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Local Roundup: Portal Panthers pound Wheeler

    PORTAL — Five players scored double digits and the Portal Panthers (2-1) hammered Wheeler County 78-53 on Saturday at home.
    Tyler Budgett (17 points) and Trent Thomas (16) paced the Panthers.
    Akeem Oglesby added 12 points and D'von Moore and B.J. Prescott each finished with 10.
    Portal is back in action on Tuesday at Savannah Christian.

McKinnon out with injury
    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed running back Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve, ending his rookie season.
    McKinnon hurt his lower back and missed the last game against Carolina. He was already ruled out for Sunday, when the Vikings host the New York Jets.
    The Vikings made the move on Saturday, signing practice squad defensive end Justin Trattou to the active roster to fill McKinnon's spot. Safety Ahmad Dixon was signed to the open spot on the practice squad.
    McKinnon rushed for 531 yards over his last eight games and averaged 4.8 yards per attempt for the season, becoming the primary ball carrier after Adrian Peterson had his off-field issues. McKinnon was a third-round draft pick out of Georgia Southern.

Spieth takes commanding lead
    WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Spieth flew from Japan to Australia to Dallas the last two weeks, took a day off and then came over to Florida for the Hero World Challenge.
    His game traveled with him.
    One week and half a world away from his six-shot victory in the Australian Open, Spieth was practically flawless Saturday at Isleworth. He opened with three straight birdies and capped his day with a 50-foot birdie putt for a 9-under 63 and a seven-shot lead over Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson.
    "Felt strong coming off last week," Spieth said. "Job is not done this week, but I'm a believer in my own momentum. I'm going to go out tomorrow with a very similar strategy to today. If the putts go and the breaks go my way, hopefully shoot a round like today. If not, I'm still going to have to shoot under par to win this golf tournament."
    Spieth was at 20-under 196.
    He said he has never been 20 under on any course through 54 holes, and he has never finished a tournament that many under par. That gave him a target for Sunday, when he goes after his second straight victory.
    Tournament host Tiger Woods was 20 shots behind and in dire need of his antibiotics taking effect. Woods lost his voice overnight and had nausea on the practice range and the golf course. He felt slightly better at the end of his round when he made three straight birdies for a 69.
    He remained in last place.

USC-Upstate shocks Ga. Tech
    ATLANTA (AP) — Ty Greene is not one of the five Georgians on USC-Upstate's roster, but the senior guard looked like the most excited Spartan Saturday after scoring 13 of his game-high 16 points in the second half as USC-Upstate stretched its winning streak against ACC schools to two with a 59-54 win at Georgia Tech.
    The Spartans (8-2), from Spartanburg, S.C., lost their first seven all-time games to ACC teams before beating Virginia Tech 64-63 last season.

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