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WWAY's Thursday night sports - Nov. 24

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- On Thursday night we showcased South Columbus football coach Jake Fonvielle. John Rendleman goes in-depth with the head coach of the South Columbus Stallions. His team will play Tarboro on Friday in the 2-A east finals for high school football. We also talk to UNCW basketball coach Buzz Peterson about his rotation of players going into Saturday's game against Davidson. Click video in order to see and hear Buzz Peterson and Jake Fonvielle.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens sacked Alex Smith nine
times and beat the San Francisco 49ers 16-6 Thursday night, giving
John Harbaugh an emotional charge in the first NFL game featuring
brothers as opposing head coaches.
The Ravens (8-3) chased, hindered and battered Smith for much of
the night despite playing without middle linebacker Ray Lewis, the
team's leading tackler and spiritual leader. Lewis was inactive for
a second straight game with a foot injury.
The nine sacks tied a franchise record, accomplished twice
previously.
San Francisco (9-2) had its eight-game winning streak broken
under rookie coach Jim Harbaugh.
John, 49, and Jim, 47, grew up dueling each other in all sorts
of games. Competing this time on a national stage, John got the
best of his little brother.
Baltimore broke a 6-6 tie with a 76-yard, 16-play drive that
last more than 7½ minutes and ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass
from Joe Flacco to tight end Dennis Pitta with 14:56 left. Flacco
went 4 for 4 on third down during the drive.

The Green Bay Packers took another step toward a
perfect regular season this afternoon while the Dallas Cowboys
stayed atop of the NFC East standings.
The defending Super Bowl champs are 11-0 for the first time in
team history after Aaron Rodgers threw for 307 yards and two
touchdowns in a 27-15 win over the Lions in Detroit. Rodgers threw
a three-yard scoring strike to Greg Jennings and a 65-yard TD pass
to James Jones while the Packers were building a 24-0 lead.
The Packers defense picked off Lions quarterback Matt Stafford
three times and turned the miscues into 17 points.
Detroit's eighth straight Thanksgiving Day loss drops them to
7-4 on the season.
Lions All-Pro defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn
soo) was ejected early in the third quarter after he appeared to
step on an opposing offensive lineman. Suh met with Commissioner
Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') earlier this month to discuss his play,
which has drawn his share of penalties and fines.
Packers defensive back Pat Lee was ejected late in the second
quarter after being involved in a scuffle while covering a punt.

The Cowboys have a half-game lead over the second-place New York
Giants after Dan Bailey hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired to
push Dallas past Miami 20-19. Tony Romo moved the Cowboys 44 yards
in the final three minutes before Bailey extended his string of
made field goals to 26.
Romo threw for 226 yards, including a pair of TD passes to
Laurent (LOHR'-ehnt) Robinson. DeMarco Murray ran for 87 yards as
the Cowboys improved to 7-4.
The Dolphins ended a three-game winning streak and dropped to
3-8 despite Brandon Marshall, who grabbed a 35-yard touchdown pass
from Matt Moore and finished with 103 receiving yards.

The Turkey Day football feast is wrapping up right now with the
"Harbaugh Bowl" in Baltimore. John Harbaugh's Ravens are 7-3 and
tied with Pittsburgh for the AFC North lead. Jim Harbaugh's San
Francisco 49ers lead the NFC West with a 9-1 record. It's the first
meeting between head-coaching brothers in NFL history.

NFL-TITANS-HAYES FINE
Hayes objects
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Titans defensive end William Hayes plans
to appeal a $15,000 fine leveled by the NFL for putting too much
weight on the quarterback as he hit Atlanta's Matt Ryan during last
week's game. Hayes says he wants to talk to somebody in the NFL to
explain the rule to him because he doesn't understand how to tackle
a quarterback and not put some weight into the hit.
Hayes was flagged for roughing the passer for hitting Ryan just
after he had thrown a pass and picking up a 15-yard penalty in the
second quarter of a 23-17 loss to the Falcons.

NFL-NEWS
Injured QB still contributing
HOUSTON (AP) - Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was at practice on
Thanksgiving, wearing a protective boot on his injured right foot.
Coach Gary Kubiak (KOO'-bee-ak) says his No. 1 signal caller will
travel with the team this weekend, so he'll be available to help
replacement Matt Leinart (LY'-nurt).
Schaub was hurt during last week's win over Tampa Bay and landed
on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.
Leinart will make his first start for 7-3 Houston on Sunday,
when the Texans take on the 3-7 Jaguars in Jacksonville.
Schaub says he'll have surgery next week and doctors have
assured him his injury is not career-threatening.

Elsewhere around pro football:
- One of Philadelphia's celebrated free agency acquisitions,
injured his left knee during practice and was taken off the field
on a cart. An Eagles spokesman says the club has no comment as to
the extent of the injury suffered by Nnamdi Asomugha (NAHM'-dee
AH'-suhm-wah), whose status will be updated Friday.
- The Seattle Seahawks placed rookie offensive tackle James
Carpenter on injured reserve Thursday, a week after he tore an
anterior cruciate ligament in practice. Carpenter started nine
games this season - eight at right tackle and one at left guard.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-AGGIES-BIG 12 EXIT
End of a rivalry
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - The winner of Texas and Texas
A&M's annual game usually gets a year of bragging rights in the
football-crazy Lone Star state.
The winner of tonight's showdown will get to boast about this
one for a lot longer than that.
It is Texas A&M's last Big 12 game before the Aggies move to the
Southeastern Conference next season. They hoped to continue the
rivalry, which began in 1894, but the Longhorns have said their
schedule is full through 2018.

T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
UConn keeps streaking...Seminoles win easily
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - The defending NCAA men's
basketball champs have run their unbeaten streak to 16 games by
winning in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at the Bahamas.
Shabazz Napier (shah-BAHZ' NAY-pee-ur) and Jeremy Lamb each
scored 23 points as fourth-ranked Connecticut got past
UNC-Asheville, 73-63. Napier drained four three-pointers, including
a four-point play that helped the Huskies take control late in the
game. He also had seven assists and three steals.

Another game in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament had No. 22
Florida State stifling Massachusetts 73-53. Michael Snaer led the
Seminoles with 18 points, Luke Louicks finished with 12 and Bernard
James added nine and five blocks. Raphiael Putney scored 11 points
to lead the Minutemen, who shot just 2 for 23 from three-point
range.

TENNIS-ATP WORLD FINALS
Federer outlasts Fish
LONDON (AP) - Second-seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL')
has been eliminated from the ATP finals after losing to Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. The victory moved Tsonga into the semifinals
at the season-ending tournament. He'll be joined there by Roger
Federer who finished round robin play with a perfect 3-0 mark after
beating Mardy Fish 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Federer will reclaim the No. 3 ranking from Andy Murray if he
makes the final in London. An injury forced the Scotsman to
withdraw from the ATP Finals.

TENNIS-WILLIAMS SISTERS
Williams sisters back on court
MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) - Venus Williams defeated her sister
Serena Williams 6-4, 7-6 in an exhibition match in Colombia.
The match was the first for Venus since she pulled out of the
U.S. Open after the first round because of an immune system
disease. Serena's last match was her loss to Samantha Stosur in the
U.S. Open final.
Serena leads Venus 13-10 in competitive head-to-head matches.
Exhibitions don't count in the tally.

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