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LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) – Ernie Els has been crowned champion of the British Open. The South African won the claret jug by shooting a final round 2-under-68 to finish 7 shots under par.

That said, for Els to win, third round leader Adam Scott had to self-destruct, and he did. Scott shot a final round 5-over-75 with a round that was marred by seven bogeys, including ones on the final four holes of play. Had he been able to shoot a par on the final hole, a playoff with Els would have been in order, but the Australian wasn’t able to get the job done.

To get the win, Els had to overcome a six shot disadvantage when the final round started.

Tiger Woods skied to a 3-over-73 in the final round to finish tied for third with Brandt Snedeker at three-under. Woods say his day pretty much end with a triple-bogey on the sixth hole.

The win by Els is his fourth in a major and second in the British Open. His first win in the world’s oldest major came at Muirfield in 2002. He also won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997.


WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Post 10 defeated Morehead City Post 46 on Sunday 8-6 to win a best of five baseball playoff series three games to none. Gary Brooks earned the win on the mound. Kenny Lanier picked up the save. With the victory Wilmington secures a spot in the state championship baseball tournament for American Legion play. Prior to the state tournament Wilmington Post 10 will face Whiteville Post 137 in a best of three playoff series to determine seeding for the state tournament. Both teams will represent SE North Carolina at the state championship.

Wednesday: Whiteville Post 137 at Wilmington Post 10 at 7pm
Thursday: Wilmington Post 10 at Whiteville Post 137 at 7pm
Friday: Wilmington Post 10 at Whiteville Post 137 at 7pm (if needed)


GREENSBORO, NC (AP) – Summers just aren’t quiet anymore for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

More NCAA concerns have popped up at Miami while North Carolina prepares to serve its one-year bowl ban. The league found out it finally will begin playing with 14 schools in 2013, quashed rumors that some members might be considering leaving and kept its seat at the major-conference table by re-upping with the Orange Bowl.

So as the ACC opened its two-day media days Sunday, it faced a new list of questions.

What will happen with Miami after new rule-breaking accusations surfaced late last week? Will the league keep growing or stop with Pittsburgh and Syracuse? Who will ACC teams play in those future Orange bowls?

In a wide-ranging, 45-minute question-and-answer session, commissioner John Swofford said the league’s focus is “totally on 14” schools. In discussing the latest published reports about Miami and the NCAA, he said the “sooner we can get the several problems totally behind us that we’ve had in this league, the better.”

He said there are “several different scenarios with regard to the opposite side of the Orange Bowl” and added that discussions that “could bring in a very broad group” as possible opponents. Once the matchup is set, Swofford said the league will further explore its television deal for the Jan. 1 bowl game.

Notre Dame has publicly acknowledged having talks about that other spot. The Fighting Irish have long been rumored to be coveted by the ACC, should the league ever decided to expand again.

When a reporter asked Swofford if he thinks the Irish would eventually join the ACC, the commissioner quipped that he “couldn’t hear the question” and later said the league was focusing on making things work with 14 schools.

Syracuse and Pitt announced separate agreements last week to pay $7.5 million apiece in order to leave the Big East for the ACC after this season, and Swofford said the ACC wouldn’t help either school with those payments.

Swofford seemed adamant that the only changes to the league’s composition would be those two additions – with no subtractions.

There were persistent rumors through the spring and summer that Florida State and perhaps another ACC school might consider leaving for the Big 12. After visiting Clemson’s board of trustees last week, Swofford emphasized that he’s “totally” comfortable that the Tigers are committed to the ACC and blamed social media for repeating misinformation that “has no real basis of truth to it … or is simply inaccurate.”

The most recent issue re-emerged late last week when Yahoo! Sports reported, citing anonymous sources, that a former Miami football employee, who had been linked to convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro through the scandal that broke last year, assisted members of coach Al Golden’s staff with recruiting. If true, that could be a major NCAA violation by the troubled program.

“There’s nothing to talk about – we don’t know enough about (the reports) to talk about them,” Miami running back Mike James said.

Added defensive back Brandon McGee: “Our concern during the season is about books and ball. We’re not worried about anything outside of that except for the games on our schedule, football and school.”

Additionally, new coach Larry Fedora’s first North Carolina team is ineligible for the ACC championship and can’t play in a bowl game as part of sanctions levied following the NCAA’s nearly 2-year review of improper benefits and academic misconduct within the football program.

“We haven’t said one thing about” the bowl ban, quarterback Bryn Renner said. “To be frank, we really don’t care. We have 12 games on our slate, and we’re really just looking forward to playing those 12. … That’s what (Fedora) has preached. He’s done a great job of just getting our attention, ‘We’re moving forward and this is how it’s going to be.'”

Swofford declined to discuss specifics of the investigation at Miami but said that as it relates to the league’s image, “those are situations you never want in any conference.

“This league has a tremendous history and tradition of integrity,” he said. “That’s still the case, but we’ve had a few (issues) that have clustered here recently that you just simply do not like to see or want to see, and you want them cleared up, you want them behind you, and you don’t want to see them again.”

On the field, the ACC has a few things it needs to fix as well – specifically, its record in the highest-profile bowl games.

The ACC placed two teams in BCS bowls last year for the first time, but the end results were all too familiar.

Michigan beat Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl one night before West Virginia set a bowl scoring record in its 70-33 beatdown of league champion Clemson in the Orange. That loss cost defensive coordinator Kevin Steele his job and left ACC teams a combined 2-13 in BCS games since 1998.

“Obviously, it’s still on our minds – we know what happened,” Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman said. “But once the spring started and we got the new defense in, we knew that was a new beginning. … Don’t focus on what happened last year.”

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Sharks did not play on Sunday night. The next home game for Wilmington will be Thursday, July 26. It’ll be “Thirsty Thursday Night” at the Shark Tank. Plus, it’ll be “WWAY Shirt Off The Back Night”. Thursday’s action will start at 6pm to accommodate a doubleheader between the Sharks and the Fayetteville Swampdogs.


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