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Study: Develop or acquire players for a winning MLB team?

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CLEMSON — Major League Baseball (MLB) teams should develop players within their organizations at three positions: left fielder, relief pitcher and catcher, according to a new study by Clemson University researchers.The researchers used statistical modeling to investigate MLB roster construction for all playoff teams from 2009 to 2013 to determine the extent to which organizations should build their rosters through player development or acquiring players from other teams.

 

August is Tree Stand Safety Awareness month

Deer season is gearing up for a new year and that’s why the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering with other resources agencies and stakeholders around the nation to note that August is Tree Stand Safety Awareness month.Each year in South Carolina hunters are seriously injured as a result of falls from tree stands while hunting. These accidents can be prevented through the proper use of a tree stand safety harness. There were 25 hunting accidents in 2013 in...

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Late restart catapults Gordon to Michigan victory

BROOKLYN, Mich. — So much for restarts being a problem for Jeff Gordon.The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion broke away after a late caution to win Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.Gordon, who faced questions about his struggles on restarts earlier this season, passed Joey Logano at the start of lap 183 and kept his Chevrolet in front when Logano got next to him on the following lap. Logano fell back after falling out of...

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Forgettable day at Michigan for Larson

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Sunday was a rough day on the track for rookie Kyle Larson.It got worse when he looked at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings after the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.An early pit lane collision with Dale Earnhardt Jr. damaged the left front of his No. 42 Chevrolet and his race ended on lap 98 when he hit the turn 4 wall. His car caught fire as it rolled to a stop but he was not injured.The last-place finished d...

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Chris Buescher claims first career Nationwide win At Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio — The math didn’t add up.Crew chief Scott Graves was in NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Chris Buescher’s ear, telling him he was two laps shy of making the finish. The thing was Buescher was in the lead by more than two seconds when he got the news.“Not going to lie. Scott about had my nerves shot there at the end,” Buescher said after Saturday’s race. “We were trying to save all we could there knowing that we wer...

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Sauter delivers NASCAR Truck Series win at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Johnny Sauter’s new crew chief started work eight days before Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200.So much for a getting-to-know-you period.Sauter’s Toyota Tundra went to the front after leader Matt Crafton pitted with three laps left and the veteran claimed his first Truck Series victory of the season at Michigan International Speedway.His 161.087 mph average speed is the fastest in se...

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Tickets available for five USC home tilts

COLUMBIA – Single game football tickets for five University of South Carolina home football games are on sale now to the general public.Fans can buy single game tickets for the Sept. 6 East Carolina game ($50), the Sept. 27 Missouri game ($70), the Oct. 18 Furman game ($35), the Nov. 1 Tennessee contest ($70) and the Nov. 22 South Alabama tilt ($30).The Texas A&M and Georgia games are sold out.Last season, all seven home games were sold out. A limited nu...

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Blue Flame, Green Wave ready to mix it up Friday night

PICKENS — The Blue Flame and Green Wave will add another chapter to this version of Pickens County’s football rivalry to open the 2014 season Aug. 22 with more than bragging rights on the line.The first game of the season in high school football is always a tough way to start as there’s little to go on as far as game film is concerned, but both coaching staffs have a pretty good idea what to expect Friday night.

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Liberty ready to take it on the road Friday

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devils are traveling to Iva on Friday to take on the Fighting Tigers for their 2014 season opener against Crescent.Liberty Head Football Coach Kyle Stewart said he wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a low scoring game.“I’ve watched some film, and I met Coach Murdock, and we seem to have very similar styles of football.” Stewart said during a phone interview on Monday. “Depending on turnovers, I think th...

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SWU women’s basketball team returns from Kentucky

CENTRAL – The Southern Wesleyan University women’s basketball team returned from their mission trip in Evarts, Ky., last week.The team ran a sports day camp in Evarts, collected shoes for the Verda Child Development Center, and also spent time ministering at the Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center.The mission team consisted of student-athletes and coaches from the women’s basketball team, along with members of Hopewell Baptist Church in Seneca. The ...

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Allmendinger stakes Chase claim with thrilling Glen win

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — In a battle between two drivers with everything on the line, AJ Allmendinger held off Marcos Ambrose in breathtaking fashion to win Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen and claim an almost certain spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.In the closing laps, Allmendinger and Ambrose bumped each other, leaned on each other, raced each other side-by-side through the esses without wrecking —astoundingly — and swapped the lead before Allmend...

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Ambrose takes fifth Nationwide Series road course win

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Recovering from an early spin after contact with Kyle Busch’s Toyota, Marcos Ambrose held off Busch in the closing laps of Saturday’s Zippo 200 at the Glen to win the series-best fifth road course race of his Nationwide Series career.The Australian driver has won four consecutive NNS starts at 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International, having triumphed in three straight from 2008 through 2010 and this year after a three-race hiatus from competition...

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