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USC baseball to face ACC foes

COLUMBIA - For the second straight season, the University of South Carolina baseball team will face a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponents this fall. The Gamecocks will travel to North Carolina State on Sunday, Sept. 29, and will host Georgia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m.

Starting in the fall of 2018, the NCAA allowed Division I baseball teams to play two fall scrimmages against outside opponents without counting against the 56-game spring schedule.

Gamecocks reveal heritage uniforms

COLUMBIA - South Carolina is among 13 Under Armour partner football teams that will wear exclusive heritage uniforms during the 2019 season in celebration of 150 years of college football. The Gamecocks' uniform design was inspired by those worn in the mid-1980s by standouts Sterling Sharpe, Todd Ellis and Brad Edwards, and include the return of the throwback garnet helmet.

To help fans participate in the celebration, Under Armour is also releasing a retail heritage collection, including the throwback jersey. South Carolina fans can find the collection at various retail locations, including the Gameday Store at Williams-Brice Stadium and the official online store http://shop.gamecocksonline.com.

Carolina soccer picked 2nd in SEC

COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina women's soccer program has been projected to finish second in the SEC preseason coaches' poll announced by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday. The second-place selection is the Gamecocks' highest preseason projection since divisions were eliminated after the 2013 season.

The Gamecocks sit just behind preseason favorite Texas A&M and are in front of 2018 regular-season champion Vanderbilt, which ranks third, followed by Tennessee and Florida to round out the preseason top five.

Coco Gauff gets US Open wild-card entry

Coco Gauff will get a chance to try for an encore: The 15-year-old from Florida received a wild-card entry Tuesday for the U.S. Open's main draw.

It will be Gauff's second Grand Slam tournament. She made a magical run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month after getting a wild card into the qualifying rounds there.

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Ranked just 313th at the time, Gauff became the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon, upset five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round and lost at the All England Club to eventual title winner Simona Halep.

Gauff is currently No. 140 in the WTA rankings. She initially made a mark at age 13 by becoming the youngest U.S. Open junior finalist in history; she won the French Open junior title at 14.

Former prep hoops star

gets 3.5 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was sentenced on Monday to 3-and-a-half years in prison in his New York City gun case.

In 2002, basketball fans packed the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to watch a sophomore Telfair take on fellow future NBA 1st-round draft pick Raymond Felton, as the point guards' teams of Lincoln High and Latta High played each other.

Telfair — a once highly-touted point guard with a disappointing pro basketball career and a history of brushes with the law — had been convicted earlier this year of carrying a loaded handgun in his pickup truck.

"The mandatory prison sentence he received today is required by law and he has now been held accountable for the unlawful conduct," Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.

A jury heard testimony describing how at 2:50 a.m. on June 11, 2017, officers in an unmarked police car spotted a Ford F-150 parked on a center median in Brooklyn with the 34-year-old Telfair at the wheel.

The officers stopped the truck after it made a U-turn in front of them and drove off with no headlights on. Seeing a lit marijuana cigarette in the console, they said they searched the vehicle and found a loaded .45-caliber pistol inside, along with several more guns and boxes of ammo inside furniture located in the back of the truck. Talfair has maintained that he was in the process of moving during a divorce and didn't know the other guns were put in his truck by those who helped him load the items.

The Brooklyn-born Telfair was the 13th-overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, coming right out of high school. He spent time with the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and other teams before ending his career in China in 2014.

Telfair and a friend were arrested in 2007 after a traffic stop during which police found a loaded handgun in the vehicle. He pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to three years' probation, but somehow still managed to forget his home state's stringent gun laws 10 years later.

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