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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington resident Trot Nixon was named to the “All Fenway Park Team” earlier this week. On Sunday night Nixon talked about the humbling achievement. “The fans voted on the 40 man roster”, Nixon said. “I was very fortunate to a part of that team. I was talking to Rich Gedman saying I would enjoy sitting on the bench getting coffee for any of these guys and watching them play. To be a part of an All Fenway team as long as this organization has been around in that ballpark really means a lot to me. It just goes to show you how special those fans are and how special those fans were to me up in Boston.”


MEDINAH, IL (AP) – Wearing the image of the late Seve Ballesteros (SEH’-vee by-ehs-TEHR’-ohs) on their sleeves, the team from Europe roared back from a 10-6 deficit to beat the U.S. and win the Ryder Cup, 14 ½ to 13 ½.

The come from behind win matched the performance by the U.S. in 1999 when the Americans came back from the same deficit to win.

European captain Jose Maria Olazabal (oh-lah-THAH’-bul) squeezed his eyes and fought back tears when Martin Kaymer holed a 6-foot par putt to beat Steve Stricker and give Europe the point it needed to keep the cup.

Tiger Woods and Stricker failed to win a match in the three day event in suburban Chicago.

All Europe needed to keep the trophy was a tie. They built momentum by winning the first five singles matches.

It was a shocking finish for the Americans, who were poised to win the Ryder Cup for only the third time since 1999.

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TAMPA, FL (AP) – Billy Cundiff redeemed himself for a poor day kicking, booting a 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining to give the Washington Redskins a 24-22 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Cundiff missed three earlier attempts, including a 31-yarder that wound have put the Redskins (2-2) up by two scores early in the fourth quarter. He also missed twice in the first half, but was on the money after Robert Griffin III marched his team into position for the winning score.

Tampa Bay (1-3) wiped out an 18-point deficit to go ahead 22-21 on Connor Barth’s third field goal, a 47-yarder with 1:42 remaining.

But Griffin wasn’t finished. He completed three straight passes to move the Redskins from their own 20 to the 41, then ran for 15 yards to the 26. Two plays, Cundiff kicked the winner.

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Note: Wilmington resident Connor Barth kicked three field goals for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Hoggard graduate connected from 57, 50 and 40 yards. 57 yards marked the career long for Barth.


ATLANTA, GA (AP) – Matt Bryant kicked a 40-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten, rallying past the Carolina Panthers 30-28 on Sunday.

The Falcons (4-0) are off to their best start since 2004, when they reached the NFC championship game. Despite taking a career-high seven sacks, Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes for Atlanta. Bryant added three field goals.

The Panthers (1-3) nearly clinched it on Cam Newton’s run with just over a minute remaining, but he fumbled the ball while trying to dive for the necessary yardage. Carolina recovered and wound up punting, downing the ball at the Atlanta 1. But Ryan immediately got the Falcons out of the hole, throwing a 59-yard pass to Roddy White.

Four plays later, Bryant won it.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Anna Lenczyk’s goal in the 71st minute lifted league-leading Delaware to a 1-0 win over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women’s soccer action on Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Blue Hens remained perfect in the league with a 4-0 record and improved to 7-4 overall with the road win. UNCW saw its modest two-game winning streak halted with the set back and dipped to 7-5-1 overall and 2-2 in the league.

On the winning goal, Lenczyk pounced on a rebound for the winning margin. Melissa Pennington fired a shot from the leftside that was knocked away by UNCW goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter. Lenczyk was able to beat her defender from the right side to collect the loose ball and convert it for her third goal of the season.

The Seahawks held a 16-12 advantage in shots, but were unable to get anything past UD goalkeeper Jessica Levy, who finished with six saves on the afternoon. For Levy, it was her fourth shutout of the season.

UNCW pushed late in the game for the tying goal, but in the 87th minute junior Stephanie Rose’s header from 10 yards out caromed off the crossbar and out of harm’s way for the Blue Hens.

The Seahawks visit William & Mary on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. when they next return to action.


HEMPSTEAD, NY (UNCW) — Sophomore Kelsie Wills recorded 18 kills and .350 hitting percentage to lead Hofstra to a 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-18, 25-18) victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Sunday at the Hofstra Fitness Center.

The Pride improved to 13-8 overall and 1-2 in league play as it halted a two-match losing skid while the Seahawks dipped to 7-11 on the season and 0-3 in conference action.

“This is a tough loss for our team to swallow,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “We need to be more consistent with our attacking and serve reception to compete at a higher level. This is certainly something we can learn from and will have to rebound from quickly.”

Wills powered the Hofstra attack to 56 kills and a .283 hitting percentage for the match as she committed just four errors in 40 total attempts. Junior Nikki Kinnier chipped in 10 kills while Emily Burke added nine. Senior Catalina Charry dished out 35 assists and sophomore Kainoa Ocasek handed out 14. Senior Kylee Maneja finished with 15 digs and Wills added 10 to post a double-double. Sophomore Adama Aja tallied a match-high nine total blocks and added seven kills.

Sophomore Sarah Fitzgerald recorded a team-high 15 kills to pace UNCW as she finished with nearly half of the squad’s 36 kills for the match. Sophomore Morgan Kline notched 11 digs and freshman Lindsey Hartmann chipped in 10. Senior Natalie Lahaie dished out 18 assists and freshman Victoria Phillips finished with 16.

In a tight first set that featured a total of 10 ties and six lead changes, Hofstra rallied from a 22-20 deficit, rattling off five unanswered points to record a 25-22 victory.

The Seahawks would even the match at 1-all with a 25-18 victory in the second set, breaking a 12-all tie with five straight points on their way to the seven-point triumph.

With the score deadlocked at 17-all late in the third set, a kill by Burke ignited an 8-1 run and led the Pride to a 25-18 victory.

With the score tied at 8-all early in the fourth set, Hofstra took control of the frame with an 8-1 run that made it a 16-9 contest. The Pride held a comfortable lead the rest of the way, posting a second straight 25-18 victory to take the set and the match.

The Seahawks return to the court Friday when they host Delaware in a 7 p.m. match at Hanover Hall.


BEL AIR, MD (CFCC) — Cape Fear Community College tied Harford on Sunday in overtime in a 2-2 women’s soccer game. CFCC hasn’t lost all season. With the tie on Sunday CFCC’s record is now 9-0-1.

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