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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson was the keynote speaker for the Wilma W. Daniels Distinguished Lecture. The former NBA star, entrepreneur and philanthropist spoke about building a successful life, overcoming challenges and achieving personal goals.

Men’s College Soccer Thursday Scoeboard

Cape Fear Community College 4
Wake Tech 3
Robert Sandidge led CFCC with three goals. Lee Martrolle added one. CFCC is now 7-3.

High School Soccer Thursday Scoreboard:

Whiteville 1
West Brunswick 0

New Hanover 2
Laney 0

Ricardo Olivares scored both goals for New Hanover. Click play video to see WWAY’s game action from the Wildcats win.

East Bladen 3
West Bladen 0

Goals: West Bladen – None. East Bladen – Joel Cromartie 2, Colby Hester.

Assists: West Bladen – None. East Bladen – Hastin McGill.

Saves: West Bladen – Lucas McNeill 7. East Bladen – Matthew Massengil 4.

Records: West Bladen 3-10 overall, 0-8 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference; East Bladen 5-8 overall, 2-5 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference.

Hoggard 2
Rose 0

Carson Ratcliff and Vance Morvil scored for Hoggard. Keeper Chase O’Briant had four saves. Hoggard improves to 8-6-1.


NASHVILLE, TN (AP) – Rob Bironas kicked his fourth field goal, a 40-yarder as time expired, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-23 on Thursday night to snap a two-game skid.

Matt Hasselbeck threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt with 4:19 left to tie it at 23, and the Titans (2-4) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Steelers.

Pittsburgh (2-3) lost its third straight road game this season and for the fifth time in six games dating to last season despite Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 363 yards and becoming the Steelers’ career passing leader.

Roethlisberger drove the Steelers into position to take the lead after the Titans tied it. Shaun Suisham, who already had connected from 29, 28 and 52 yards, had his 54-yard attempt fall short of the crossbar with 49 seconds left.

Chris Johnson ran for 91 yards on 19 carries, and Hasselbeck finished with 290 yards passing.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Senior Stephanie Rose scored twice in the final 14 minutes to break a 1-all tie and propel UNCW to a 3-1 victory over James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association women’s soccer action Thursday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Seahawks improved to 9-6-1 overall and 4-3-0 in CAA play while the Dukes slipped to 5-10-0 and 3-4-0 as they saw their brief two-game winning streak come to an end.

With the score tied at 1-all in the 77th minute, Rose put the Seahawks ahead, 2-1, as she headed home a free kick from senior Lindsay Henry just inside the left post.

Rose doubled the Seahawks advantage at the 86:55 mark, using a through ball from freshman Maddie McCormick to get behind the JMU defense and chip the ball past Dukes sophomore keeper Marlee Stynchula for her ninth goal of the season.

Freshman Lindsey Byrne was also credited with an assist on the play.

Earlier in the contest, Henry put the Seahawks up 1-0 at the 23:48 mark as her free kick from 30 yards out deflected off a group of players in the middle of the box and into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

Sophomore Katie Hyland brought the Dukes level in the 50th minute, putting a shot from 10 yards out on the right side past UNCW keeper Caitlin Hunter for her third tally of the campaign.

Hunter made one save for the Seahawks while Stynchula finished the contest with eight stops for the Dukes. UNCW held a 16-11 shot advantage in the contest and enjoyed a 9-8 edge in corner kicks taken.

UNCW will take an eight-day break from competition before returning to action Oct. 19 with a 3 p.m. matinee at CAA-foe Towson. JMU heads to Georgia State Sunday for a Noon kickoff.


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (AP) – Brian Roberts scored 16 points and Lance Thomas and Ryan Anderson both added 14 to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 90-87 preseason victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night.

Anthony Davis, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by the Hornets, had 12 points, nine rebounds and one block in almost 30 minutes of action. He did not play in the final quarter.

Byron Mullens and Ben Gordon had 15 points each for Charlotte while Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson both added 11.

The Hornets led by 16 points after the first quarter but the Bobcats rallied and held a 10-point lead midway through the final quarter. But the Hornets used a 22-9 run over the final 8 minutes to secure the victory.

Trailing 88-87, Charlotte center Brendan Haywood had a chance to give the Bobcats the lead, but missed two free throws with 6.9 seconds left.

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NEW YORK (AP) – J.J. Hardy hit an RBI double in the 13th inning and the Baltimore Orioles bounced back from a demoralizing loss to outlast the New York Yankees 2-1 Thursday night, forcing a deciding Game 5 in the AL division series.

After splitting 22 games this year, it all comes down this: a winner-take-all for a spot in the AL championship series.

Game 1 winner CC Sabathia is set to pitch the deciding game for the Yankees. Orioles manager Buck Showalter had not announced his starter.

Eric Chavez, pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez, lined out to end the game shortly after midnight.

The Orioles were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position until Hardy doubled off David Phelps with one out to score Manny Machado.

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CINCINNATI (AP) – The Cincinnati Reds gave up a lot to get Mat Latos, hoping he’d push them to the next level.

Given his chance Thursday to do just that, he was gone in the fifth inning.

Buster Posey’s grand slam capped San Francisco’s six-run burst against Latos, propelling the San Francisco past the Reds 6-4 Thursday in the clinching Game 5 of their best-of-five NL division series.

