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Sports For 10/31/14

Union County High School hosts the Chester Cyclones this evening at Union County Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Union County is 3-6 overall, 1-3 in region play, while Chester is 2-7, 0-4. It is Senior Night.

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Other games tonight include Byrnes at Dorman, Woodruff at Chesnee, Blue Ridge at Greer, Lancaster at Broome, South Pointe at Clinton, and Ware Shoals at Whitmire.

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Due to the convoluted points system employed by the High School League, the playoffs are a bit harder to figure out than they used to be. However, there are opportunities for Union County to get in. There are 14 automatic spots in the upper state, as well as 3 at-large spots. Only 3 teams are guaranteed in from our region. South Pointe has wrapped up the region title, while Chester has been eliminated.

Scenario 1: Union County wins, Clinton beats South Pointe, Lancaster loses to Broome--Clinton is #3 seed, Union County likely receives an at-large bid--Lancaster is eliminated.

Scenario 2--Broome beats Lancaster, South Pointe beats Clinton, and Union County wins--3-way tie for #3 seed. Clinton takes #3 spot based on points allowed in the matchups between the three teams. Union County and Lancaster revert to head-to-head, and Union County owns the tiebreaker, taking the #4 spot and a likely at-large playoff spot.

Bottom line?  Union County and Broome must win their games tonight.

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The Sims 8th-grade team defeated Granard yesterday, 34-14. The Union County JV team defeated Chester, 30-12, wrapping up an unbeaten region schedule. They finish the season 8-1, with the only loss coming to Spartanburg early in the season.

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The Florida State Seminoles rallied from a 21-0 deficit to defeat the Louisville Cardinals last night, 42-31. Georgia Southern defeated Troy, 42-10.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks host Tennessee tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium. We'll have the coverage for you on WBCU at 4:30 p.m. The Gamecocks will be without leading tackler Skai Moore, who is out with an ankle injury. The Gamecocks are 5.5-point favorites in the game.

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The Carolina Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints last night, 28-10. The Saints now lead the NFC South with a 4-4 record, while Carolina falls to 3-5-1.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have UCHS football for you, as Union County hosts Chester at Union County Stadium. It will be Senior Night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and we'll have all the action for you starting with the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show at 5:30 p.m.

Sports For 10/30/14

The Union County High School JV football team is set to play their final game of the year tonight. They travel to Chester to take on the JV Cyclones at 7:30 p.m.

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The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series title in 5 years, holding off Kansas City, 3-2, in Game 7. Both San Francisco and Kansas City scored two runs in the 2nd inning. The Giants pulled starter Tim Hudson and went to their bullpen during that inning. Madison Bumgarner finished the game, pitching five scoreless innings to claim the MVP title. Bumgarner's career World Series ERA is a record low 0.25.

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The ACC preseason poll is out for college basketball, and Duke is favored to win the conference. North Carolina was picked to finish second, followed by Louisville, Virginia, and Syracuse. Clemson is picked to finish 11th.

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The Charlotte Hornets won their season opener last night. They defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime, 108-106.

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The NCAA announced that Georgia running back Todd Gurley will have to sit out 4 total games for accepting more than $3000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. He also must repay a portion of the money to charity and complete 40 hours of community service. The Bulldogs have said they plan to appeal the penalty. If it stands, he would return in time for the Auburn game on November 15th.

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College football action tonight features Troy at Georgia Southern at 7:30 tonight on ESPNU. #2 Florida State is at Louisville tonight at 7:30. ESPN has TV coverage of that game.

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NFL action tonight features a battle for the NFC South lead. The Carolina Panthers host the New Orleans Saints tonight. The kickoff is set for 8:25 p.m., and the game will air on the NFL Network. Carolina leads the division with a 3-4-1 record, while the Saints are right behind at 3-4.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have the UCHS Coach's Show with Steve Taneyhill at 4:45 p.m. We'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 10/29/14

There are no middle school or high school sports activities scheduled today.

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The SC Prep Media Poll is out today, and again there are no changes at the top.

In class 4A, Byrnes tops the poll. Goose Creek and Dutch Fork are tied for 2nd. Dorman and Westwood are tied for 4th. The rest of the top 10 are: Fort Dorchester, Northwestern, Hillcrest, South Florence, and Fort Mill. 

In class 3A, Myrtle Beach is again on top, followed by Hartsville, Wren, Greer, and Daniel. #6-10 are: South Pointe, AC Flora, Emerald, Broome, and Hanahan.

Dillon is #1 in class 2A. Timberland, Woodruff, and Fairfield Central follow. Chesnee and Loris are tied for 5th. Batesburg-Leesville is #7, followed by Newberry, Cheraw, and Barnwell.

Christ Church leads class 1A, followed by Allendale-Fairfax, Hemingway, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, and Lamar. #6-10 are: McBee, Williston-Elko, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Estill, and Calhoun County.

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The first-ever playoff rankings are out in college football, with a lot of interest in the top 4 teams. Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn, and Mississippi hold those top 4 spots this week. The rest of the top 10 are: Oregon, Alabama, TCU, Michigan State, Kansas State, and Notre Dame. Georgia is #11, LSU is #19, Clemson is #21, and Duke is #24. The selection committee will issue rankings weekly leading up to the final playoff selection in December.

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Clemson junior wide receiver Mike Williams was added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list yesterday. The honor is presented each year to the nation's top wide receiver. Williams has 35 receptions for 735 yards and four touchdowns. The Tigers are off this week as they prepare to face Wake Forest on Thursday, November 6th.

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Charlotte welcomes back the Hornets as team name and mascot for the first time since 2002. The Hornets host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7 p.m.

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The Kansas City Royals rode a 7-run 2nd inning to a 10-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a must-win game 6 in the World Series last night. With the win, the World Series heads to a winner-take-all 7th game tonight in Kansas City. FOX has the TV coverage starting at 8:07 p.m. Tim Hudson gets the start tonight for the Giants, with Jeremy Guthrie pitching for the Royals. It is a rematch of game 3, which Kansas City won, 3-2. Tim Hudson, at age 39, will become the oldest game 7 starter in World Series history.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 10/28/14

There are no middle school or high school sports activities scheduled today.

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Recreation Department Stinger football action for today has the Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Jets taking on the Diamaduros Law Firm Broncos at 6 p.m. at Union County Stadium. At 7, the Timken Steelers face the Dollar General Vikings in a make-up game that was rained out earlier in the season.

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Tonight is the end of season celebration for the Miracle League of Union County. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a recognition of team sponsors, coaches, team moms, and league volunteers. After that, each of the teams will play a one-inning game, with all players receiving a trophy as they cross home plate. The Senior Minors, Frank Hart Allstate and Gary Horvath Orthodontics, will play first. They will be followed by the Junior Minors, Calvert's Auto Sales and Textol. The Senior Majors, Civitan and Fantastics, wrap up the evening. Everyone is invited to celebrate with the Miracle League tonight at the Timken Sports Complex.

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The college football rankings came out Sunday, and both the AP and USA Today polls have the same teams in their top 4. Mississippi State remains #1, followed by Florida State, Alabama, and Auburn. In the AP poll, the #5 team is Oregon, while Michigan State is #5 in the USA Today poll. The rest of the AP top 10 are: Notre Dame, Mississippi, Michigan State, Georgia, and TCU. Other highlights of the poll include LSU at #16, East Carolina at #21, Clemson at #22, and Duke at #24. In the USA Today poll, the rest of their top ten are: Oregon, Notre Dame, Georgia, Mississippi, and TCU. LSU is #17 in the USA Today poll, East Carolina is #19, Clemson is #21, and Duke is #24.

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The latest FCS Coaches poll has not yet been released. The College Football Playoff Committee will begin issuing a top 25 poll beginning tonight.

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In Monday Night Football action, the Washington Redskins snapped a 6-game losing streak to the Dallas Cowboys in a 20-17 overtime victory.

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The NBA season tips off tonight with three games scheduled. The Orlando Magic are at the New Orleans Pelicans; the Dallas Mavericks are at the San Antonio Spurs; and the Houston Rockets are at the LA Lakers. Charlotte gets to debut as the Hornets on Wednesday as they host the Milwaukee Bucks.

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The World Series resumes tonight in Kansas City. Game 6 is scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. on FOX. The San Francisco Giants lead the Royals, 3-2. Jake Peavy gets the start for San Francisco against Kansas City's Yordano Ventura.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05 to 8 p.m.

Sports For 10/27/14

There are no middle school or high school sports activities scheduled today.

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Recreation Department Stinger football action for today has the Timken Steelers against the Diamaduros Law Firm Broncos at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Dollar General Vikings faces the Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Jets in a make-up contest of a game rained out earlier in the season. The games are played at Union County Stadium.

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The Miracle League of Union County has a make-up game scheduled today. The Senior Minors, Frank Hart Allstate Insurance and Gary Horvath Orthodontics, will play at 6 p.m. at the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex. Amy Austin said as of yesterday, they still need around 10 buddies for tonight's game. The fall season ends tomorrow, so this will be your last chance to volunteer as a buddy.

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Congratulations to the Sting Machine! The Union County High School marching band placed 14th out of 19 bands at the State Championship competition Saturday at Batesburg-Leesville High School. The Sting Machine worked hard all year and did themselves, their school, and their county proud. Way to represent Union County, Sting Machine!

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The Union County High School Yellow Jackets scored on a 96-yard touchdown pass with 11:27 left in the first quarter and never trailed in a 31-24 victory over Lancaster. The Jackets led 24-7 at halftime. Lancaster closed the gap to 24-17 at the end of the third quarter following a field goal and an interception return for a touchdown. Union County added a touchdown halfway through the 4th quarter, and Lancaster drove for a touchdown with just over a minute remaining, but time ran out on their comeback hopes. The win was Union County's first in the region. Lancaster is now 2-2 in region play, while Union County is 1-3. The final regular season game for the Jackets is Friday night at home against Chester. It will be Senior Night at Union County Stadium.

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The Clemson Tigers again struggled on offense, but they were able to ride their defense to a 16-6 victory over Syracuse Saturday night. Clemson's only touchdown of the game came in the 4th quarter against the Orange to put the game away. Clemson's defense held Syracuse to 170 total yards and forced 3 turnovers. Syracuse gave up 375 yards but forced 4 Clemson turnovers, 2 of which they turned into field goals. Clemson is off Saturday as they prepare for a Thursday, November 6th contest at Wake Forest. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m, and we'll have the pregame show for you at 5:30 on WBCU.

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The Gamecocks had the opposite problem of the Tigers Saturday. The Gamecocks' offense rolled to 535 total yards, 416 of them through the air, but their defense gave up 551 yards to Auburn in a 42-35 loss to the Tigers. Three interceptions in or close to the end zone doomed the Gamecocks' chances in the game. Auburn ran the ball at will, rolling up 395 rushing yards in the contest. South Carolina is 4-4, the first time since 2009 that they have lost 4 games in the regular season. Next up for the Gamecocks is a home contest against Tennessee Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. We'll have the pregame show for you at 4:30 on WBCU.

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The Carolina Panthers fell to the Seattle Seahawks yesterday, 13-9. The Panthers took an early 6-0 lead on two field goals in the first half. They led 6-3 at the half. Seattle added another field goal in the 3rd to tie it. Carolina went up 9-6 in the 4th before Seattle scored the only touchdown in the game to win. Carolina is 3-4-1 and still leads the NFC South over 3-4 New Orleans, who defeated Green Bay last night, 44-23. In Monday Night Football action tonight on ESPN, Washington is at Dallas at 8:30 p.m.

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Madison Bumgarner pitched a 4-hit shutout, and the Giants took a 5-0 victory last night in game 5 of the World Series. The Giants now lead the series, 3-2. Kansas City won game 3 Friday night, 3-2. San Francisco broke out the bats in an 11-4 victory Saturday. Game 6 will be in Kansas City tomorrow night at 8:07 p.m. on FOX.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 10/24/14

Union County High School welcomes new region foe Lancaster to Union County Stadium. The Bruins are 6-2 overall, and 2-1 in region play. Union County comes in with a 2-6 record overall, and 0-3 in the region. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Other games of note include Broome at South Pointe, Chapman at Blue Ridge, Chesnee at Blacksburg, and Dorman at Boiling Springs.

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The Union County High School Sting Machine marching band is heading to the state championship competition tomorrow. The Sting Machine placed 7th in the Upper State Championship and will move on to the State Championship at Batesburg-Leesville High School tomorrow. The band plans to leave the high school around 1:30 tomorrow afternoon to go to the competition. The plan is to go down Lakeside Drive and then down Main Street. Citizens are asked to come out to Main Street and give them a big sendoff.

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The Jonesville Middle School Wildcats defeated Whitmire last night, 36-26. The Union County JVs defeated Lancaster last night, 7-6.

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The Union County High School girls' tennis team lost their first round playoff match to Blue Ridge yesterday, 4-3. Rebecca Lee, Adelaide Adamo, and Reid Bailey all recorded wins for the Jackets.

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Clemson hosts Syracuse tomorrow evening at Death Valley at 7 p.m. Clemson is 5-2, 4-1 in the ACC, and Syracuse is 3-4, 1-2 in the ACC. The game will be televised on ESPNU. The South Carolina Gamecocks try to pull an upset over #5 Auburn tomorrow night at Auburn. The Tigers are 5-1 overall, 2-1 in the SEC, while the Gamecocks are 4-3 overall, and 2-3 in the SEC. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. TV coverage is on the SEC Network, and we'll have all the action here on WBCU starting at 4:30 with the pregame show.

