FRIDAY SPORTS: Seneca wins scrimmage; Clowney ESPN Heisman favorite; Haley signs concussion bill
*In high school jamboree action on Thursday, Seneca defeated Rosman, NC 35-8 at the Green Wave Jamboree at Easley. The Bobcats are in action again Friday night againt Liberty, part of the Blue Flame Jamboree at Pickens. Walhalla will play the host team. West-Oak goes to Greenville where they will face Carolina Academy at Sirrine Stadium.
*South Carolina Gamecock Jadeveon Clowney is the preseason leader of the ESPN Hiesman Watch List. Clemson’s quarterback Tajh Boyd is seventh on the preseason watch list. Should Clowney win the Heisman, he will be the first defensive player to win the award since Charles Woodson won it in 1997 with Michigan.
*Governor Nikki Haley was in the Upstate on Thursday to sign the Student Athletes Concussion Bill at Dorman High School. The new law aims to better indentify and treat concussions in athletes in addition for looking for ways to prevent injury.
*Clemson will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday in Memorial Stadium. Coach Dabo Swinney and all Tiger players will be available for autographs beginning at 2:30 PM Sunday.
*In NFL preseason play on Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens defeat Atlanta 27-23 and Philadelphia gets past Carolina 14-9.
*Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that the use of instant replay will be expanded next season, calling the announcement, which was made after two days of meetings with representatives of all 30 teams, “historic.” The owners, players’ association and umpires will all have to agree to the change before it can go into effect. Managers will be allowed one challenge to an umpire’s ruling over the first six innings and two from the seventh inning until the end of a game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York, which will make a final ruling. Challenges not used in the first six innings will not carry over, and a manager who wins a challenge will retain it. Major League Baseball expects to use the system in the 2014 playoffs, and the system could be enhanced in the post-season. After the first season, they’ll look at what worked and what didn’t and make adjustments.