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6-9 a.m.--Union County's Morning Show with Daniel Prince

9-10 a.m.—Union Pennzoil Kwik Lube Hour

10-10:45 a.m.—Union County's Morning Show with Daniel Prince

10:45-11 a.m.--Swap N Shop

11-noon—The Gospel Show with Daniel Prince

Noon-1 p.m.--Noon Report with Mike Stevens

1-3 p.m.--The Clark Howard Show--Call 1-877-872-5275

3-5 p.m.--Today's best country and some hits from yesterday

5-5:30 p.m.--Union Pennzoil Kwik Lube Top 5 at 5

5:30-6 p.m.--5:30 News Report

6-8 p.m.--SC Sports Talk

8:25 p.m.--Atlanta at Arizona Diamondbacks

After the game-6 a.m.--Today's best country and some hits from yesterday


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Sports For 8/19/16

Volleyball and cross country matches for tonight have been cancelled. Thursday's JV game vs. Gaffney will be at 6 p.m. at the old Reservation at Gaffney Middle School.

 

The UCHS JV football team fell to Chapman last night in a scrimmage, 36-27.

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Friday night football is upon us, as Union County opens its season at home against the Chapman Panthers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Other games we'll be watching tonight include: Blue Ridge at BHP, Eastside at Woodmont, Westside at Grer, Travelers Rest at Riverside, Bob Jones, AL, at Dorman, Summerville at Spartanburg, TL Hanna at Gaffney, Chesnee at Broome, and Byrnes at Myrtle Beach.

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The Atlanta Braves fell to the Washington Nationals last night, 8-2. Washington batted around in the 8th inning against Atlanta's bullpen while only managing two hits, including an infield single. Arodys Vizcaino failed to record an out in the 8th, giving up one hit, two walks, and hitting a batter before being relieved by Mauricio Cabrera. Cabrera gave up a hit, a walk, and another batter reached on an error before the inning ended. Washington scored five runs in the inning, turning a tight 3-2 ballgame to an 8-2 runaway. Game two of the four-game series is tonight at 7:35 p.m.

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Tonight on WBCU, we'll have the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show at 5:30 p.m. The Fat Sam's Tailgate Show, live from Fat Sam's, will begin at 5:50. The Stan Olenik Upstate High School Football Preview Show airs at 6:30. The Gault's Small Engine Coach's Corner is set for 7 p.m. The pregame show live from Union County Stadium will begin at 7:15 p.m. ahead of the 7:30 kickoff. After the game, we'll have Stan Olenik's Upstate High School Scoreboard Show until 11:30 p.m.

Sports For 8/18/16

The UCHS Yellow Jackets JV football team has a scrimmage tonight at Chapman. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. There will be a $5 charge to get in.

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Tomorrow night is the season opener for the UCHS varsity football team, as the Yellow Jackets host Chapman. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and the pregame coverage will begin with the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show at 5:30.

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Kyle Gibson pitched his first complete game, and the Minnesota Twins overcame two hits from hyped prospect Dansby Swanson in his big league debut to beat the Atlanta Braves 10-3 Wednesday night. Juan Centeno drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth, and Minnesota swept the two-game series of the major leagues' two worst teams. The Braves showed why they are five games worse than the Twins, dropping to 18-41 at home despite Swanson's strong debut in his hometown. Gibson (5-7) began the night with a 7.98 ERA in three starts this month, but he had little trouble dominating the majors' weakest offense. Eric O'Flaherty (1-4) gave up three runs over one inning of relief work for Atlanta to earn the loss.

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Today on WBCU, the Kendall Austin Roofing and Construction Coach's Show with Coach Bradley Adams will air this afternoon around 4:55 p.m. and will re-air Friday morning at 9:10. Matt Abee will be your host this year. Also tonight, we will have Atlanta Braves baseball, as the Braves open a 4-game series with the Washington Nationals at Turner Field. The pregame will be at 5:55, and the first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Sports For 8/17/16

It's nearly time for the Ben's Paint Pick 'Em Show to get underway. We will air the panel's picks each Friday, but you have a chance to get in on all the action, too. Click here to make your picks!

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It's the last week to sign up for Recreation Department cheerleading and football. They will have a draft this Saturday. You can sign up Monday-Friday from 8-5 at the Timken Sports Complex or 12-5 at the Recreation Department.

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Despite his recent success on the mound, Ervin Santana of the Minnesota Twins entered Tuesday's series opener against the Braves still looking to win three straight starts for the first time this season. Against his former team, the right-hander finally accomplished that feat, tossing seven scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over the Braves at Turner Field. Atlanta right-hander Joel De La Cruz allowed only one run in his sixth career start, but he was once again denied his first Major League victory, as the Braves registered only four hits against Santana. Since rejoining Atlanta's rotation on July 31, De La Cruz has surrendered one run or less in three of his four starts.

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Today, the Braves and Twins will battle it out again on WBCU. Braves pregame will be at 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. 

Sports For 8/16/16

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Ryan Moore won the John Deere Classic on Sunday for his fifth PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Ben Martin. The 33-year-old Moore finished at 22-under 262 at TPC Deere Run, playing the final 46 holes without a bogey, and making only one in 74 holes. He won for the first time since successfully defending his CIMB Classic title in Malaysia in 2014. Martin had three straight back-nine birdies in shooting a 68. Whee Kim of South Korea shot 67 to tie for third with Morgan Hoffmann (71) at 17-under. Moore birdied Nos. 2, 4, 9 and 10, and closed with eight pars. He had a five-stroke lead when Hoffmann bogeyed the 12th hole. Martin, playing with Moore in the final twosome, birdied Nos. 12-14, but couldn’t get closer than two strokes. Moore opened with three straight 65s in the event thrown off schedule by rain Thursday and Friday. Jordan Spieth chose not to defend his title, because he didn’t think it would be appropriate in light of his decision to skip the Rio Olympics.

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The University of South Carolina is inviting football fans to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Sunday, August 21st, for the annual Colonial Life Fan Appreciation Day. Athletes and coaches from the Gamecocks' football team will greet fans and sign autographs during the free event. Officials said student-athletes will only sign the official South Carolina Athletics team posters that are provided for free at the event. Fans are asked not to bring or ask student-athletes to sign other items. Doors will open to the public at 2 p.m., with the team scheduled to arrive at 2:30 p.m. and sign until 4 p.m. The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is located on Lincoln Street.

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Tonight, the Atlanta Braves are back in action with a brief 2-game interleague series with the Minnesota Twins. The pregame show starts at 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch is at 7:10.

Sports For 8/15/16

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp says punter Sean Kelly won't miss any game time after being arrested on charges including disorderly conduct and trespassing. State Judicial Department records show that Kelly was arrested Friday and released on a personal recognizance bond of $2,125. Kelly was charged with public disorderly conducting, causing malicious injury to a tree or house, and trespassing upon real property with an injury value of $2,000 or less. Muschamp said Sunday that Kelly would not miss any time for the arrest and any punishment would be handled within the team.

Kelly is a fifth-year senior from Oakland, Florida, who has punted for South Carolina since last fall, joining the Gamecocks as a walk-on. Kelly ranked fourth in the Southeastern Conference with a 44.3-yard average last fall.

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Clemson is looking to increase security and improve fan entry at Death Valley this season, instituting a clear-bag policy and a re-entry voucher system at games. The athletic department announced the measures Wednesday. Fans bringing in a bag larger than a 4.5-inch-by-6.5-inch purse will have to use a clear plastic bag. The policy has been adopted by many NFL and college teams.

Clemson fans who want to leave the stadium and return must pick up a voucher before exiting, then present that with a valid game ticket to return. Vouchers will be available through the first three quarters. Anyone leaving in the fourth quarter will not be permitted to return. Fans previously received a hand stamp that got them back in.

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Carolina Panthers Special Teams Coordinator Bruce DeHaven will move into an advisory role with the team while continuing his battle with prostate cancer. The team announced Sunday that Thomas McGaughey has been promoted to special teams coordinator and Chase Blackburn to special teams assistant.

DeHaven will return to Buffalo, New York, to receive cancer treatments with the hopes of returning to the team as an adviser in mid-September. The 67-year old DeHaven was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. The disease later spread to his back. He previously took a leave of absence in May 2015 but returned for Carolina's NFC championship season.