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The Carolina Panthers are in action Sunday hosting the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The game kicks off on CBS at 1 p.m.

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Thursday night action included Miami defeating Virginia Tech, 30-6, East Carolina knocking off Connecticut, 31-21, and in NFL action, Denver beat San Diego, 35-21.

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The World Series resumes tonight in San Francisco. The Kansas City Royals and the Giants are tied at a game apiece. Game 3 is tonight at 8:07 p.m. on FOX. Game 4 is Saturday at 8:07 on FOX, and Game 5 is Sunday at 8:07 p.m. on FOX.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have UCHS football for you, as the Yellow Jackets host the Lancaster Bruins.

Sports For 10/23/14

The Sims 8th-grade football team is on the road at Gaffney Middle School today. Kickoff time is 5 p.m. The Jonesville Middle School football team plays at Whitmire today at 5 p.m.

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The UCHS JV football team hits the road to face Lancaster today at 7:30 p.m.

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The UCHS varsity girls' tennis team has a 1st round playoff match scheduled this afternoon. They are the #2 seed and will host Blue Ridge today at the UCHS tennis courts.

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The varsity girls' and boys' cross country teams have their region meet scheduled today at South Pointe.

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Bailey Betenbaugh was named All-Conference Athlete for the Peachtree Volleyball Conference on Saturday at the Peachtree Volleyball Conference Championship tournament played at Dorman High School. She is an 8th grader at Sims Middle School. The Peachtree Conference consists of 12 middle schools in the upstate, Boiling Springs, Carver, Dawkins, D.R. Hill, Fairforest, Florence Chapel, Gable, Gaffney, Granard, McCracken, Rainbow Lake and Sims.

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The SC Prep Media Football Poll is out for this week.

Class 4A

1. Byrnes; 2. Dutch Fork; 3. Goose Creek; 4. Dorman; 5. Westwood; 6. York; 7. Northwestern; 8. Fort Dorchester; 9. North Augusta; T10. South Florence; T10. Hillcrest

Others receiving votes: Spartanburg, Stratford, Westside

Class 3A

1. Myrtle Beach; 2. Hartsville; 3. Wren; 4. Greer; 5. Daniel; 6. Broome; 7. South Pointe; 8. Belton-Honea Path; 9. A.C. Flora; 10. Emerald

Others receiving votes: Hanahan, Seneca, Lancaster, Chapin, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Swansea, Georgetown

Class 2A

1. Dillon; 2. Loris; 3. Timberland; 4. Woodruff; 5. Fairfield Central; 6. Chesnee; 7. Batesburg-Leesville; 8. Newberry; 9. Keenan; 10. Barnwell

Others receiving votes: Strom Thurmond, Powdersville, Mid-Carolina, Cheraw, Central

Class A

1. Christ Church; 2. Allendale-Fairfax; 3. Hemingway; 4. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 5. Lamar; 6. McBee; 7. Williston-Elko; 8. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; 9. Estill; T10. Lake View; T10. Calhoun County

Others receiving votes: Great Falls, St. Joseph's

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The South Carolina Lady Gamecocks are the preseason pick to win the SEC again this year. The Clemson Lady Tigers were picked to finish 13th in the ACC this year. The South Carolina men's team is predicted to finish 12th in the SEC. Not surprisingly, Kentucky is the favorite to win the SEC.

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The SC women's golf team is #1 in the nation according to both the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and the Golfstat Relative rankings this week. The Gamecocks' men's golf team is ranked #10. South Carolina's baseball recruiting class was ranked #5 in the nation by Baseball America. LSU's class was ranked #1. Clemson was not ranked.

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The Kansas City Royals put together a 5-run 6th inning to win game 2 of the World Series, 7-2. The inning included a 2-run double and a 2-run homer. The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece. Game 3 will be in San Francisco tomorrow night at 8:07 p.m. on FOX.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have the UCHS Coach's Show with Steve Taneyhill, brought to you by the Government Offices of Union County, at 4:45 p.m. From 6:05-8 p.m., we'll have SC Sports Talk for you.

Sports For 10/22/14

The Sims 7th-grade football team is in action today hosting Gaffney Middle School at 5 p.m. This is slated to be their final home game of the year, and it's also listed as the pink game for cancer awareness.

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The UCHS varsity girls' tennis team has a 1st round playoff match scheduled tomorrow. They are the #2 seed and will host Blue Ridge tomorrow at the UCHS tennis courts.

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The varsity girls' and boys' cross country teams have their region meet scheduled tomorrow at South Pointe.

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Region 3-3A football standings are as follows:  South Pointe and Broome are 3-0; Lancaster is 2-1; Clinton is 1-2; Union County and Chester are 0-3. The playoffs are largely set by the rather complicated points system, so we won't know for sure who makes the playoffs until after the final game of the season. However, with 4 teams from the region making the playoffs, conventional wisdom suggests that Union County probably needs to win their final two games against Lancaster and Chester to maximize their chances.

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Lead Clemson running back Adam Choice is out for the season after tearing his ACL during Saturday's victory over Boston College. He had rushed for 218 yards this season so far. He will undergo surgery in a couple of weeks. Tight end Jordan Leggett will be out for a few weeks after tearing his meniscus and spraining his MCL. He has caught 10 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.

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The San Francisco Giants scored 3 runs in the first inning and never looked back, defeating the Kansas City Royals, 7-1, in game 1 of the World Series. Game 2 from Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City is tonight at 8:07 p.m. FOX has the TV coverage.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05 to 8 p.m.

Sports For 10/21/14

There are no middle school or high school sports scheduled today.

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There are two Recreation Department Stinger football games scheduled tonight at Union County Stadium. At 6 p.m., the Dollar General Vikings face the Diamaduros Law Firm Broncos, and at 7, it's the Timken Steelers vs. the Dairi-o Cowboys.

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Two Miracle League games are scheduled tonight. The Junior Minors play at 6 p.m. It's Calverts Auto Sales vs. Textol. At 7, Civitan faces the Fantastics, as the Senior Majors teams play. Both games are played on the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex.

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Mississippi State remains #1 in both the AP and USA Today polls. The rest of the AP top 10 are: Florida State, Mississippi, Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Georgia, and TCU. #11-15 are: Kansas State, Baylor, Ohio State, Arizona State and Arizona. #16-20 are: Nebraska, Oklahoma, East Carolina, Utah, and Southern Cal. Clemson is #21, followed by West Virginia, Marshall, LSU, and UCLA. In the USA Today poll, they have Michigan State up to #5. Clemson moves up to #20.

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The FCS Coach's Poll is out, and there is only one team from South Carolina in the top 25. Charleston Southern dropped out following their 7-3 loss to Presbyterian on Saturday. North Dakota State remains in the top spot, as they have all year. Coastal Carolina remains at #3. Charleston Southern received 23 votes, while Presbyterian received 5 and Wofford received 1.

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In Monday Night Football action last night, Pittsburgh scored three touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half to turn a 13-3 deficit into a 24-13 lead. The scores were aided by consecutive Houston turnovers. The final score last night was Pittsburgh 30, Houston 23.

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The 2014 World Series begins tonight, with the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City facing the Royals. Kansas City hopes to repeat their 1985 success when they captured the world title in 7 games over St. Louis, while the Giants are looking for their third championship in the last five years. Game 1 is tonight on FOX at 8:07 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05 to 8 p.m.

Sports For 10/20/14

There are no middle school sports activities scheduled today.

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The Union County High School varsity girls' tennis team wraps up the regular season today at Clover. The matches begin at 5 p.m.

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In Recreation Department Stinger Football action, the Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Jets face the Timken Steelers today at 6 p.m. At 7, the Dollar General Vikings face the Dairi-o Cowboys. Stinger games are played at Union County Stadium.

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The Miracle League of Union County is back in action today, as the Senior Minors are scheduled to play at 6 p.m. That's Frank Hart Allstate vs. Gary Horvath Orthodontics.

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The Union County High School Yellow Jackets lost another game late in the 4th quarter, giving up a touchdown by Clinton in the closing seconds in a 22-19 loss. Union County is 2-6 overall, 0-3 in region play, and Clinton is 1-7 overall, 1-2 in region play. Union County closes out its region schedule at home the next two weeks. Friday night, the Yellow Jackets host Lancaster, and they will close out the season Halloween night at home against Chester.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks had little trouble dispatching Furman over the weekend, 41-10. Next up for the Gamecocks is a showdown at #5 Auburn. The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Clemson had another strong defensive effort in knocking off the Boston College Eagles, 17-13. Boston College missed the extra point following their second touchdown, and that proved costly, as they drove into field goal range on their final possession. However, they had to score a touchdown, and the Tigers' defense held on to ensure the victory. Clemson hosts Syracuse Saturday at 7 p.m. We won't be able to air that game due to South Carolina football.

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The Carolina Panthers were overwhelmed by the Green Bay Packers Sunday, falling 38-17. The Panthers were down 28-0 in the second quarter. They are 3-3-1, and they host the Seattle Seahawks Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos is now the all-time leading touchdown passer of all time. His 4 touchdowns in Denver's 42-17 victory over San Francisco gives him 510 touchdowns in his career, 2 more than Brett Favre. He reached the milestone in his 246th regular season game. Brett Favre set the record in his 302nd game.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 10/17/14

Union County seeks its first region victory of the year this evening on the road at Clinton. The Red Devils are seeking their first win of the season, as they are 0-7 overall.

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Other games of note include Boiling Springs at Spartanburg, Chester at Broome, Chapman at Greer, Powdersville at Chesnee, Laurens at Hillcrest, TL Hanna at Greenwood, and Whitmire at Southside Christian.

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Region III-3A standings as of today: Lancaster, Brome, and South Pointe are all 2-0, and Clinton, Union County, and Chester are all 0-2.

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The Union County High School JV football team beat Clinton, 34-14.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks will host Furman tomorrow at noon. We'll have the pregame show for you at 10 a.m. Clemson is on the road to Massachusetts to take on Boston College at 3:30 p.m. We'll have coverage of the Clemson game for you immediately following the end of the Gamecocks' game.

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Pittsburgh defeated Virginia Tech last night, 21-16. #20 Utah knocked off Oregon State 29-23 in overtime. Notable games this weekend in college football include #14 Kansas State at #11 Oklahoma, #21 Texas A&M at #7 Alabama, #15 Oklahoma State at #12 TCU, #23 Stanford at #17 Arizona State, and #5 Notre Dame at #2 Florida State.

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The Carolina Panthers play at Green Bay Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Last night, New England held off the NY Jets, blocking their final field goal attempt in a 27-25 victory.

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The San Francisco Giants punched their ticket to the World Series last night courtesy of a 3-run, walk-off home run by Travis Ishikawa. The Giants defeated the Cardinals in the series, 4-1. The World Series begins Tuesday, October 21st, at 8:07 p.m. FOX has TV coverage. San Francisco will open the World Series at the Kansas City Royals.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have UCHS football for you, as the Yellow Jackets seek their first region win of the year at Clinton. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and the pregame show starts at 5:30 p.m. with the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show.

Sports For 10/16/14

Middle school sports for today has the Sims 8th-grade football team scheduled to host D.R. Hill today at 5. The Jonesville Middle School football team hosts Campobello today at 5.

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The UCHS JV football team is set to host Clinton tonight at 7:30 p.m. The JV and varsity volleyball teams play their final regular season matches today at Chester. The JV game starts at 5:30, and the varsity game is at 7.

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Another week, another new team atop the Class 4A rankings, according to the SC Prep Media football poll. Byrnes leads the way this week, followed by North Augusta, Dutch Fork, Goose Creek, and Dorman. #6-10 are: York, Westwood, Northwestern, Fort Dorchester, and South Florence. In the 3A poll, Myrtle Beach remains atop the rankings, followed by Hartsville, Wren, Greer, and AC Flora in the top 5. Daniel is #6, with Broome and Seneca tied for the 7th spot. Lancaster is #9, and South Pointe rounds out the top 10. In Class 2A, there is no change at the top, as Dillon tops the poll again. Loris, Timberland, Woodruff, and Fairfield Central finish out the top 5. #6-10 are: Chesnee, Batesburg-Leesville, Keenan, Newberry, and Lake Marion.  Christ Church sits atop the 1A rankings again, followed by Allendale-Fairfax, Hemingway, Estill, and Bamberg-Ehrhardt in the top 5. #6-10 are: Lamar, Great Falls, McBee, Williston-Elko, and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler.

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The Kansas City Royals are in the World Series again. The Royals, who won the World Series in 1985 over St. Louis, finished off Baltimore, 2-1, to sweep the American League Championship Series. They await the winner of the St. Louis-San Francisco series. Game 4 was last night, with the Giants defeating St. Louis by the score of 6-4 to take a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 is set for tonight in San Francisco at 8:07 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

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There are two college football games and one NFL game scheduled tonight. In ACC action, Virginia Tech plays at Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. At 10, #20 Utah is at Oregon State. In Thursday Night Football on CBS, the 1-5 NY Jets take on the AFC East-leading New England Patriots at 8:25 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, Mike Stevens and Tyler Shugart will broadcast live from the Union County Fair.

Sports For 10/15/14

The Sims 7th-grade football team is in action today at DR Hill at 5 p.m. The Sims volleyball team wraps up the regular season today at Gaffney today at 4:30 p.m.

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There are no high school sports, Recreation Department football, or Miracle League baseball games scheduled today.

