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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) – Click play video in order to see our sportscast from 6pm on WWAY. We took a whirlwind look at some of the top sports stories from this weekend. This included highlights from the dramatic playoff win by the Wilmington Hammerheads, Trot Nixon’s evaluation of New Hanover’s signature win over Scotland County in high school football along with Saturday night high school football action.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Bills have released nine players, including receiver David Clowney and linebacker Danny Batten, the team’s 2010 sixth-round draft pick.

Clowney was signed in January, after the third-year player split last season between the Jets and Carolina. Batten missed his rookie season with a shoulder injury, and had four starts in 16 games last year.

Buffalo also released defensive linemen Sean Ferguson and Jay Ross, defensive backs Prince Miller and Nick Sukay, tight end Fendi Onobun, receiver Derek Session and guard Jake Vermiglio.

The team placed tight end Mike Caussin on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list.

The moves were made Sunday, a day before NFL teams were required to trim their rosters to 75 players

Buffalo also reached a settlement with defensive back Josh Nesbitt, and released him from injured reserve.

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note: Jay Ross is a graduate of New Hanover High School and East Carolina University. He’s a Wilmington resident who previously spent time on the practice squad for New Orleans and Green Bay.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) – Wide receiver Carlton Mitchell has been released by the Cleveland Browns, who trimmed their roster to 80.

Mitchell appeared in 11 games last season. He caught three passes for 31 yards and the Browns had high hopes for the 24-year-old. However, after Cleveland selected Travis Benjamin in April’s draft and then picked Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft, it became apparent Mitchell’s days were numbers. It didn’t help that he was slowed by a leg injury in training camp.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Mitchell was drafted by the Browns in the sixth round in 2010. He played in five games as a rookie but did not catch a pass.

He was the most notable player released Sunday, one day before the Browns are required to get down to 75 players.

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note: Here’s the complete list of players the Browns released on Sunday. It includes Owen Spencer who lives in Belville,NC. Spencer is a graduate of North Brunswick High School. He played college football at NC State.

Jake Anderson (T) cut
Owen Spencer (WR) cut
Jermaine Saffold (WR) cut
Bert Reed (WR) cut
Carlton Mitchell (WR) cut
Spencer Lanning (P) cut
JoJo Dickson (LB) cut
Emanuel Davis (CB) cut
Matt Cleveland (T) cut


WILMINGTON,NC (CFCC sports release) — For a second straight day the Cape Fear Community College women’s soccer team defeated a cross district rival from Maryland to open up their 2012 regular season with 2 wins. Today the Lady SeaDevils defeated the College of Southern Maryland 8-1. Jodi Barber (White Oak HS) had a second straight hat trick with 3 goals and 1 assist. Other scorers were Tanay Ellis adding 2 goals, Alex Duty, Lauren Smith, and Anna Mixon (Croatan HS). CFCC out shot CSM 22 to 3. Kerinn Hall and Samantha Walker earned the win in goal. The SeaDevils take on Region X conference rival, Spartanburg Methodist College at home next Saturday. Kick off is set for 2pm at the North Campus Soccer Field. Record CFCC 2-0-0, 0-0-0 in Region X.


CHARLOTTESVILLE,VA (UNCW sports release) — Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter recorded a career-high 13 saves, but No. 8 Virginia scored twice in the second half to defeat UNCW, 2-0, in collegiate women’s soccer action Sunday at Klöckner Stadium.

The Cavaliers improved to 3-1 on the young season as they recorded their third straight shutout victory. The Seahawks, who faced their third straight nationally-ranked opponent, moved to 0-2-1 on the campaign.

“What a tremendous environment for a college soccer game,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “Virginia moves the ball very well and is dangerous on the attack. We weathered several good attacks and our whole team did a fantastic job defensively today. I am very proud of our team and their effort. Our kids are tough; they are fit and they never quit. They find ways to stay in the game and they showed that determination again today.”

Following a scoreless first half, freshman Makenzy Doniak got Virginia on the board at the 55:37 mark as she converted a cross from junior Molly Menchel for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

The Seahawks had a chance to tie the game moments after the Doniak tally, but freshman Morgan Leyble found the post with her shot attempt in the 63rd minute.

“Down 1-0, we hit the post on a great shot by (Morgan) Leyble,” said Cairney. “If that goes in, we are right back in the game.”

Sophomore Danielle Colaprico doubled the Cavaliers advantage to 2-0 in the 72nd minute as she buried a blast from the top of the box for her second goal of the campaign.

The Cavaliers enjoyed a 27-2 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 15-1 edge in the second half. Junior Danielle DeLisle and sophomore Churchill O’Connell combined to record the shutout for Virginia as they combined to make one save.

Both teams return to action Aug. 31. UNCW opens the home portion of its 2012 schedule with a 7 p.m. contest against state rival Charlotte at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Virginia, meanwhile, heads to the Lone Star State for an 8:30 matchup with host Texas in the Longhorn Invitational.

“We must put this game behind us and now turn our focus this week to a very good Charlotte team,” said Cairney.

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