Here is the latest South Carolina sports news from The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While Cam Newton admits he’s not been 100 percent in “a long time,” the Panthers’ two-time Pro Bowl quarterback says that’s no excuse for his team’s four-game losing streak — and that he needs to play better. Newton took blame Wednesday for the team’s recent struggles.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Roy Williams has a lot more flexibility heading into the season opener for North Carolina. The coach has a preseason All-American in guard Marcus Paige to headline a deep set of versatile perimeter players. He also has size inside.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reigning state champion Greensboro Dudley won’t compete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football playoffs after it used ineligible players in last week’s regular-season finale. The governing board said yesterday that its executive committee denied Dudley’s appeal, though Dudley is now appealing to the NCHSAA’s full board of directors today.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With the regular season winding down, SEC teams are getting more than just help from plenty of players taking advantage of being the next man up. Players such as Nick Chubb of Georgia, Joshua Dobbs at Tennessee, Florida’s Treon Harris and Kyle Allen of Texas A&M are helping salvage their teams’ seasons.