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Last Update on October 13, 2015 14:42 GMT


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Steve Spurrier will hold what will be his final news conference as South Carolina's head football coach today.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the 70-year-old Spurrier let his players know yesterday that he was retiring, effective immediately. It caps a half-century in which he won the 1966 Heisman Trophy with Florida, quarterbacked the first 0-14 team in NFL history, revived a moribund Duke program as a first time head coach, won a national championship with his alma mater and led the Gamecocks to their greatest successes.

South Carolina posted three straight 11-win seasons under Spurrier after never winning more than 10 before his arrival. He went 11-2 as late as 2013, but the Gamecocks followed that with a 6-6 season before opening 2-3 overall this year, 0-4 in the SEC.

Spurrier was 86-49 with the Gamecocks. He had his greatest success at his alma mater, going 122-27-1 with a national championship at Florida. Spurrier was 228-89-2 in 319 games as a college head coach.

A person close to the situation says South Carolina co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott will be the interim Gamecocks coach for the remainder of the season.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets will try to wrap up their respective division series today, while the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers will be in survival mode.

The Cubs grabbed a two-games-to-one lead by belting a postseason team-record six home runs in yesterday's 8-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler (soh-LEHR') hit two-run homers, while Kyle Schwarber, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler provided solo shots.

Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH'-tuh) picked up the win despite his worst outing in his last 17 starts. He surrendered four runs in 5 2/3 innings after recording a 0.70 ERA in his previous 16 outings.

It will be Jason Hammel starting for the Cubs against John Lackey at Wrigley today.

The Dodgers will go with Clayton Kershaw against Mets rookie Steven Matz. Los Angeles needs a huge performance from Kershaw after Brett Anderson and Alex Wood combined to surrender 10 runs over the first five innings of last night's 13-7 loss to the Mets.

New York's bats appear to have awakened after they managed just five runs and 10 hits in the first two games of the series. Yoenis Cespedes (SEHS'-peh-dehs) ripped a three-run homer and Curtis Granderson collected five RBIs with a pair of doubles. Travis d'Arnaud (dahr-NOH') delivered a solo homer and three RBIs after going hitless in Los Angeles.

Chase Utley's appeal hearing could be held today. The Dodgers second baseman was available to manager Don Mattingly last night after the union and MLB couldn't hold the hearing yesterday.

Utley received a two-game suspension for an illegal slide in Game 2, leaving Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (the-HAH'-dah) with a broken right leg.

The two American League Division Series are on hold until tomorrow. The Toronto Blue Jays will host the Texas Rangers in a winner-take-all fifth game, and the Kansas City Royals will entertain the Houston Astros in Game 5 of that series.


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