McGaughey was hired as Carolina's special teams assistant in February. He has 10 years of NFL coaching experience. Blackburn joined the staff this year as an intern.

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Tyrell Jenkins got knocked around and the Atlanta Braves were unable to solve Tanner Roark in a 9-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. Jenkins's day got off to a rough start in the first. Trea Turner opened the game with a leadoff double and scored on a bunt single by Ben Revere when Anthony Recker airmailed a throw to first into the outfield. Bryce Harper followed with a double to score Revere. Harper advanced to third on a groundout by Wilson Ramos and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon to put Jenkins and the Braves in an early 3-0 hole.

Jenkins then settled down and retired nine of the next ten batters before running into trouble again in the fifth. A pair of walks to pitcher Tanner Roark and Harper sandwiched around a hit by Turner put the Nationals in business with one out in the inning. Wilson Ramos brought home Washington’s fourth run of the day with a sacrifice fly to the right field corner, but Rendon delivered the big blow with a three-run home run into the Braves bullpen to put the Nationals in front, 7-1.

Jenkins was tagged for six hits and seven earned runs in 4-2⁄3 innings of work. He walked three more batters to run his season total to 30 in just 46 innings. Roark picked up his 13th win of the season, allowing five hits and one run over seven innings of work.

The Braves' lone run came in the third on an RBI hit by Erick Aybar that scored Ender Inciarte. The Nationals added insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Ramos and the eighth on a long home run by Chris Heisey.

Ender Inciarte and Freddie Freeman finished with two hits each for the Braves. Aybar's RBI single gives him a hit in 18 of his last 19 games. Rendon and Ramos combined to drive in six of the Nationals' nine runs on the afternoon. The Braves will enjoy an off day today before opening a six-game home stand on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals.

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Week zero for high school football is here, so get ready to cheer for the Union County High School Yellow Jackets in their season opener Friday at home. Of course, we will have all the action for you here on WBCU.

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Tonight, catch SC Sports Talk from 6:05-8 p.m. 

Sports For 8/12/16

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The Hall of Fame Committee continues to take nominations for the Union County High School Athletic Hall of Fame. If you know of someone from Jonesville, Lockhart, Sims, Union, or Union County High Schools that is worthy of the honor, give the person's name and mailing address to Mike McGee. You can call him at 429-1750 or e-mail mmcgee_lhs@union.k12.sc.us. The deadline to turn in nominations is August 26th. 

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Football season is here! The Union County High School Yellow Jackets will scrimmage Northwestern tonight at 7pm. We will have the pregame show starting at 6:40. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. No passes will be accepted--that means no senior passes or coach's passes. JV, Jonesville, and Sims players need to go to the gate in front of the stadium office. 

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Perfect games are an incredibly rare feat in baseball, but a team scoring in every inning is an even more infrequent occasion. Thursday afternoon, the Milwaukee Brewers didn't come close to a perfect game; instead, they became the 19th team since 1900 to score in every inning that they came to bat in an 11-3 rout of the Braves at Miller Park. The Braves travel to Washington for a 3-game weekend series.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you. The pregame show starts at 5:50 p.m. We'll break in for UCHS Yellow Jackets football, as Union County hosts Northwestern in a game-type scrimmage. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. After football, we'll rejoin the Braves in progress against the Washington Nationals.

Sports For 8/11/16

Season tickets for the 2016 Union County High School Yellow Jackets football season are available to pick up at Arthur State Bank through today. See Bonnie Gibson at the bank.

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The Hall of Fame Committee continues to take nominations for the Union County High School Athletic Hall of Fame. If you know of someone from Jonesville, Lockhart, Sims, Union, or Union County High Schools that is worthy of the honor, give the person's name and mailing address to Mike McGee. You can call him at 429-1750 or e-mail mmcgee_lhs@union.k12.sc.us. The deadline for turning in nominations is August 26th. 

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Don't forget tonight is the countywide pep rally. Come meet the Yellow Jackets football team and other fall sports teams tonight. It will start around 5 and end at 8. We will be giving out free t-shirts while supplies last. There will also be free hot dogs and entertainment tonight at the fairgrounds. 

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The Braves tried their best last night, but it wasn't good enough to take down the Brewers. The Brewers put 4 runs on the board in the 3rd inning to walk away with a 4-3 victory over the Braves. Freddie Freeman hit two solo home runs in the contest. Game four of the series will be today at 2:10 p.m.

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The Carolina Panthers open up preseason play tonight at Baltimore. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and WLOS channel 13 will have the TV coverage.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as Atlanta wraps up their series in Milwaukee. The pregame show starts at 12:55 p.m., and the first pitch is at 2:10. We'll have SC Sports Talk for you tonight from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 8/10/16

Season tickets for the 2016 Union County High School Yellow Jackets football season are available to pick up at Arthur State Bank through Thursday, August 11. See Bonnie Gibson at the bank.

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The Hall of Fame Committee continues to take nominations for the Union County High School Athletic Hall of Fame. If you know of someone from Jonesville, Lockhart, Sims, Union, or Union County High Schools that is worthy of the honor, give the person's name and mailing address to Mike McGee. You can call him at 429-1750 or e-mail mmcgee_lhs@union.k12.sc.us. The deadline for turning in nominations is August 26th

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The Braves are on a roll. After the Brewers put one run on the board in the bottom of the 4th, it would remain 1-0 until Atlanta answered back in the top of the 7th, bringing two Braves home to make the score 2-1. The Braves held on for the win, their fourth in a row. Tune in for game 3 of the 4-game series tonight.

Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-6:55, followed by Atlanta Braves baseball at Milwaukee. The pregame show is at 6:55, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10.

Sports For 8/9/16

The Union County High School football scrimmage at Westside scheduled for today has been cancelled. Union County is trying to schedule another scrimmage. If they are unable to schedule another opponent, they will hold an inter-squad scrimmage at 6 p.m. tonight at the high school.

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Season tickets for the 2016 Union County High School Yellow Jackets football season are available to pick up at Arthur State Bank through Thursday, August 11. See Bonnie Gibson at the bank.

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The Hall of Fame Committee continues to take nominations for the Union County High School Athletic Hall of Fame. If you know of someone from Jonesville, Lockhart, Sims, Union, or Union County High Schools that is worthy of the honor, give the person's name and mailing address to Mike McGee. You can call him at 429-1750 or e-mail mmcgee_lhs@union.k12.sc.us. The deadline for turning in nominations is August 26th.

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After talking trash about Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova the night before, American Lilly King backed it up in the pool on Monday. She beat Efimova in the 100m breaststroke to take home the gold medal. Before their 200m butterfly semifinal, Michael Phelps and Chad le Clos had a bizarre moment. While le Clos danced and shadowboxed in front of Phelps, the American just gave him a straight death stare. Phelps went on to finish second in the semifinal, while le Clos finished third.

Ryan Murphy set an Olympic record in winning gold in the 100m backstroke. It was the sixth straight Olympic win by an American in the event.

In men's gymnastics: They last won a medal in 1996, and the U.S. men's gymnastics will have to wait at least four more years for another. They finished fifth in the team final on Monday.

David Boudia and Steele Johnson had a strong showing in the synchronized 10m platform diving final, taking home a silver medal. They finished well behind the first-place Chinese divers.

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Gordon Beckam's sacrifice fly in the 12th inning was the difference in a 4-3 win by the Atlanta Braves over the Milwaukee Brewers last night. The Braves finally broke through in the 12th against Milwaukee reliever Carlos Torres. Matt Kemp led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a ground-rule double off the bat of Nick Markakis that bounced into the seats in deep right center field. The Brewers then walked Adonis Garcia intentionally to set up a potential double play with Gordon Beckham coming to the plate. Beckham followed with a deep fly ball to center that Keon Broxton dropped to score Kemp and give Atlanta a 4-3 lead. The play was ruled a sacrifice fly, with Beckham taking first on the error. Former Brave Blaine Boyer relieved Torres and got A.J. Pierzynski to bounce into a 3-2-3 double play. Boyer then got pinch hitter Chase d’Arnaud to fly out in foul territory to end the threat and minimize the damage.

