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WWAY's Monday night sports - Oct. 22

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CHICAGO (AP) - Jay Cutler shook off an apparent rib injury, Brian Urlacher made a key fumble recovery and the Chicago Bears won their fourth straight, beating the Detroit Lions 13-7 on Monday night.

It was certainly not an easy night for the NFC North leaders, particularly their quarterback, but they came away with the win after a week off and possibly buried Detroit (2-4) in the process despite getting a major scare along the way.

That happened in the second quarter when Cutler was sacked by Ndamukong Suh and ultimately wound up going to the locker room to have his ribs examined.

Cutler started the second half and was 16 of 31 for 150 yards and a touchdown in the game, but with the defense locking down the Lions, the Bears (5-1) prevailed. It was a huge blow for last-place Detroit, a team many expected to contend for the division championship after making the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hunter Pence hit a bizarre, two-run double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and the San Francisco Giants won their record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series Monday night.

Marco Scutaro matched an LCS record with 14 hits in the series and Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for his fifth straight game. The Giants returned to the World Series two years after winning it all, getting the final out in a downpour.

The Detroit Tigers, who have been waiting on their opponent since finishing a four-game ALCS sweep of the Yankees last Thursday, get another trip to the Bay Area after clinching the division series in Oakland.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Boys High School Soccer Tuesday Scoreboard

West Bladen 1 0 -- 1
Red Springs 4 1 -- 5

Goals: West Bladen - Lucas McNeill. Red Springs - Nicholas Avila-Chaydez 3, Miguel Tellez, Robert Cantoran.

Assists: West Bladen - Cameron Winebarger. Red Springs - Erick Reyes.

Saves: West Bladen - Brett Jackson 15. Red Springs - Christian Valladarez 1, Miguel Tellez 2.

Records: West Bladen 3-13-0, Red Springs 9-5-1.

Ashley 1
New Hanover 0
The Screaming Eagles win the Mideastern Conference title with the shutout win. Ashley improves to 9-0 in league play.

Hoggard 1
New Bern 0
Mohammed Ismail scored in the 96 minute for Hoggard. Vikings win in overtime.

Whiteville 7
South Columbus 1

Laney 6
Rose 2
Bucs improve to 5-3-1 in Mideastern Conference.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Senior Stephanie Rose was named Player-of-the-Week and freshman Maddie McCormick was recognized as Rookie-of-the-Week as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its weekly awards on Monday.

“Congratulations to both Stephanie and Maddie on their respective honors,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “Both had an impact in our wins this weekend and are deserving of the recognition. I know that both these players share these honors with their teammates. It truly is a team effort and we all share in their accolades.”

The duo played a key role in the Seahawks’ road victories at Towson and George Mason last weekend, combining to tally six goals and three assists as UNCW clinched a spot in the 2012 CAA Women’s Soccer Championship.

A native of Jacksonville, N.C., Rose opened the weekend with a goal and an assist in the Seahawks’ 5-2 victory at Towson on Oct. 19 before exploding for six points as she scored twice and added two assists in UNCW’s 4-0 shutout of George Mason on Oct. 21 to expand her league-leading point total to 35 (12 G, 11 A).

The nine-point weekend helped Rose continue her climb up the program’s various single-season charts as she captured sole possession of first place on the school’s single-season assist list and moved into a three-way tie for third place on the program’s single-season goals ranking.

Rose’s 35 points also represent the second-highest single-season point total for a UNCW player, shy of only former standout Christy Timbers’ 46-point (19 G, 8 A) showing during the 1998 season.

“Stephanie is having a special season,” said Cairney. “She can take over a game with her work rate and she has a nose for the goal. She worked very hard during the off season and her hard work is paying off.”

McCormick, meanwhile, became the first UNCW player since the 2004 season to record a hat trick as she found the back of the net three times in the Seahawks’ three-goal triumph against the Tigers. The Newark, Del., product is now second on the team in scoring with 14 points (6 G, 2 A) and ranks second on the squad with three game-winning goals.

“Maddie has great instincts as a forward,” said Cairney. “She reads pressure very well and has shown great composure in front of goal during her rookie campaign.”

UNCW (11-6-1; 6-3-0 CAA) closes out the regular season Wednesday with a 4 p.m. contest at Georgia State.

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CARY, NC (UNCW) -- UNCW seniors Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank dropped a straight set decision to 16th-ranked Raphael Hemmeier and Henrique Cunha of Duke early Monday in the doubles final at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships.

Cooprider and Blank, who have propelled the Seahawks to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, lost, 6-2, 6-3, to the Blue Devil tandem at Cary Tennis Park.

It marked the first time the Seahawks have placed a team in the doubles final at the Carolina Regional event.

“I’m very proud of all eight players that came,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s fifth-year head coach. “We had some significant results in singles and doubles. I was very pleased with our overall performance.

“Chris and Kosta showed that they have the ability to play with anyone in the country. Hopefully, they will receive a wild card invitation to the national indoors to have another opportunity to show their skills.”

Blank, from Winnipeg, Canada, said the experience in Cary will only benefit the emerging doubles team.

“It was a tough match and we had some chances,” he said. “It’s been a great experience playing some of the top players in the country. We got better with each match because we increased our intensity level and followed through with our game plan. This really helped us out and showed what we still need to work on.”

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - The Carolina Panthers have fired general manager Marty Hurney following the team's 1-5 start this season.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson says in release that it was an "extremely difficult decision" and that "Marty made every effort to bring success to the Panthers and took the team to a Super Bowl and two NFC championship games." He says "unfortunately, we have not enjoyed the success we hoped for in recent years."

Carolina has not made the playoffs since 2008.

Hurney, the Panthers' GM since 2002, took responsibility for the team's failures in the release saying, "I am responsible for everybody in coaching, the players, the scouts and everybody in football operations. After six weeks, we are 1-5 coming off a 6-10 season."

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