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    LAUREL, Md. – A weathered sign hangs from twisted wire on the green-painted office door of trainer Hamilton Smith’s barn at Laurel Park, aged by years of hot sun and harsh winters. Greeting visitors is the unblinking stare of a faded crustacean, holding a message in its claws.

      ELLOREE – With Saturday forecasts for the area showing temperatures only climbing into the low 60s with just a slight breeze under clear, sunny skies, the 57th annual Elloree Trials at the Elloree Training Center on Racetrack Road could draw the largest crowd in the event's history.

        Views from competition and the crowd at the 2018 Elloree Trials at the Elloree Training Center. (DonnyKnightPhotography.smugmug.com)

        COLUMBIA – South Carolina got its 2022-23 SEC Women’s Basketball schedule from the league office, with the Gamecocks hosting five of the SEC’s 2022 NCAA Tournament participants at Colonial Life Arena as part of their eight league home games.

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        Rookie first-round draft pick Chris Olave caught a 20-yard pass for his first touchdown of the preseason in the New Orleans Saints’ 20-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Friday night. Packers quarterback Jordan Love and rookie fourth-round pick Romeo Doubs connected on a touchdown pass for the second straight week. Danny Etling scored for the Packers on a 51-yard keeper. Olave’s touchdown capped his productive week after he performed well in the Saints’ joint practices with the Packers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

        FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Mac Jones completed a 45-yard pass to set up a touchdown in his first preseason action, Tristian Vizcaino hit a 51-yard go-ahead field goal and the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 20-10 in a preseason game Friday night.

        Mac Jones completed a 45-yard pass to set up a touchdown in his first game action of the preseason, Tristian Vizcaino hit a 51-yard go-ahead field goal and the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 20-10 in a preseason game. On a night when the Panthers paused their ongoing quarterback competition between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, New England played Jones for three series. He finished 4 of 8 passing for 61 yards, had a 7-yard scramble and was sacked once.

        The Browns are trusting Jacoby Brissett to keep their season afloat. Brissett will be Cleveland’s starting quarterback until at least December with Deshaun Watson being suspended 11 games by the NFL. The Browns have expressed confidence in Brissett, who has been thrown into similar situations throughout his pro career and feels those experiences have prepared him for this one. His teammates have been impressed by the 29-year-old Brissett's confidence and work ethic.

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