish season for the heralded defensive end. Clowney was a Heisman Trophy favorite when the year began and one of the most SPURRIER popular players in college football after his helmet-popping hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl last New Year’s Day. But the 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior has just two sacks and

few memorable game-changing plays this season. He can add to those numbers today when No. 10 South Carolina (9-2) hosts No. 6 Clemson (10-1). Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier believes the reigning Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year has had a tremendous imSWINNEY pact on South Carolina’s improving defense. Clowney, who has said he will enter the NFL draft after the season, takes a final college SEE HIGH 5, PAGE B3


Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) and the rest of the Tigers look to end a 4-year losing streak to rival South Carolina today at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

5 Keys to Victory BY DENNIS BRUNSON While the University of South Carolina football team will be awaiting its fate late tonight based on the outcome of the game between Texas A&M and Missouri, it will have a little game against No. 6 Clemson Mike starting 45 Davis minutes earlier that will have just

as big an impact on postseason plans. If A&M beats Mizzou, the Gamecocks win the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division and will face either Alabama or Auburn next week in the SEC Championship game. If that were to happen and USC lose to Clemson, the ramifications could be tremendous. Now, if Carolina goes to SEE CAROLINA, PAGE B3



(6) Clemson vs. (10) South Carolina in Columbia 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Regardless of what you think of the schedule, the Clemson Tigers are 10-1 and, unless some unforeseen things happen in the next two weeks, are headed to a BCS bowl — the Orange Bowl — even should they lose to South Roderick Carolina McDowell today. That, however, would lead

to a disappointing season. Clemson would be 1-2 in its games considered a tossup prior to the season (Georgia and Florida State the other two) and, worse yet, would suffer its fifth straight loss to the Gamecocks. That would be a first in the history of the series. For all of the success the Tigers have SEE CLEMSON, PAGE B3






Sumter quarterback James Barnes (10) runs the ball against Summerville during the Gamecocks’ 28-27 victory on Friday in Summerville in the 4A Division I state playoff semifinals.

SHS from Page B1


them through this. We’ve been here before and they know what they need to do.’ This group just persevered.” Sumter, which fell behind Mauldin 14-0 before winning 42-28 and fell behind Hillcrest 21-0 before winning 31-28, saw itself down 14-0 halfway through the first half against the Green Wave, who finished the year with an 11-3 record. The Gamecocks rallied to tie the game 14-14 at halftime, but Summerville got a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sawyer Bridges to wide receiver Johnston McCurry to go up 21-14 with 2:08 left in the third quarter. When the Green Wave scored on a 5-yard run by running back Chris Felder with 41 seconds left in the quarter to go up 27-14, it appeared Sumter’s 6-game winning streak and magical run in the playoffs was coming to an end. The Gamecocks had to punt on their ensuing possession, but forced a three-and-out on the Green Wave, forcing them to punt from their 12yard line. David Kennedy’s 25-yard punt set Sumter up at the Summerville 37. Quarterback James Barnes threw a short pass to wide receiver Ky’Jon Tyler in the flat near the Sumter sideline on the next play. He danced down the line, juked a pair of defenders and then spun out of a would-be tackle to high step it into the end zone for his third touchdown of the game . Vincent Watkins added the extra point, making it 27-21 with 9:33 left in the game. “I stiff-armed the first guy and then juked the next two guys,” said Tyler, who had nine catches for 138 yards and three scores. “The last one tried to slam me down and I just spun out of that.”

SUMT 20 39-153 240 31/18/1 0-0 6-25.7 7-64

SUMM 8 28-97 119 12/5/2 0-0 6-34.2 8-46

First Downs Att.-Yds. Rushing Yards Passing A/C/I Fumbles-Lost Punts-Avg. Penalties-Yards


6 14

8 0

0 13

14 -- 28 0 -- 27

First Quarter SUMM -- William Luck 75 pass from Sawyer Bridges (David Kennedy, kick); 6:17 SUMM -- Kevin Dickinson 35 interception return (Kennedy, kick); 6:07. SUMT -- Ky’Jon Tyler 30 pass from James Barnes (kick failed); 0:00 Second Quarter SUMT -- Tyler 34 pass from Barnes (Russell Jenkins, pass from Barnes); 2:27. Third Quarter SUMM -- Johnston McCurry 20 pass from Bridges (Kennedy, kick); 2:08. SUMM -- Chris Felder 5 run (kick failed); 0:41. Fourth Quarter SUMT -- Tyler 37 pass from Barnes (Watkins, kick); 9:33. SUMT -- Xzavion Burson, 40 pass from Barnes (Watkins, kick); 1:25.

The Gamecocks tried a pooch kick on the kickoff, but were flagged for running into a player who had called for a fair catch. That set the Green Wave up on the Sumter 45, but the Gamecocks forced another three-and-out. Kennedy’s punt died at the Sumter 5 with 7:59 remaining in the game. The Gamecocks got a first down on a 6-yard run by Xzavion Burson out of the Wildcat formation before facing fourth and 3 at their 27 with a little over four minutes remaining. They lined up to go for it and Summerville jumped offsides to give Sumter the first down. The Gamecocks got another first down on third down on a 10-yard pass to Tyler. Barnes, who threw for 240 yards and four scores, completed a 10-yarder to Burson for a first down at the Wave 41. After a 1-yard run by Barnes, he waited for Burson to break open across the field, hitting him on the run for a 40-yard TD pass with 1:25 to go. Watkins’ extra point gave Sumter the 28-27 advantage. “It was a 10-yard dig route,” Bur-

