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The USC Gamecocks’ dismal football season ends in a very fitting manner – via COVID-19

Columbia — The season to forget for USC fans will end in a way few will soon forget.

The Gamecocks’ rocky season, one with no out of conference games, ends via a spate of positive COVID-19 tests within the football program.

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Cleveland to become the second US pro sports franchise to dump racist mascot name

Cleveland, Ohio — The “Indian” is going to go bye-bye.

The baseball team by Lake Erie in Ohio announced the change on Monday. However, the Indians will continue to be their name until a new one is selected, according to the owner, Paul Dolan.

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South Carolina high school realignments are out, shake-up on the way for some Aiken Area schools

Columbia — The South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) has released its preliminary biennial region realignments.

Here’s a look at who will be where: Read the rest of this entry »

CBS will air marquee WNBA matchups starting next month

New York City — Next month, there will be a new home for the WNBA.

According to numerous reports, CBS Sports has purchased rights to the WNBA. CBS – which includes affiliates WRDW, WLTX, and WTOC – will air more than 40 games during the season, beginning with the Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky tilt. Read the rest of this entry »

RBC Heritage Second Round Tee Times

Hilton Head Island — Mr. Lowry leads after the opening round of the RBC Heritage at six under par.

Here are the Round 2 Tee Times for Cut Day, which is Friday:

1st Tee

Tee Time


7:10 a.m.

Seamus Power, Sam Burns, Matthew Fitzpatrick

7:20 a.m.

Alex Cejka, Harris English, Alex Noren

7:30 a.m.

Peter Malnati, Chesson Hadley, Justin Harding

7:40 a.m.

Andrew Landry, Russell Henley, D.A. Points

7:50 a.m.

Cameron Champ, Chris Stroud, Danny Willett

8:00 a.m.

Patton Kizzire, Russell Knox, Davis Love III

8:10 a.m.

Kevin Na, Si Woo Kim, Cameron Smith

8:20 a.m.

Brian Stuard, Jonathan Byrd, J.T. Poston

8:30 a.m.

Rory Sabbatini, Bud Cauley, Colt Knost

8:40 a.m.

Ryan Palmer, J.J. Spaun, Brandon Harkins

8:50 a.m.

D.J. Trahan, Jason Kokrak, Abraham Ancer

11:50 p.m.

Nick Watney, Beau Hossler, Trey Mullinax

12:00 p.m.

Shane Lowry, Peter Uihlein, Richy Werenski

12:10 p.m.

Charl Schwartzel, Whee Kim, Sam Ryder

12:20 p.m.

Michael Kim, Luke Donald K.J. Choi

12:30 p.m.

Adam Long, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink

12:40 p.m.

Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Tommy Fleetwood

12:50 a.m.

Francesco Molinari, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth

1:00 p.m.

Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Ernie Els

1:10 p.m.

Martin Laird, Byeong Hun, Tom Hoge

1:20 p.m.

Ryan Moore, Aaron Baddeley, Kevin Streelman

1:30 p.m.

Scott Stallings, Sungjae Im, Ray Franz, Jr.

10th tee

Tee Time


7:10 a.m.

Charley Hoffman, Chez Reavie, Matt Wallace

7:20 a.m.

Kevin Streelman, Freddie Jacobson, Scott Langley

7:30 a.m.

Emiliano Grillo, Adam Schenk, Tyler Duncan

7:40 a.m.

Keith Mitchell, Jonas Blixt, Martin Kaymer

7:50 a.m.

Scott Piercy, Ian Poulter, Brian Harman

8:00 a.m.

Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Satoshi Kodaira

8:10 a.m.

Kevin Kisner, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele

8:20 a.m.

Billy Horschel, Patrick Cantlay, Zach Johnson

8:30 a.m.

Vaughn Taylor, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ryan Blaum

8:40 a.m.

Michael Thompson, Brian Gay, Sam Saunders

8:50 a.m.

Boo Weekley, Scott Brown, C.T. Pan

11:50 a.m.

Chris Kirk, Lucas Glover, Ollie Schniederjans

12:00 p.m.

Anirban Lahiri, Joel Dahmen, Eddie Pepperell

12:10 p.m.

Wyndham Clark, Roger Sloan, Kyoung-Hoon Lee

12:20 p.m.

Andrew Putnam, Rod Pampling, Cody Gribble

12:30 p.m.

Marc Leishman, Brice Garnett, Daniel Berger

12:40 p.m.

Troy Merritt, Austin Cook, Hudson Swafford

12:50 p.m.

Ted Potter, Jr., Jason Dufner, Mackenzie Hughes

1:00 p.m.

Charles Howell III, Ryan Armour, Jim Herman

1:10 p.m.

Branden Grace, Luke List, Kelly Kraft

1:20 p.m.

Bill Haas, Morgan Hoffmann, Harold Varner III

1:30 p.m.

Ben Silverman, Mark Anderson, John Augenstein

RBC Heritage First Round Tee Times

Hilton Head Island — Here are the first round tee times at the RBC Heritage: Read the rest of this entry »

Report: Ring of Honor (ROH) wrestler Jay Lethal sexually harassed multiple women wrestlers

Baltimore — A Ring of Honor championship wrestler is now accused of sexually harassing several of his women colleagues.

Earlier this week, former Ring of Honor wrestler Taeler Hendrix came forward, saying that Jay Lethal sexually harassed her and that her career suffered as a result of her refusal to sleep with Mr. Lethal, 33. Aiken Area Progressive has learned via Twitter that another woman has come forward with allegations against Mr. Lethal. It is not immediately known if the recent accuser was a wrestler or a valet.

