WWAY’s Sunday night sports – April 28

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Submitted: Mon, 04/29/2013 - 1:12am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:49am

TEMPE, AZ (WWAY) — Phoenix FC took an early 2-0 lead against the Wilmington Hammerheads on Sunday night. Wilmington’s Kyle Greig scored right before the half to make it a 2-1 game, but Phoenix turns out to be the winner with a 3-1 victory. The Hammerheads drop to 1-2 on the season. Wilmington will host Richmond on Friday.


PALM BEACH, FL (AP) — Michael Jordan got married over the weekend in front of a few hundred of his family and friends. The Charlotte Bobcats owner exchanged vows with 35-year-old former model Yvette Prieto Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla. Jordan’s manager Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press Sunday the ceremony was held at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

A reception was held at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., a luxurious private golf club designed by Jack Nicklaus. Jordan, 50, owns a home near the course. Nearly 300 guests attended, including Tiger Woods, Patrick Ewing and Ahmad Rashad. Jordan and Prieto met five years ago and were engaged last December.

In lieu of wedding gifts, donations were made to the James R. Jordan Foundation. The wedding flowers were donated to the Jupiter Medical Center.

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Note: UNCW men’s basketball coach Buzz Peterson attended Jordan’ wedding ceremony on Saturday in Florida. Peterson and Jordan roomed together at UNC Chapel Hill.


SOUTHPORT, NC (UNCW)-– UNCW junior Payne McLeod captured his first Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship and the Seahawks earned their third straight conference title with a 24-stroke win on Sunday at The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation.

The Seahawks will learn of their destination on May 6 during the NCAA Selection Show. The announcement will be made at NCAA.com at 9 p.m. The following six sites will host regionals on May 16-18: University Club, Baton Rouge, La.; Golden Eagle Country Club (Tallahassee, Fla.); Scarlet Course (Columbus, Ohio); The Blessings Golf Course (Fayetteville, Ark.); Palouse Ridge Golf Club (Pullman, Wash.) and Karsten Golf Course (Tempe, Ariz.)
McLeod, who collected his second career tournament victory, posted a four-stroke win over Alex Hicks of William & Mary.
The Seahawks placed four golfers in the final top 10. Junior Josh Woodfox placed fourth while senior Thomas Bass and red-shirt junior Stefan Brewer tied for seventh.
McLeod also became UNCW’s fifth CAA tournament champion, joining previous winners Josh Brock (2011), Brian Joyce (2006), Travis Bland (1998) and Chris Buffaloe (1993).
For the Seahawks, who will be making their fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament, it was their fifth overall conference title.

Notes: Payne McLeod’s three-round total of 215 tied for sixth lowest in program history at the CAA Championship … UNCW’s three-year winning streak is the longest since VCU’s dominant run of seven consecutive titles from 199 through 2002 … UNCW head coach now has won the CAA championship five times, including twice at Georgia State (2006, 2008) … The Seahawks have finished first or second on 12 occasions.

UNCW Scores: 1. Payne McLeod 73-67-75=215; 4. Josh Woodfox 79-67-75=221; T7. Thomas Bass 79-74-74=227; T7. Stefan Brewer 76-75-76=227; 24. Ryan Nagy 77-81-79=237

Medalist standings: 1. Payne McLeod (UNCW) 73-67-75=215; 2. Alex Hicks (W&M) 71-73-75=219; 3. Jeremy Wells (W&M) 74-75-71=220; 4. Josh Woodfox (UNCW) 79-67-75=221; T5. Rich Leeper (JMU) 75-73-76=224; T5. Brandon Shinn (HU) 81-72-71=224; T7. Thomas Bass (UNCW) 79-74-74=227; T7. Stefan Brewer (UNCW) 76-7576-224; T7. Ryan Vince (JMU) 74-74-79=224; T10. James Braunsberg (Drexel) 71-76-81=228; T10. Ben Conroy (Delaware) 76-80-72=228