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The Kansas City Royals moved to within a game of the World Series, taking a 2-1 victory over Baltimore last night. They lead the best-of-seven series, 3-0. Game 4 is this afternoon at 4:07 p.m. on TBS. The San Francisco Giants scored the winning run on an errant throw following a bunt, knocking off St. Louis, 5-4 in the 10th. The Giants lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 4 is tonight at 8:07 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

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Interim General Manager John Hart turned down an offer to take on the role full-time for the Atlanta Braves yesterday.

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SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has announced he will retire in July 2015 after 13 years leading the conference.

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
2013 SEC Football Schedule Southeastern Conference Games
South Carolina 2015 Schedule
Sept.3 – vs. North Carolina (Thursday night)
Sept. 12 – Kentucky
Sept. 19 – at Georgia
Sept. 26 – UCF
Oct. 3 – at Missouri
Oct. 10 – LSU
Oct. 17 – Vanderbilt
Oct. 24 – Bye
Oct. 31 – at Texas A&M
Nov. 7 – at Tennessee
Nov. 14 – Florida
Nov. 21 – The Citadel
Nov. 28 – Clemson

For the rest of the SEC's schedules, click here.

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ACC football standings are as follows:

 Atlantic Coast Conf All
 Atlantic Division
Florida State (2) 4-0 6-0 
Clemson (24) 3-1 4-2 
Louisville 3-2 5-2 
Boston College 1-1 4-2 
Syracuse 0-2 2-4 
Wake Forest 0-2 2-4 
North Carolina State 0-3 4-3 
 Coastal Division
Virginia 2-0 4-2 
Georgia Tech 2-1 5-1 
Duke 1-1 5-1 
Virginia Tech 1-1 4-2 
Pittsburgh 1-1 3-3 
Miami (FL) 1-2 4-3 
North Carolina 0-2 2-4 

SEC football standings are as follows:

Southeastern Conf All
 East Division
Georgia (10) 3-1 5-1 
Kentucky 2-1 5-1 
Florida 2-2 3-2 
Missouri 1-1 4-2 
South Carolina 2-3 3-3 
Tennessee 0-2 3-3 
Vanderbilt 0-4 2-5 
 West Division
Mississippi State (1) 3-0 6-0 
Ole Miss (3) 3-0 6-0 
Auburn (6) 2-1 5-1 
Alabama (7) 2-1 5-1 
Texas A&M (21) 2-2 5-2 
LSU 1-2 5-2 
Arkansas 0-3 3-3

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We are less than one month away from the start of the college basketball season. It tips off November 14th. Clemson will host Florida A&M on Friday, November 14th, at 7 p.m. Depending on the Union County High School Yellow Jackets' status in the playoffs, we may carry that game on WBCU. The Gamecocks host North Florida on November 14th, also at 7 p.m. We will not broadcast that game.

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Today on WBCU, Daniel Prince and Tyler Shugart will broadcast live from the Union County Fair from 6-8 p.m.

Sports For 10/14/14

There are no middle school sports, Stinger football, or Miracle League baseball games scheduled tonight.

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In high school sports, the girls varsity tennis team is slated to host Clinton today at 4:30, weather permitting. The girls' and boys' cross country teams will host Broome at 5 p.m. The JV and varsity volleyball teams will host Clinton today. The JV team plays at 5:30, and the varsity squad takes the floor at 7 p.m.

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Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was postponed due to rain last night. It will be made up at 8:07 tonight on TBS. The NLCS is back underway tonight, as well, as the series shifts to San Francisco. The Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals are tied at 1 game apiece. Game 3 will air on Fox Sports 1 at 4:07 p.m.

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Mississippi State jumped from #3 to #1 in the AP poll and from #6 to #1 in the USA Today poll this week. The Rebels defeated former #2 Auburn Saturday. The AP top 5 teams are: Mississippi State, Florida State, Mississippi, Baylor, and Notre Dame. #6-10 are: Auburn, Alabama, Michigan State, Oregon, and Georgia. East Carolina continues to rise in the rankings, landing at #18 this week. Texas A&M drops to #21, and Clemson enters the poll at #24. In the USA Today poll, Clemson moves up to #22.

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In the FCS Coaches poll, North Dakota State stays at #1. Coastal Carolina remains at #3, and Charleston Southern, coming off a 21-20 loss to Vanderbilt, moves up a spot to #22. No other South Carolina schools received any votes.

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Game times for Clemson and South Carolina have been largely set for October 25th. Clemson will host Syracuse at 7 p.m. South Carolina will travel to take on Auburn at either 7:15 or 7:30 p.m. The exact time will be announced Sunday.

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Monday Night Football from last night saw the San Francisco 49ers rally from a 14-0 deficit to beat the St. Louis Rams, 31-17.

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Today on WBCU, we'll be broadcasting live from the Union County Fair from 6-8 p.m. If the fair is closed due to the forecast rain and thunderstorms, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-8 p.m. Tune in to WBCU on the latest about the fair, and check our website and Facebook page, as well.

Sports For 10/13/14

The Sims Middle School volleyball team is on the road today at McCracken at 4:30 p.m.

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There are no Union County High School sports activities scheduled today.

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There are two Recreation Department Stinger football games scheduled today at Union County Stadium. At 6 p.m., the Dollar General Vikings face the Timken Steelers, and at 7, the Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Jets take on the Dairi-o Cowboys.

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The Miracle League of Union County has a slightly different schedule today. Since tomorrow is opening night of the fair, there will be no games scheduled Tuesday. Tonight, the Senior Minors play at 6 p.m. That's Frank Hart Allstate vs. Gary Horvath Orthodontics. The Senior Majors game was moved to tonight at 7 p.m. That's Civitan vs. the Fantastics. They need a group of buddies for the Senior Majors at 7 p.m. tonight. Buddies need to be at least 14 years old. If you can help, e-mail unionmiracleleague@gmail.com.

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Union County dropped a heartbreaker to Broome Friday night at Union County Stadium, 36-35 in overtime. Union County tied the game with 1:48 left on De'arrius Smith's fourth touchdown pass. He threw his fifth in overtime to give the Yellow Jackets a 35-28 lead. Broome scored a touchdown on a 2-yard touchdown run on fourth down. They went for the two-point conversion, and D'Marco Jackson went in for the score. Union County drops to 2-5, 0-2 in region play, while Broome improves to 6-1, 2-0 in region play. Next up for the Yellow Jackets is a road matchup with the struggling Clinton Red Devils Friday night.

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The Clemson Tigers withstood the loss of their freshman quarterback and overcame a stout Louisville defense to take away a 23-17 victory over the Cardinals. The game was not assured until Clemson knocked away a 4th-and-goal pass from the 2-yard line following a long 73-yard pass that put Louisville 8 yards away from the potentially game-winning score. Clemson improves to 4-2, 3-1 in ACC play, while Louisville falls to 5-2, 3-2 in the ACC. Deshaun Watson broke a bone in his throwing hand early in the game, and he is expected to be out for around a month. Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Chestnut Hill, MA, and the Boston College Eagles Saturday at 3:30 p.m. We'll have the game for you on WBCU following the Gamecocks' matchup against Furman at noon.

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The Carolina Panthers played to a tie Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The final score was 37-37 in overtime. It was the first tie in the NFL this season. Bengals' kicker Mike Nugent missed a field goal at the end of overtime that would have given his team the victory. The teams had traded field goals at the end of regulation and in overtime. Carolina is 3-2-1, and Cincinnati is 3-1-1. Carolina travels to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers Sunday at 1 p.m.

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The Kansas City Royals jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series. Game 3 is tonight in Kansas City at 8:07 p.m. on TBS. The Royals are 2 wins away from their first World Series since winning it all in 1985. St. Louis tied the National League Championship Series at a game apiece last night, defeating San Francisco, 5-4, on Kolton Wong's walk-off homer. Game 3 in that series will be Tuesday in San Francisco.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 10/10/14

The Union County High School Yellow Jackets return home to Union County Stadium tonight as they host the Broome Centurions. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and we'll be on the air with pregame programming starting with the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show at 5:30 p.m. Broome is coming off a shutout victory over Clinton last week, while Union County seeks its first region victory.

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Other high school games of note include the other two region games, Clinton at Lancaster and Chester at South Pointe. Other notable games include Spartanburg at Dorman, Gaffney at York, BHP at Daniel, and Whitmire at St. Joseph's.

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The Sims 7th-grade team defeated Boiling Springs Middle on Wednesday, 36-0. Jonesville Middle School defeated Blacksburg Middle in their homecoming game yesterday, 22-14. The Sims 8th-grade team lost to Boiling Springs yesterday, 28-0. The Union County High School JV football team defeated Broome, 42-27.

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This is Hall of Fame night at Union County High School. 6 new members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. From Union High School, Tiffany Rice, Josh Harris, and Trey Strom will go in. Jare Gault from Jonesville High School will be inducted. From Lockhart, Billy Robbins and Dennis Cooper will be honored. As you support the team tonight, help us pay tribute to these great athletes who contributed their talents to all our area schools and made the entire county proud.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks are off this week. They will host Furman next Saturday at noon. Clemson prepares to host Louisville this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. We'll be on the air with the Tiger Tailgate Show at 1:30 p.m. Louisville is touted for its strong defense, holding its opponents to the fewest total yards per game (231) and 6th-fewest points per game (12.7). Clemson is no slouch defensively, 10th overall in yards per game (290.8), but they allow an average of 22 points per game. However, Clemson leads Louisville in all of the offensive categories.

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Georgia standout running back Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely from Georgia's football team pending an NCAA investigation into whether he signed autographs and merchandise for money. Georgia faces Missouri Saturday in an SEC East showdown. There is no word from the university as to how long the suspension might last. Johnny Manziel faced similar accusations last year, only to sit out 1/2 a game against Rice, a penalty mandated by the NCAA.

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College football action from last night saw UCF rally to defeat BYU in overtime, 31-24. Tonight, Washington State is at #25 Stanford at 9 p.m. on ESPN. San Diego State is at New Mexico at 9:30 on ESPNU, and Fresno State is at UNLV at 10 on CBSS.

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The Carolina Panthers are on the road at the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Last night, the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Houston Texans, 33-28.

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The ALCS gets underway in Baltimore tonight as the Kansas City Royals take on the Orioles. First pitch is set for 8:07 p.m. on TBS. Game 1 of the NLCS is set for Saturday, as the San Francisco Giants are at the St. Louis Cardinals. First pitch on FOX is set for 8:07 p.m. Game 2 of the ALCS will be Saturday, as well, at 4:07 p.m. on TBS.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have UCHS football for you, as the Yellow Jackets host the Broome Centurions. The pregame show starts at 5:30 p.m., and kickoff is set for 7:30.

Sports For 10/9/14

The Sims 8th-grade football team is on the road at Boiling Springs Middle School today. The game kicks off at 5 p.m. Jonesville Middle's football team hosts Blacksburg Middle today at 5 p.m.

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The Union County High School JV football team is on the road today at Broome. Kickoff time is 7 p.m. The girls varsity tennis team plays the last of three matches this week, hosting South Pointe today at 5 p.m. The JV and varsity volleyball teams are in action today, as well. They also host South Pointe. The JV game begins at 5:30, and the varsity squads take the floor at 7.

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Recreation Department Flag Football action tonight features the Blue Devils against the Cowboys at 6, and the Yellow Jackets vs. the Panthers at 7. The games are played on Adult Field #2 at the South Hills Complex.

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Sims volleyball coach Tracy Duncan reports that Sims won their home finale yesterday, 3-1. They lost the first set, 25-17, but they rallied and won the final three sets, 25-13, 25-8, and 25-16. Duncan said the girls got focused for the final three games and played as a team. She said Jordan Morris had her best game of serving. She also pointed out the serving of Bailey Betenbaugh, Shy Means, Ashunti Young, Aaliyah Curenton, and Addy Ferrell. She said Cayla Gregory and Madalynn Sparks had some great passes, and Aubrey Thompson and Josie Hayes had some nice sets and tips at the net. Duncan said she hopes the girls finish strong in their final two regular season road matches and in the tournament.

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NFL action tonight features an AFC South showdown between division leaders Indianapolis and Houston. Both teams are 3-2. The game in Houston kicks off at 8:25 p.m. on CBS.

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There are several top 25 college football matchups scheduled this weekend. #13 Georgia is at #23 Missouri Saturday at noon on CBS. #12 Oregon is at #18 UCLA at 3:30 p.m. on FOX. #9 TCU is at #5 Baylor at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. #2 Auburn is at #3 Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. #3 Mississippi is at #14 Texas A&M at 9 p.m. on ESPN. The South Carolina Gamecocks are off this week, while Clemson hosts Louisville at 3:30 p.m. We'll be on the air at 1:30 p.m. with the pregame show.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have the UCHS Coach's Show with Steve Taneyhill at 4:45 p.m. From 6:05-8 p.m., we'll have SC Sports Talk.

Sports For 10/8/14

The Sims 7th-grade football team will host Boiling Springs Middle today at 5 p.m. The Sims volleyball team hosts Carver in their final home game of the regular season today at 4:30 p.m. Jonesville Middle School wraps up their volleyball regular season today at Pacolet at 4:30 p.m.

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The Union County High School girls varsity tennis team plays at Gaffney today at 4:30 p.m.

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The varsity tennis squad shut out Broome yesterday, winning all seven of their matches. Alexa Nance, Rebecca Lee, Adelaide Adamo, Reid Bailey, and Marissa McNeace all won their singles matches, and the doubles partnerships of Rebecca Lee and Ashley Brock, as well as Caroline Moss and Abby Kingsmore, won both of their matches.