Jim Johnson worked around a single by Broxton in the 12th to earn his 9th save of the season. Jose Ramirez, Mauricio Cabrera and Brandon Cunniff combined for five scoreless innings in relief ahead of Johnson. Atlanta jumped out to an early lead when Markakis hit his seventh home run of the season in the second inning to put the Braves up 1-0. After the Brewers tied things up in the second, Atlanta regained the lead in the fourth on a bloop RBI single by Matt Kemp that scored Freddie Freeman to make the score 2-1. Pierzynski extended the lead to 3-1 in the fifth with his second home run of the season. Kemp and Pierzynski finished with two hits each for the Braves. Ender Inciarte extended his hitting streak to a career-best 19 games with a single in the fifth inning.

The Braves and Brewers will meet again tonight, with Tyrell Jenkins scheduled to make the start for Atlanta. The Brewers will counter with right-hander Wily Peralta.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-6:55. Braves pregame will air at 6:50, followed by the first pitch at 8:10.

Sports For 8/8/16

Season tickets for the 2016 Union County High School Yellow Jackets football season are available to pick up at Arthur State Bank through Thursday, August 11. See Bonnie Gibson at the bank.

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The Hall of Fame Committee continues to take nominations for the Union County High School Athletic Hall of Fame. If you know of someone from Jonesville, Lockhart, Sims, Union, or Union County High Schools that is worthy of the honor, give the person's name and mailing address to Mike McGee. You can call him at 429-1750 or e-mail mmcgee_lhs@union.k12.sc.us. The deadline for turning in nominations is August 26th.

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The Atlanta Braves took two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend. The Braves scored 6 runs off Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals in the first two innings and held on for the 6-3 victory. The Braves broke out the bats Saturday in a 13-5 victory. The only loss in the series came Friday, 1-0. Next up for Atlanta is a four-game series at the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th player in Major League history to reach 3000 hits in a career. Suzuki, now playing with the Miami Marlins, accomplished the feat in a unique way. He became the second player to reach the milestone with a triple. Paul Moliter was the other player to do that.

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Sunday was supposed to bring the first taste of NFL football for the new season, as the annual Hall of Fame Game was set to take place between Green Bay and Indianapolis. However, reports were that the wrong paint was used on the field prior to the game, and the playing surface was deemed too dangerous to play on, as the paint had gummed up into a tar-like surface. The risk of injury was deemed too great, and the game was called off. Both teams remained at the stadium, and instead of a game, they had a fan festival atmosphere, instead. This week will bring the first preseason NFL games. Thursday, Washington is at Atlanta, and Carolina is at Baltimore.  Other games scheduled Thursday include: Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, New Orleans at New England, Jacksonville at NY Jets, and Denver at Chicago. On Friday: Miami at NY Giants, Detroit at Pittsburgh, Minnesota at Cincinnati, Cleveland at Green Bay, and Oakland at Arizona. Saturday's schedule features Seattle at Kansas City, Indianapolis at Buffalo, San Diego at Tennessee, and Dallas at the LA Rams. Sunday's game will be Houston at San Francisco.

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The US leads the medal count at the 2016 Olympics in Rio so far, with a total of 12 medals. Their three gold medals are tied with China and Australia for the most so far. China is second in the medal count with 8 medals, including the three gold, two silver, and three bronze. Italy is third in the medal count with seven total, including two gold, three silver, and two bronze. Japan is fourth in the standings with one gold and six bronze medals. Australia is next with three gold and three bronze medals. South Korea rounds out the top six with five medals--two gold, two silver, and one bronze.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as Atlanta is in Milwaukee taking on the Brewers in the first of a four-game series. The pregame show starts at 6:05 p.m., and the first pitch is set for 7:20.

Sports For 8/5/16

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With less than two months remaining in this season, the Pirates can't afford to have any more road trips prove to be as frustrating as the one that concluded on Thursday night, when Ryan Vogelsong's impressive comeback was tarnished by an error that allowed the Braves to score two seventh-inning runs and claim a 5-2 victory. Jeff Francoeur's two-out RBI single off Felipe Rivero capped the decisive two-run seventh for the Braves, who have won six of their past nine games. Francoeur would not have been given this opportunity to deliver this game-winner had third baseman Jung Ho Kang not dropped a throw from Rivero after Adonis Garcia was seemingly hung out to dry between second and third base. Garcia scored on the play and made a winner of Tyrell Jenkins, who limited the Pirates to one run despite issuing four walks over six innings. The game's start was delayed by heavy rainfall by one hour and 16 minutes. The Braves walk away from the series having won two of three from the Pirates.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-7 p.m. After that, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as Atlanta will travel to St. Louis to begin a three-game series against the Cardinals today. The pregame show is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the first pitch is at 8:15.

Sports For 8/4/16

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The Braves showed up and showed out last night against the Pirates. What looked like an easy victory for Pittsburgh in the 1st inning after  putting 4 runs on the board turned into a battle. The Braves were scoreless in the 1st but put at least one run on the board every inning after that. The Pirates only scored those 4 early runs for the night. The final score was 8-4. The series is tied 1-1 as they head into game 3 tonight.

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Tonight on WBCU, we'll have Braves baseball for you, as Atlanta wraps up their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Braves pregame is scheduled for 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch will follow at 7:10. 

Sports For 8/3/16

Yesterday the UCHS varsity football team traveled to Myrtle Beach for football camp. Keep the team and coaches in your thoughts for a safe and meaningful trip. 

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The Associated Press wanted to find a way to rank every college football program against each other. Luckily, it has a long-running metric that can help with those calculations right in its back pocket. The ranked list of 100 programs, released Tuesday by the AP, is the organization's first list pitting schools against each other using all-time success as a measuring stick.

"College football is rich with history, and the AP poll is a unique measure of how the sport has changed through time," Deputy Sports Editor Noreen Gillespie said prior to the list's release. "The all-time list lets fans interact with that history, and debate how the nation's top programs fared over time."

According to the AP, the rankings were based on total poll appearances, number of times ranked No. 1, and AP national championships. The AP poll started on Oct. 19, 1936, with 20 teams, before getting reduced to 10 teams from 1961-67, and then expanding back to 20 in 1968. The AP Top 25, as we know it today, started with the 1989 football season.

Ranked in the top 10 are:

1.Ohio State 

2. Oklahoma 

3. Notre Dame

4. Alabama 

5. Southern California

6. Nebraska 

7. Michigan 

8. Texas 

9. Florida State 

10. Florida 

Clemson came in at #22, and South Carolina was ranked 48th. 

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The Pittsburgh Pirates came into Turner Field last night to start a 3-game series with the Braves. Atlanta had a 2-1 lead going into the 6th, but Pittsburgh answered back in the top of the 6th, putting 4 runs on the board to make the score 5-2 in the Pirates' favor. Nick Markakis had a solo homer in the bottom of the 8th, but it was not enough, as the Pirates won, 5-3.

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Tonight on WBCU, we'll have game two of the series between Atlanta and Pittsburgh. The pregame show starts at 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

Sports For 8/2/16

After a day off, the Atlanta Braves get back to business today. The Pittsburgh Pirates come to Turner Field tonight to take on the Braves. You can catch the 1st game of the series here on WBCU. Braves pregame is scheduled for 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch will follow at 7:10. 

Sports For 8/1/16

The race at Pocono was called off on Sunday and will be run today at 11am. We will have the results for you tomorrow here on WBCU.

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Jimmy Walker sunk a three-foot putt to edge Jason Day for the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Day, who was playing directly in front of Walker, holed a clutch eagle to put the pressure on the eventual champion. Walker needed a par on 18, and he recovered from a poor second shot to claim the Wanamaker Trophy. Walker secured his first major championship victory. Daniel Summerhays finished at 10 under par, while Branden Grace, Hideki Matsuyama and Brooks Koepka ended at nine under.