TIGERS from Page B1 missed their first 11 shots from the field before Josh Cameron’s short jumper with 10:35 left in the half. “I think our guys just locked in on defense,” Brownell said. “You hold a team and they don’t score in the beginning, the basket looks a little smaller the longer it goes. The longer you hold them on zero, it’s hard for them to make one.” Coastal coach Cliff Ellis said his team just “wasn’t a match” for Clemson. Clemson held a 33-21 halftime lead following a

son said of the winning play. “James went through his reads and stayed with me until I came open. I think the fact Ky’Jon was having such a big night helped me.” “Xzavion had been asking for the ball all night, so we decided to go to him there,” Kennedy said. Defensive back Jayln Lewis intercepted Bridges to wrap up the win for Sumter. Bridges connected with wide receiver William Luck across the middle of the field for a 76-yard touchdown with 6:17 left in the first quarter. On Sumter’s first play on the ensuing possession, Green Wave defensive back Kevin Dickinson stepped in front of a Gamecock receiver for an interception and took it back 35 yards for the score. David Kennedy’s extra point made it 14-0 with 6:07 to go. Sumter answered with a 15-play, 80-yard drive that took the rest of the time off the clock in the quarter. It ended with Barnes throwing a pass to Tyler in the end zone on fourth down and 15. The ball was tipped by two Green Wave defenders before Tyler caught it as he fell to the ground. Watkins missed the extra point, leaving the score at 14-6. The next time Sumter got the ball it went 81 yards in 14 play, taking seven minutes off the clock. The drive ended with Tyler making a sliding catch in the end zone for a 34-yard score. Barnes passed to running back Russell Jenkins for the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14 with 2:27 left in the first half. “It’s fun throwing the ball to Ky’Jon,” said Barnes, who also rushed for 84 yards. “He’s a special player who makes special things happen.” Sumter dominated the first half, running 45 plays to just 14 for Summerville. For the game, the Gamecocks ran 70 plays to just 40 for the Wave. Sumter had 393 yards of total offense to 216 for Summerville.

mostly dominant first half. McDaniels’ 3-pointer from the top of the key pushed Clemson’s lead to 33-13 with 2:17 remaining, but the Tigers were scoreless the rest of the half. Wilson’s 3-point play with 1.7 seconds left capped an 8-0 end-of-half run. The Chanticleers shot just 29 percent from the field while Clemson shot 37.8 percent and made 5 of 16 3-pointers. Coastal closed to within 35-25 with 15:32 left, but Clemson sealed the game with an 11-2 run ignited by a McDaniels jumper and a McDaniels steal and feed to Rod Hall for a dunk. Back-to-back jumpers by Coleman and McDaniels extended the lead to 46-27 with 11:26 to play.

Christ Church, H-K-T win 1A state crowns COLUMBIA — Demetrius Anthony ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and Christ Church defeated Carvers Bay 28-21 Friday to win its third straight South Carolina Class A Division I championship and 40th consecutive game. Christ Church (14-0) moved a victory away from the longest winning streak in state prep football history: Summerville won 41 games in a row from 1978 through 1980. Anthony rushed for 90 yards and scored on runs of 5 and 11 yards, the second one that put the Cavaliers up 28-21 less than a minute left in the opening half. He also passed for 175 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown to Rudy Johnstone. Devin Cuttino had touchdown runs of 30 and 80 yards for Carvers Bay (122), which gained 289 yards rushing. DIVISION II HUNTER-KINARD-TYLER TIMMONSVILLE

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COLUMBIA — Jarius Jenkins rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns as Hunter-Kinard-Tyler defeated 26-8 on Friday to win the South Carolina Class A Division II championship, the school’s first ever state title. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (12-2) led 20-0 at halftime as Jenkins ran for 110 yards and touchdowns of 1, 17 and 4 yards. He added a 4-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Timmonsville (7-7) started the season 1-5, but rallied with six victories its next seven games to reach the championship. It could only cut the lead to 20-8 on Tyquez Young’s 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler outgained Timmonsville 348-296. The Trojans’ defense also forced five Timmonsville turnovers, including three inside H-K-T territory. Timmonsville was in its ninth state championship game and fell to 2-7 alltime in those contests. From wire reports

STATE PLAYOFFS Friday 4A Division I Semifinals (5) Dutch Fork 31, (1) Byrnes 21 (7) Sumter 28, (3) Summerville 27 4A Division II Semifinals (5) Stratford 36, (8) South Pointe 13 (2) Northwestern 49, (3) North Augusta 21 3A Semifinals (1) Daniel 29, (4) Chapman 27 (2) Myrtle Beach 20, (3) Marlboro County 6 2A Division I Semifinals (2) Fairfield Central 37, (1) Cheraw 13 (1) Dillon 14, (2) Timberland 0 2A Division II Semifinals (2) Batesburg-Leesville 34, (1) Chesnee 33 (1) Silver Bluff 14, (3) Bamberg-Ehrhardt 7 1A Division I State Championship in Columbia at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium (2) Christ Church 28, (1) Carvers Bay 21 1A Division II State Championship in Columbia at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium (1) Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 26, (4) Timmonsville 8



Jefferson’s 23 points help Bobcats extend Bucks’ losing streak to 11 CHARLOTTE — Al Jefferson posted season highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats handed the Milwaukee Bucks their 11th straight loss with a 92-76 victory on Friday night. The dismal Bucks proved to be a perfect cure for the Bobcats’ home woes. Charlotte had lost six of its past JEFFERSON seven at home. Jefferson, who signed a three-year, $41 million free agent contract this offseason, took over in the fourth quarter in the paint, scoring 13 points with three “and-one” opportunities.