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The UCHS varsity volleyball team fell to Broome, 3-0. The set scores were 25-13, 25-6, and 25-15.

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Sims volleyball Coach Tracy Duncan filed a report on Monday's game against D.R. Hill, where the Tigers fell, 3-1. Sims lost the first set, 25-13, with Duncan saying the team came out sluggish and did not serve well. In the second set, Sims lost 25-23, but Duncan said the team played to the end and played extremely well. She singled out the serves and assists of Josie Hayes, assists and tips from Aubrey Thompson, serves by Shy Means, and assists by Cayla Gregory. She said Sims again came out focused and intense in the third set, winning it, 31-29. Aaliyah Curenton and Jordan Morris served well during that set. She said the team fell apart in the fourth set, not returning some serves they probably should have and losing, 25-10. Duncan said she was proud of the teamwork and focus the girls showed during the game, calling it perhaps the best they have played all season. Sims will recognize 8th-grade players playing their final home match today.

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The SC Prep Media Football poll was released yesterday, and class 4A has a new #1 team. Dorman takes over the top spot following York's loss to Northwestern last week. Byrnes moves up to #2, Dutch Fork is 3rd, North Augusta is #4, and Goose Creek rounds out the top 5. #6-10 are: York, Westwood, Northwestern, Fort Dorchester, and South Florence. In class 3A, Myrtle Beach remains at #1, with the #2-5 spots filled by Hartsville, Wren, AC Flora, and Greer. #6-10 are: Daniel, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Broome, Seneca, and BHP. Dillon is the #1 team in class 2A, followed by Loris, Timberland, Woodruff, and Fairfield Central. Chesnee, Newberry, Powdersville, Central, and Batesburg-Leesville round out the top 10. Christ Church remains #1 in class 1A, with Allendale-Fairfax, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Hemingway, and Estill the rest of the top 5. #6-10 are: Lamar at #6, Great Falls and Calhoun County tied at #7, Williston-Elko at #9, and McBee at #10.

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Both League Championship Series matchups are now set. The St. Louis Cardinals managed only 4 hits on Clayton Kershaw and the LA Dodgers last night. Fortunately for the Cards, 3 of those came in the 7th inning, the biggest of which was a 3-run homer by Matt Adams, and St. Louis held on to clinch their spot in the National League Championship Series with a 3-2 victory. St. Louis won the series, 3-1. San Francisco took advantage of a bases-loaded wild pitch in the 7th to take a 3-2 victory over Washington last night, winning their series 3-1. The ALCS is set for Friday night, as the Kansas City Royals are at the Baltimore Orioles Friday night at 8:07 p.m. on TBS. The NLCS will begin Saturday in St. Louis.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 10/7/14

The Lockhart Middle School Red Devils close out their volleyball schedule today at EP Todd. The match begins at 4:30 p.m.

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The UCHS girls varsity tennis team is on the road at Broome today at 4:30 p.m. The JV and varsity volleyball teams are also on the road at Broome today. The JV match starts at 5:30, and the varsity squad takes the floor at 7. The UCHS girls' and boys' cross country teams host Clinton today at 5 p.m.

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Recreation Department Stinger Football today features the Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Jets against the Dollar General Vikings at 6 p.m., and the Diamaduros Law Firm Broncos facing the Dairi-o Cowboys at 7. The games will be played at Union County Stadium.

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Recreation Department Flag Football is played on Adult Field #2 at the South Hills Complex. At 6 p.m., the Panthers take on the Blue Devils, and at 7, it's the Yellow Jackets against the Cowboys.

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The Junior Minors and Senior Majors are in action in Miracle League play today. At 6 p.m., Calverts Auto Sales takes on Textol. At 7 p.m., Civitan faces the Fantastics. The games are played on the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex.

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After a week where 11 teams in the top 25 lost, there has been quite a shakeup in the college football rankings this week. Florida State is back on top in both the AP and USA Today polls. The AP poll has Florida State and Auburn in the top two positions, with Mississippi State and Mississippi tied for #3. Baylor rounds out the top 5. #6-10 are: Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan State, TCU, and Arizona. #11-15 are: Oklahoma, Oregon, Georgia, Texas A&M, and Ohio State. Rounding out the top 20 are: Oklahoma State, Kansas State, UCLA, East Carolina, and Arizona State. #21-25 are: Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Utah, and Stanford. Clemson slips in at #25 in the USA Today poll but is not ranked in the AP poll.

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The FCS Coaches' Poll is out, with North Dakota State remaining in the top spot. Coastal Carolina holds onto the #3 ranking, and unbeaten Charleston Southern moves up to #23.

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The kickoff time for Clemson at Boston College on October 18th has been set for 3:30 p.m. South Carolina vs. Furman will be that same day at noon. We'll air both games for you on WBCU.

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Monday Night Football action last night saw the Seattle Seahawks take down Washington, 27-17.

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The St. Louis Cardinals used two home runs to beat the LA Dodgers in game 3 of the NLDS, winning 3-1. The Cardinals lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is today in St. Louis at 5:07 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. The Washington Nationals used a bunt and a San Francisco throwing error to power their 4-1 victory and stay alive in their NLDS. The Giants lead the series 2-1, and they host game 4 tonight at 9:07 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 10/6/14

All three middle school volleyball teams are in action today. Sims plays at DR Hill at 4:30 p.m. Jonesville is on the road at EP Todd at 4:30. Lockhart hosts Blacksburg at 4:30.

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There are no high school sports activities scheduled today.

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Two Recreation Department Stinger football games are scheduled this evening at Union County Stadium. At 6, the Diamaduros Law Firm Broncos face the Timken Steelers, and at 7, the Dairi-o Cowboys play the Dollar General Vikings.

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Miracle League of Union County baseball action continues tonight with the Senior Minors taking the field. Frank Hart Allstate Insurance faces Gary Horvath Orthodontics at 6 p.m. on the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex.

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The Clemson Tigers shut out the NC State Wolfpack Saturday afternoon, 41-0. With the win, the Tigers improve to 3-2 overall, 2-1 in ACC play. The Tigers held the Wolfpack to 156 total yards. Clemson hosts Louisville Saturday at 3:30 p.m. We'll have the action for you on WBCU starting with the pregame show at 1:30 p.m.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks lost another heartbreaker Saturday night, falling to Kentucky, 45-38. South Carolina falls to 3-3, 2-3 in SEC play. Despite Mike Davis rushing for 183 yards and three touchdowns, the Gamecock defense couldn't stop Kentucky late in the game, giving up a 38-24 4th quarter lead. Quarterback Dylan Thompson threw three interceptions, the last of which was taken in for the game-winning touchdown by Kentucky. The Gamecocks have a bye week before hosting Furman on October 18th.

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The Carolina Panthers rallied from an early 21-7 deficit to defeat the Chicago Bears Sunday afternoon, 31-24. Carolina is 3-2 on the season. Monday Night Football features Seattle at Washington at 8:30 on ESPN.

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The American League Championship Series is set, as the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals advanced by sweeping their opponents. In the National League Division Series, the San Francisco Giants outlasted the Washington Nationals Saturday in the longest playoff game ever, winning 2-1 in 18 innings. The game lasted 6 hours, 23 minutes, and tied for the most innings played. The Giants lead the series, 2-0. Game 3 is today at 5:07 p.m. in San Francisco on the MLB Network. The LA Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals split the first two games of their series. Game 3 is tonight in St. Louis on Fox Sports 1 at 9:07.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 10/3/14

There are no middle school, high school, or Recreation Department sports activities scheduled today.

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107 schools will get together for the annual Wendy's Invitational Cross Country Meet at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte tomorrow. The Union County girls' and boys' cross country teams will be among them.

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The Union County High School Yellow Jackets lost their first region game last night, falling to the South Pointe Stallions, 35-21. Union County struck first with a 27-yard pass from De'arrius Smith to Demarcus Brown. South Pointe struck back with a 35-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Two more South Pointe touchdowns were sandwiched around a 2-yard Ty Thomas touchdown run by Union County, as South Pointe took a 21-14 lead into halftime. South Pointe scored twice more before Roscoe Johnson caught a 3-yard pass from Brandon Thompson to provide Union County's final points. Union County led most of the statistical categories, with 18 first downs to South Pointe's 15, leading 140-114 in rushing yards, and 276-164 in passing yards. However, 2 fumbles and an interception hurt Union County, as did their 10 penalties for 110 yards. South Pointe did not have any turnovers, though they were penalized 12 times for 119 yards. Next up for the Yellow Jackets is a home contest against Broome Friday night.

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Other high school football scores from last night: Blacksburg 29, Carolina Academy 22; Dorman 54, Mauldin 14; Wade Hampton 21, JL Mann 14; Fort Mill 14, Clover 7; Greenwood 51, Greenville 29; Byrnes 45, Spartanburg 41; Northwestern 44, York 19; Riverside 15, Boiling Springs 14 OT; Southside 41, Travelers Rest 0, Batesburg-Leesville 42, Crescent 6.

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In college football last night, Arizona pulled a huge upset over #2 Oregon, 31-24. Houston lost to Central Florida, 17-12, fumbling the game-winning touchdown out of the end zone with 24 seconds left. Also, Florida International knocked off Florida Atlantic, 38-10.

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The Green Bay Packers made sure there wasn't a close game last night, as they ran out to a 28-0 halftime lead, extending it to 42-0 in the third quarter in a 42-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Aaron Rodgers had three touchdown passes and Julius Peppers had a 49-yard interception return in the second quarter to lead the Packers.

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The Baltimore Orioles pounded out 12 hits and scored 12 runs against the Detroit Tigers last night, winning 12-3 and taking a 1-0 series lead in the American League Division Series. The two teams play the second game today at 12:07 p.m. The Kansas City Royals played another extra innings game last night, taking the LA Angels to 11 innings and winning, 3-2. The Royals are up 1-0 in the series, and they will play game 2 tonight at 9:37 p.m. on TBS. The NLDS begins today, with San Francisco at Washington at 3:07 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. St. Louis travels to face the LA Dodgers at 6:37 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05 to 8 p.m.

Sports For 10/2/14

The Sims 8th-grade football team plays on the road at Granard today at 5 p.m. Jonesville Middle's football team is also on the road today as they face Ewing at 5 p.m.

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Recreation Department Flag Football games scheduled for today: Cowboys vs. Panthers at 6 p.m., Blue Devils vs. Yellow Jackets at 7 p.m. All games are played on adult softball field #2 at the South Hills Complex.

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Union County High School sports activities for today include the girls varsity tennis team in action at Lancaster this afternoon at 5 p.m. The JV and varsity volleyball teams are also at Lancaster today. The JV teams play at 5:30, and the varsity squad takes the floor at 7.

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The Union County High School Yellow Jackets football team will be in action today instead of tomorrow, thanks to a weather forecast that includes showers and thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon and evening. Union County will be at South Pointe at 7:30 p.m.

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A number of Upstate games have been rescheduled to today due to the likelihood of showers and thunderstorms through the day and into the evening tomorrow. JL Mann at Wade Hampton, Southside at Travelers Rest, Blacksburg at Carolina, Byrnes at Spartanburg, Mauldin at Dorman, Blue Ridge at Emerald, West-Oak at BHP, Boiling Springs at Riverside, Crescent at Batesburg-Leesville, and Greenville at Greenwood games are all set to play tonight, in addition to Union County at South Pointe.

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According to reports by our fans on Facebook, the Union County JV football team defeated South Pointe last night, 27-6. In volleyball action, Lockhart beat Jonesville, 3-2. The Sims 7th grade football team fell to Granard, 42-38. The Sims volleyball team lost to Rainbow Lake, 3-0. The scores were 25-17, 25-20, and 25-15. Coach Tracy Duncan said as a team, they didn't serve or communicate well. She did say that Aaliyah Curenton served well in each game, and Aubrey Thompson had some good serves and nice sets. She noted Madalynn Sparks had a hit, and Ashunti Young also had some good serves.

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Madison Bumgarner pitched a 4-hit shutout, as the San Francisco Giants moved on to the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals with an 8-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The ALDS begins tonight, with the Detroit Tigers at the Baltimore Orioles at 5:37 p.m. on TBS, and the Kansas City Royals at the LA Angels tonight at 9:07 on TBS. The NLDS opens tomorrow.

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There are three college football games scheduled tonight. Central Florida is at Houston at 7 p.m.; at the same time, Florida Atlantic travels to Florida International. At 10:30 on ESPN, Arizona is at #2 Oregon in a big Pac 12 matchup.

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CBS Thursday Night Football features Minnesota at Green Bay tonight at 8:25 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have UCHS football for you, as Union County travels to York County to take on the South Pointe Stallions. We'll have the UCHS Coach's Show with Steve Taneyhill at 4:20, and we'll resume pregame programming with the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show at 5:30. Kickoff at South Pointe will be at 7:30 p.m.

Sports For 10/1/14

The Sims 7th-grade football team hosts Granard today at 5 p.m. The Sims volleyball team is on the road in a contest against Rainbow Lake at 4:30 p.m. The Jonesville Wildcats volleyball team hosts the Lockhart Red Devils team at 4:30 p.m.

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Due to Friday's forecast for showers and thunderstorms, the varsity football game at South Pointe will be played TOMORROW NIGHT at 7:30 p.m. Because of that change, the Union County High School JV team will host South Pointe TONIGHT at 7 p.m. Please help spread the word.

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There are no Recreation Department Flag or Stinger football games scheduled.