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Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run homer off of a right-handed pitcher to give the Braves a 2-1 win and a series split against the Philadelphia Phillies. Largely as expected, unlike the craziness Saturday night, the contest was a low-scoring affair from the two worst-hitting teams in baseball. The game descended into a battle of the bullpens after a brief weather delay. The Braves had a scoring chance in the sixth but couldn't capitalize against David Hernandez, as Erick Aybar was thrown out trying to steal third base. The Braves finally broke through against Andrew Bailey in the seventh, as Nick Markakis hit a one-out, opposite-field, groundball single. Then, Bailey got to an 0-2 count for Jeff Francoeur before throwing a fastball above the letters that was away, but not enough. Francoeur's swing went with the pitch and drove it deep to right field, putting it over the fence for a two-run advantage. Bailey actually got into even more hot water, allowing a single to Ender Inciarte and then walking the bases loaded, but he got a grounder from Jace Peterson to wriggle free with only the two runs allowed. The Phillies struck back immediately against Chris Withrow, deployed as a setup man, with a solo homer to lead off the eighth by pinch hitter Jimmy Paredes. Fortunately for the Braves, Withrow got the next three hitters in order to preserve the lead. In the ninth, the Braves looked like they may have to sweat another late-inning affair, as Jim Johnson issued a leadoff walk to Tommy Joseph, but Johnson got Aaron Altherr to hit into a double play and then struck out Carlos Ruiz to end the game. The Braves have today off before starting a series with the Pirates in Atlanta.

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Tonight on WBCU, we will have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 7/29/16

Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman feels the Southern Conference took an unwarranted hit on its reputation a few years back, one it is ready to wipe away with a stable, improving league.

The SoCon had been one of the country's best Football Championship Subdivision leagues since college football split into Division I and Division I-AA more than three decades ago. Yet, after FCS powers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern left the league to move up three years ago, Huesman thought few took the conference as seriously as before.

''Absolutely ridiculous,'' he said. ''We've gotten a bad rap for a few years now.''

Expect that to change, Huesman said. His Mocs were picked to win a fourth straight SoCon football title by league coaches and media at the league's preseason gathering Wednesday.

There's no doubt the league saw an overhaul in recent seasons. Georgia Southern reached the NCAA playoffs 11 times and won two national championships during their two decades in the league. Appalachian State was in 16 NCAA playoffs and won three straight FCS titles from 2005-07.The last time both Georgia Southern and Appalachian State made the playoffs in 2012 was also the last time the SoCon had three teams in the NCAA tournament. In 2014, the Southern Conference added three schools to its ranks: East Tennessee State, Mercer, and VMI, who have combined for zero playoff appearances. VMI has not had a winning record since 1981. East Tennessee State restarted football last fall after an absence of 11 years, while Mercer went even longer between teams (no football from 1942 to 2012) before restoring the program.

The changes may have cost the SoCon in the selection room. Western Carolina, at 7-4, was on the bubble last year for the 24-team field but was ultimately left out. Catamounts coach Mark Speir thought his team had done enough to get in, but ultimately ''let a bunch of men in Indianapolis decide whether we get to play anymore.''

Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino understands the reluctance to buy into the league's recent changes. He thinks time and stability will ultimate sway doubters about the SoCon's power.

''When you're worried about realignment issues, it makes it harder on the coaches to recruit,'' Iamarino said. ''We've got two programs that are very young and it's just going to take some time to be successful.''

Maybe not that much time, said Western Carolina's Speir, who has spent all but three of his 26 football seasons coaching in the Southern Conference. ''From top to bottom, this league is as strong as it's ever been,'' he said.

Newbie Mercer toppled league champion Chattanooga last season, while The Citadel returned to the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 1992, including a FBS victory over South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference.

The Citadel was picked second to Chattanooga in coach and media voting. The rest of the coach's picks were Samford third, then Western Carolina, Mercer, Wofford, Furman, VMI and East Tennessee State. The media selected Western Carolina third, then Mercer, Samford, Wofford, Furman, VMI and East Tennessee State.

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Last weekend, Tony Stewart had an emotional homecoming in his final race at his beloved Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and earlier this month, he raced for what likely is the last time at Daytona International Speedway. This weekend, Stewart and the rest of the NASCAR traveling circus heads to Pocono Raceway. Here, as elsewhere, the driver known as "Smoke" is being properly saluted with a huge banner thanking him going into the tunnel exit.

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You can catch the Carolina Panthers in action today from 3:10-5:10 at Gibbs Stadium on Wofford's campus. 

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The Atlanta Braves made their way home and started a four-game series with the Phillies last night. The Phillies put fives runs on the board in the top of the 1st, and the score would remain 5-0 until the fifth inning, when they added their final 2 runs of the game to make it 7-0. The Braves answered back in the bottom of the 5th, putting 3 runs on the board. They added 1 in the 6th and the 9th, but it was not enough to win. The final score was 7-5 in favor of the Phillies.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-6:20, followed by Braves pregame. First pitch between the Braves and Phillies from Turner Field is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. here on WBCU. 

Sports For 7/28/16

Josh Norman enters the 2016 NFL season with a table-sized chip on his shoulder. It's the only possible result, really, considering the Carolina Panthers cornerback emerged as the most dominant player at his position in 2015, only to be cut loose into free agency by his employer this offseason. Now a member of the Washington Redskins, Norman looked back on the strange way things ended in Carolina in an interview with Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, saying, "People are always underestimating me. I think it happened when I came into the NFL. I think it happened every game I've played." When asked if he believed the Panthers underestimated him, Norman agreed he felt he'd been discounted by the team's management to a degree. "You'd have to ask them that," Norman said.

Today is the day--Panthers training camp gets underway.  The Lowe's Kickoff Party will celebrate the start of training camp at Gibbs Stadium from 4-9. As part of the festivities, the Panthers will have their opening practice, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Other activities include on-field performances by the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and Black & Blue Crew, Mayor's Ball Run delivery, face painting, food, interactive games, sponsor displays, and more, and its absolutely free. Make your way to Wofford College to catch all the action.

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The Minnesota Twins wanted to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of their dramatic victory over Atlanta in the 1991 World Series, but Freddie Freeman and the Braves decided to crash the party with a 9-7 victory. Freeman tied career highs with four hits and five RBIs as the Braves chased Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the second inning. Atlanta took an early 7-0 lead before holding off a furious Minnesota comeback for a 9-7 victory at Target Field on Wednesday night, winning both games in a short interleague series.

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Matt Wisler will take the mound today when Atlanta welcomes Philadelphia to Turner Field to begin a four-game series. Wisler has struggled in each of his past three starts, but he showed encouraging signs during the first five innings of Saturday's game at Coors Field. Tonight, the Braves pregame will start at 5:55 p.m., and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 here on WBCU

Sports For 7/27/16

With all local sports coming to a halt for the summer, let's take a look at some national sports.

Roger Federer will miss the Rio Olympics, and the rest of the 2016 season, due to a knee injury, he announced Tuesday via Facebook. "I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year,” he wrote. “The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury-free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover.”

The 17-time Grand Slam winner, ranked No. 3 in the world, underwent the first surgery of his career in February after tearing cartilage in his knee. He tweaked the knee while drawing a bath for his twin daughters, “a very simple movement, probably a movement I’ve done a million times,” he said later.

Federer was forced to skip the French Open, which began in May, marking the first Grand Slam he’d missed since 2000. He returned for Wimbledon earlier this month and lost to Milos Raonic in the semifinals, but hasn’t played since. He took an awkward fall during that match, and was unsure afterward how extensively he might have been injured.

“The silver lining is that this experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries,” Federer wrote Tuesday.

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Amar'e Stoudemire signed a contract with the New York Knicks and subsequently announced that he'll retire from the NBA, the club said in a statement Tuesday.

"I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] for signing me so that I can officially retire as a New York Knick," Stoudemire said. "I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that. Carmelo [Anthony], Phil and Steve have continued this quest, and with this year's acquisitions, the team looks playoff-bound once again. Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick."

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The Seattle Seahawks have reached an agreement with head coach Pete Carroll on a contract extension, the team announced. Sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the extension will run through 2019. Carroll's deal comes on the heels of an extension for Seattle general manager John Schneider. Schneider's new deal is for five years and is expected to make him among the highest-paid GMs in the NFL, a source told ESPN's John Clayton. Carroll's and Schneider's contracts had been set to expire at the end of the upcoming NFL season. At 64, Carroll is the league's oldest head coach, but Seattle had no hesitation about extending him through 2019. With Carroll and Schneider at the helm, the Seahawks have won 60 regular-season games over the past six years. In the NFC, only the Green Bay Packers have more victories in that span. The Seahawks have reached the Super Bowl twice, winning once, and made the playoffs in five of six seasons.