Cleveland Cavaliers 103-86 on Friday night for their third victory in four games.



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TORONTO — LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade had 22 and the Miami Heat won their ninth straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 90-83. Ray Allen and Michael Beasley each scored seven points for the Heat. SPURS MAGIC

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Tim Duncan scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, Marco Belinelli also had 19 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Orlando Magic 109-91.

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Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice added 15 apiece to power Michigan State to a 98-65 victory over Mount St. Mary’s. (4) ARIZONA (6) DUKE

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NEW YORK — Nick Johnson scored all but two of his 15 points in the second half and No. 4 Arizona beat No. 6 Duke 72-66 in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. (5) OKLAHOMA STATE BUTLER

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Marcus Smart scored 17 points as No. 5 Oklahoma State survived a major scare in a 69-67 win over Butler in an Old Spice Classic semifinal. (7) OHIO ST. NORTH FLORIDA

State rode a 19-point first-half run to a 99-64 victory over North Florida. (9) LOUISVILLE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Chris Jones came off the bench to score 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and No. 9 Louisville bounced back from its first loss to roll past Southern Mississippi 69-38. (14) OREGON PACIFIC

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Austin Nichols scored 19 points, Chris Crawford had 17 and No. 21 Memphis beat LSU 76-69 in a semifinal at the Old Spice Classic. (22) MICHIGAN COPPIN STATE

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Aaron White scored 17 points, Zach McCabe added 14 and the No. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes rolled into the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, easily beating Texas-El Paso 89-53. (25) MARQUETTE GEORGE WASHINGTON

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FULLERTON, Calif. — Davante Gardner scored 20 points and had nine rebounds to lead No. 25 Marquette to a 76-60 victory over George Washington University in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy. From wire reports



CAROLINA from Page B1 Atlanta and wins, everything is good because it will receive the league’s automatic BCS berth. However, should it lose and be on a 2-game losing streak, South Carolina could fall way down the totem pole in which bowl it will play in. And, if Missouri beats Johnny Manziel — uh, the Aggies — and there is no trip to Atlanta for the Gamecocks, a victory over Clemson would make the resume look very, very good to the other bowls. A 10-2 USC team would look very inviting to the Sugar Bowl should No. 1 Alabama earn a spot in the national championship game. So, while Clemson is trying to keep Carolina from beating it five consecutive times for the first time ever, South Carolina has a fair amount riding on this game as well. The following are five things that will help the Gamecocks to victory. 1. ESTABLISH THE RUN

When a team has the SEC’s leading rusher, one might think this is an odd choice for a key to the game. However, USC head coach Steve Spurrier has been known to get a little pass happy at times and forget about the run. Carolina needs to give Clemson a healthy dose of Mike Davis, Shon Carson and Brandon Wilds. USC’s offensive line is the best it has been in Spurrier’s stay at the school and it needs to see if it can control the Tiger defensive front. Also, if South Carolina runs the ball effectively, that means it is controlling the clock and keeping Clemson’s offense off the field. That was the major key to last season’s 27-17 victory. 2. HAVE ANOTHER DL STEP UP

The odds are slim to none that All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will not get double teamed by Clemson today. The Tigers tried to use a single blocker on him last year, and that led to a 4 ½-sack game for Clowney. That being said, should Clowney face constant


double teams, that should open the door for another defensive lineman to have a big game. USC needs that to happen because history has proven that if Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd is under duress, he is not nearly as effective a passer. 3. ATTACK THE SECONDARY

With Clemson likely trying to take away the run from the Gamecocks, that should mean the Tigers secondary could be left in some 1-on-1 matchups. USC needs to take advantage of that. That doesn’t mean Connor Shaw needs to throw 35 times, but it does mean Spurrier needs to pick his spots and see what the secondary is made of. While USC doesn’t have a Sammy Watkins, Bruce Ellington, Nick Jones, Damiere Byrd, Shaq Roland and tight ends Roary Anderson and Jerrel Adams make up a strong receiving corps. 4. BE GOOD ON SPECIAL TEAMS

This doesn’t mean returning kickoffs or punts for touchdowns or forcing turnovers when punting or kicking off, even though the Carolina coaching staff would be more than happy with any of those. No, this means simply do your job. When a field goal opportunity presents itself, Elliott Fry needs to deliver; when it’s time to punt, Tyler Hull needs to be average; when the kickoffs come, Landon Ard needs to be kicking it out of the end zone, not out of bounds. Also, USC doesn’t need to allow long kickoff or punt returns. USC needs to take advantage of scoring opportunities when they come and do its best to limit field position for the Tigers. 5. HAVE A QUICK START

Clemson has found itself in an early hole one time this season against Florida State, and everyone knows the outcome of that game. A fast start by the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium with the pressure of a 4-game losing streak weighing on the Tigers would certainly test their mettle. Of course, fast starts haven’t been the norm of late for USC, but it has managed to win most of those games. So why mess with success?


South Carolina tight end and former Scott’s Branch High School standout Jerell Adams looks to help the Gamecocks claim their fifth-straight victory against Clemson today at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

can to take the running game away from the Gamecocks. Simply put, USC is at its best offensively when it is able to run the ball successfully and incorporate the pass around that. For all of the success Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw has had throwing the ball this season, he is simply a better passer when the defense is having to guess a bit on what’s coming.

CLEMSON fromPageB1 enjoyed under head coach Dabo Swinney — easily the most since Danny Ford led Clemson to a national title and a string of top 10 finishes in the 1980s — the lack of success against the instate rival sticks in the craw of many Clemson fans. In their estimation, what good is to have all of the overall success when your rival is controlling the series? The Tigers, though, appear to have their attention focused solely on beating USC today. There hasn’t been a lot of bluster or trash talking, just a team preparing to try and end its season on a very positive note. Here are five things Clemson needs to do for that to happen.




