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Concerns about investigation stall picks for Ports board

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The broadening investigation into Statehouse corruption has caused a screening panel to delay voting on whether to advance Gov. Henry McMaster's picks for the South Carolina Ports Authority board. Sen. Larry Grooms said Wednesday the oversight board he chairs wants to thoroughly review the two nominees' associations with political and public relations consultant Richard Quinn.

Ex-guard targeted in hit via inmate's cellphone to testify

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An ex-South Carolina prison guard who was nearly killed in a hit orchestrated by an inmate using an illegal cellphone is traveling to Washington this week, asking federal authorities for help to make sure nothing like it happens again. On Thursday, former corrections officer Robert Johnson is scheduled to testify before the Federal Communications Commission in a hearing about preventing inmate access to cellphones.

Feeling the love: Men's hoops squad toast of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Sindarius Thornwell knew South Carolina fans would be excited about the team's Sweet 16 appearance. The response since he has been on campus, though, surprised even him. As Thornwell walked to the student union after class, he couldn't take more than a couple of steps without students swarming him for selfies or asking for some tidbit about the win against Duke on Sunday.

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HAWKS-HORNETS Hornets hand Hawks 4th straight loss, 105-90 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and the Charlotte Hornets handed the slumping Atlanta Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90 on Monday night. The Hornets scored 17 points off 18 turnovers and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter. Frank Kaminsky provided more strong play off the bench for Charlotte with 14 points and five assists.

Cuonzo Martin says he wants to be at Mizzou for long haul

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Cuonzo Martin is making something of a homecoming, and he'd be happy to stick around for a while this time. Martin, a native of East St. Louis, Illinois, was introduced as men's basketball coach for Missouri on Monday. Following stints with Tennessee and California, Martin says he's ready to put down roots about a two-hour drive from his hometown.

Tim Tebow heading to Mets' Class A team: Columbia Fireflies

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tim Tebow is joining the Columbia Fireflies. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback will start his pro baseball season with the Mets' Class A franchise in Columbia. New York Mets manager Terry Collins announced the move Monday. The 29-year-old Tebow has been in spring training with the Mets and is hitting .235 with four hits in 17 at-bats.

3 SCDOT workers plead guilty in kickback schemes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Three South Carolina Department of Transportation employees have pleaded guilty in kickback schemes at the agency's Richland County office. The state attorney general's office said in a news release that Allen Ray ran a fake company to which road work money funneled.

No. 1 seed South Carolina avoids upset against Arizona St

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Top seeded South Carolina again appeared to have a dominant regular season turn into a surprisingly early NCAA Tournament exit. But that's when two-time Southeastern Conference Player of the Year A'ja Wilson rescued her team. Wilson scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds, including the put back that gave South Carolina the lead for good and the free throws that sealed it, as South Carolina (29-4) beat No.

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South Carolina, Arizona St aren't same teams as before NCAAs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Like all teams, South Carolina and Arizona State are watching a lot of film to get ready for their second round NCAA Tournament game Sunday. But all that scouting might not help much. The top-seeded Gamecocks are getting smaller and more aggressive after losing all-Southeastern Conference second team center Alaina Coates to a foot injury this month, while the No.

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The Latest: Courson suspended after ethics indictment

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on Sen. John Courson's indictment on ethics charges (all times local): 4 p.m. One of South Carolina's longest-serving senators has been suspended following ethics charges tied to Republican powerbroker Richard Quinn. Prosecutor David Pascoe announced Friday a State Grand Jury indicted Sen. John Courson of Columbia on misconduct in office and using campaign donations for personal expenses. All three charges are tied to Courson's payments to Quinn's firm. Lt.

Women's NCAA Tournament Capsules

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Results from the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Friday: ___ LEXINGTON REGION Maci Morris made seven of eight free throws in the final 37 seconds, including two with 3.2 seconds remaining, to help fourth-seeded Kentucky edge No. 13 Belmont 73-70 victory on Friday in a first-round game of the NCAA Tournament.

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33-year veteran Sen. John Courson indicted on ethics charges

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- One of South Carolina's longest-serving senators has been indicted on ethics charges tied to veteran Republican powerbroker Richard Quinn. Solicitor David Pascoe, the prosecutor investigating Statehouse corruption, announced Friday that a state grand jury indicted Republican Sen. John Courson of Columbia on misconduct in office and using campaign donations for personal expenses. All three charges are tied to Courson's payments to Quinn's political consulting firm.