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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Help has arrived for Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Coach Ron Rivera says the depth and competition at wide receiver is much better than a year ago when Carolina was in the midst of a major overhaul at the position. The Panthers brought back veteran Ted Ginn Jr. and drafted Devin Funchess in the second round this offseason.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets have expanded Dell Curry’s role, naming him the franchise’s ambassador and special projects adviser. He’ll remain the color analyst for the team’s TV broadcasts on SportSouth.

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have made the first week in September “Darlington Raceway Week” as the track prepares for Labor Day weekend racing. Both the state Senate and House of Representatives passed a concurrent resolution stating that from Aug. 31-Sept. 6, the state would honor NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — College of Charleston second baseman Blake Butler felt it when the Cougars got back together for workouts last fall: His team wanted to finish the job it began last season. That task starts this weekend at the NCAA regional in Tallahassee, Florida. The second-seeded Cougars open NCAA play today against Auburn.