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WWAY's Thursday night sports - Jan. 3

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from a light night of Thursday high school basketball action below. We had action on our sports from the Wilmington Christian game.

DIXON GIRLS 48 - NORTH DUPLIN 25

DIXON BOYS 66 - NORTH DUPLIN 49
ZACH SICKNICK LED DIXON WITH 19 POINTS

WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN BOYS 47 - MYRTLE BEACH CALVARY CHRISTIAN 41
JAKE CONNOR LED WCA WITH 13 POINTS
AUSTIN INMAN HAD 10 POINTS AND 11 REBOUNDS FOR THE WCA PATRIOTS

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CHARLOTTESVILLE,VA (AP) -- Virginia coach Mike London hired four new assistants Thursday, three with long ties to the program.

London says Tom O'Brien will be his associate head coach for offense and coach tight ends, Jon Tenuta will be associate head coach for defense and defensive coordinator, Jeff Banks will coach special teams and running backs and Marques Hagans will coach wide receivers.

O'Brien was an assistant at Virginia for 15 years before becoming a head coach. He was fired by North Carolina State on Nov. 25. His career record is 115-80.

Tenuta is a Virginia graduate with 32 years of coaching experience, most of it as a defensive coordinator.

Banks has coached 12 seasons at the college level, the last nine at UTEP.

Hagans was a graduate assistant the last two seasons.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW) -- North Carolina A&T broke open a close game by scoring the final nine points over a three-minute span to knock off UNCW, 56-47, in a collegiate women’s basketball afternoon game Thursday at Trask Coliseum.

The Aggies won their third game in four outings to improve to 8-5 overall and took their second straight over the Seahawks. UNCW dropped its seventh straight to fall to 1-9.

The matchup of instate teams was the annual “Seahawks Tomorrow” game drawing elementary school children from the Wilmington area. The crowd of 4,788 was the second largest to watch a women’s game at Trask Coliseum.

Senior forward JaQuayla Berry scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to pace the Aggies, who shot 40.7 percent in the contest. Sophomore guard Adriana Nazario added 10 points.

Junior guard Jessica Freeman paced UNCW with 14 points, while senior forward Karneshia Garrett had a double-double of 11 points and 14 boards. Senior center Chelsea McGowen also grabbed 11 rebounds for the Seahawks.

N.C. A&T, playing its first game of the New Year, forged out to a slim 26-25 edge at intermission and was still clinging to a 41-40 lead with 10:16 remaining after Garrett converted a layup inside.

Tracy King’s layup then pushed the margin back to 48-42 at 4:48 before the Seahawks rallied to chop the deficit to 48-47 on Jessica Freeman’s nifty layup with 2:55 showing.

But the Aggies scored the final nine points of the contest when Nazario drained a triple, Amber Calvin canned a jumper and Berry made a field goal and free throw. A&T wound up outscoring UNCW, 15-7, over the last 10 minutes of the contest.

UNCW raced out to an early 8-0 lead, knocking down three of its first four field goal attempts to build an early advantage.

A free throw and back-to-back layups by A&T ended the opening rally and make it an 8-5 contest, but UNCW used a pair of baskets by Freeman and a free throw by freshman Dana Brown to regain an eight-point cushion, 13-5, at 13:05 of the opening period.

The Seahawks maintained the lead over the next seven minutes before a jumper by Berry at the 6:12 mark keyed a 15-6 spurt that gave the Aggies a slim 26-25 advantage at intermission.

The Aggies stretched the halftime margin to four points early in the second half, opening the frame with a three-pointer from Nazario and back-to-back baskets by Berry to take a 33-29 edge with 15:10 showing on the clock.

A&T kept the one-possession lead over the next six minutes as the two sides traded baskets before Tarrell Robinson’s club finished strong to pull out the road win.

Both teams return to action Jan. 6. UNCW opens Colonial Athletic Association play with a 2 p.m. matinee against James Madison, while N.A. A&T entertains George Washington in a 6 p.m. tip.

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VANCOUVER, CANADA (VANCOUVER WHITECAPS) -- The tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, has affected those in Canada and the United States.

Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti got in touch with one of the only people he still knew connected to the Connecticut soccer scene: Eric Da Costa, head coach of the Quinnipiac University soccer men's soccer team. Da Costa got the ball rolling, reaching out to youth soccer people in the area, including the Connecticut Football Club youth program, and suddenly things were in motion.

What emerged — and has quickly picked up momentum — is “Soccer Night in Newtown,” a special event taking place on January 7 and open only to Newtown residents and members of the Newtown Youth Soccer Club. Local families and children will be able to meet MLS team stars, play in small-sided games, and spend an afternoon thinking about the beautiful game rather than the ugliness of recent events.

Through MLS W.O.R.K.S., 30 MLS players confirmed their involvement, including Whitecaps FC players Brad Knighton and Omar Salgado.

All players who are attending will take part in what is shaping up to be a very special day for the Newtown community.

Participating players:

Columbus Crew
Ethan Finlay

FC Dallas
Zach Loyd, Bobby Warshaw

Houston Dynamo
Corey Ashe, Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Ricardo Clark, Tally Hall

LA Galaxy
Landon Donovan, Sean Franklin, Rafael Garcia,

New England Revolution
Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Ryan Guy, Matt Reis, Clyde Simms, Chris Tierney, Bobby Shuttleworth

New York Red Bulls
Kenny Cooper, Heath Pearce, Ryan Meara

Philadelphia Union
Chris Albright, Ray Gaddis

Real Salt Lake
Kwame Watson-Siriboe

San Jose Earthquakes
Marcus Tracy

Seattle Sounders
David Estrada, Josh Ford

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Brad Knighton, Omar Salgado (note: Knighton played 4 years at UNCW)

US Men’s Legends
Cobi Jones, Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda, Mike Burns, Tony Meola

US Women’s Legends
Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Christie Rampone

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