Clemson chose not to to double team Carolina’s All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in last year’s 27-17 USC victory, and he wreaked havoc in the Tiger backfield. Clowney had 4 1/2 sacks and this game, along with the helmet-exploding hit against Michigan, set the national spotlight squarely on Clowney. The Tigers need to commit to two men blocking Clowney, even if it slows Clemson from what it tries to do offensively. Practically every South Carolina foe has at least double teamed Clowney, and it has kept his numbers down. You hope no one else on the Gamecock D line pulls up the slack; if someone does, then you adjust.

HIGH 5 from Page B1 bow on Senior Day Saturday night. As has been Spurrier’s practice this season, Clowney has not been made available for interviews prior to games. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward acknowledged that Clowney’s been his own worst enemy at times, missing sack opportunities and the chances to make big plays that he did his first two seasons. But Clowney’s also dealing with two- and threeman blocking schemes to slow him down or offenses playing away from his side of the ball. “Again, everybody this year has done something different and I’m sure they will, too,’’ Ward said. “A lot of people are backs on him and some people are putting three people on him,’’ Ward said. Clowney had a mid-season controversy when he pulled himself out of South Carolina’s game with Kentucky, sparking the anger of coach Steve Spurrier. That touched


Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) looks to lead his team to a victory over rival South Carolina today in Columbia to put a final stamp on his illustrious career with the Tigers. 2. RUN THE BALL

No, this isn’t a key this time because former Sumter High School standout Roderick McDowell is the Tigers’ starting running back and is on a quest for a 1,000-yard season. Clemson really does need to run the football. I thought the abandonment of the running game in the first half of last season’s game hurt the Tigers. Clemson scored its two touchdowns early, doing a good job of mixing the run and the pass. After that, one field goal. McDowell had two carries for 47

off several days of wondering if Clowney were committed to the Gamecocks, or concerned about protecting what could be a guaranteed $22 million as the NFL’s top draft pick. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said earlier this month he still considered Clowney the draft’s top prospect. Clowney, who had a strained muscle by his ribs Kentucky week, has played better down the stretch. “Hopefully, Jadeveon’s ready to have his best game this Saturday night,’’ Spurrier said. Spurrier said Clowney’s impact has been significant. The Gamecocks went 11-2 each of Clowney’s first two seasons, a feat never accomplished in school history. A win over Clemson this weekend would be South Carolina’s fifth straight, also unprecedented in a series that began in 1896. “All you got to do is look at the record book to see the impact he’s made on South Carolina,’’ Spurrier said. A few things to watch for: GAMECOCK STREAKS

South Carolina last won four straight in the series

yards in the first quarter, then never touched the ball again. Even so, starting RB Andre Ellington didn’t get many carries after the first quarter. Being able to run the ball, even if it’s draws with the nimble feet of quarterback Tajh Boyd, would temper USC’s pass rush. Also, Clemson will need to simply run the ball to eat some clock and give its defense a rest if USC’s offense is controlling the ball like it did last year. 3. SELL OUT ON THE RUN

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If USC and Clemson would have met in the first month of the season, it likely would have been a bloodbath in favor of the Tigers. The Gamecock secondary had many holes in it, and Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins would have had a field day. Of course, the Carolina defense has shown steady improvement since the beginning of the year, but there are still questions about the secondary. The Tigers need to find answers early on by challenging it with the pass. 5. RUSH SHAW SMART

While the Tiger defensive front, led by end Vic Beasley, have had tremendous success rushing the passer, it can’t just pin its ears back and go full bore after Shaw. If Clemson does that, it could be aiding and abetting the USC offense. If the Tigers allow Shaw to break containment on a regular basis, he will use his feet to great advantage for the Carolina offense. They need to limit that as much as possible.

tion, 17-game home win streak, surpassing the mark set by the teams of Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers from 1978-80. NOT JUST CLOWNEY

(6) CLEMSON (10-1) AT (10) SOUTH CAROLINA (9-2) 7 p.m. (ESPN2) Line: South Carolina by 5. Series record: Clemson leads 65-41-4. WHAT’S AT STAKE The Palmetto Bowl rivals need victories to shore up BCS hopes. Clemson could cement a second BCS game in three seasons with its first victory over South Carolina since 2008. Even with a loss the Tigers could end up in the BCS. The Gamecocks would see their chances boosted with a win, although they are also still alive for the SEC East. KEY MATCHUP Clemson QB Tajh Boyd vs. South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney. A year ago, Clowney got 4 ½ sacks on Boyd in the Gamecocks 27-17 victory. This summer, Clowney jabbed Boyd was among quarterbacks who were scared of him. Clowney has struggled this season with just two sacks. Boyd’s struggled against South Carolina, throwing for 339 yards and taking 14 sacks in three appearances. PLAYERS TO WATCH Clemson: WR Sammy Watkins has rebounded to his All-American form. The junior has 78 catches for 1,144 yards and 10 touchdowns. South Carolina: RB Mike Davis leads the SEC in rushing with 1,122 yards and 10 touchdowns. FACTS & FIGURES This is the first time Clemson and South Carolina have both been ranked in the top 10 when they’ve played. ... South Carolina carries a program-record 17-game home winning streak into tonight. A year ago, Clemson had won 13 straight at home before the Gamecocks’ 27-17 victory at Death Valley. ... South Carolina QB Connor Shaw has not lost at home in his career and carries a school-record, 25-5 mark as a starting quarterback.

