Lander women's soccer senior forward Emily Jermstad has been named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week, it was revealed by the league office Monday afternoon.

An Irmo native, Jermstad scored her first career hat trick and added an assist against Francis Marion last Wednesday. She also scored a goal in the Bearcats 3-2 overtime victory over Columbus State on Saturday.

The award marks the first such honor of Jermstad’s career. Jamie Shaw, on Oct. 22, 2012, was the last time a Lander women’s soccer player received a conference player of the week honor.

2 from Lander men's soccer earn PBC honors

Lander University men's soccer players Oakley Hanger and Jacob Withers earned weekly honors from the Peach Belt Conference after stellar on-field performances, the league office announced on Monday.

Hanger, a senior from Southampton, England, was named PBC Defender of the Week after registering an assist and leading the Bearcat defense in a 2-0 victory over No. 7 Francis Marion on Saturday night. The senior's corner kick in the 34th minute found Jed Smith to give the Bearcats their second goal of the evening. Hanger and the Bearcats limited the Patriots to a season-low nine shots. 

Sophomore keeper Jacob Withers earned his second honor from the conference this season as he was named the PBC Goalkeeper of the Week after a standout performance in net. Withers saved four shots on Saturday night on the way to his third clean sheet of the season. The North Augusta native has allowed just five goals in seven matches this season.

CBS uses 6-day window for USC-Florida

The decision on the game time and television network for the South Carolina-Florida football game, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, has been placed on hold as CBS has elected to use a six-day selection window, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

The games being held for selection are Florida at South Carolina, LSU at Mississippi State and Kentucky at Georgia.

The Gamecocks could face Florida in the Noon, 3:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. time slots Saturday, Oct. 19. The final decision will be made by CBS after games are completed on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Florida State's Blackman to start vs. Clemson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Coach Willie Taggart says James Blackman will start for Florida State against Clemson.

But Taggart also said Monday that there is a game plan for using Alex Hornibrook, who guided the Seminoles to wins over Louisville and North Carolina State after Blackman suffered an injury.

Taggart says that Blackman has practiced consistently during the bye week. He suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of Florida State's win over Louisville on Sept. 21. Blackman has completed 86 of 124 (69.4 of his passes for 970 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions.

Hornibrook, a graduate transfer from Wisconsin, has completed 44 of 60 (73.3 of his passes for 571 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Redskins fire Jay Gruden after 0-5 start

WASHINGTON — Jay Gruden was fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins on Monday after an 0-5 start to the sixth season of a tenure that featured only one playoff appearance.

The Redskins have gone 35-49-1 overall under Gruden, whose brother, Jon, coaches the Oakland Raiders.

The team said offensive line coach Bill Callahan would replace Gruden on an interim basis. Callahan has been coach of the Raiders in the NFL and of Nebraska in college football.

Owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen informed Gruden he was out early Monday morning, a day after a 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Allen was scheduled to make a rare appearance at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Gonzaga forward Tillie has knee surgery

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga post player Killian Tillie has undergone knee surgery, and it is unclear when he can return to the lineup.

The team said over the weekend he had surgery Thursday and will be evaluated weekly. The senior missed 22 games last season because of injuries.

Coach Mark Few told The Spokesman-Review that Tillie had the operation to "clean some things out" of his knee.

Raptors, Lowry agree to extension

Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have agreed on a $31 million, one-year extension that could keep him with the NBA champions through the 2020-21 season.

Agent Mark Bartelstein on Monday confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN.

Lowry was entering the final year of a $100 million, three-year deal. But now he'll bypass free agency next summer, and the short-term deal helps the Raptors keep the flexibility many teams will want going into what's likely to be a massive free-agent summer of 2021.

Lowry is entering his 14th NBA season and his eighth with the Raptors, making him the longest-tenured player on the roster. He's been an All-Star the last five seasons. He averaged 14.2 points and a career-best 8.7 assists last season while helping Toronto win its first NBA title.