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

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Carl Edwards took the lead on the last pit stop and held off Denny Hamlin on a restart eight laps from the end for his first Southern 500 victory last night. Edwards was two laps behind early in the long, long, nearly five-hour NASCAR Sprint Cup race, slowed by a record 18 cautions at Darlington Raceway.

UNDATED (AP) – Clemson receiver Mike Williams has a fracture in his neck that Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said might keep him out all season. Swinney said yesterday that an MRI showed a small fracture after the junior slammed into the padded goalpost support.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The South Carolina State defense allowed just 140 total yards to help the Bulldogs overcome five turnovers and beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 35-7 in the 11th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge at the Citrus Bowl yesterday. It was the season opener for both teams.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper homered for the third straight day, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4 yesterday to pull within four games of NL East-leading New York heading into a big series against the Mets. Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer in Washington’s five-run second, helping the Nationals to their fifth straight win.