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The SC Prep Media Football poll is out. In class 4A, York continues to hold the top spot. Dorman is #2, followed by Byrnes, Dutch Fork, and Goose Creek. #6-10 are: North Augusta, Westwood and Fort Dorchester tied for 7th, Hillcrest, and Northwestern. Myrtle Beach holds on to the top spot in class 3A, followed by Hartsville, Wren, Daniel, and A.C. Flora. Greer is #6, followed by Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Broome, Seneca, and BHP. In class 2A, the top five are: Dillon, Timberland, Loris, Woodruff, and Fairfield Central. Chesnee is #6, with Strom Thurmond and Newberry tied for #7. Keenan is #9, and Powdersville rounds out the top 10. In class 1A, Christ Church is #1 again, followed by Allendale-Fairfax, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Hemingway, Estill, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Great Falls, Lamar, Calhoun County, and Williston-Elko.

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The Kansas City Royals will face the LA Angels in the American League Division Series after Kansas City stunned Oakland in 12 innings, 9-8, knocking Oakland out of the playoffs last night. Kansas City overcame a 7-3 deficit to send the game into extra innings, tied at 7. Oakland again scored in the top of the 12th to take an 8-7 lead before Kansas City won with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning. Today, the NL League Wild Card game is scheduled, with San Francisco traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates. ESPN has coverage of the game, which is scheduled to get underway at 8:07 p.m.

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Atlanta Braves hitting coach Greg Walker announced his resignation from the team yesterday. The Braves scored the second-fewest runs in baseball last season, and their 3.54 run average was the third worst in Atlanta history.

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The FCC voted unanimously to end the NFL's blackout rule, where games could not be televised in local markets if a game was not sold out within 72 hours of kickoff. This does not mean the NFL couldn't enter a private deal with its broadcast partners to black out games, but it would do so without government protection. No games have been blacked out this year, and only two were blacked out last year. The rule was originally put in place to protect gate receipts, from which many teams derived most of their income in years past. Now, the majority of income comes from television rights.

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In other FCC news, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves. He said the commission "will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we'll be responding accordingly." A law professor has challenged the use of the name on broadcast television, saying it violates FCC rules against indecent content. Native American and other groups have demanded the name be changed, calling it a racial slur. There is no word on any timetable for a ruling on the matter. Wheeler previously said he found the name "offensive and derogatory", but expressed hope that Redskins owner Dan Snyder would change the name without formal action. Snyder, for his part, has vowed not to change the name.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 9/30/14

The Union County High School girls varsity tennis team is in action today hosting Chester at the UCHS tennis courts today at 4:30 p.m. The JV and varsity volleyball teams also host Chester today. The JV match starts at 5:30, and the varsity teams take the floor at 7.

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The Union County Recreation Department Stinger Football schedule for today includes two games. At 6 p.m., it's Diamaduros Law Firm Broncos vs. Dollar General Vikings. At 7, the Timken Steelers take on the Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Jets. Stinger games are played at Union County Stadium.

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There are two Recreation Department Flag Football games scheduled today. At 6 p.m., the Blue Devils take on the Panthers, and at 7 p.m., the Cowboys face the Yellow Jackets. The games are played on adult softball field #2 at the South Hills Complex.

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There are two Miracle League games scheduled today. At 6, the Junior Minors take the field, as Calverts Auto Sales plays Textol. The Senior Majors have their pictures taken today at 6, and then Civitan faces the Fantastics at 7. The games will be played at the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex.

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The Sims volleyball team lost to Fairforest yesterday, 3-2. Sims won the first set, 25-17 behind great serves by Shy Means and Jordan Morris. Fairforest won the second set, 25-20. Fairforest won the third set, 26-24. Coach Tracy Duncan said Aubrey Thompson had a great block in the set, and Bailey Betenbaugh, Shy Means, and Josie Hayes all played great. Sims claimed the fourth set, 26-24, behind good play at the net. Fairforest claimed the tiebreaker set. Sims faces Rainbow Lake on the road Wednesday.

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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson claimed his second straight ACC Rookie of the Week honors following his first start Saturday against North Carolina. Meanwhile, semifinalists for the William V. Campbell trophy, recognizing the absolute best football scholar-athlete were announced. South Carolina's Damiere Byrd made the list. Others from South Carolina schools include Charleston Southern's Christian Reyes and Newberry's A.J. Booker.

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With the Gamecocks' loss Saturday, they dropped out of the top 25 in the AP & USA Today polls. Florida State's grip on #1 got a little weaker after their struggles with NC State. They have 27 first place votes, with the other 33 split among Oregon, Alabama, and Oklahoma. The top 5 teams in the AP poll are Florida State, Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Auburn. #6-10 are: Texas A&M, Baylor, UCLA, Notre Dame, and Michigan State. Alabama takes over the #1 spot in the USA Today poll, as Florida State drops to #2, Oklahoma is #3, Oregon is #4, and Auburn rounds out the top 5. #6-10 are: Baylor, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Michigan State.

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The FCS Coaches' Poll is out, and North Dakota State retains its #1 ranking for another week. Coastal Carolina stays #3 in the poll, and Charleston Southern moves up a spot to #24. No other South Carolina schools received any votes in the poll.

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Monday Night Football action from last night saw Kansas City blow out New England, 41-14.

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The MLB playoffs begin tonight with the AL Wild Card game, as the Oakland A's travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals. First pitch is set for 8:07 p.m. on TBS. This is Kansas City's first trip back to the playoffs since their 1985 World Series championship. The NL Wild Card game will be tomorrow night, as San Francisco travels to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates. ESPN will have TV coverage on tomorrow's game.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 9/29/14

All three middle school volleyball teams will host games today at 4:30 p.m. Sims hosts Fairforest, Jonesville hosts Blacksburg, and Lockhart hosts Ewing.

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The Union County High School girls tennis team will host Woodruff today at the UCHS tennis courts at 4:30 p.m.

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The Miracle League of Union County has one game scheduled today, weather permitting. At 6 p.m., the Senior Minors will be in action, as Frank Hart Allstate takes on Dr. Gary Horvath Orthodontics. The game will be played on the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex.

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Recreation Department Stinger Football games for today have been cancelled due to rain.

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The Sims 7th-grade football team defeated McCracken last Wednesday, 38-0, while the Sims 8th-grade football team lost to McCracken, 56-0.

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The Union County High School Yellow Jackets had Friday off, as they prepare to hit the road and take on new region foe South Pointe Friday night. Union County's schedule for the next five weeks has them at South Pointe Friday, hosting Broome on October 10th, on the road at Clinton during fair week on October 17th, hosting new region foe Lancaster on October 24th, and closing out the schedule at home on Halloween against Chester.

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Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson had a breakout game in his first career start for the Tigers, leading Clemson to a 50-35 victory over North Carolina. Watson was 27 for 36 for 435 yards and 6 touchdowns. Next up for the Tigers is a Saturday contest at Death Valley, as the NC State Wolfpack come to town. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m., and we'll have the Tiger Tailgate show for you at 12:30 p.m.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks let one get away Saturday, losing a 20-7 lead in the 4th quarter and falling to the Missouri Tigers, 21-20. The Gamecocks defense played better, holding the Tigers to 287 total yards, but the offense struggled to move the ball in the loss. South Carolina falls to 3-2, 2-2 in conference play. Next up for the Gamecocks is a road trip to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and we'll join the broadcast immediately following Clemson football.

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The Baltimore Ravens soundly defeated the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, 38-10. Former Panthers receiver Steve Smith made 7 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the first quarter as the Ravens built a 21-7 lead. They would outscore Carolina 17-3 the rest of the way. Next up for the Panthers is a Sunday home showdown with the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m.

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The Atlanta Braves ended their season on a positive note, winning two of three against the Philadelphia Phillies. They ended the season with a 79-83 record, tied with the NY Mets for second in the NL East. The playoff picture is now set. In the American League wild card game, Oakland will travel to Kansas City Tuesday to take on the Royals at 8:07 p.m. Wednesday, the NL wild card game will feature the San Francisco Giants at the Pittsburgh Pirates at 8:07 p.m. Thursday in the AL Division Series, Detroit is at Baltimore, and the wild card winner will be on the road at the LA Angels. On Friday, all 8 playoff teams will be in action, as the AL Division Series both enter game 2, and the NL teams play their first games. It will be St. Louis Cardinals at the LA Dodgers, and the wild card winner at the Washington Nationals.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 9/26/14

There are no middle school or high school sports for today. The Union County High School Yellow Jackets have an off week this week to prepare for region play. They open their region schedule on the road at South Pointe next Friday night.

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The Jonesville Middle School Wildcats defeated Pacolet Middle School yesterday, 16-0. The Sims Middle School volleyball team fell to Boiling Springs Middle, 3 sets to 1. Sims dropped the first set 25-4, but they came back and won the second set, 25-19. Coach Tracy Duncan said the girls hustled, communicated, served well, and played together as a team. The Tigers dropped a close third set, 25-21, and lost what she said was an intense fourth set, 25-18. Duncan noted Bailey Betenbaugh had great serves with several aces. She complimented the net play of Courtney Seymore, Aubrey Thompson, and Kionna McBeth. She said Cayla Gregory had some nice passes, and Shy Means played a great defensive game. Sims will host Fairforest Middle on Monday. We don't have any word on the Sims football games from this week or from Jonesville or Lockhart's volleyball games. The Jonesville Wildcats volleyball team will be guests on the first half of the Ashley Turner State Farm Insurance Sports Hour, hosted by Tyler Shugart tomorrow at 9.

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The Union County Recreation Department hosts the NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick competition this Saturday at Union County Stadium. The competition begins at 10 a.m. It is free to enter, and open to boys and girls ages 6-15. There will be 5 age groups. Cleats are not allowed. For more rules on the competition, visit nflppk.com. For more information on the local event or to sign up, call Recreation Department Athletic Director Sam Phipps at 429-1670.

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Today is the last day to register for the Union County Health Care Foundation's annual Fall Charity Golf Classic. The captain's choice tournament will be held Friday, October 3rd, at Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman. In addition to the golf, they will have prizes and the popular putting competition with cash prizes. Sign in is October 3rd at 8 a.m., with the shotgun start scheduled at 9. For more information, call Catherine Childers at 301-2466.

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Even though the Yellow Jackets are off tonight, there are still some great football games scheduled around the Upstate this evening. Some of those include Boiling Springs at Byrnes, York at Rock Hill, Wren at Seneca, and Laurens at Easley. Whitmire is on the road tonight at Ridge Spring-Monetta.

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Football action from last night saw Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech, 45-35, Georgia Southern top Appalachian State, 34-14, and UCLA rout Arizona State, 62-27. In NFL action, the NY Giants soundly beat Washington, 45-14.

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Both Clemson and South Carolina are in action tomorrow evening. Clemson hosts North Carolina at 7 p.m. tomorrow. ESPNU has TV coverage. We won't be able to carry the game on WBCU due to the schedule conflict with South Carolina. The Gamecocks host Missouri tomorrow night at 7 as well. ESPN has TV coverage, and we'll have the call of the game with Todd Ellis on WBCU. Airtime will be 4 p.m. with the pregame show.

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The Atlanta Braves fell to Pittsburgh last night in their home finale, losing 10-1. The Braves wrap up their season with three games at Philadelphia. First pitch tonight is 7:05 p.m. The San Francisco Giants clinched the final wild card spot in the NL with a win last night. Detroit closed in on an Al Central title with a win last night. Their magic number to clinch the division is 2. Kansas City and Oakland occupy the wild card spots, though Seattle and Cleveland are still mathematically alive in the race. Congratulations to Derek Jeter, who hit a walk-off single to win his final game at Yankee Stadium last night.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show for you at 6, followed by Stan Olenik's Upstate High School Football preview show. After that, we'll have Braves baseball for you, as Atlanta is at Philadelphia. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Sports For 9/25/14

Middle school sports for today has the Sims 8th grade football team hosting McCracken at 5 p.m. The Jonesville Middle School football team is hosting Pacolet today at 5 p.m.

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Since the varsity football team is off Friday, the UCHS JV squad is off, as well. The UCHS girls varsity tennis team wraps up their week of competition on the road at Clinton today at 4:30 p.m. The JV and varsity volleyball teams are also in action today. Both teams are at Clinton. The JV match starts at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity squad takes the floor at 7.

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The Union County Recreation Department tries again to get the flag football season started this evening. The games will be played at the South Hills Complex on Adult Field #2. At 6 p.m., the Panthers take on the Cowboys. At 7 p.m., it's the Yellow Jackets against the Blue Devils.

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The Atlanta Braves found some offense Wednesday night, enough to come away with a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, spoiling Pittsburgh's chance to close in on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central race. The Braves opened up a 6-0 lead after four innings and held on for the win. The Braves play their final home game of the season tonight against Pittsburgh.

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The LA Dodgers clinched the NL West with a 9-1 victory over San Francisco Wednesday. The Giants still need just one win or a Milwaukee loss to clinch the final wild card spot. The Detroit Tigers gained a game on Kansas City as the Tigers won and the Royals lost last night. Detroit's magic number to clinch the division is 3. Kansas City and Oakland are still in position to claim the wild card spots, but Seattle and Cleveland still are mathematically in the race.

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College football tonight has 3 games scheduled. At 7:30 on ESPN, Texas Tech is at #24 Oklahoma State. At 7:30 on ESPNU, it's Appalachian State at Georgia Southern. The marquee matchup is tonight at 10 on Fox Sports 1, as #11 UCLA is at #15 Arizona State in a big Pac 12 matchup.

