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Jun 22, 2014; Manaus, Amazonas, BRAZIL; USA midfielder Jermaine Jones	(13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a second half goal against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Columbia pubs thrive during World Cup

Local soccer fans, especially ones interested in “U-S-A” chants and other general ruckus, can find comradery and solidarity at two Columbia establishments in particular: Cock N’ Bull Pub and British Bulldog Pub.

Thompson Takeover

In college football, the exit of a team’s senior quarterback would typically send that team spiraling into a rebuilding mode, tempering expectations for the ensuing season.

South Carolina shortstop Marcus Mooney (8) scores ahead of the tag of Maryland catcher Kevin Martir (32) on Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Maryland won 10-1. (Jeff Blake/The State/MCT)

Baseball bounced by Terps

South Carolina’s roller-coaster ride of a season came to an unexpected halt Sunday night after its second loss to Maryland in as many days trounced them from the regional tournament.

Cock crows for Campbell's season

Regional host South Carolina used a dominant pitching performance from freshman Wil Crowe Sunday afternoon to keep its postseason hopes alive in a 9-0 throttling of Campbell.

Gamecocks come up short against Maryland

In Friday’s tilt against Campbell, if there was one thing the Gamecocks had, it was starting pitching. Friday starter Jordan Montgomery pitched into the ninth inning, and seemed to control every aspect of the ball game.

Gamecocks ride Montgomery to opening win

Just one outing after being ripped to the tune of four earned runs over three and 2/3 innings by Mississippi State, junior Jordan Montgomery bounced back in a big way, earning a win in a 5-2 victory over Campbell Friday night.

	Bruce Ellington was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

Former Gamecocks find new homes in NFL

As expected, former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called in Thursday night’s NFL Draft. But there were a number of other Gamecocks with dreams of a career in professional football waiting to find a team this weekend.

South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) pressures Missouri Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk (7) in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium's Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri, on Saturday, October 26, 2013. (Gerry Melendez/The State/MCT)

Clowney selected No. 1 overall

After months of speculation and years of preparation, Jadeveon Clowney finally has an NFL team after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2014 draft by the Houston Texans.