from 1951-54 and has never won five straight over the rival Tigers. The Gamecocks also have a longest-in-the-na-

There are several NFL draft eligible players on both sidelines pondering NFL decisions. The most likely candidate to leave is Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, who leads the ACC in receiving yards with 1,144 yards and 10 touchdown catches. Others who could enter the draft are South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and cornerback Victor Hampton, both juniors expected to join Clowney in Senior Day festivities. For the Tigers, defensive end Vic Beasley and receiver Martavis Bryant probably will also at the pros and cons of entering the NFL draft after this year. GOODBYE QBS

This is definitely the final Palmetto State showing for senior quarterbacks Tajh Boyd of Clemson and Connor Shaw of South Carolina. The two have defined their programs’ rise the past few seasons. Boyd has set ACC records for passing yards and

touchdowns accounted for. Shaw is the Gamecocks alltime leader with a 25-5 mark as a starter. Plus, he’s never lost at Williams-Brice Stadium. EYE ON MISSOURI

South Carolina remains alive in the SEC championship chase, needing a win by No. 19 Texas A&M over fifth-ranked Missouri to claim the Eastern Division. Two weeks ago, officials broadcast the end of Auburn’s victory over Georgia, which the Gamecocks also needed to make the title game, on the team’s 123-foot wide video board after their contest with Florida started. Could South Carolina do the same here since Missouri’s game starts 45 minutes after the Clemson kickoff? SWINNEY IN THE SEC

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney has done well against SEC competition since becoming a head coach in 2008, just not the Gamecocks. He’s won six times against SEC teams, twice over Auburn and once each against South Carolina, Kentucky, LSU and Georgia. He’s only 1-4, though, in the state rivalry.





Backup QB helps LSU avoid upset BATON ROUGE, La. — Backup quarterback Anthony Jennings closed out LSU’s regular season by giving Tigers fans a big dose of hope for the future. The freshman replaced an injured Zach Mettenberger in the fourth quarter and lofted a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 left as No. 15 LSU pulled out a tense 31-27 victory over upsetminded Arkansas on Friday. Jennings entered the game after Mettenberger hurt his left leg in the fourth quarter, and the game came down to whether Jennings could drive the Tigers 99 yards in the final 3 minutes. He responded with a pair of clutch first-down passes and a 21-yard scramble to set up his winning scoring strike that kept LSU (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) alive for a fourth-straight 10-win campaign. Brandon Allen completed two touchdown passes to tight end Hunter Henry, the second giving Arkansas (3-9, 0-8) a 27-21 lead that stood most of the fourth quarter. But Jennings’ heroics extended the Razorbacks’ school-record losing streak to nine games and ensured Arkansas’ first winless record in the SEC since joining the conference in 1992. LSU’s defense sealed up



as the more heralded Carr, matching his six first-half touchdown passes in a near perfect performance that made the Spartans (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West) bowl eligible with their first win over a ranked opponent since 2000. Carr threw for 519 yards and six touchdowns, but threw a fourth-quarter interception for the Bulldogs (101, 7-1). Davante Adams caught 13 passes for 264 yards and three scores. LATE THURSDAY MISSISSIPPI STATE MISSISSIPPI


LSU backup quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws a pass as Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) rushes during the Tigers’ 31-27 victory on Friday in Baton Rouge, La.

the victory when cornerback Dwayne Thomas sacked and stripped Allen and defensive end Jermauria Rasco recovered in the final minute, allowing Jennings to take a curtain call in kneel on the ball to run out the clock. MIAMI PITTSBURGH

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PITTSBURGH — Stacy Coley hauled in a pair of touchdown passes and zig-

zagged 73 yards on an end around for another score as Miami kept its slim hopes for a spot in the ACC title game alive with a 41-31 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday. Allen Hurns caught nine passes for 173 yards for the Hurricanes (9-3, 5-3 ACC), who raced to a quick 14-point lead and had no real trouble with the Panthers (6-6, 3-5). Isaac Bennett ran for a 141

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STARKVILLE, Miss. — Dak Prescott rushed for a 3-yard touchdown in overtime to lead Mississippi State past Mississippi 17-10 in the Egg Bowl on Thursday night. Prescott didn’t enter the game until the fourth quarter because of an injury to his non-throwing shoulder that caused him to miss the past two games. But the sophomore led the Bulldogs (6-6, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) to their tying drive in the fourth quarter and the gamewinner in overtime. Ole Miss’ overtime drive ended when Bo Wallace fumbled and Mississippi State’s Jamerson Love recovered in the end zone. From wire reports

Duke faces Tar Heels for berth in ACC title game BY AARON BEARD The Associated Press


The fifth-ranked Missouri Tigers will try to contain Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) today in Columbia, Mo., to wrap up the SEC East Division title.

Mizzou aims to contain Manziel, capture SEC East Division crown BY R.B. FALLSTROM The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. — LSU set the template for No. 5 Missouri. Keep Johnny Manziel in the middle of the field, and the Heisman Trophy winner can be contained. Coach Gary Pinkel knows that’s easier said than done. “I don’t know if you ever truly stop him,’’ Pinkel said. “Everybody will say, ‘Do exactly what LSU did.’ I don’t think every team and every player is perfect all the time.’’ Manziel came close last year against the Tigers, throwing for three touchdowns and running for two more scores to help the Aggies run up a 42-7 halftime lead in a 59-29 blowout. Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC) dropped 10 spots to 19th in the poll after getting manhandled on the road in a 34-10 loss last week. Manziel was held to one touchdown pass and intercepted twice, and for the first time in his career he fell short of 50 percent completion. LSU’s ends stayed wide to neutralize Manziel’s improvisational skills, with great success. Sure, that gives the Tigers some confidence. “I mean yes, I guess you could say that,’’ senior defensive back E.J. Gaines said. “But it doesn’t happen very often.’’ Watch for Missouri (10-1, 6-1) to at least give it a try. There’s a lot riding on this