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Thursday Night football on CBS has the NY Giants at the Washington Redskins at 8:25 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as the Braves have their home finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The pregame show is at 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

Sports For 9/24/14

Middle school sports for today has the Sims 7th grade football team at McCracken at 5 p.m. The Sims volleyball team is on the road at Boiling Springs at 4:30 p.m. Jonesville's volleyball team is at Ewing at 4:30 p.m. Lockhart Middle will host Pacolet in a volleyball match at 4:30 p.m.

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The UCHS girls varsity tennis team hosts Fort Mill today at 4:30 p.m.

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The Union County Recreation Department hosts the NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick competition this Saturday at Union County Stadium. The competition begins at 10 a.m. It is free to enter, and open to boys and girls ages 6-15. There will be 5 age groups. Cleats are not allowed. For more rules on the competition, visit nflppk.com. For more information on the local event or to sign up, call Recreation Department Athletic Director Sam Phipps at 429-1670.

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Friday is the last day to register for the Union County Health Care Foundation's annual Fall Charity Golf Classic. The captain's choice tournament will be held Friday, October 3rd, at Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman. In addition to the golf, they will have prizes and the popular putting competition with cash prizes. Sign in is October 3rd at 8 a.m., with the shotgun start scheduled at 9. For more information, call Catherine Childers at 301-2466.

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The SC Prep Media football poll is out. Following Dutch Fork's loss to Dorman last week, York moves up to #1 in class 4A, followed by Dorman and Byrnes, with Dutch Fork and North Augusta tied for 4th. #6-10 are: Goose Creek, Westwood, Fort Dorchester, Northwestern, and Hillcrest. In class 3A, Myrtle Beach again leads the way, followed by Hartsville, Wren, Daniel, AC Flora, Greer, Seneca, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Broome, and Georgetown. The class 2A poll has Dillon on top, followed by Timberland, Loris, Woodruff, and Strom Thurmond. #6-10 are Fairfield Central, Newberry, Chesnee, Powdersville, and Mid-Carolina. The class 1A poll again has Christ Church at #1, followed by Allendale-Fairfax, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Hemingway, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Estill, Lamar, Great Falls, Calhoun County, and McBee.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a playoff spot last night after beating the Braves, 3-2. Atlanta has now lost 5 in a row. The playoff picture is a little clearer with 4-5 games left for the teams. In the National League, the Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and LA Dodgers are locked in the playoffs. The San Francisco Giants can become the final playoff team with 1 win or a Milwaukee loss. The NL Central is still up for grabs, as St. Louis leads Pittsburgh by 1.5 games. In the American League, the Baltimore Orioles and LA Angels have clinched their divisions and locked up their spots in the playoffs. Detroit, Kansas City, and Oakland are in the lead for the final spots, with Seattle 3 games behind. Detroit leads Kansas City in the AL Central by 1 game.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as the Braves take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in game 3 of a 4-game series. The pregame show starts at 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Sports For 9/23/14

There are no middle school sports activities scheduled today.

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The Union County High School girls varsity tennis team has the first of three matches scheduled this week. They are at South Pointe today at 5 p.m. The varsity girls' and boys' cross country teams host a quad-meet today at 5 p.m. Clinton, Broome, and Chester will attend. The UCHS JV and varsity volleyball teams are in action today at South Pointe. The JV match starts at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity squad takes the floor at 7 p.m.

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Union County Recreation Department Stinger and Flag football scheduled for today has been cancelled due to the wet weather.

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The Miracle League of Union County has two games scheduled today. The Junior Minors teams are scheduled to have their pictures taken at 5 p.m. At 6, the Junior Minors take the field, as Calverts Auto Sales takes on Textol. At 7 p.m., the Senior Majors will show off their talents as Civitan takes on the Fantastics. All games will be at the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex.

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Monday Night Football action from last night saw the Chicago Bears knock off the NY Jets, 27-19. Three weeks into the season, there are still three unbeaten teams, and there are also three teams still searching for their first wins. The 3-0 teams are the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and Arizona Cardinals. The winless teams are the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The college football rankings were released Sunday, and Florida State's struggles against Clemson cost them three first place votes. The Seminoles remain #1, ahead of Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Auburn. Texas A&M is #6, followed by Baylor, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Mississippi. Georgia moved up a spot to #12, South Carolina moved up to #13, Mississippi State entered the rankings at #14, and LSU dropped to #18. Clemson fell out of the top 25. The USA Today Coaches' Poll also has Florida State on top, but they dropped Oregon from #2 to #4. They rank Alabama #2 and Oklahoma #3. South Carolina is #15 in that poll.

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The FCS Coaches' Poll is out, and there are still two South Carolina teams ranked, though one of them is different from last week. Coastal Carolina moves up from #5 to #3, and Charleston Southern breaks into the rankings at #25. Furman dropped out of the top 25. North Dakota State is still #1.

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The Atlanta Braves could not come up with any run support for Aaron Harang, and they fell to Pittsburgh, 1-0. Pittsburgh's magic number to clinch a wild card spot is down to 2. Game 2 of the series in Atlanta is tonight at 7:10 p.m. The Braves announced yesterday they have fired general manager Frank Wren. John Hart was named interim GM. The Braves have averaged just over 2 runs over the month of September so far. They have been shut out in 6 of the 19 games they've played this month. They have been shut out in 15 total games this season.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as the Braves host the Pittsburgh Pirates in game 2 of their 4-game series. The pregame show is at 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch is set for 7:10.

Sports For 9/22/14

The Union County Recreation Department Stinger football season opens tonight with two games scheduled at Union County Stadium. At 6pm, the Diamaduros Law Firm Broncos take on the Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Jets. At 7pm, it's the Dairi-O Cowboys against the Timken Steelers.

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Middle school sports action for today has the Sims Middle School volleyball team hosting Dawkins at 4:30 p.m. The Jonesville Middle School volleyball team hosts Pacolet today at 4:30 p.m. The Lockhart Middle School volleyball team hosts EP Todd at 4:30 p.m.

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Today is picture day for the Miracle League of Union County's Senior Minors team. The pictures will be taken at 5 p.m., and then the Frank Hart Allstate team will take on Dr. Gary Horvath Orthodontics at 6 p.m. at the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex.

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The Union County High School Yellow Jackets won their final non-region game of the year, defeating the Abbeville Panthers, 41-17. With the win, Union County improves to 2-3 on the season. Abbeville dropped to 1-4. Union County takes this Friday off before heading into region play at South Pointe on Friday, October 3rd. This Friday, the only football activities we will air will be the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show and the Stan Olenik Upstate High School Football Preview Show.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks overcame two Vanderbilt kickoff returns for touchdowns to defeat the Commodores Saturday night, 48-34. South Carolina is 3-1 overall, 2-1 in conference play. Vanderbilt is 1-3 overall, 0-2 in conference play. South Carolina hosts the Missouri Tigers Saturday at 7 p.m. We'll have the pregame show for you around 5 p.m.

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The Clemson Tigers gave #1 Florida State all they could handle, but in the end, mistakes cost the Tigers the chance at the upset, as the Seminoles held on for a 23-17 win in overtime. Clemson drops to 1-2 overall, 0-1 in conference play, while Florida State improves to 3-0, 1-0 in the ACC. A couple of missed field goals and a couple of mistakes in the red zone, including a fumble on Clemson's final drive in regulation, kept the Tigers from winning and sent the game to overtime. Florida State stopped a Clemson run on 4th-and-inches and then went on a short drive to score the winning touchdown. Clemson hosts the North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday at 7 p.m. ESPNU will have the TV coverage. We will not be able to air the game due to Gamecocks football.

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The Carolina Panthers lost for the first time this year last night, falling 37-19 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams are 2-1. Carolina trailed 9-3 at halftime before giving up four second-half touchdowns to the Steelers. Carolina will travel to face the Baltimore Ravens Sunday at 1.

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The Atlanta Braves were officially eliminated from playoff contention Sunday after they were swept by the NY Mets over the weekend, including a 10-2 loss on Sunday. The Braves host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 4-game series before wrapping up the season this weekend at the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as the Braves open a 4-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field. First pitch is 7:10 p.m., and we'll have the pregame show for you at 5:55 p.m.

Sports For 9/19/14

The Union County High School Yellow Jackets football team wraps up its non-region schedule tonight. The Jackets travel to Abbeville to take on the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Both Union County and Abbeville come into the matchup with 1-3 records. WBCU will be on the air with pregame programming starting at 4:30 with a re-airing of the UCHS Coach's Show, and then at 5:30 with the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show.

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Other matchups of note this evening include: Boiling Springs at York, Broome at Newberry, Byrnes at Gaffney, Dutch Fork at Dorman, Greer at Emerald, Spartanburg at Greenwood, and Blacksburg at Woodruff.

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According to reports, the Union County High School JV team defeated Abbeville last night, 35-16. The Sims 8th grade football team lost to Fairforest, 34-6. The Sims 7th grade football team defeated Fairforest, 44-32.

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Football action from last night saw the Atlanta Falcons go up 56-0 over Tampa Bay in a 56-14 victory. Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a touchdown. In college football, #5 Auburn defeated #20 Kansas State, 20-14.

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South Carolina has their first road game of the season Saturday night, as they travel to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. We'll have the coverage of the game starting at 4:30 p.m. with the pregame show. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Due to our contract with the Gamecocks Radio Network, we won't be able to air Clemson's game at Florida State due to the conflicting time. Kickoff from Tallahassee is set for around 8 p.m. ABC has TV coverage of that game.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates completed a sweep of the Boston Red Sox last night with a 3-2 victory. With the win, the Pirates moved 6 games ahead of Atlanta for the final wild card spot. The magic number for eliminating Atlanta from playoff contention is 5.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have UCHS football for you, as Union County travels to Abbeville to take on the Panthers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and we'll have pregame coverage starting with a re-airing of the UCHS Coach's Show at around 4:30. At 5:30, we'll begin the rest of our pregame coverage with the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show.

Sports For 9/18/14

Middle school sports for today has the Sims 8th-grade football team hosting Fairforest today at 5 p.m. The Jonesville Middle School football team will be on the road for a game at EP Todd today at 5 p.m.

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The Union County High School JV football team will host Abbeville tonight at 7:30 p.m. The UCHS girls varsity tennis team has their third straight day of matches, as they host Broome today at the high school tennis courts at 4:30 p.m. The UCHS JV and varsity volleyball teams are in action today hosting Broome. The JV match is at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity squad takes the floor at 7.

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According to Sims volleyball coach Tracey Duncan, Sims lost to Florence Chapel 3-1. The scores were 25-7; 25-5; 23-25; and 25-6.  Duncan noted problems getting serves in and receiving the ball at times, but noted nice passing from Cayla Gregory, Aubrey Thompson, Bailey Betenbaugh, and Jordon Morris. She also said Shy Means and Ashunti Young served well at times. Sims plays Dawkins at home Monday at 4:30. 

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Florida State announced that starting quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first half of Saturday night's game against Clemson for lewd comments he made earlier in the week in the student center. Sean Maguire will get the start for the Seminoles Saturday night at 8 p.m. ABC has TV coverage of the game.

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The Atlanta Braves salvaged a win in the series against the Washington Nationals last night, 3-1. It was only their second win in their last ten games. The Braves remain 5.5 games behind the Pirates for the second wild card spot, as Pittsburgh won their 10th in 12 games, 9-1 over Boston. Atlanta takes today off before a 3-game weekend series hosting the NY Mets. Next week, they host Pittsburgh for 4 games, and end the season with three games at Philadelphia.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have the UCHS Coach's Show with Coach Steve Taneyhill for you from 4:45-5 p.m. Later, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05 to 8 p.m.

Sports For 9/17/14

Middle school sports for today has the Sims 7th-grade football team at Fairforest today at 5 p.m. The Sims volleyball team hosts Florence Chapel at 4:40 p.m. Jonesville's volleyball team hosts EP Todd today at 4:30 p.m., while Lockhart's volleyball team is on the road at Blacksburg at 4:30 p.m.

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The Union County High School varsity girls tennis team is on the road at Fort Mill today at 5 p.m.

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The SC Prep Media football poll is out. In class 4A, Dutch Fork holds the #1 spot, followed by York, Byrnes, North Augusta, and Fort Dorchester to round out the top 5. #6-10 are: Dorman, Goose Creek, Spartanburg, Summerville, and Boiling Springs. In class 3A, Myrtle Beach tops the poll, followed by Hartsville, Wren, Daniel, and AC Flora in the top 5. #6-10 are: Greer, Brookland-Cayce, Seneca, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, and Darlington. The class 2A poll has Dillon, Strom Thurmond, Timberland, Newberry, and Loris in the top 5. Woodruff, Fairfield Central, Chesnee, Marion, and Powdersville round out the top 10. In class 1A, Whitmire drops out of the poll after last week's loss. Christ Church remains #1, followed by Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Allendale-Fairfax, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, and Hemingway. Estill, Lamar, Great Falls, Lake View, and Calhoun County wraps up the top 10.

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The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles won the eastern division in their respective leagues last night. Baltimore clinched their first division title since 1997, while Washington knocked off the Braves 3-0 last night to clinch the NL East. The LA Angels have clinched a spot in the playoffs, as well. At 75-76, Atlanta is below .500 for the first time since the season opener. They trail the Pittsburgh Pirates by 5.5 games for the 2nd wild card spot. Atlanta will try to salvage a win in the series tonight at 7:10 p.m. against the Nationals.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as Atlanta takes on Washington in the final game of their season series. The pregame show is at 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Sports For 9/16/14

Miracle League of Union County action tonight has the Junior Minors in action, as Calverts Auto Sales takes on Textol at 6 p.m. on the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex.

