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Study: Develop or acquire players for a winning MLB team?

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CLEMSON — Major League Baseball (MLB) teams should develop players within their organizations at three positions: left fielder, relief pitcher and catcher, according to a new study by Clemson University researchers.The researchers used statistical modeling to investigate MLB roster construction for all playoff teams from 2009 to 2013 to determine the extent to which organizations should build their rosters through player development or acquiring players from other teams.

 

Stout restart gives Blaney Nationwide Series win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ryan Blaney swept past Kyle Busch on a restart with seven laps to go and held on to win Friday night’s rain-delayed Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.Until the final restart, Busch appeared dominant and on his way to his seventh win in his last nine NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Bristol.Blaney’s victory was his first this season and second in 24 career Nationwide Series races.“It’s awesome to be here in...

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Logano nabs third win of season in Bristol night race

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Joey Logano believes he has the car and Team Penske believes they have the team to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.Logano took the lead from Matt Kenseth with 44 laps remaining and scooted to his third Sprint Cup victory of the season in Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.“We can win the championship. We’ve showed it at every kind of race track. We’ve just got to keep doing it,” s...

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Keselowski earns first NASCAR Truck Series win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — After 62 races — the last 20 of which were in his own equipment — Brad Keselowski is finally a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner.“We did it,” said Keselowski as he took the checkered flag in Thursday morning’s postponed UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.Keselowski’s joy may have been short lived. Following the race, NASCAR announced that his No. 19 truck, as well as the trucks d...

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August is Tree Stand Safety Awareness month

Deer season is gearing up for a new year and that’s why the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering with other resources agencies and stakeholders around the nation to note that August is Tree Stand Safety Awareness month.Each year in South Carolina hunters are seriously injured as a result of falls from tree stands while hunting. These accidents can be prevented through the proper use of a tree stand safety harness. There were 25 hunting accidents in 2013 in...

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Late restart catapults Gordon to Michigan victory

BROOKLYN, Mich. — So much for restarts being a problem for Jeff Gordon.The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion broke away after a late caution to win Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.Gordon, who faced questions about his struggles on restarts earlier this season, passed Joey Logano at the start of lap 183 and kept his Chevrolet in front when Logano got next to him on the following lap. Logano fell back after falling out of...

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Forgettable day at Michigan for Larson

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Sunday was a rough day on the track for rookie Kyle Larson.It got worse when he looked at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings after the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.An early pit lane collision with Dale Earnhardt Jr. damaged the left front of his No. 42 Chevrolet and his race ended on lap 98 when he hit the turn 4 wall. His car caught fire as it rolled to a stop but he was not injured.The last-place finished d...

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Chris Buescher claims first career Nationwide win At Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio — The math didn’t add up.Crew chief Scott Graves was in NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Chris Buescher’s ear, telling him he was two laps shy of making the finish. The thing was Buescher was in the lead by more than two seconds when he got the news.“Not going to lie. Scott about had my nerves shot there at the end,” Buescher said after Saturday’s race. “We were trying to save all we could there knowing that we wer...

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Sauter delivers NASCAR Truck Series win at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Johnny Sauter’s new crew chief started work eight days before Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200.So much for a getting-to-know-you period.Sauter’s Toyota Tundra went to the front after leader Matt Crafton pitted with three laps left and the veteran claimed his first Truck Series victory of the season at Michigan International Speedway.His 161.087 mph average speed is the fastest in se...

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Tickets available for five USC home tilts

COLUMBIA – Single game football tickets for five University of South Carolina home football games are on sale now to the general public.Fans can buy single game tickets for the Sept. 6 East Carolina game ($50), the Sept. 27 Missouri game ($70), the Oct. 18 Furman game ($35), the Nov. 1 Tennessee contest ($70) and the Nov. 22 South Alabama tilt ($30).The Texas A&M and Georgia games are sold out.Last season, all seven home games were sold out. A limited nu...

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Blue Flame, Green Wave ready to mix it up Friday night

PICKENS — The Blue Flame and Green Wave will add another chapter to this version of Pickens County’s football rivalry to open the 2014 season Aug. 22 with more than bragging rights on the line.The first game of the season in high school football is always a tough way to start as there’s little to go on as far as game film is concerned, but both coaching staffs have a pretty good idea what to expect Friday night.

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Liberty ready to take it on the road Friday

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devils are traveling to Iva on Friday to take on the Fighting Tigers for their 2014 season opener against Crescent.Liberty Head Football Coach Kyle Stewart said he wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a low scoring game.“I’ve watched some film, and I met Coach Murdock, and we seem to have very similar styles of football.” Stewart said during a phone interview on Monday. “Depending on turnovers, I think th...

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