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE STATE Today (6) Clemson at (10) South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) Furman at South Carolina State, 1 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m. ACC Friday Miami 41, Pittsburgh 31 Today (2) Florida State at Florida, noon (ESPN) (24) Duke at North Carolina, noon (ESPN2) Maryland at N.C. State, 12:30 p.m. (WACH 57) Boston College at Syracuse, 3:30 p.m. (FOX SPORTSOUTH) Virginia Tech at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU) SEC Thursday Mississippi State 17, Mississippi 10 Friday (15) LSU 31, Arkansas 27 Today (1) Alabama at (4) Auburn, 3:30 p.m. (WLTX 19) (5) Missouri vs. (19) Texas A&M, 7:45 p.m. (ESPN) Wake Forest at Vanderbilt, 12:21 p.m. (WOLO 25) Georgia at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (WOLO 25) Tennessee at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) TOP 25 Friday San Jose State 62, (16) Fresno State 52 (12) Oregon vs. Oregon State, late (17) Central Florida vs. South Florida, late Today (3) Ohio State at Michigan, noon (8) Stanford vs. (25) Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (WACH 57) (9) Baylor at TCU, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2) (11) Michigan State vs. Minnesota, noon (13) Arizona State vs. Arizona, 9:30 p.m. (14) Wisconsin vs. Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) (22) UCLA at (23) Southern Cal, 8 p.m. (WOLO 25)

one for the Tigers. Win, and they take the SEC East and advance to the conference championship Dec. 7 in Atlanta. Lose, and South Carolina gets the nod based on its overtime victory at Missouri. Some things to look for in the Texas A&M-Missouri game: GROUND GAME

Missouri running back Henry Josey is all the way back from a left knee injury so serious Pinkel had doubts he’d be 100 percent again, saying “it was more like a car wreck than an athletic injury.’’

Josey had two of the Tigers’ three scores last week, his second straight two-TD game, and he’s closing in on 1,000 yards. The senior missed the end of the 2011 season and all of 2012. STINGY DEFENSE

Texas A&M’s offense leads the SEC with a 45.7-point average but is coming off a dud. Missouri is second in the league allowing just 19 points, and is coming off a superior effort in a 24-10 victory at Ole Miss. The Rebels had been averaging 34.5 points but mustered just one field goal in three trips inside the 20, and twice came up empty after having first-and-goal.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — With each win in a historically successful season, Duke coach David Cutcliffe said his team would have to follow up with an even bigger win the following week. That approach has brought the No. 24 Blue Devils here, within a win of an improbable Coastal Division championship and a ticket to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. It all depends on whether they can beat surging rival North Carolina today. “What it ended up being is two teams that are on a win streak, that are playing as well as anybody in the league coming together,’’ Cutcliffe said. “And it happens to be a rival game and it happens to be on a holiday weekend. (The players) were able to write their own story and write their own challenge, and that’s what this ultimately is.’’ The Blue Devils (9-2, 5-2 ACC) have won seven straight to tie the program’s single-season record for victories, while the Tar Heels (6-5, 4-3) have won

five straight to dig out from a 1-5 start and become bowl eligible. If Duke can beat North Carolina for the second straight year, the Blue Devils will face No. 2 Florida State in Charlotte next week for Duke’s first ACC title since 1989. “I said a long time ago I think people would doubt us for a while that we were going to be able to make it to the championship, and now we’re in position to do that,’’ Duke linebacker Kelby Brown said. “It doesn’t get much bigger than this.’’ The Tar Heels are still irked by losing to the Blue Devils — UNC’s first loss in the series since 2003 — on a last-second touchdown in last year’s game. “Regardless of playing in the ACC championship or not, there’s still a lot to play for,’’ UNC freshman receiver Ryan Switzer said. “We want to send these seniors out with a win against Duke in their final year. If we can beat them and keep them home for the ACC championship game and send one of these other teams, we’d love to do it.’’


Before last week, the Aggies hadn’t lost by double digits. They had the ball for less than 20 minutes at LSU. They’ve got to get over it. SENIOR NIGHT

The home finale always is an emotional experience for Pinkel, who lets the tears flow and hugs everyone during the pre-game ceremony. Players know they’ll have to change gears quickly, and put the game face back on, after getting their name announced before a sellout crowd and then getting greeted by family. BIG TARGET

Six-foot-5 receiver Mike Evans has become a favorite target of Manziel. Evans is second in the nation with 1,314 yards receiving and is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.


Kelby Brown, left, and the rest of the Duke football team looks to beat rival North Carolina today and earn a spot in next week’s ACC championship game.