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There are no middle school sports scheduled for today.

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The Union County High School girls varsity tennis team hosts Lancaster at 5 p.m. at the tennis courts at UCHS. The varsity girls' and boys' cross country teams are on the road at Lancaster at 5 p.m. The JV and varsity volleyball teams are in action at Union County High School tonight against Lancaster. The JV match begins at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity team takes the floor at 7 p.m.

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The Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves last night, 4-2. With one more win in the series, Washington will clinch the NL East. The Braves are 75-75 on the season, 4.5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild card race.

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The new FCS coaches' poll is out, and only 2 South Carolina schools made the top 25. Coastal Carolina is ranked 5th, unchanged since last week, and Furman drops to #21 from #12 following their 10-7 loss to Presbyterian. Charleston Southern and Wofford each received 3 votes in the poll. North Dakota State is ranked #1.

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Monday Night Football action last night saw the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Indianapolis Colts 30-27 on a last-second field goal.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you at 5:55 p.m., as the Braves host the Washington Nationals in game 2 of a 3-game series. First pitch tonight is set for 7:10 p.m.

Sports For 9/15/14

There is no Miracle League of Union County action scheduled for today. Both Senior teams have this week off.

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Middle school sports action for today has the Sims volleyball team in action, hosting Gable today at 4:30 p.m. The Jonesville Middle School volleyball team is at Lockhart today at 4:30 p.m.

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Middle school football action from last week saw the Sims 7th grade football team defeat Dawkins, 38-8. The Sims 8th-grade football team lost to Dawkins, 30-6.

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The Union County High School Yellow Jackets lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Greer Yellow Jackets Friday night, 28-22. With 7 seconds left, Greer faced 4th and long from Union County's 40-yard line with the score tied at 22. Greer receiver Zecchariah Glidden got open behind Union County's secondary and ran in untouched for the game-winning score. Union County standout receiver Shi Smith scored on a screen pass in the second quarter to give Union County a 12-3 lead, and scored again on a 69-yard run in the 4th quarter to tie the game at 22. Union County falls to 1-3 on the season, while Greer improves to 3-0. Union County has their final non-region game this Friday night at Abbeville High School. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks can say they beat Georgia by inches Saturday night in Columbia. The final score was 38-35. Georgia just missed a field goal to tie the game late in the 4th quarter, and a quarterback sneak by Dylan Thompson on 4th-and-inches barely cleared the last link of the measuring chains, enabling the Gamecocks to run out the clock and secure the victory. With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play, while Georgia falls to 1-1, 0-1 in the conference. Next up for the Gamecocks is their first road trip of the year, as they head up to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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Florida State remains at #1 in the AP top 25 football poll ahead of their matchup against Clemson Saturday night at 8 p.m. Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Auburn round out the top 5. #6-10 are: Texas A&M, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, and Mississippi. South Carolina jumped from #24 to #14, just behind Georgia, who fell to #13. Clemson moved up a spot to #22 despite being off Saturday. In the USA Today poll, Georgia is #14, South Carolina is #16, and Clemson is #24.

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The Carolina Panthers won their home opener Sunday, knocking off the Detroit Lions, 24-7. Carolina is one of 6 unbeaten NFL teams after 2 games. The Philadelphia Eagles have a chance to join that list tonight if they beat the Colts in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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The Braves all but eliminated themselves from playoff contention this weekend, as the Texas Rangers swept the Braves. Texas came into the series with baseball's worst record. The Braves are now 10.5 games behind Washington in the NL East heading into this week's 3-game series. Washington can clinch the division with 2 wins over the Braves. Atlanta is now 4 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild card spot.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as the Braves host the Washington Nationals at Turner Field. Game 1 of the 3-game series starts tonight at 7:10 p.m. We'll have the pregame show for you at 5:55 p.m.

Sports For 9/12/14

The Union County High School boys and girls cross country teams will have another weekend meet tomorrow. The Coaches Classic at Sandhills is scheduled for tomorrow.

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The Union County High School Yellow Jackets renew Jacket Bowl tonight, as Union County hosts Greer at 7:30 p.m. We'll be on the air at 5:30 with the pregame coverage, starting with the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show. Before that, around 4:30 or so, we'll re-air the Union County High School Coach's Show with Steve Taneyhill.

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Other high school games of interest tonight include: Boiling Springs at Dutch Fork, Spartanburg at Gaffney, Byrnes at De La Salle, CA, and North at Whitmire. The Wolverines have opened their season with two straight wins and are #9 in the class 1A football poll.

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The Union County High School JV Jackets won at Greer last night, 12-10. They are 2-1 on the season and will host Abbeville next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Also, the Jonesville Middle School Wildcats football team won their season opener, shutting out Landrum, 18-0.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks host the Georgia Bulldogs in a crucial matchup of SEC East powers. We'll be on the air around 12:30 with the pregame show, and the kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

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The Union County High School Marching Band will be the guest band at Wofford's home opener Saturday against North Greenville. The band will take part in the pre-game "Terrier Walk" parade into the stadium, provide in-game music from the stands, and perform at halftime, as well. Friends, family, and band supporters can take advantage of discounted $10 tickets to the game. You need to call Derrick Light at 864-597-4023 to reserve your tickets. All tickets will be left at "Will Call" at the video board ticket booth at Gibbs Stadium. To get the discount rate, you have to call no later than today at 5 p.m. The band booster club will receive 25% of the ticket proceeds from those discount tickets sold. Again, you must call Derrick Light to buy your tickets via credit card at 864-597-4023 before 5 p.m. today. Discount ticket rates will not be available at the Gibbs Stadium Box Office, and cash is not accepted at the "Will Call" window at Gibbs Stadium.

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As the Atlanta Braves took Thursday off, the Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Milwaukee Brewers all won their games. The Braves are 8.5 games behind Washington in the NL East, and they are 2 games behind Pittsburgh for the 2nd wild card spot and 1/2 a game behind the Brewers. The Braves are in Arlington, TX, to take on baseball's worst team this year, the Texas Rangers. We'll have Sunday's game for you on WBCU at 1:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have UCHS football for you, as Jacket Bowl comes to Union County Stadium--Greer at Union County. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m., and we'll have pregame coverage starting at 5:30 p.m.

Sports For 9/11/14

Middle school sports action for today has the Sims Tigers 8th grade football team at Dawkins at 5 p.m.. The Jonesville Wildcats middle school football team hosts Landrum at 5 p.m. The Jonesville volleyball team hosts Ewing today at 4:30 p.m. The Lockhart Middle School volleyball team has a road match today at Pacolet at 4:30 p.m.

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The Union County High School JV football team is on the road at Greer this evening at 7:30 p.m. The girls varsity tennis team is on the road at Chester today at 4:30 p.m. The girls varsity volleyball team hosts Lewisville tonight at 7 p.m.

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The Union County High School Marching Band will be the guest band at Wofford's home opener Saturday against North Greenville. The band will take part in the pre-game "Terrier Walk" parade into the stadium, provide in-game music from the stands, and perform at halftime, as well. Friends, family, and band supporters can take advantage of discounted $10 tickets to the game. You need to call Derrick Light at 864-597-4023 to reserve your tickets. All tickets will be left at "Will Call" at the video board ticket booth at Gibbs Stadium. To get the discount rate, you have to call no later than tomorrow at 5 p.m. The band booster club will receive 25% of the ticket proceeds from those discount tickets sold. Again, you must call Derrick Light to buy your tickets via credit card at 864-597-4023 before 5 p.m. Friday. Discount ticket rates will not be available at the Gibbs Stadium Box Office, and cash is not accepted at the "Will Call" window at Gibbs Stadium.

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The Atlanta Braves defeated the Washington Nationals yesterday afternoon, 6-2. The Braves move to within 8 games of the Nationals in the division race with 16 games remaining. Pittsburgh defeated Philadelphia last night, so the Braves remain 1.5 games behind the Pirates for the 2nd wild card spot. The Braves are off today before traveling to Arlington, TX, to take on the Texas Rangers this weekend. We will air Sunday's game on WBCU starting at 1:50 with the pregame show, and the first pitch slated for 3:05 p.m.

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Week 2 of the NFL season begins tonight at 8:25 p.m. on CBS, as the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. Baltimore has made many off-field headlines this week, as they released running back Ray Rice following the public release of the video of a domestic violence incident. Other NFL action this week includes these 1 p.m. Sunday games: Miami at Buffalo, Atlanta at Cincinnati, New Orleans at Cleveland, Dallas at Tennessee, New England at Minnesota, Arizona at NY Giants, Jacksonville at Washington, and Detroit at Carolina. 4:00 games include: Seattle at San Diego, St. Louis at Tampa Bay, Kansas City at Denver, NY Jets at Green Bay, and Houston at Oakland. Sunday Night Football on NBC at 8:30 features Chicago at San Francisco, and Monday Night Football at 8:30 on ESPN has Philadelphia at Indianapolis.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05 to 8 p.m.

Sports For 9/10/14

Middle school sports action for today has the Sims Tigers volleyball team at Granard at 4:30 p.m. The Sims 7th grade football team hosts Dawkins today. The Jonesville Wildcats middle school volleyball team opens its season on the road at Blacksburg at 4:30 p.m. The Lockhart Red Devils volleyball team also opens the season on the road. They travel to take on Ewing at 4:30 p.m.

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The Union County High School JV and varsity volleyball teams are in action today on the road at Laurens. The JV match begins at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity squad takes the floor at 7.

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The Miracle League of Union County had their fall season opener Monday night. Anthony Giles with Gary Horvath Orthodontics opened the season singing the national anthem.  Christopher Barth with Frank Hart Allstate kept the fans entertained with his dance moves during the changing of innings. Leadoff hitter for Frank Hart Allstate was Spiro Pavleros, and green light batter was Carolyn Sutter. Leadoff hitter for Gary Horvath Orthodontics was Anthony Giles, and green light batter was Casey Smith. Power hitters during Monday's game were Lisa Moss and Jenny Muckenfuss. The Miracle League had several new players and lots of new fans cheering them on. Buddies for the players were the UCHS cross country boys and girls teams and UCHS girls tennis team.

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The SC Prep Media Poll is out for this week. In 4A, Dutch Fork and Byrnes share the #1 spot. York is #3, Summerville comes in at #4, and Boiling Springs rounds out the top 5. #6-10 are: North Augusta, Fort Dorchester, Dorman, Goose Creek, and Spartanburg. In 3A, Myrtle Beach remains at #1, followed by Hartsville, Wren, Daniel, and South Pointe. #6-10 are A.C. Flora, Greer, Seneca, Brookland-Cayce, and Orangeburg-Wilkinson. In class 2A, Dillon holds the #1 spot, followed by Strom Thurmond, Timberland, Newberry, and Loris. #6-10 are Woodruff, Batesburg-Leesville, Fairfield Central, Chesnee, and Keenan. In class 1A, Christ Church retains the #1 spot. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler is #2, followed by Allendale-Fairfax, Lamar, and Bamberg-Ehrhardt. #6-10 are Hemingway, Estill, Great Falls, Whitmire, and Calhoun County and St. Joseph's tied for the 10th spot. Congratulations to the Whitmire Wolverines, who have started the season 2-0.

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The start times for South Carolina's and Clemson's games on September 20th have been set. The South Carolina Gamecocks hit the road for the first time this season on the 20th, as they take on Vanderbilt in Nashville. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the SEC Network. WBCU will have the pregame show for you starting at 5:30 on the 20th. The Clemson Tigers travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State on the 20th at 8 p.m. on ABC. We will not be able to air the game on WBCU due to our contractual obligation to the Gamecocks Radio Network.

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The Atlanta Braves gave up 4 runs to Washington in the first inning last night, and that carried the Nationals to a 6-4 victory. The Braves are now 9 games behind Washington. With Pittsburgh's loss to Philadelphia, the Braves remain 1.5 games behind the Pirates for the 2nd wild card spot. The Braves try to salvage a win in the series this afternoon. First pitch against the Nationals is set for 4:05 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you at 2:50 p.m., as the Braves wrap up their series in Washington against the Nationals. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. Time permitting, after the game we'll have SC Sports Talk for you until 8 p.m.

Sports For 9/9/14

UCHS sports for today has the girls' varsity tennis team with a match at Woodruff this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The varsity girls and boys cross country teams will be running at South Pointe today at 5 p.m.

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The Miracle League of Union County was scheduled to begin its fall schedule last night. They have two games scheduled tonight, as well. At 6 p.m. in Junior Minors action, Calverts Auto Sale faces Textol. At 7 p.m., the Senior Majors take the field, as Civitan takes on the Fantastics.

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Monday Night Football premiered last night for the 2014 season, with two games featured. In the early game, the Detroit Lions scored early and often, defeating the NY Giants, 35-14. In the late game, San Diego carried a 17-6 lead into the fourth quarter but could not hold it, as the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Chargers, 18-17.

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The Atlanta Braves lost another game in their struggle to make the playoffs. The Braves fell to the Nationals, 2-1. Atlanta is 8 games behind Washington in the NL East, and the Nationals' magic number to clinch the division was reduced to 12. The magic number refers to the total number of Washington wins and Atlanta losses needed to clinch the division. Pittsburgh also won last night, so the Braves are now 1.5 games behind the Pirates for the 2nd wild card spot. Tonight's first pitch for the Braves at Nationals is again set for 7:05 p.m.

