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Deebo Samuel named All-American; in-house South Carolina target sets decision date

Deebo Samuel named All-American; in-house South Carolina target sets decision date

Welcome to SEC Country’s Chicken & Waffles, your daily dish for all things South Carolina Gamecocks football, basketball and more. Miss a previous edition? Find every edition of SEC Country’s South Carolina Gamecocks Chicken & Waffles right here. Growing buzz Athlon Sports recognized South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Deebo Samuel as a second-team All-American on Tuesday. The redshirt senior was named to the team as both wide receiver and kick returner. Before breaking his leg against Kentucky on Sept. 16, Samuel had 15 catches for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns, with 2 kickoff returns for scores and 1 rushing touchdown. That was in three games. Save the date Three-star cornerback and 2019 prospect Cam Smith plans to announce his commitment on Aug. 17 . “That’s who I grew up rooting for and I’ve always been a Gamecock,” the Blythewood, S.C., native told SEC Country when the Gamecocks offered earlier this month. Smith is rated as the No. 33 cornerback and No. 3 prospect in the Palmetto State for 2019, per the 247Sports composite. ‘Not like any other college’ What prompted Class of 2020 running back Mecose Todd to commit to the Gamecocks nearly two years before his signing day? Todd explained his decision to  The State’s Matt Connolly . “South Carolina is different. It’s not like any other college. I just feel more at home there,” Todd told Connolly. “When I went on visits to other colleges, I felt that way, but it wasn’t as strong. I wasn’t as close to the coaching staff as I was the South Carolina coaching staff.” The Villa Rica, Ga., native lists additional offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Southern Cal and more. Take the over CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee likes South Carolina to win more than the 7 games in 2018 that Vegas oddsmakers set as the Gamecocks’ over/under. “Georgia and Clemson are likely losses, but the rest of the schedule is loaded with toss-ups,” Sallee writes. “Will they lose three more games in addition to the two likely losses to get to a push? I don’t see it.” South Carolina is coming off of the seventh 9-win season in program history, posting a 9-4 record in 2017. MORE: Want this roundup in your inbox every morning? Sign up here! Top tailgaters According to 247Sports’ Sam Hellman and Scott Backstrom , the Gamecocks boast the No. 2 tailgate scene in the country. “Consistently drawing in students and alumni alike, South Carolina brings the second-best overall tailgating community in the nation, according to Insider,” Hellman writes. South Carolina was one of eight SEC schools on the list, second only to No. 1-ranked LSU. Scoop and score Tuesday marked 74 days until South Carolina football returns. What better way to celebrate than with linebacker TJ Brunson’s 74-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against Arkansas last season? #74Days DE @HiRoller95 forces the fumble as LB @6runson scoops and scores for a 74 TD in the #Gamecocks 48-22 win over Arkansas. #SpursUp #CountdownToKickoff pic.twitter.com/8YSOFNI1KZ — Armchair South Carolina (@ArmchairSCAR) June 19, 2018 South Carolina opens the season Sept. 1 against Coastal Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium. Do your part A number of former South Carolina women’s basketball standouts are excelling in the WNBA this season. Help send them to the WNBA All Star Game — voting started on Tuesday! Hey #Gamecocks – @WNBA All-Star voting starts TODAY! Do your part! Tweet a player's name with #WNBAvote, or submit your ballot here: https://t.co/l9aqVI0hH1 @Aye_itslaylay @KaelaD3 @Graytness_15 @TiffMitch25 @_ajawilson22 pic.twitter.com/IQ1cTsEofo — GamecockWBB (@GamecockWBB) June 19, 2018 Craving more Chicken & Waffles? Get your fix with previous versions here. The post Deebo Samuel named All-American; in-house South Carolina target sets decision date appeared first on SEC Country.