Scott leads Australian Open by 2 SYDNEY (AP) — Adam Scott held a two-shot advantage over Rory McIlroy as the tournament’s star players moved to the top of the Australian Open leaderboard at Royal Sydney on Friday. Scott shot 2-under-par 70 for a tworound total of 12-under 132. McIlroy, playing in the morning and avoiding the rain and storms that later hit the course, had a 65. Scott and McIlroy will play together today in the third round. “It was always going to be a day where you just had to hang on,” Scott said of the tough conditions. “He (McIlroy) is one of the best players in the world so I’m going to have to bring my best game.” Australian Richard Green shot 66 and was three strokes behind Scott, who is trying to add the Australian Open to his Australian PGA and Australian Masters titles to become the second player after Robert Allenby in 2005 to capture the Triple Crown of Australian majors. McIlroy felt lucky to have escaped the worsening conditions. “The weather wasn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be and the wind didn’t pick up,” he said. “So I knew we could take advantage of that, and the greens were a little bit softer as well.” Defending champion Peter Senior had an 81 Friday and did not make the cut. Kevin Streelman, who played with Matt Kuchar in the American team at last week’s World Cup, retired on the fourth hole due to an eye infection. Playing for the first time in Australia, he was later taken to hospital for treatment. Streelman, playing with Scott and Jason Day, shot 70 in the opening round Thursday and began Friday’s round with a birdie. But as his eye condition worsened, he had a 5 on the par-3 third and a bogey on the par-4 fourth before deciding to retire. “It’s pretty rough right now but we’ll


Adam Scott putts on the 15th green during Friday’s second round of the Australian Open in Sydney, Australia.

see what we can do,” Streelman said. “The doctor said it was pretty badly infected. “I’ve been trying to do some drops but I started getting dizzy and it’s the first time I’ve ever (withdrawn) at a tournament ... I’m really sad to do it.” Streelman won the PGA Tour’s Tampa Bay Championship in March and finished second with Kuchar behind Day and Scott in the team event at the World Cup at Royal Melbourne.






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Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin, left, stands on the sideline as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walks off the field after the Steelers’ 22-20 loss to Baltimore on Thursday in Baltimore.

Tomlin’s sideline shuffle can’t save Steelers PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s not-so-nimble footwork provided a pretty good impersonation of his team’s decidedly graceless season during a 22-20 loss to Baltimore on Thursday night. Tomlin got caught looking at the scoreboard and walking a little too close to the field of play during a kickoff return by Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones in the third quarter. When Tomlin realized the streaking Jones — and Pittsburgh’s possible playoff hopes — were about to pass him by, Tomlin lamely and belatedly attempted to get out of the way. While the Tomlin tango might have prevented Jones from making it to the end zone, the damage was already done. The Ravens (6-6) used the great field position to kick a field goal as the defending Super Bowl champions made it back to .500 while Pittsburgh (5-7) saw its 3-game winning streak and the momentum that came along with it disappear like so many Thanksgiving leftovers. The NFL will take a

look at Tomlin’s inattentiveness during its usual game review sometime next week. Whether or not any action is taken, the moment crystallized a fall in which the Steelers haven’t realized they were in trouble until it was almost too late. For all their missteps, however, the Steelers still had a chance to tie it after Jerricho Cotchery’s 1-yard touchdown pass with 1:03 remaining. Ben Roethlisberger’s back-shoulder fade to Emmanuel Sanders on the 2-point conversion attempt smacked off Sanders’ hands and hit the turf. COWBOYS RAIDERS

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ARLINGTON, Texas — DeMarco Murray ran for three touchdowns, backup Lance Dunbar had a career-high 82 yards rushing and the Dallas Cowboys overcame Oakland’s fumble return for a score on the opening kickoff to beat the Raiders 31-24. Murray had 63 yards rushing but his highlight was the finishing work, including a 7-yard score to put Dallas ahead for good early in the fourth

quarter. Dunbar, who went out with a left knee sprain, sparked the tying and goahead touchdown drives in the second half, highlighted by a 45-yard run that led to a 4-yard scoring pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant. LIONS PACKERS

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DETROIT — Matthew Stafford made up for some mistakes with three touchdown passes, including one to Calvin Johnson, to help the Detroit Lions score 37 straight points after an awful start to beat the Green Bay Packers 4010. The Lions (7-5) had lost their last two games, five consecutive against Green Bay and a franchise-record nine straight in their annual showcase on Thanksgiving. The Packers (5-6-1) have a 5-game winless streak for the first time since 2008, showing how valuable Aaron Rodgers is for the franchise. Matt Flynn was sacked seven times, once by Ndamukong Suh for a safety. From wire reports


By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Toronto 6 8 .429 Philadelphia 6 10 .375 Boston 6 11 .353 Brooklyn 4 11 .267 New York 3 11 .214 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 12 3 .800 Atlanta 8 8 .500 Washington 7 8 .467 Charlotte 7 9 .438 Orlando 6 9 .400 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 14 1 .933 Chicago 7 7 .500 Detroit 6 9 .400 Cleveland 4 11 .267 Milwaukee 2 12 .143 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 13 2 .867 Houston 11 5 .688 Dallas 10 6 .625 Memphis 8 7 .533 New Orleans 6 8 .429 Northwest Division W L Pct Portland 13 3 .813 Oklahoma City 10 3 .769 Denver 8 6 .571 Minnesota 8 9 .471 Utah 2 14 .125 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 11 5 .688 Golden State 9 7 .563 Phoenix 8 7 .533 L.A. Lakers 8 8 .500 Sacramento 4 9 .308 Thursday’s Games No games scheduled Friday’s Games San Antonio at Orlando, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Miami at Toronto, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Houston, 8 p.m. Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Washington at Indiana, 8 p.m. New York at Denver, 9 p.m. Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Today’s Games Atlanta at Washington, 7 p.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Memphis, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Houston at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Boston at Milwaukee, 9 p.m. Sunday’s Games Denver at Toronto, 1 p.m. Indiana at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Detroit, 3:30 p.m. Golden State at Sacramento, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Miami, 6 p.m. Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. New Orleans at New York, 7:30 p.m. Portland at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

GB – 1 11/2 21/2 3 GB – 41/2 5 51/2 6 GB – 61/2 8 10 111/2 GB – 21/2 31/2 5 61/2 GB – 11/2 4 51/2 11 GB – 2 21/2 3 51/2

NFL STANDINGS By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 8 3 0 .727 288 230

