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WWAY's Friday night sports - March 29

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - On Friday Trot Nixon provided insight on the start of the new season in Major League Baseball. Click the video icon to see Trot's perspective. Video will be up shortly after the newscast.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We understand former UNCW basketball standout Mark Byington is expected to be named the new head men's basketball coach at Georgia Southern. A formal announcement is scheduled for Monday.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Harlem Globetrotters brought their high flying basketball act to Wilmington on Friday. Click the video icon to see some of the highlights from Trask Coliseum. Video will be up shortly after the newscast. WWAY's Chris Phillips even suited tonight. Phillips played against the Globetrotters for a few minutes.

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NORFOLK, VA (UNCW) -- Mat Batts struck out eight and scattered three hits in tossing his second straight complete game shutout to lead UNCW past Old Dominion, 1-0, in the Colonial Athletic Association series opener on Friday at the Metheny Baseball Complex.

The Seahawks improved to 18-8 overall and 5-1 in the league while the Monarch dropped to 13-11 and 4-6. UNCW ran its record on the road to 2-3 on the season. Corey Dick finished 2-for-4 on the night and drove in the game's lone run with a RBI single in the second. Josh Eldridge had two hits for ODU.

ODU starter Dean Ali (1-2) suffered the tough luck loss despite allowing just the one run on five hits and a walk over eight innings. He finished with five strike outs.

Next up: The series continues on Saturday with a 3 p.m. start.

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AP-Tournament-Scorecard

Here are the latest scores from today's sports events:

COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS

NCAA

Regional Semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium

Final Louisville 77 Oregon 69

Final Duke 71 Michigan St. 61

South
Regional Semifinals at Cowboys Stadium

Final OT Michigan 87 Kansas 85

In 2nd Florida 46 Florida Gulf Coast 36

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Seth Curry shot Duke right into the regional finals - and put Mike Krzyzewski on the verge of another major milestone.

Curry scored 29 points to lead the second-seeded Blue Devils past third-seeded Michigan State 71-61 on Friday night and into the Midwest Regional final.

If Duke (30-5) beats top-seeded Louisville (32-5) in Sunday's regional final, Krzyzewski would tie John Wooden's record with 12 Final Four trips.

Michigan State (27-9) just couldn't keep up with Curry and Duke's shooters. The Spartans were led by Keith Appling with 16 points and Adreian Payne with 14.

Curry's sixth 3 of the game broke a 38-38 tie early in the second half, sending Duke on a 9-0 run. It never trailed again.

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

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