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WBCU's own Charlie Long ran into Luke Kuechly yesterday in downtown Spartanburg, which can mean just one thing...Panthers training camp is here. You can go watch the Panthers practice starting this Friday at Wofford College. 

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In the battle of the two worst teams in baseball, the Braves came out on top. They went into Target Field last night with winning on their mind. They won game one of the two-game series, 2-0, putting runs on the board in the 2nd and 3rd innings. They will play tonight against the Twins in the final game of their series. 

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We will have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-6:55, followed by the Atlanta Braves pregame. First pitch between the Twins and the Braves is set for 8:10 here on WBCU. 

Sports For 7/26/16

After a long 3-1/2 hour game against Johnsonville, the Union County Pony League All-Stars fell short in the state championship playoffs. The final score was 15-13 in Johnsonville's favor. 

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Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson was the overwhelming choice to repeat as ACC Player of the Year after his record-setting 2015 campaign. Watson was also the media’s preseason selection as ACC Player of the Year last season.

Watson led the preseason ACC Player of the Year balloting with 164 votes, followed by Florida State running back Dalvin Cook with 18. North Carolina running back Elijah Hood received four votes, while Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson picked up two votes apiece. Duke cornerback/return specialist DeVon Edwards received one vote.

Watson captured both the Davey O’Brien and Manning Awards as the nation’s top quarterback in 2015 after passing for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 1,105 yards and 12 more scores. The Gainesville, GA, native became the first player in FBS history to amass 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.

The ACC Male Athlete of the Year and MVP of both the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game and Capital One Orange Bowl, Watson was fifth nationally in completion percentage at 67.8% and was voted ACC Offensive Back of the Week four times in 2015. Watson is bidding to become the first student-athlete to be named ACC Football Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons since Florida State’s Charlie Ward in 1992-93.

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The Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins waged one of the most memorable World Series in history 25 years ago. The stakes will be a little different this week when the teams play a two-game series beginning tonight at Target Field.

The Twins will celebrate the silver anniversary of their second world championship this week, with festivities scheduled prior to both games against the Braves.

Both clubs more closely resemble the 1990 versions of themselves. The Braves and Twins each finished in last place that season before rebounding to meet in the 1991 World Series.

Atlanta enters the week having started its nine-game road trip against Cincinnati, Colorado and Minnesota with just a 1-6 mark. After winning three of their final four games heading into the All-Star break, the Braves have emerged with a 2-8 record, including a four-game sweep at the hands of the Rockies at Coors Field over the weekend.

The Braves will try to salvage their road trip on Tuesday when they send Lucas Harrell to the mound. The right-hander has been solid since joining Atlanta's rotation earlier this month, compiling a 1-2 record with 4.24 ERA in four starts.

The Twins return home following a seven-game road trip that saw them go 4-3 against Detroit and Boston. Minnesota split a four-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park over the weekend. An error by Miguel Sano with two outs in the fifth on Sunday allowed three unearned runs to score later in the inning and spoiled a chance for the Twins to finish the trip on a three-game winning streak. Boston hung on for an 8-7 victory. Sano has committed 10 errors in his last 15 games played at third base, including a miscue in each of the last three games. The second-year slugger has hit .308 with three homers and eight RBIs over that same stretch, however.

Minnesota has played better of late, having already won more games in July (12) than it has in any other month this season. A win on Tuesday would ensure at least a .500 record since July 1.

The Twins will send former Brave Ervin Santana to the mound on Tuesday in what could be his final start with Minnesota. The right-hander is 3-8 with a 3.93 ERA in 18 starts this season but has been outstanding of late, posting a 2.03 ERA over his last six starts.

The solid stretch of games has helped bolster his trade value and with the market for starting pitchers considered shallow, Santana could be on the move ahead of the August 1st trade deadline.

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Tonight we will have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-6:55. At 6:55, we'll have Braves pregame for you. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. here on WBCU. 

Sports For 7/25/16

The Braves drew eight walks in the first five innings Sunday against the Rockies yet failed to score until the seventh inning. This was particularly problematic, considering they trailed 7-0 after four innings. It was that kind of day and that kind of series for the Braves, who saw Tyrell Jenkins get pummeled in a 7-2 loss that gave the Rockies a four-game sweep and a 10-game winning streak against the Braves at Coors Field. The only time the Braves scored more than three runs in any of those 10 games was in Saturday’s 8-4 loss, and they were outscored 26-12 and out-homered 9-1 in the four-game series. The Braves have an off day before heading to Minnesota to take on the Twins Tuesday night. 

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Moving into the local scene, the Dixie Youth All-Stars Pony League, which is made up of 11- and 12-year olds, moved on to the next round of the state playoffs yesterday after defeating Walhalla, 10-9. They will play Johnsonville at 10:00am today, and if they win, they will play again at 4:00.

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Sunday night was a very special night for a coach that Union County knows and loves. Coach Mike Anthony was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.   Anthony coached 23 years, which included stops at Carolina, Southside, Batesburg-Leesville and Easley before coming home to Union. His overall record of 171-106 included state championships at Union in 1999, 2000, and 2002. His team won seven region championships and were the state runners-up in 2001. Coach Anthony was selected South Carolina football coach of the year in 2000, AAA coach of the year in 2002, High School Sports Report Coach of the Year in 2002, and the National Federation Sectional Coach of the Year in 2003. He was an assistant coach in the North-South All-Star game in 1987, the Shrine Bowl in 1994, and the head coach in the North-South game in 2003. Coach Anthony was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002 and continues to serve. Also recognized was Patty Turner for 25 years of service and Mike Hawkins for 40 years of service. Former Union High Coach Shell Dula serves as executive director of the SCACA, and Jonesville native Donald Addis is the president. 

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Tonight on WBCU, we will have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-8pm. 

Sports For 7/22/16

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Union County softball standout  Dexlie Inman was selected as a CBS MaxPreps Medium Schools Second-Team Softball All-American on Wednesday.

“I hope it sticks for the next couple of years to come, and you keep seeing it in more newspapers and stuff like that,” Inman said. “I’m definitely going to try to do my best to be known.”

Receiving national recognition certainly helps anybody’s profile, and Inman was excited to receive the honor. She was one of only two from South Carolina to make the two All-American teams, joining Hartsville pitcher Kayla Drotar, a South Carolina signee.

“Being an All-American was just a dream of mine since I was younger and just starting to play softball,” Inman said. “It’s just crazy that it’s happened and I’m very shocked. I’m thankful to achieve that goal and it’s a great label to have on my belt, but even now I feel I have to prove that I can hang with the big girls at the next level. It definitely boosts my confidence up.”

Inman batted .423 with a .526 on-base percentage her final season with the Yellow Jackets, with four homers, 16 doubles, one triple, 30 RBIs and 53 runs scored. Union County’s program was no stranger to previous national recognition from CBS MaxPreps, having reached as high as #11 this past season. The two-time defending 3A champion Yellow Jackets had their three-peat attempt come to an end in the state finals against Hartsville. 

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The Atlanta Braves traveled to Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, to start a four-game series with the Rockies. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 6th inning, when Colorado put 3 runs on the board. Both teams put a run on the board in the 7th and would go into the 8th inning with a score of 4-1 in favor of the Rockies. The Rockies would put 3 more runs on the board in the bottom of the 8th to take a big 7-1 lead. The Braves didn't give up and added two runs in the top of the 9th, but it was not enough to pull off the win. The Rockies defeated the Braves, 7-3. Game two will get underway at 8:40 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-7:25. At 7:25, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball, as the Braves take on the Rockies in Denver. The first pitch is at 8:40.   

Sports For 7/21/16

Today is the final day for the Dixie Youth state championship tournament. A new state champion will be crowned in the AAA and Major divisions.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not race this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway or in the upcoming race at Pocono Raceway. Jeff Gordon will make his return to racing, driving Earnhardt's No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports entry in both races. Earnhardt will be out at least two more races as he was not cleared by his doctors to return as from concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt missed last weekend's race at New Hampshire. Alex Bowman drove for the team; he was running in the top 10 late in the race before crashing and finishing 26th.