The Latest: Amrabat starts for Morocco vs Ronaldo's Portugal

The Latest: Amrabat starts for Morocco vs Ronaldo's Portugal

The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Noureddine Amrabat retains his place in the Morocco team to play Portugal, days after sustaining a head injury in a 1-0 loss against Iran. Amrabat was treated in a hospital and regarded as a doubtful starter for a game Morocco likely needs to win to have hopes of advancing. Morocco coach Herve Renard makes three changes, with forward Khalid Boutaib replacing Ayoub El Kaabi, Manuel Da Costa coming in for Romain Saiss in central defense, and defender Nabil Dirar replacing winger Amine Harit. Cristiano Ronaldo is again partnered in attack by Goncalo Guedes, despite the Valencia forward's unimpressive form in a 3-3 draw with Spain. Joao Mario starts in midfield replacing Bruno Fernandes.  Portugal: Rui Patricio, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Jose Fonte, Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho, Joao Mario. Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Goncalo Guedes, Cedric Soares. Morocco: Monir El Kajoui, Achraf Hakimi, Manuel Da Costa, Mehdi Benatia, Hakim Ziyech, Karim El Ahmadi, Younes Belhanda, Khalid Boutaib, Mbark Boussoufa, Noureddine Amrabat, Nabil Dirar  ___ 12:30 p.m. Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has finalized a move to English Premier League club West Ham while on national-team duty at the World Cup. The 33-year-old Fabianski has left Swansea, which was relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, to join West Ham on a three-year deal. He has made more saves than any other goalkeeper over the last four seasons in the English top flight. Fabianksi is the back-up to Wojciech Szczesny for Poland at the World Cup and didn't play in the team's first group game, a 2-1 loss to Senegal. West Ham director of football Mario Husillos says Fabianski 'fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution.' Joe Hart and Adrian were West Ham's goalkeepers last season. Hart was on loan from Manchester City. ___ 12:10 p.m. FIFA is 'extremely satisfied with the level of refereeing' at the World Cup, and hails the introduction of video review as a success. The new technology system for helping referees make decisions has 'on the whole ... been positively accepted and appreciated within our football community,' FIFA says. The introduction of the video review has coincided with more penalty kicks being awarded. However, Brazil complained to FIFA about Switzerland's goal in a 1-1 draw being allowed to stand, and wanted audio recordings of communication between the match officials to be released. England fans were bemused as to why rugby-style tackles by Tunisia defenders on forward Harry Kane at set pieces did not earn a penalty. The same video review official in that game was the referee who in an earlier game awarded a penalty to Croatia for a similar challenge by a Nigeria defender. FIFA concedes there will 'still be discussion and divided opinion' about some incidents. ___ 11:30 a.m. Rather than risk further outrage from football fans, rights holders in Australia have agreed to keep sharing World Cup matches with free-to-air TV until the end of the group stage. Telecommunications company Optus bought the broadcast rights for most World Cup games in Russia but technical issues with the live streaming in Australia caused a major backlash from subscription buyers — to the point where the prime minister had to intervene. The SBS network, which retained the broadcasting rights for Australia's games and the World Cup final under a sharing agreement with Optus for the 2018 tournament, initially stepped in to broadcast all matches for a 48-hour period as the telco tried to rectify its technical problems. The network issued a statement Wednesday saying 'following further discussions with Optus ... it has been mutually agreed that SBS will continue simulcasting the 2018 FIFA World Cup until the end of group stage on June 29.' The technical issues over the first few days of the tournament included poor-quality match footage or no vision at all. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took the unusual step of contacting Optus chief executive Allen Lew, wanting assurances the problems would be fixed. 'There's no doubt this has adversely affected the Optus brand,' an apologetic Lew said, 'everybody is very disappointed, to put it mildly.' Lew on Wednesday said his company would continue to stream matches, but all pool matches would also be telecast on free-to-air TV. Optus also decided to provide all Australians with free access to its streaming service, and those users who paid 15 Australian dollars ($11) to access Optus Sport during the World Cup will receive refunds. Australia lost its opening game 2-1 to France and has group games remaining against Denmark and Peru.

Barnwell’s top 25 young players at World Cup 2018 For young players, making the 23-man World Cup squad is a top indicator of stardom to come. Bill Barnwell picks out the 25 next big things in 2018.