Team Standings: 1. UNCW 305-283-300=888; 2. James Madison 306-297-309=912; 3. William & Mary 304-306-306=916; 4. Drexel 303-311-309=923; 5. Delaware 309-311-305=925; 6. Towson 317-299-313=929; 7. Hofstra 332-316-315=963


TOWSON, MD (UNCW)-– Towson’s Nik Nowottnick struck out six over four and 1/3 innings of relief as Towson topped visiting UNCW, 8-5, to win the Colonial Athletic Association weekend series on Sunday at Schuerholz Park.
The Tigers evened their record at 21-21 overall and improved to 11-7 in the league. The Seahawks, meanwhile, dropped to 32-13 and 13-4.
Nowottnick (4-2) earned the win as Towson rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the fifth with two in that inning and three more in the sixth.
UNCW starter Jordan Ramsey (6-3) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, over six innings.
Brendan Butler keyed the Tigers at the plate, finishing a double short of hitting for the cycle. He scored three runs, scored twice and belted his third homer of the season. Kurt Wertz also homered, it was his seventh of the season.
For the Seahawks, Corey Dick finished 2-for-4 with his seventh homer of the season and two runs batted in. Ryan LaGrange added two hits and Drew Farber had two hits and knocked in two runs.
Brandon Gonnella earned his first save of the season, getting the final out of the game.
Up next: The Seahawks return to action when they host conference foe Northeastern in a three-game series beginning on May 3rd at 6 p.m.
How it happened: Brendan Butler homered to lead off the fifth against Jordan Ramsey to tie the game and Kurt Wertz gave TU a 4-3 lead with a two-out round tripper to right. Towson added three runs in the sixth to make it 7-3.
Inside the numbers: TU went 4-for-11 with RISP and advanced runners 9-of-14 opportunities … Nowottnick, a righthander, held UNCW lefties to 1-for-9 at the plate … UNCW landed its leadoff hitter on base in 6-of-9 innings … UNCW stranded nine runners on base.
Notes: Luke Dunlap and Ryan LaGrange extended their hitting streaks to career-longs of 15 and 14, respectively … Michael Bass singled in the third to extend his on base streak to 41 games … Jordan Ramsey suffered his first loss since Feb. 24 against Lehigh, a stretch of six wins … UNCW is now 9-9 all-time at Towson’s Schuerholz Park.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Senior Lauryn Buckworth hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to lead UNCW to a 3-1 victory over Drexel in Colonial Athletic Association softball action Sunday at Boseman Field.

Playing their final home game of the season, the Seahawks improved to 16-34 overall and 3-14 in league play while the Dragons moved to 15-33 and 2-16. UNCW closes out the regular season next weekend with a three-game series at Delaware. The two teams will play a doubleheader Friday and a single game Saturday with action on both days slated to begin at Noon.

In her final appearance at Boseman Field, Buckworth was 2-for-6 with three RBI to lead the Seahawks attack while junior Morgan McCann was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Junior KC Shue and sophomore Kristen Jernigan accounted for UNCW’s other two base hits in the contest.

Sophomore Casey Rowland picked up the victory for UNCW as she improved to 10-13 on the season. Pitching all 13 innings, Rowland allowed one run on seven hits and three walks while striking out three.

Buckworth’s game-winning hit came after the two teams played nearly 10 innings of shutout softball as the two teams traded single runs in the third. Drexel opened the scoring on a RBI groundout by sophomore Maggy Fermo in the top of the third only to see the Seahawks tie the game in the bottom half of the frame on a two-out double to right center by Buckworth.

In the decisive frame, Drexel freshman pitcher Tara Konopka would retire the first two batters of the inning before McCann singled up the middle to keep the inning alive. Buckworth then stepped to the plate and worked the count full before sending the payoff pitch over the center field fence for the two-run victory.

Konopka took the loss for the Dragons to move her season mark to 8-17. Konopka allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in 12.2 innings in the circle. She struck out five.

Senior Hanna Parrish and Sophomore Jill Popek tallied two hits apiece for the Dragons. Fermo was 1-for-6 with Drexel’s lone RBI.


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