Our focus is giving Dale all the time he needs to recover," team owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement. "There's nothing we want more than to see him back in the race car, but we'll continue to listen to the doctors and follow their lead. What's best for Dale is what's best for Hendrick Motorsports and everyone involved with the team. We're all proud of him and looking forward to having him racing soon."

Earnhardt discussed his symptoms in a podcast earlier this week, saying that he was battling issues with balance and nausea. Before missing the race, he was in position to earn a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Eleven drivers have won races this season and Earnhardt is 15th in the standings with seven races to go before the Chase.

Earnhardt missed two races with concussion-like symptoms late in 2012, during that season's Chase, and went on to finish 12th in the points that year.

Gordon, a four-time Sprint Cup Series champion, has six wins at Pocono and five at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He last raced in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and worked with Fox Sports during the opening segment of the season.

Gordon, 44, has 93 career victories. He made all 797 of his Sprint Cup starts driving for Hendrick.

"Jeff's a team player," Hendrick said. "I know he'll be ready, and I know Dale has incredible trust in him. It's going to be an emotional weekend [at Indianapolis] with Dale not being there and seeing Jeff back behind the wheel. [Crew chief Greg Ives] and the team did a great job at New Hampshire, and they have the full support of our organization."

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Tucker Barnhart and Joey Votto hit two-run homers, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Wednesday and win the season series between the NL's worst teams. Barnhart's homer completed a four-run rally in the sixth off Lucas Harrell (1-2), who had allowed only three singles entering the inning. Cincinnati won four of seven this season against the Braves, who have the league's worst record at 33-62. Cincinnati is 36-59. Atlanta was trying to win back-to-back road series for the first time this season but couldn't hold a 2-0 lead. They Braves are 19-26 on the road overall. The Braves travel to Colorado today to face the Rockies for a four-game series.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-7:25. At 7:25, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you. The first pitch is set for 8:40 p.m.

Sports For 7/20/16

Today and Thursday are your last chances to get out and watch  the state championship tournament for the AAAs and the Majors Divisions being played at Timken Sports Complex. It's down to the final four teams in both divisions. Today, games will start at 5:30 for the loser's bracket of the AAAs between McLeod Park and Hampton. The winner's bracket will play at 7:30 between Blythewood and Lancaster. The championship game will be played Thursday at 10 a.m. In the Majors division, the loser's bracket game between Maple Park and Clarendon County will be at 5:30. Hartsville and Myrtle Beach will play in the winner's bracket contest at 7:30.

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Every summer, the NFL Network releases its list of the top 100 players in the NFL, and every summer, a bunch of players complain about where they're ranked. For the most part, players complain because they feel like they're ranked too low. Not Cam Newton, though. The Panthers quarterback, who was voted the No. 1 player in the league, actually said that he thought his ranking was too high. According to Newton, there should've been at least two players ranked ahead of him, including one quarterback. 

"[Tom] Brady or J.J. [Watt]," Newton told NFL.com recently when asked who should've been ranked No. 1.

Those two players didn't finish too far from the top spot. Brady came in at No. 2 on the top-100 list, while Watt came in at No. 3. The list is actually voted on by NFL players, which means Newton really impressed his peers when he led the Panthers to a 15-1 season and an appearance in Super Bowl 50.

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The Washington Redskins are mourning the death of longtime superfan Zema "Chief Zee" Williams. He was 75. Chief Zee had been the Redskins' unofficial mascot at home games for nearly 40 years, sporting the Native American headdress. He was inducted into the fan section of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. When Chief Zee's declining health limited his mobility, Redskins owner Dan Snyder reportedly purchased a scooter for him so he could continue to attend games. Fans and even former players also contributed to a GoFundMe account to prevent Chief Zee from being evicted from his home, according to multiple reports.

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Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship, meaning he will go an entire year without playing in a major for the first time in his career.

The decision, while not a surprise, also means he will go an entire PGA Tour season without playing. His agent, Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management, said in a text message to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Woods would not play the rest of the tour season as he continued rehabilitation after back operations. That would have amounted to only three more tournaments before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Steinberg said Woods would continue to work hard and assess when he can play during the next season, which will begin in October.

In public appearances dating to April, whether it was opening his golf course in Houston or hosting his tournament in Washington, Woods had given no indication when he would be ready to compete. He had his second and third back operations last year and had said he wanted to take his time making sure it healed.

Woods has now gone eight years since winning his 14th major championship at the US Open.

He was replaced by Harold Varner, III, at the PGA Championship, which will begin July 28 in Springfield, N.J.

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Pittsburgh Pirates rookie pitcher Jameson Taillon was struck in the head by a line drive but remained in the game on Tuesday night. Milwaukee's Hernan Perez hit a 105-mph line drive off the back of Taillon's head with one out in the second inning. Taillon laid in front of the pitcher's mound for several minutes while being tended to by trainers, then remarkably opted to stay in the game. What a trooper. 

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The Reds sent the Braves into extra innings last night, and the Braves came out on top. The Braves went into the bottom of the 9th leading the Reds 4-2, but Cincinnati battled back, adding two runs to tie the score up 4-4. The score would remained tied until the top of the 11th, when Nick Markakis made his way home to make the score 5 to 4. The 3-game series is now tied 1-1.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you at 12:35, as the Braves finish up their series with the Cincinnati Reds. We'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 7/19/16

The Dixie Youth boys state tournament is still going on out at the Timken Sports Complex. You can make your way out there until Thursday to watch teams from all over the state compete to become state champions in the Major and AAA divisions. All Union teams have been eliminated. 

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Sims volleyball will have tryouts August 8-12 from 3:30-5 in the gym. Anyone wanting to try out must have an updated physical. They are asked to wear shorts, t-shirt and tennis shoes.

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Alex Rodriguez homered against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night, pushing his career total to 696. Rodriguez took advantage of a poorly placed 2-0 fastball from Kevin Gausman, driving it deep into the left-field bleachers and giving the Yankees an early 1-0 lead. Home run or not, Rodriguez remains in the midst of an awful season. with the Yankees searching for any kind of spark, Rodriguez has thus far started each game in the second half, but this marked his first second-half hit. Rodriguez is now four home runs away from joining Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth in the 700-homer club. He should get there by season's end.

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The Braves started a 3-game series and lost to the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park last night. Atlanta only put 2 runs on the board in the game, while the Reds had 8.

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Tonight on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you. Braves pregame starts at 5:55, and the first pitch will be at 7:10.

Sports For 7/18/16

The Dixie Youth Boys State tournament is still going on for the AAAs and the Majors divisions at Timken Sports Complex. Unfortunately, both Union All-Star teams were eliminated Sunday in the loser's bracket. On Saturday, McLeod Park put Union's AAA All-Stars into the loser's bracket by a score of 13-4. They went on to play Lancaster and lost by a score of 20-8, ending their chances to become state champions for the AAA division. 

In the Major division, Myrtle Beach National defeated Union 1-0 Saturday, sending them into the loser's bracket. The Union Major All-Stars fell to Bamberg yesterday, 4-3, and were eliminated from the tournament. The state tournament will be going on through Thursday at the Timken Sports Complex, so make sure when you see new people around town, show them our Union County hospitality.

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The final round of the 2016 British Open at Royal Troon will go down as one of the most thrilling Sundays in major championship history. Trailing by a stroke heading into the final day, Phil Mickelson shot a 6-under 65 and still fell three shots short of champion Henrik Stenson. Mickelson spent most of his day just trying to keep pace with the Swede, who reeled off two three-birdie stretches on his way to shooting a final-round 63. Stenson was sensational down the stretch, with four birdies in the last five holes to clinch his first major win.

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Chase d'Arnaud came through in dramatic fashion to make sure that the Atlanta Braves weren't swept in a series at home by the Colorado Rockies for the first time since 1997. D'Arnaud delivered an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Braves a 1-0, walk-off victory on a sweltering Sunday at Turner Field. The Braves head to Cincinnati to start a three-game series with the Reds tonight.

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Tonight on WBCU, we will have Atlanta Braves baseball for you. Braves pregame starts at 5:55, and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. 

