Pair of Erskine players earn weekly awards

DUE WEST – Chaz Davey was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week and Michael Carpin was named Pitcher of the Week for the second week of the 2017 season.

Chaz Davey had an amazing week at the plate, hitting.533 with six home runs, nine RBI’s, 10 runs scored and slugged 1.733. On Wednesday he was 2-3 with an RBI and two walks against Augusta. On Friday, he would lead off the game with a solo home run against Salem International and in his second at bat he would blast another home run. Chaz would go on to hit two home runs in each game of the Fleet’s double-header on Saturday.

Michael picked up his second win of the season on Saturday allowing two unearned runs on four hits and striking out eight in six innings of work. This performance followed a 13 strike out outing the week before in a complete game win over Columbus State.

College of Charleston holds off Hofstra

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Joe Chealey scored 18 points, including three late free throws, and the College of Charleston held off Hofstra’s late rally for a 76-72 victory on Thursday night.

Charleston (20-8, 11-4 Colonial Athletic Association) snapped a two-game skid and remains a game back of conference leader UNC Wilmington. Hofstra (13-15, 5-10) has lost two of its last three.

Charleston closed on a 10-3 surge for a 40-34 halftime lead. The Cougars stretched it to 64-49 midway through the second half, and had a ten-point lead with 5:45 remaining. Hofstra used a 16-5 run, capped by Brian Bernardi’s 3-pointer, to pull to 73-72 with 16 seconds left. Chealey made 1 of 2 free throws, Nick Harris blocked a shot on the Pride’s next possession, and Chealey hit two more from the line to end it.

Justin Wright-Foreman scored 26 points and Bernardi had 21 to lead Hofstra. Rokas Gustys added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Former Clemson QB barred from combine

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly’s past troubles are the reasons the NFL revoked his invitation to the league’s scouting combine.

A person familiar with the league’s decision told The Associated Press that Kelly is barred from participating in the event because of charges stemming from a fight outside a Buffalo nightclub and for being dismissed by Clemson. Both incidents happened in 2014.

The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity on Thursday because the NFL has not revealed the reason Kelly was not included on the list of participants released by the league a day earlier.

The decision to exclude Kelly is based on a memo the league issued to teams on Jan. 18 outlining reasons draft-eligible prospects will not be permitted to participate in the weeklong combine in Indianapolis that opens Feb. 28. The memo says prospects will be excluded if background checks reveal past convictions for violent or sexual offenses, or if they were dismissed by their school or the NCAA.

Sam Saunders secures 2-shot lead

LOS ANGELES — This is the starring role Sam Saunders prefers.

Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer who so famously kept his composure during a heartfelt eulogy of The King, rolled in birdie putts and kept a clean card at Riviera on Thursday for a 7-under 64 and an early two-shot lead in the Genesis Open.

Saunders called it his best round on the PGA Tour, and it was merely a coincidence that it came on the 50-year anniversary of Palmer defending his title at the Los Angeles Open, when it was played at Rancho Municipal.

Saunders had a two-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, who has a chance to go to No. 1 if he were to win this week. Daniel Summerhays, Cameron Percy, J.T. Poston and Brett Stegmaier joined Johnson at 66, while Phil Mickelson was among those at 67.

Jets’ Revis facing charges after fight

PITTSBURGH — New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis faces five pending charges, including two counts of aggravated assault, after allegedly being involved in a fight with two men last weekend.

According to a Pittsburgh police statement and a court document, the 31-year-old Revis also is facing charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault after the incident Sunday at 2:43 a.m.

Revis’ attorney, Blaine Jones, said in a statement Thursday that Revis was “physically assaulted while at that location by a group of at least five people.” He adds that the Jets cornerback “feared for his safety” and sought medical attention.

Jones told The Associated Press once a warrant is issued, he will arrange for Revis to turn himself in.