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South Carolina QB Connor Shaw to have surgery

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South Carolina QB Connor Shaw to have surgery

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will have surgery on his left foot Friday.

Athletic spokesman Steve Fink said Thursday Shaw would have the operation. It was not yet known if Shaw's surgery would limit his time at spring practice.

Coach Steve Spurrier has said he plans to have both Shaw, a senior next year, and Dylan Thompson ready to play for the Gamecocks. Thompson will be a junior next season.

Shaw sprained his foot in a win over Tennessee on Oct. 27 and dealt with the problem in wins over Arkansas and Wofford. However, he sat out the Gamecocks 27-17 victory over Clemson on Nov. 24 because of the injury.

After more than a month of rest, Shaw returned as starter in the Outback Bowl against Michigan. Yet, the injury surfaced again on South Carolina's final drive against the Wolverines and Spurrier replaced Shaw with Thompson.

Thompson responded with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington with 11 seconds left to lift the Gamecocks to a 33-28 victory.

Shaw passed for 224 yards against the Wolverines, connecting on a 56-yard touchdown throw to Damiere Byrd and a 31-yard scoring pass to bowl MVP Ace Sanders as South Carolina finished the season 11-2. Shaw re-aggravated his foot injury on the a first-down throw during the final drive and Thompson replaced him.

``We tried to tell Connor it was his game, and it was his game, but Dylan was going to play,'' Spurrier said Tuesday. ``It worked out beautifully as it turned out.''

Thompson said after the bowl game he'd accept whatever role Spurrier asked him to play.

``After the game, we both looked at each other and said, `We can't wait until next year,'?" Thompson said of Shaw. ``Whatever that entails, we will see.''

Shaw threw for 1,956 yards and 17 touchdowns this season with just seven interceptions. He completed 67.5 percent of his throws.

Shaw also gives South Carolina mobility at the position with his running skills. He was second on the team with 435 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, second behind injured tailback Marcus Lattimore.

Thompson also had a memorable performance when he started in place of Shaw in South Carolina's fourth consecutive win over Clemson two months ago. Thompson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns to spur the win against the Tigers.

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

Friday night marks the first second-half game of Major League Baseball's 162-game season. 

The Washington Nationals begin 5.5 games out of the first-place Phillies and host the second-place Braves for a three-game series before traveling to Milwaukee. 

One big piece to Dave Martinez's staff who has been missing since June 8 is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander was activated from the DL and will start on the mound Friday night. 

Ryan Zimmerman was also activated but is not in Martinez's starting lineup. 

Prior to experiencing inflammation in his right shoulder during a June 8 start that forced him out of the game early, Strasburg saw flashes of dominance throughout his 13 starts owning a 3.46 ERA with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Zimmerman hasn't played since May 9 due to a strained right oblique. With the emergence of Matt Adams, it will be interesting to see how Martinez uses both guys throughout the summer. 

Here is a look at Friday night's official lineup: 

According to Byron Kerr, Zimmerman is still happy to be back, despite not being in the starting lineup. 

Catch the Nationals hosting the Braves Friday at 7:05 p.m. on MASN2.