Ring of Honor is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the same corporation that owns at least one TV station in every market adjacent to the Augusta-Aiken market.

We will update this story as soon as more develops…

Update @ 13:48: video report of a second accuser has been uploaded to YouTube.

Williston-Elko football star KeShawn Toney commits to USC

Williston-Elko football star KeShawn Toney has made his choice of college known.

This afternoon, Mr. Toney announced via Notes on iOS that he will be leaving Williston-Elko High early and going to USC to continue his education and football playing days.

His statement is contained in Notes.

Congratulations, Mr. Toney!

White thugs and animals riot in Philadelphia after Super Bowl LII win

Philadelphia — It took less than 90 minutes on Sunday night for the white thugs and animals to show their true violent colors.

Barely more than an hour after the Philadelphia Eagles pecked the New England Patriot 41-33, they started pulling down scaffolds on businesses, pulling street lights, overturning cars and setting arsons.

Videos courtesy of WPVI-HD 6abc:

Charles Blow, Amelia McDonell-Parry and others had the best responses to this hypocritical violence:

And that is not all. These savages were assaulting riot police in the city nicknamed the City of Brotherly Love.

And this awesome account has a reminder for the people the next time black people decide to act out their rage over injustice:

I know things would have been much different had it been black people rioting over racial injustice in Philadelphia in the same area. We can no longer deny that racism is prevalant in the United States.

Bottom Line: Politicians and police are lying to you in your face about sex trafficking around the Super Bowl (and other sporting events)

The Rolex 24 at Daytona Beach has not even started and already, the anti-sex extremists who want to criminalize sex work are pushing the debunked and discredited claim that sex trafficking is rampant during the Super Bowl.

It was during Super Bowl 44 in 2010 that this bald faced lie started to surface from politicians, “rescue” organizations and law enforcement — the latter of whom should know better, with false ads being aired on TV, radio and in print in these cases. The claim that sex trafficking is rampant during the Super Bowl is so baseless, the centrist Washington Post gave the claim four Pinocchios, the worst fact checking rating possible at the moment.

The fact is that sex trafficking is not rampant at all. In fact, sex trafficking is about as rare as voter fraud.

The Global Alliance reports that these lies usually start about 18 months in advance, meaning that they get a huge head start on churning out these lies before we get a chance to counter them. They even posted some sources to start with in countering these lies.

Oh and yea, the same professional liars we elect and vow to keep us safe make the same baseless claim about sex trafficking being linked to every major sporting event (the College Football Playoff Championship game, the Australian Open, the 24 Hours of Daytona, the Daytona 500, the NCAA Women’s and Men’s tournament, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the Masters, the Indianapolis 500, the Coca-Cola 600, the French Open, the Stanley Cup finals, the NBA Finals, the College Baseball and Softball World Series, the PGA Tour’s US Open, Wimbledon, the British Open, the PGA Championship, the WTA’s US Open, the Southern 500, the Brickyard 400, the WNBA Finals, the Alabama 500 and the World Series) despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. All sex workers and their clients want to do is have a box of Little Debbie oatmeal pies and relax. They should not have to worry about being harassed and assaulted by cops due to slanderous hysteria about sex trafficking. All these arrests of women and men for consensual buying of sex do is make people hate the police.

Dr. Eric Sprankle wants to remind you to call out your bffs and family members if you spot this lie anywhere on social media.

I will do my best to call the nonsense out. Will you?

WWE quickly fires championship wrestler after he rapes Philomena Sheahan

Stamford, Conn. — The World Wrestling Entertainment not only vacated the Cruiserweight Championship, but the wrestling body fired its most recent champion less than 36 hours after Philomena Sheahan tweeted about being raped by him.

In an interview with TMZ, Ms. Sheahan dished about being raped on October 19, 2017 by Enzo Amore.

She said to Mr. Amore, “I want to get to know you first.” Mr. Amore was already sexually harassing her when she said that to him.

Then, it got worse. Mr. Amore went from mild harassment straight to rape.

“I said ‘no’ countless times,” Ms. Sheahan told TMZ. “I just kept saying ‘No.'”

Ms. Sheahan noted she was literally in tears as she begged him to stop in numerous portions of the Phoenix, Ariz. hotel room, but he slung her on a bed instead — and she hit her head so hard, she was kayoed.

Mr. Amore continued to restrain Ms. Sheahan and pushed forward with the sexual assault.

Due to this, the Phoenix Police Office opened a criminal investigation and Mr. Amore was suspended hours before Raw celebrated their silver anniversary and then axed earlier this afternoon.

The company has zero tolerance for doping or criminal actions such as sexual violence.

The 2015 World Series champions are promoting blatant misogyny in front of their female fans


Kansas City, Mo. — One surefire way to get women to boycott a team is by promoting blatant misogyny.

The Kansas City Royals are partnering up with the Vitae Foundation, an organization known for is misogyny all across Kansas and Missouri. The group, as the women’s rights organization UltraViolet noted, is known for manipulating and lying to women who seek abortions, and promoting extreme anti-choice propaganda. Vitae’s deceptive ads are so grotesque that one Kansas City area radio station actually had the decency to do what is right – remove the ads and ban the group’s ads from its station.

However, that’s not stopping the Royals. The 2015 World Series champions have signed up to broadcast the Vitae ads at games and over the airwaves on as many as 59 radio stations.

Women who are fans of baseball are enraged over this and are already planning to boycott the Royals.

UltraViolet has a petition in an attempt to diffuse this situation, which threatens to get volatile.

Sign the petition and call on the Royals to cease advertising with Vitae.

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