High School Football
Red Devils are edged on road
In Ninety Six, S.C., Rod Johnson’s third touchdown run of the night lifted Ninety Six to a 39-35 victory over Lincoln County on Thursday night.
Johnson scored on a 10-yard run with 1:10 to give the Wildcats the victory.
Mike McIntire had three touchdowns for the Red Devils. He had rushing scores of 78 and 6 yards and caught a 69-yard TD pass from Keith Lockhart.
This game was supposed to have been played Sept. 14, but due to a scheduling conflict it was moved to Thursday.
That meant the Red Devils (1-2) hadn’t played since a loss to Washington-Wilkes on Sept. 7.
USC Aiken golfer earns PBC honor
USC Aiken’s Brandon Robinson-Thompson has been named the Peach Belt Conference Golfer of the Week.
The junior finished tied for second place at the Kiawah Island Invitational with rounds of 68-74.
The tournament featured 85 players and five of the top-25 teams in the latest Golf World poll.
Mystics topple Dream in Game 1
In Atlanta, Ivory Latta scored 14 points, and Kia Vaughn and Crystal Langhorne each had 12 to help the Washington Mystics beat the Atlanta Dream 71-56 in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinals series Thursday night.
Washington, in the playoffs for the first time in three years, snapped an eight-game postseason skid dating back to Sept. 24, 2004.
Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry, the two-time WNBA scoring champion, finished with 20 points despite missing 12 of her first 14 attempts from the field.
• Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker won the WNBA MVP on Thursday, making her the fifth player in league history to receive the award twice.
Parker edged out Minnesota’s Maya Moore and Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne in one of the closest ballots in league history.
Parker finished with 234 points, Moore had 218 and Delle Donne 189.
Parker and the Sparks opened up their Western Conference playoff series against Phoenix late Thursday night.
Murray’s season has an early end
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will have surgery on a long-standing back problem and miss the rest of the season.
The third-ranked Murray will miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London on Nov. 4-11, along with the Masters events in Shanghai and Paris in October. There are 13 tournaments left on this year’s schedule.
Murray has had problems with his back before this year, but the injury flared up at the Rome Masters in May, forcing him to pull out of the French Open that month.
He returned to win grass-court titles at the Queen’s Club and Wimbledon, where he beat Novak Djokovic in the final to become Britain’s first male singles champion at the All England Club in 77 years.
• In Seoul, South Korea, top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the quarterfinals of the Korea Open with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Estrella Cabeza Candela.
• In St. Petersburg, Russia, top-seeded Fabio Fognini retired with a right foot injury while trailing Michal Przysiezny 6-3, 5-3 in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open.