Sports For 7/15/16

Expect a crowd in Union County from July 15-21. Timken Sports Complex is hosting the 2016 Dixie Youth State tournament for AAA and Major divisions. The opening ceremony will take place tonight. Union Triple A, which is made up of 9- and 10-year olds, will face off with District 10 Champion McLeod Park on field 1 at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Union Majors 11- and 12-year olds will battle with  District 11 Champion Myrtle Beach on field 6 at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Phil Mickelson's hot start at the British Open landed him in the record books Thursday with an eight-under round of 63.  According to the PGA Tour, Lefty's dominant performance at Royal Troon in Scotland tied him for the lowest all-time score in a single major championship round. He entered the clubhouse with a three-shot lead. Mickelson's birdie putt to close out his first round seemed ticketed for the bottom of the cup, but it lipped out and prevented him from setting the all-time record with a 62. Despite the disappointment of missing out on a record-breaking 62, the 46-year old veteran is in prime position to win his sixth career major. Mickelson won his first and only British Open Championship to date in 2013, and if he continues to play like he did Thursday, a second Claret Jug will likely join his collection. The 2016 season has been a struggle for Mickelson, who has yet to win and missed the cut at both the Masters and U.S. Open, but his first-round performance suggests he is in top form and ready to make a run at the title.

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The Colorado Rockies come in to Turner Field tonight to start a 3-game series with the Braves. Atlanta comes back after the All-Star break with a losing record of 31-58. The Braves are still in last place in the NL East division. 

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Tonight, we will have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-6:20. After that, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you. Braves pregame will air at 6:20, followed by the first pitch at 7:35 p.m. here on WBCU. Be sure to tune in to the Ashley Turner State Farm Sports Hour tomorrow from 9-10 for a wrap-up of this week's sports news.  

Sports For 7/14/16

All Union County teams are now out of the American Legion playoffs. The Union American Legion Post 22 Juniors made it to the second round to play a best-of-3 series with the Inman Juniors. Unfortunately, Inman swept Union, knocking the Post 22 Juniors out of the playoffs last night by a final score of 10-1.

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Exciting news for the USC-Union Bantam athletics: they have hired a softball coach. Amanda Warley from Florence Darlington Tech College started last week and is busy recruiting her team. Her contact information is: WARLEYA@mailbox.sc.edu and office number is 864-424-8033.

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The Atlanta Braves are still on break until tomorrow. The Rockies come in to Turner Field Friday to start a 3-game series. Atlanta will start the second half of the season with a losing record of 31-58. The Braves are still in last place of the NL East division. 

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Last night, all the biggest names in sports came out dressed to kill for the 2016 ESPY Awards.

The first award of the 2016 ESPYS was given to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry for best record-breaking performance. Curry, the reigning two-time NBA MVP, broke his own record for most made 3-pointers in a season as the Warriors went on to win an NBA-record 73 regular-season games.

Chicaco Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta took home best breakthrough performance honors. 

U.S. Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks was the recipient of this year's Pat Tillman Award for Service. Marks overcame a devastating injury in Iraq and lung disease to become a world-class para-swimmer.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry won the award for comeback player of the year. Berry was diagnosed in November 2014 with Hodgkin's lymphoma and missed the rest of the season, but he was cleared to return to football by both personal physicians and team doctors shortly before the start of training camp last summer. He earned his starting spot back, and over the last several games of the 2015 season played as well as he had at any time before his illness. Berry finished third on the Chiefs in tackles and had two interceptions. After the season, he played in the fourth Pro Bowl of his six-year NFL career.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love accepted the award for best moment for making Cleveland a championship city for the first time in over 50 years. The Cavaliers accomplished the feat by overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Warriors and win the NBA title.

The family of Zaevion Dobson accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in his honor. The 15-year-old Tennessee native and high school football player was shot and killed while trying to protect girls from gunfire.

The Cleveland Cavilers add another trophy to the night after being named Best Team.

The Icon Award was awarded  to not one but three athletes this year: Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, and Abby Wambach, who all decided to retire this year.

Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award for his ongoing battle with cancer and his willingness to keep going even through the bad times.

The female athlete of the year recipient was UConn standout Breonna Stewart, who begged the media to give women sports as much attention as they do to the males. 

And the last award of the night went to LeBron James, as he was named best male athlete of the year.

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Tonight on WBCU, we will have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 7/13/16

Last night on the local sports scene, Union's Post 22 Juniors fell to the Inman Juniors in the first game of the second round of the American Legion Juniors playoffs. After a 9-inning battle, the Inman Juniors came out on top, 5-4. Game two will take place at the Timken Sports Complex tonight at 7pm. The Union American Legion Post 22 Juniors must win to stay alive in the second round. 

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Don't forget it's time to start signing up for the youth football league. Sign-ups are at the Timken Sports Complex from 8-5 Monday-Friday. The cost is $40 for flag division ages 5-7 and $65 for tackle division ages 7-12.

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The 87th edition of the MLB All-Star Game is in the books. The American League came out on top by a 4-2 score, with a pair of Kansas City Royals players leading the offensive charge. Eric Hosmer was 2-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBIs, and Salvador Perez was 1-for-2 with a home run and 2 RBIs. Hosmer earned MVP honors for his efforts. The National League got on the board first with a solo home run from Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant in the top of the first. Corey Kluber of Cleveland was the winning pitcher, Johnny Cueto of San Francisco got the loss, and Zach Britton of Baltimore earned the save.

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

Sports For 7/12/16

The second round of the American Legion Junior playoffs was supposed to get underway last night, but due to the bad weather, the game between the Union Post 22 Juniors and the Inman Juniors was called off. They will play tonight at Inman at 7pm to start game one of the second round.

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Everyone kept asking, so here it is: the 2016 Union County Varsity Yellow Jackets schedule. There are only 38 days until the season opener at home on August 19th against Chapman. All games will start at 7:30.

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The 2016 All-Star game is tonight at Petco Park in San Diego. FOX has the TV coverage at 8 p.m. Giancarlo Stanton hit a record 61 home runs to take the Home Run Derby title last night.

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Longtime San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan announced his retirement after 19 seasons in the NBA. Duncan owns virtually every major statistical record for the Spurs.

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

Sports For 7/11/16

In the local sports scene this past weekend, the Union American Legion Post 22 Seniors team was knocked out of the playoffs by Post 20 from Greenwood.

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The Post 22 Juniors will be moving on to the second round of the playoffs. They will play the Imnan Juniors in a best-of-3 series. Game one will start at 7pm tonight at Timken Sports Complex.

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Serena Williams has finally won her 22nd Grand Slam title, beating Angelique Kerber in the finals at Wimbledon on Saturday. Williams gets her seventh singles title on the grass courts of The All England Club, and she has finally tied Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open Era. 

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In the men's singles, Britain's Andy Murray became Wimbledon champion for the second time with a superb performance yesterday. He defeated Canadian Milos Raonic in straight sets.

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The Atlanta Braves closed out their 3-game series with the Chicago White Sox with a win last night. Atlanta was able to put two runs on the board early in the game to beat the White Sox, 2-0. They won the series over Chicago, 2-1. They will have a break until Friday. 

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The unofficial halfway point of the baseball season is almost here, as everyone descends upon Petco Park in San Diego for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. Tonight at 8pm on ESPN, it's the Home Run Derby, with eight contestants lined up for three timed elimination rounds to determine a champion. Last year's new format proved to be exciting, with hometown hero Todd Frazier, then of the Reds, winning in his home ballpark in Cincinnati, beating out Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.  

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Tonight on WBCU, we will have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 7/8/16

The American Legion playoffs are over for the Union Senior team. They fell to York last night by a score of 6-4. York swept Union in the best-of-five series. AJ Hunter showed out for Union this week with 4 home runs in the 3 games.

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The Union Post 22 Seniors are still alive in a battle with the Post 20 Seniors from Greenwood. Last night's game was postponed due to bad weather. The series is tied 1-1, and game 3 will be played at the Timken Sports Complex tonight at 7pm.

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The Post 22 Juniors had a clean sweep in the first round of the playoffs. They defeated Newberry 10-9 in extra innings in a best-of-3 series last night to advance to round 2 of the American Legion Playoffs. We will update you with the dates and times for round two when we find out.