“I’m not making excuses,” Latos said. “This game’s 100 percent on me.”

Ahead 2-0 in the series, the NL Central champion Reds lost the final three games at home. Cincinnati won 97 games during the regular season and took two more in the playoffs at San Francisco, but that 100th victory proved to be elusive.

Acquired in the offseason from San Diego for pitcher Edinson Volquez and three former high draft picks, Latos matched his career high in wins while going 14-4 this year. He then turned in four innings of one-run relief in Cincinnati’s 5-2 win at San Francisco in Game 1 after ace Johnny Cueto was injured in the first inning.

The duel between Latos and Matt Cain in the final game was scoreless when the Giants erupted for all of their runs in the fifth. Latos was charged with each of them.

Gregor Blanco led off with a single and scored on Brandon Crawford’s triple into the right-field corner. One out later, Crawford scored when drawn-in rookie shortstop Zack Cozart couldn’t handle Angel Pagan’s chopper behind the mound for an error.

Marco Scutaro walked, and Pablo Sandoval singled to load the bases, setting up Posey’s 434-foot slam off the facade of the second deck, right above Latos’s name on a narrow scoreboard.

The hit left the Reds in a hole that was nearly impossible to climb out of, Reds first baseman Joey Votto said.

“Buster Posey’s swing was a series-changer,” said Votto, who had two hits. “That made it very difficult to come back. You know they’re going to throw the kitchen sink at us.”

That was it for Latos, who gave up seven hits and six runs – five earned – with one walk and four strikeouts. Latos seemed to be distracted by a couple of calls he didn’t get from plate umpire Tom Hallion while walking Scutaro, but that wasn’t the pitcher’s only problem, manager Dusty Baker said

“What kind of got the inning going was – I don’t know if it was a ball or strike call that he lost on Marco Scutaro,” Baker said. “Then, after that, they started finding holes. That was a big hit that (Sandoval) got barely inside the shortstop. Then he had two strikes big time on a dangerous hitter who he had gotten out in Buster Posey. Plus, Buster’s hit into 19 double plays, and we were hoping to get another double play at that time, but the pitch wasn’t where he wanted it to be, and it wasn’t a double-play pitch.”

Baker thought about taking Latos out before he faced Posey.

“He was dealing, but yeah, there was consideration,” Baker said. “We discussed it, and he just made a couple of bad pitches and he still had plenty left in the tank. He still had two strikes on Posey. He just happened to throw one right down the middle.”

Outfielder Ryan Ludwick, who played with Latos in San Diego, hit a solo home run and an RBI single in the ninth. He didn’t mind seeing Latos on the mound to start the critical game.

“He’s a horse,” Ludwick said. “He’s a gamer. He’s full of intensity, and he’s going to be around this league a long time. He’s got good stuff, and he’s a competitor.”

Brandon Phillips hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, and Ludwick led off the sixth with his second homer in two games and third of the series.

Cincinnati had runners at first and second with one out in the ninth, but Jay Bruce flied out to left field on a 12-pitch at-bat that included 10 foul balls. Scott Rolen struck out against Sergio Romo, ending Cincinnati’s season.

The Reds left 11 runners on base, lifting their total to 28 in their three home games as they went 3 for 24 (.125) with one extra-base hit while batting with men in scoring position.

“We battled, but battling wasn’t enough,” Ludwick said. “The guys on the other side are human beings, too, and you’ve got to give them credit. We hadn’t lost three games in a row at home all year. They made good pitches with runners on base and kept us away from the big hit. This team lived and died all year with the big hit.”

Cincinnati lost three straight home games for the first time this season to complete an unprecedented playoff collapse, becoming the first team to lose an NLDS after winning the first two games. Since the NL added division series in 1995, the previous 21 teams to take 2-0 leads went on to win the series.

Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff series since beating Los Angeles in the 1995 division series. The Reds were swept by Atlanta in that year’s championship series and by Philadelphia in a 2010 NLDS. They’ve lost six straight post(backslash)season home games, including all four at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003.

“You’ve got to work a little harder this winter and this is going to take a while to heal,” Baker said. “Sometimes, you get tired of the disappointments, but then you get over it. It hurts, big time. I’m a strong man, and usually I get over hurts and it makes me stronger when I come back.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to show them how to win. His game-ending homer Thursday night extended their surprising season.

Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning by driving Lance Lynn’s 13th pitch into the left-field stands to give the Nationals a 2-1 victory over the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and force a Game 5 in their NL division series.

As he circled the bases, Werth raised his right index finger in a “No. 1” gesture, while the announced crowd of 44,392 roared with delight.

The best-of-five series will end Friday night in Washington, with the winner advancing to face the San Francisco Giants in the NL championship series.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Justin Verlander struck out 11 in a four-hitter to send the Detroit Tigers back to the AL championship series, beating the Oakland Athletics 6-0 in the decisive Game 5 of their division series Thursday night.

After squandering two chances to clinch the series, including blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead in Game 4, Verlander became Detroit’s ultimate closer.

The Tigers will face either the New York Yankees or Baltimore Orioles, tied at 2-all heading into their Game 5 on Friday night in New York. Game 1 of the ALCS is scheduled for Saturday.

Verlander, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP, was so sharp nobody in the bullpen ever got up to throw. He struck out 22 in his wins on both ends of this nail-biting series.

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