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6 0 .455 6 0 .455 7 0 .364 South W L T Pct Indianapolis 7 4 0 .636 Tennessee 5 6 0 .455 Jacksonville 2 9 0 .182 Houston 2 9 0 .182 North W L T Pct Cincinnati 7 4 0 .636 Baltimore 6 6 0 .500 Pittsburgh 5 7 0 .417 Cleveland 4 7 0 .364 West W L T Pct Denver 9 2 0 .818 Kansas City 9 2 0 .818 San Diego 5 6 0 .455 Oakland 4 8 0 .333 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct Dallas 7 5 0 .583 Philadelphia 6 5 0 .545 N.Y. Giants 4 7 0 .364 Washington 3 8 0 .273 South W L T Pct New Orleans 9 2 0 .818 Carolina 8 3 0 .727 Tampa Bay 3 8 0 .273 Atlanta 2 9 0 .182 North W L T Pct Detroit 7 5 0 .583 Chicago 6 5 0 .545 Green Bay 5 6 1 .458 Minnesota 2 8 1 .227 West W L T Pct Seattle 10 1 0 .909 San Francisco 7 4 0 .636 Arizona 7 4 0 .636 St. Louis 5 6 0 .455 Thursday’s Games Detroit 40, Green Bay 10 Dallas 31, Oakland 24 Baltimore 22, Pittsburgh 20 Sunday’s Games Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. New England at Houston, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Miami at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. Buffalo at Toronto, 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Denver at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s Game New Orleans at Seattle, 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 Houston at Jacksonville, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 Atlanta at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Washington, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Miami at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Detroit at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Cleveland at New England, 1 p.m. Oakland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 Dallas at Chicago, 8:40 p.m.

186 287 229 245 236 273 PF 263 250 142 199

PA 260 245 324 289

PF 275 249 263 203

PA 206 235 278 265

PF 429 270 269 237

PA 289 179 260 300

PF 329 276 213 252

PA 303 260 280 338

PF 305 258 211 227

PA 196 151 258 309

PF 326 303 294 266

PA 287 309 305 346

PF 306 274 254 266

PA 179 184 223 255

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 26 17 7 2 36 72 54 Tampa Bay 26 16 9 1 33 76 66 Detroit 27 13 7 7 33 74 71 Montreal 26 14 9 3 31 69 55 Toronto 25 14 9 2 30 71 66 Ottawa 26 10 12 4 24 76 86 Florida 26 7 14 5 19 58 86 Buffalo 26 5 20 1 11 45 82 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 27 17 9 1 35 81 63 Washington 26 13 11 2 28 79 76 N.Y. Rangers 26 13 13 0 26 55 64 Carolina 25 10 10 5 25 53 70 Philadelphia 25 11 12 2 24 54 61 New Jersey 25 9 11 5 23 53 62 Columbus 25 9 13 3 21 62 75 N.Y. Islanders 26 8 15 3 19 70 90 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 26 18 4 4 40 95 73 St. Louis 25 18 4 3 39 89 57 Colorado 23 17 6 0 34 70 49 Minnesota 26 15 7 4 34 65 61 Nashville 26 13 11 2 28 60 72 Winnipeg 28 12 12 4 28 73 80 Dallas 23 12 9 2 26 67 68 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose 25 17 3 5 39 88 57 Anaheim 28 18 7 3 39 88 73 Los Angeles 26 16 6 4 36 69 56 Phoenix 25 15 6 4 34 83 79 Vancouver 27 13 9 5 31 72 70 Calgary 25 8 13 4 20 68 92 Edmonton 26 8 16 2 18 68 89 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Thursday’s Games Vancouver 5, Ottawa 2 Edmonton 3, Nashville 0 Friday’s Games Washington 3, Montreal 2, SO Philadelphia 2, Winnipeg 1 Boston 3, N.Y. Rangers 2 Pittsburgh 3, Tampa Bay 0 Detroit 5, N.Y. Islanders 0 Anaheim 5, Calgary 2 San Jose 6, St. Louis 3 Colorado at Minnesota, 6 p.m. New Jersey at Carolina, 7 p.m. Edmonton at Columbus, 7 p.m. Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Today’s Games Vancouver at N.Y. Rangers, 2 p.m. Columbus at Boston, 7 p.m. Toronto at Montreal, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Florida, 7 p.m. Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Nashville, 8 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, 9 p.m. Calgary at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Vancouver at Carolina, 1 p.m. Detroit at Ottawa, 5:30 p.m. Edmonton at Dallas, 6 p.m.

GOLF Emirates Australian Open Scores The Associated Press Friday At Royal Sydney Golf Club Sydney Purse: $1.15 million Yardage: 6,939; Par: 72 a-amateur Second Round Adam Scott, Australia 62-70—132 Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland 69-65—134 Richard Green, Australia 69-66—135 Matthew Jones, Australia 68-68—136 Leigh McKechnie, Australia 73-65—138 Alistair Presnell, Australia 67-71—138 Josh Younger, Australia 69-69—138 a-Brady Watt, Australia 68-70—138 Aron Price, Australia 70-69—139 Max McCardle, Australia 68-71—139


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REAL ESTATE Manufactured Housing LOW CREDIT SCORE? Been turned down for bad credit? Come try us, we do our own financing. We have 2-3-4-5 bedroom homes on our lot. Layaway program available. For more information, call 843-389-4215. 3BR/2BA Mobile Home. Owner Financing with $6,000 down. Call 803-494-5010 Singlewides & Doublewides sold wholesale for CASH... Call Now 983-8084

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