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It's time to start signing up for the youth football league. Sign-ups are at the Timken Sports Complex from 8-5 Monday-Friday. It's $40 for flag division ages 5-7 and $65 for tackle division ages 7-12.

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In MLB action, the Atlanta Braves headed to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs and came away with an 11-inning, 4-3 victory. After a nearly 2-hour rain delay, the game got underway. The Braves scored 2 runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the 8th inning, when the Cubs finally put some runs on the board. The Cubs were able to get 3 runners in to make the score 3-2 going into the 9th. Nick Markakis hit his second homer of the game to start off the 9th inning to tie the game at 3. The game would go into extra innings and came to an end in the 11th inning after the Cubs could not answer back to the one run the Braves put on the board in the top of the 11th. The Braves will stay in Chicago to start a 3-game series with the White Sox.

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Tonight on WBCU, we will have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-6:55, followed by Atlanta Braves baseball. The pregame show starts at 6:55, and the first pitch between the Braves and Chicago White Sox is scheduled for 8:10pm. Don't forget to tune in to The Ashley Turner State Farm Sports Hour from 9-10am Saturday morning.

Sports For 7/7/16

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The American Legion playoffs are going on in both the Senior and Junior divisions. The Union American Legion Seniors fell to York last night, 11-10. They are facing off in a best-of-5 series, which York leads, 2-0. Game 3 will be at York tonight. The first pitch is scheduled for 7pm. The Union Seniors must win tonight to continue in the playoffs.

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The Union Post 22 Juniors will be facing off in game 2 of a best-of-3 series against Newberry.  After a 4-3 victory over the Newberry Juniors on Tuesday, they lead the series 1-0. They will face off in Game 2 tonight  at Timken Sports Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 5pm. 

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The Philadelphia Phillies completed the three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves yesterday, 4-3. Atlanta had taken a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th, when Freddie Galvis hit a 2-run homer to give the Phillies the lead. Atlanta has a make-up game tonight with the Chicago Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk from 6:05-6:50 p.m. At 6:50, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as Atlanta travels to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs. First pitch is set for 8:05 p.m.

Sports For 7/6/16

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The American Legion playoffs started last night in both the Senior and Junior divisions. The Union American Legion Seniors traveled to York for the first game in a best-of-five series. York defeated Union, 15-5. Game two will be played at Timken Sports Complex tonight at 7pm.

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The Post 22 Juniors defeated Newberry 4-3 in the 1st round of the playoffs last night. They are in a best-of-3 series and will face off in Game 2 Thursday night at Timken Sports Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 5pm. 

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The Atlanta Braves lost to the Philadelphia Phillies again last night, 5-1. Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz gave up 4 solo home runs and a sacrifice fly in 5-2/3 innings of work. The Braves' only run came in the top of the 7th on a solo home run by Ender Inciarte. The Braves will try to salvage a win in the series this afternoon. The first pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as the Braves wrap up their series in the City of Brotherly Love against the Phillies. We'll join the game at first pitch, which is set for 1:05 p.m. We'll have SC Sports Talk for you tonight from 6:05-8 p.m.

Sports For 7/5/16

Tryouts for The Swarm 10-and-under Fast Pitch softball travel team will be starting tomorrow and Thursday at 6:30pm. The tryouts will take place at South Hills Complex on Adult Field 1. You can contact Tiffany for more information at 864-251-4330.

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Also, don't forget it's time to start signing up for the youth football league. Sign-ups are at the Timken Sports Complex from 8-5 Monday-Friday. It's $40 for flag division ages 5-7, and $65 for tackle division ages 7-12.

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In NBA action, Union native Trevor Booker has signed a two-year. $18.5 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. He took to Twitter Sunday and thanked Utah and the Jazz organization for all they have done for him over the past 2 years. In other news, Kevin Durant, who has been with the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2007 after he was picked second overall in the first round of the draft, has signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors. OKC fans are now treating him how Cleveland treated Lebron James after he left. There have been several articles and videos of fans burning Durant's jersey. The Warriors are a favorite to return to the NBA Finals next year.

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The Chanticleers' luck just keeps on going. Coastal Carolina alumnus Dustin Johnson won his second big tournament of the 2016 PGA season on Sunday. His win at WGC-Bridgestone moves him up two spots to first place in the FedEx Cup standings. 

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In baseball action, the Braves traveled to Citizens Bank Park to start a 3-games series with the Phillies. The Phillies scored 7 runs in the second inning to breeze past the Braves. The final score was 8-2. The Mets beat the Marlins last night 8-6, and the Brewers beat the Nationals, 1-0. The Nationals are still in first place in the NL East. The Mets are in 2nd place, followed by the Marlins in 3rd. The Phillies are currently 4th in the standings, and the Braves are still in the cellar in the division.



Tonight on WBCU, we will have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as Atlanta looks to get a win at Philadelphia. The pregame show starts at 5:50 p.m., and the first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Sports For 7/4/16

There was not much going on in the local sports scene this past weekend. Try outs for The Swarm 10-and-under Fast Pitch softball travel team will be starting this Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30pm. The tryouts will take place at South Hills Complex on Adult Field 1. You can contact Tiffany for more information at 864-251-4330.  Also don't forget it's time to start signing up for the youth football league. Sign-ups are at the Timken Sports Complex from 8-5 Monday-Friday. It's $40 for flag division ages 5-7, and $65 for tackle division ages 7-12.

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In MLB action, the Braves wrapped up a four-game series with the Miami Marlins last night in a historic game. They met for the last game of the series in North Carolina at Fort Bragg. It was the first time a pro baseball game has taken place on an active military base. The Braves weren't so lucky last night and fell to the Marlins, 5-2. After splitting the four-game series, Atlanta is now 10-4 against the Marlins this season and 28-54 overall. Tonight, they travel to Citizens Bank Park to start a 3-games series with the Philadelphia Phillies. We will have all the action here on WBCU.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as Atlanta is in Philadelphia to take on the Phillies. The pregame show is at 2:50 p.m., and the first pitch is set for 4:10 p.m.  Starting at 6, Matt Abee and Daniel Prince will break in with updates from the Light Up the Lake celebration at Foster Park Lake. Following the game, we'll have full coverage from Foster Park.  

Have a happy and safe Independence Day, Union County!

Sports For 7/1/16

Last night featured the final two games of the Dixie Boys All-Stars district tournament for the 13- and 14-year olds at the Timken Sports Complex. It was a do-or-die game for Laurens and Gaffney in the early contest, as Gaffney was eliminated by Laurens by the score of 20-11. Laurens moved on to play Union in the district championship game. The Union County Dixie Boys Pony League All Stars earned the district title with a 12-6 victory over Laurens. They will move on to the state tournament starting July 23 in Aiken. 

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In American Legion baseball, the Union American Legion Senior team dropped a doubleheader against the Gaffney Seniors, losing twice last night. In American Legion juniors action, Greer 2 beat Post 22, 3-0. 

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College baseball season is over, and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are the national champions. After a scoreless game through five innings, the Chanticleers put four runs on the board in the top of the 6th inning. Arizona answered back in the bottom of the sixth, putting two runs on the board. The score would remain 4-2 until the bottom of the ninth inning. With runners on the corners, a sacrifice fly plated a run, making the score 4-3. The Wildcats had two runners in scoring position with 2 outs, but Coastal Carolina struck out the final batter on a full count, and the Chanticleers for the first time in school history are your national champions.

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The Marlins came into Atlanta last night to start a 4-game series. The Braves seem to play good when it comes to the Marlins, having won 9 of their 11 matchups so far. The Marlins scored 3 runs in the top of the 2nd inning, but the Braves rallied, scoring 2 in the 4th and 4 in the 6th to take the lead, 6-3. The Braves added a run in the 7th and 8th innings to make to make the score 8-3. The Marlins brought a runner home in the 8th and 9th innings, closing the gap to 8-5, but they could get no closer. Game 2 of the 4-game series is tonight at 7:35 p.m.

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Today on WBCU, we'll have SC Sports Talk for you from 6:05-6:20 p.m. After that, we'll have Atlanta Braves baseball for you, as the Braves host the Miami Marlins in game 2 of their 4-game series. The pregame show starts at 6:20 p.m., and the first pitch is set for 7:35 p.m.

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