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The Braves released their tentative schedule for 2015 yesterday. The season is scheduled to open April 6th at the Miami Marlins. The home opener for the Braves is scheduled for April 10th against the New York Mets. In interleague action, the Braves will face the teams of the American League East, starting with three games at the Toronto Blue Jays from April 17th through April 19th. The 2015 season will wrap up with three games at Turner Field against the St. Louis Cardinals from October 2nd through the 4th.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks are early 6-point underdogs against the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. The Clemson Tigers are off this week as they prepare to take on #1 Florida State on September 20th. Head Coach Dabo Swinney says that despite backup quarterback Deshaun Watson's success, Cole Stoudt remains the Tigers' starting quarterback for the game.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Braves baseball for you, as Atlanta continues their series at the Washington Nationals. We'll be on the air at 5:50 p.m., and the first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Sports For 9/8/14

The Union County High School Yellow Jackets knew the Spartanburg Vikings would be formidable foes, and in the end, the Jackets fell, 32-7. However, the game was closer than the score indicated, as the Jackets had several drives deep into Viking territory but could not come up with a score when they needed it. Union County falls to 1-2 on the season, while Spartanburg improves to 1-1. Union County returns home for another edition of Jacket Bowl against Greer Friday night. Kickoff at Union County Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m., and WBCU will have all the action for you.

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Saturday was a better day for our area football teams. Clemson defeated the SC State Bulldogs, 73-7. It was the most points they've scored in a game since scoring 82 against Wake Forest in 1981. The Tigers take this week off in preparation for their September 20th contest at Florida State. The Gamecocks defeated East Carolina Saturday night for their first win of the year, 33-23. Next up for the Gamecocks is a Saturday contest hosting the Georgia Bulldogs. Kickoff Saturday is set for 3:30 p.m.

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There was a shakeup near the top of this week's AP football poll, as Oregon leapfrogged Alabama for the #2 spot. Florida State remains #1. Your top 5 are: Florida State, Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Auburn. #6-10 are: Georgia, Texas A&M, Baylor, Southern California, and LSU. Despite their win, South Carolina dropped 3 more spots in the poll to #24, while Clemson held steady at #23. In the USA Today poll, Alabama retains the #2 spot ahead of Oregon. South Carolina drops to #23, while Clemson remains at #24.

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The Carolina Panthers opened up their NFL season Sunday at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers defeated Tampa Bay, 20-14. Carolina raced out to a 17-0 lead before Tampa Bay scored their 2 touchdowns to close the gap. The Panthers have their home opener Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Detroit Lions.

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The Atlanta Braves dropped two of three to the Miami Marlins over the weekend, including a 4-0 decision yesterday afternoon. The Braves are 7 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East, and now are 1/2 game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild card spot. The Braves are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Braves try to make up ground in the division race with three games in Washington. First pitch today is set for 7:05 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as the Braves take on the Washington Nationals in Washington. The pregame show airs at 5:50 p.m., and the first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Sports For 9/5/14

The Union County High School cross country teams will be up early tomorrow for the annual Eye Opener meet at Milliken Research Center. The meet actually begins tonight with collegiate races, but the high schools begin running in the morning. They will have an international girls race at 8, boys at 8:30, and then championship races for the girls at 9 and the boys at 9:30. JV races are set for 10 for the girls and 10:30 for the boys. A total of 83 high schools will compete, including Union County High School. Schools from South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia will participate.

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The Union County High School Yellow Jackets face a tough road test tonight as they travel to Spartanburg to take on the Vikings. Tavien Feaster, Spartanburg's standout junior running back, by some accounts the #16 player in the country, looks to be the main threat, but the Vikings are always a tough opponent. Union County looks to avenge last year's 51-21 loss. The game will be played at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Other games of note this evening include: Abbeville at Chesnee, Gaffney at Boiling Springs, Clinton at Newberry, Greenwood at Dorman, and South Pointe at York.

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A report from last night's JV football game indicated that Spartanburg defeated Union County, 34-22. The JV Jackets are 1-1 on the season.

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Athletic Director Will Hickson announced that there will be a tailgate party at Mr. Gatti's in Spartanburg tomorrow night prior to Union County's game against Spartanburg. The tailgate party is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. When you go, sign in and indicate you are from Union County. When you do, proceeds will go back to benefit our Union County students. Come out and support our young people at Mr. Gatti's from 4-7, and then head over to Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College to cheer on the Yellow Jackets.

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The Union County High School Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations of individuals to be considered for the Hall of Fame. If you would like to nominate an individual from any of the county's former high schools (Sims, Jonesville, Lockhart, or Union), or Union County High School, please do so by calling Will Hickson at 429-1750, ext. 22, or fill out the Hall of Fame form and return it to Union County High School. The nominations are due next Tuesday, September 9th.

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The Clemson Tigers look to claim their first win of the season in their home opener tomorrow against SC State. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m., and we'll have the pregame show for you at 10:30. The Gamecocks also are looking for their first win, as they host the East Carolina Pirates tomorrow at 7 p.m. We'll be on the air after Clemson football at around 5 p.m. with the pregame show, and kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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The Atlanta Braves take on the Miami Marlins in Miami this weekend. The Braves find themselves in a tie for the 2nd wild card spot with the Milwaukee Brewers. They remain 7 games behind Washington. The Nationals face the Phillies this weekend.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have UCHS football for you, as the Yellow Jackets travel to Spartanburg to take on the Vikings. We'll re-air the UCHS Coach's Show with Steve Taneyhill just before 4:30 p.m. After that, we'll have the 4:30 news report and the Union Pennzoil Kwik Lube Top 5 at 5. At around 5:30, we'll begin our pregame programming with the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show. Kickoff from Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg is set for 7:30 p.m.

Sports For 9/4/14

Middle school sports action for today has the Jonesville Middle School football team in a jamboree at Sims Middle School. The jamboree is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. Both the 7th and 8th grade Sims Middle School teams will participate in the jamboree.

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The UCHS JV football team will host Spartanburg tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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Athletic Director Will Hickson announced that there will be a tailgate party at Mr. Gatti's in Spartanburg tomorrow night prior to Union County's game against Spartanburg. The tailgate party is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. When you go, sign in and indicate you are from Union County. When you do, proceeds will go back to benefit our Union County students. Come out and support our young people at Mr. Gatti's from 4-7, and then head over to Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College to cheer on the Yellow Jackets.

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This week's SC Prep Media Poll is out. In 4A, Dutch Fork is #1, followed by Byrnes, York, Summerville, Boiling Springs, North Augusta, Fort Dorchester, Spartanburg, Goose Creek, and Dorman. In class 3A, Myrtle Beach is #1, followed by South Pointe, Hartsville, Wren, Daniel, Seneca, Greer, Marlboro County, AC Flora, and BHP. Union County received votes but fell out of the rankings this week. In 2A, Dillon is #1. After that, it's Strom Thurmond, Batesburg-Leesville, Timberland, Newberry, Loris, Woodruff, Fairfield Central, Abbeville, and Chesnee. In 1A, Christ Church leads the way, followed by Allendale-Fairfax, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Lamar, Hemingway, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Williston-Elko, Carver's Bay, Estill, and Southside Christian. Following their first win in 45 games, Whitmire received votes in the 1A poll.

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The Atlanta Braves finally scored against the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday afternoon. Their 7 runs were enough to defeat Philadelphia, 7-4. With Milwaukee's loss to the Chicago Cubs last night, the Braves pulled to within 1/2 game of the 2nd wild card spot. The Braves are off today before beginning a weekend series at the Miami Marlins.

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The NFL football season kicks off tonight at 8:30 p.m., as the Green Bay Packers take on the defending Super Bowl champions, Seattle Seahawks. The game will be televised on NBC.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have the Union County High School Coach's Show with Steve Taneyhill at 4:45 p.m. From 6:05-8 p.m., we'll have SC Sports Talk for you.

Sports For 9/3/14

Union County High School sports action for today has the varsity volleyball team on the road for a match at Lewisville. The match starts at 7pm.

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There are no middle school sports activities scheduled today.

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The Atlanta Braves have managed just three hits in two games against the Philadelphia Phillies, and they are still trying to find a way to score. The Phillies beat the Braves last night, 4-0. The Braves missed a chance to move up in the standings, as both the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers lost last night. As it stands, Atlanta remains 7 games behind Washington for the division lead, and a game and a half out of the second wild card spot.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks and Texas A&M Aggies switched positions in the AP football poll this week. Texas A&M jumps from #21 to #9, while the Gamecocks fall to #21 from #9. Clemson also dropped in the rankings, from #16 to #23. The top 5 are: Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Auburn. #6-10 are: Georgia, Michigan State, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and Baylor. LSU lands at #12, Mississippi is #15, Notre Dame is #16, North Carolina is tied with South Carolina at #21, Missouri is #24, and Louisville is #25. In the USA Today poll, South Carolina is #21, and Clemson is #24.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as the Braves wrap up their series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. The first pitch is at 12:10pm, and we'll join the game in progress after an abbreviated noon report at around 12:40pm. From 6:05-8pm, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you.

Sports For 9/2/14

There are no middle school or high school sports scheduled for today.

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UCHS Athletic Director Will Hickson told WBCU that there will be a tailgate party Friday night from 4-7 at Mr. Gatti's in Spartanburg. If you sign in saying you are from Union County, proceeds will go back to our students. Hickson asks you to come out and support our young people and then go and cheer on our Jackets.

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The Union County High School Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations of individuals to be considered for the Hall of Fame. If you would like to nominate an individual from any of the county's former high schools (Sims, Jonesville, Lockhart, or Union), or Union County High School, please do so by calling Will Hickson at 429-1750, ext. 22, or fill out the Hall of Fame form and return it to Union County High School. The nominations are due next Tuesday, September 9th.

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The Atlanta Braves were held hitless yesterday by Cole Hamels and a trio of Philadelphia Phillies relievers in a 7-0 loss. The Braves fell 7 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East, and they are 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the second wild card spot. The Braves continue their 3-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies today. The first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

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The Louisville Cardinals won their ACC debut, defeating the Miami Hurricanes Monday night, 31-13. In other college football news, South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier has said that running back Mike Davis is doubtful for Saturday night's contest with the East Carolina Pirates, adding that Davis is being kept out of practice most of this week. Davis has been suffering from a badly bruised rib.

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The NFL season kicks off Thursday night on NBC with the Green Bay Packers at the Seattle Seahawks at 8:30 p.m. The Atlanta Falcons host the New Orleans Saints Sunday at 1 on FOX, and the Carolina Panthers open up on the road at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at 4:25 p.m. on FOX. The Sunday night game on NBC is Indianapolis at Denver, and Monday Night Football features a doubleheader. At 7:10 p.m., the NY Giants take on the Detroit Lions in Detroit, and at 10:20, it's the San Diego Chargers at the Arizona Cardinals.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves for you, as the Braves host the Philadelphia Phillies in game two of a three-game series. The pregame show is at 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. 

Sports For 9/1/14

The Union County High School Yellow Jackets traveled to Newberry High School Friday night to take on the Newberry Bulldogs, in a game you heard right here on WBCU. The Jackets and Bulldogs traded points for most of the game, but the Bulldogs were able to capitalize on a late fumble by Jackets QB De’arrius Smith to claim a 40-35 win over the Jackets.  The Jackets did have a great offensive game from Smith and several Jacket receivers including Shi Smith, who had a kickoff return for a touchdown.  The Jackets, now 1-1 on the season, get back into action Friday night as they travel to Spartanburg to take on the Spartanburg High School Vikings at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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One local team did fare well on Friday night, as the Whitmire Wolverines claimed their first victory in 45 tries as they defeated Calhoun Falls 42-0 in Whitmire on Friday night. Whitmire is coached by first-year head coach and Union native Charlie Jenkins. Congratulations to Coach Jenkins and Whitmire on ending a long 44-game losing streak Friday night.

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The Clemson Tigers also fell on hard times Saturday night as they fell to the Georgia Bulldogs by a score of 45-21 at Sanford Stadium in Athens.  The Tigers stayed in the game until late, and were actually only down three points  with 10 minutes to go.  The Bulldogs outgained the Tigers 211 yards to -19 in the fourth quarter to help secure the win.  Clemson was led by Cole Stoudt, who went 15-18 passing for 130 yards and 1 interception. Tiger running back CJ Davidson had 13 rushes for 66 yards, and Mike Williams led the way for Tiger receivers with 3 catches for 88 yards.  The Bulldogs were  led by running back Todd Gurley, who carried the ball 15 times for 198 yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, and one kickoff returned for a TD. Clemson had a total of 102 rushing yards on the night on 44 carries. The Tigers get back into action Saturday afternoon against South Carolina State at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, with the kickoff scheduled for 12:30. 

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The Atlanta Braves took two out of three against the Miami Marlins over the weekend with wins on Friday and Sunday.  Sunday's game was a gem pitched by braves hurler Alex Wood as the Braves won 1-0, the only run coming  on a homer by Braves catcher Evan Gattis. The Braves are now 1.5 games out of the wild card and six behind the Nationals in the NL East. The Braves kick off a 3-game series with the Phillies today, with the  first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm.

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Coming up today on WBCU, we'll have Braves baseball for you at 1:10, as the Braves take on the Phillies. Coming up this evening, we will have Sports Talk for you from 6 until 8pm.

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