CB Dominick Hill (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) of Orlando, Florida, announced his commitment to South Carolina on Twitter Thursday.
Hill had long ago named the Gamecocks the team to beat and said Will Muschamp and his staff were “still at the top” and “strengthened their position” after his last visit to campus.
While Florida was not in contention for Hill, Muschamp’s connections to the state may have played a role in landing the rangy corner’s commitment. Hill’s high school coach is former Gators running back Elijah Williams. Williams played for Steve Spurrier at Florida, but is also close with Muschamp, Robinson and assistant strength and assistant conditioning coach Mark Campbell, all of whom had worked at Florida.
Hill also received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami, North Carolina among others, before settling on his commitment to the Gamecocks.
Hill joins Fortune O’Donnell (Sumter) as defensive backs that have committed to South Carolina for the 2020 class. Hill is the Gamecocks' 14th commitment for the class.
Rays get OK from MLB to explore Montreal
NEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said made the announcement Thursday at the end of the owners' meetings.
There is no timetable for the possible plan. An idea under consideration is for the Rays to play early in the season in Tampa Bay and later in Montreal.
Tampa Bay is averaging 14,546 fans per home game, ahead of only the Miami Marlins. The Rays have played at Tropicana Field since their inception in 1998 and drew their lowest home crowd of 5,786 against Toronto last month. They had looked into building a new stadium for years but in December abandoned a plan to build across the bay in Tampa.
Ortiz suspect charged with drug possession
NEWARK, N.J. — The man in custody in the Dominican Republic on suspicion of shooting former baseball star David Ortiz was indicted Thursday on drugs and weapons charges unrelated to the shooting.
Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz was indicted in New Jersey on cocaine and heroin possession charges, a charge of conspiracy to distribute drugs and firearms possession, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark announced.
Ferreira-Cruz, 25, who was arrested last week, is among at least 11 people that have been arrested in the shooting so far.
Nationals to extend netting at All-Star Game
WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals will extend their protective netting during the All-Star break after recent injuries in baseball increased the focus on fan safety.
Nationals managing principal owner Mark Lerner announced the changes in a letter to fans on Thursday. Lerner says the club will replace the current protection with more transparent netting and extend it to just short of the foul poles in the left and right field corners.
Lerner referenced a 4-year-old girl was struck by a line drive at an Astros-Cubs game last month.
The Chicago White Sox said Wednesday they will extend the protective netting at Guaranteed Rate Field to the foul poles at some point this season.
Trump: Penske to get Medal of Freedom
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he's awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Roger Penske, the most powerful man in American motorsports.
Penske celebrated his record 18th victory as a car owner at the Indianapolis 500 in May with driver Simon Pagenaud. The Indy win earned Penske his second trip to the White House this year. Penske visited in April as Trump celebrated Joey Lagano's NASCAR championship. The Penske, 82, is a fixture in the Detroit automotive scene and one of America's most successful businessmen.
Trump made the announcement Thursday at the White House before talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trump says he spoke with Penske on Thursday and that Penske is "very deserving" and "thrilled" to be receiving the nation's highest honor for a civilian.
Shooting survivor meets Tim Tebow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A survivor of a campus shooting in North Carolina has gotten to meet Tim Tebow, an athlete he has looked up to since the fourth grade.
News outlets report that the Syracuse Mets minor league outfielder visited with 19-year-old Drew Pescaro before a game Wednesday at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte. Pescaro was wounded April 30 in a deadly shooting at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
The Charlotte Observer reports Pescaro is a sports writer for the UNCC student newspaper.
Tebow and Pescaro had spoken on FaceTime while the student was in the hospital. Pescaro says Tebow's words of encouragement have helped him through his recovery.
Bears sign sixth-round pick
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have signed sixth-round draft pick Duke Shelley to a four-year contract.
The cornerback from Kansas State recorded 165 tackles and eight interceptions over four seasons for the Wildcats. He started the first seven games last year before suffering a season-ending toe injury.
With the move announced Thursday, the Bears have all five draft picks under contract. Running back David Montgomery (third round), receiver Riley Ridley (fourth round), running back Kerrith Whyte Jr. (seventh round) and cornerback Stephen Denmark (seventh round) previously signed.
Kids pay for parents' brawl at game
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The season is over for a group of young baseball players in Colorado because of a brawl that broke out among adults during a game.
The Bear Creek Junior Sports Association said Wednesday that it has zero tolerance for such behavior and canceled the remaining games for both teams of 7-year-olds.
Video released by police shows men exchanging punches on the field during Saturday's game in suburban Denver.
Lakewood police are hoping it helps identify a man shown punching the side of another man's head, knocking him to the ground.