WWAY’s Sunday night sports – May 26

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Submitted: Mon, 05/27/2013 - 3:36am
Updated: Mon, 05/27/2013 - 3:39am

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OMAHA, NE (AP) – For the third straight year, five Atlantic Coast Conference schools will open the NCAA Division I baseball tournament at home.

Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech are among the 16 schools that were named hosts for regionals Sunday. The tournament begins Friday.

Four Southeastern Conference schools will be hosts: LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Pac-12 schools playing at home will be Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA.

Other host teams are Indiana, Cal State Fullerton, Louisville and Kansas State.

The rest of the 64-team field will be announced Monday by the Division I baseball committee. Regional winners advance to best-of-three super regionals, beginning June 7. The eight super-regional winners move on to Omaha for the College World Series, starting June 15.

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Skye Bolt drove in two runs and North Carolina beat Virginia Tech 4-1 on Sunday in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Taylore Cherry worked five solid innings in his first career start to help the top-seeded Tar Heels (52-8) earn their sixth ACC tournament title but just their second since 1990.

North Carolina claimed its 19th straight victory against the Hokies (38-20) and denied them their first conference title since they won the Atlantic-10 tournament in 2000.

The Tar Heels finished up with an exhausting 4-0 record this week in Durham, and the middle two wins lasted a combined 32 innings.

They needed 14 innings to beat Clemson on Friday night and 18 to defeat rival N.C. State in a game that ended just before 2 a.m. Sunday – roughly 11 hours before the title game.

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Note: Former Ashley High standout Trevor Kelly picked up the save for UNC on Sunday.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Tony Kanaan has finally won the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan drove past Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps to go, then coasted across the finish line under yellow when defending race winner Dario Franchitti crashed far back in the field.

It was a hugely popular victory at the speedway, where Kanaan had endured so much heartache. The Brazilian had led 225 laps coming into the race, more than any other non-winner besides Michael Andretti and Rex Mays, yet had never taken the checkered flag. He finished second in 2004 and twice finished third.

Now, his face will go on the Borg-Warner Trophy. Kanaan is an Indy 500 champion, coming through on a cool day of thrilling competition that smashed the record for most lead changes and most leaders.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hoops For Lyfe ( that’s how they spell it ) defeated the Wilmington Sea Dawgs on Sunday 107-100 at Blizzard Athetics. WWAY’s Full Court Press co-host Brett Blizzard tied the game at 100 late in the 4th quarter, but the Dawgs didn’t score after Blizzard’s three pointer. Blizzard led Wilmington with a team high 28 points. The final home game for Wilmington will be Saturday, June 1 at 7pm.


PLANT CITY, FL — VSI Tampa Bay FC took a 1-0 victory against the Wilmington Hammerheads on Sunday night at Plant City Stadium. J.T. Noone scored the only goal of the game in the second half as Tampa Bay won its fifth game of the season.

“It was a great ball from Chad (Burt),” Noone said. “I thought I mis-hit it by I’m glad we got the game back on track.”

Coming off a defeat to Orlando on Saturday night, Wilmington opened the game well, but it was Tampa Bay that got the first good opportunity as Burt shot wide of the left post off a pass from Mauricio Salles. The Brazilian forward picked up an early injury, and was replaced by Sallieu Bundu, and Wilmington continued to push in search of a goal. Leading the way was Paul Nicholson, who had a shot saved by his former teammate Alex Horwath in the VSI goal.

Tampa Bay had the better chances later in the half, Sean Reynolds shooting wide and Burt having a shot saved by Wilmington goalkeeper Phil Tuttle. Andriy Budnyy, another former Hammerhead, also went close for VSI, while Tom Parratt had a shot from the edge of the penalty area for the Hammerheads after a good backheel from Steven Perry, but neither side was able to break the deadlock before the halftime break.

Nicholson continued to forge forward for Wilmington after the break, and came close to breaking the deadlock just before the hour-mark as he surged past his marker from the midfield and fired a shot from 15 yards, only for Horward to punch the ball to safety. The Scottish midfielder almost created an opportunity a few minutes later, getting deep into the penalty area on the right side, only for Horwath to claim his low cross at the near post.

Tampa Bay was also able to find success on the flanks, Noone sending in a cross that Budnyy flicked just wide of the left post. Then, with 20 minutes to go, Noone found what would prove to be the game-winning goal, picking up a pass from Burt before sending a shot into the left corner of the net. Wilmington pushed to try and find a late equalizer, Cody Arnoux having a good shot saved, but VSI was able to hold on for victory.

“The first half we weren’t able to dictate the rhythm of the match, and the second half we got the ball and kept it,” VSI interim coach Joel Harrison said. “That was the difference. Now we move on and prepare for Portland, it’s a game our guys are looking forward to.”


CONCORD, NC (AP) – Charlotte Motor Speedway says 10 fans were injured Sunday at the Coca-Cola 600 and three were taken to the hospital when a nylon rope supporting a FOX Sports overhead television camera fell from the grandstands on to the track surface.

Seven people were treated with “minor cuts and scrapes” on site and released, according to a release from CMS.

The incident occurred on lap 121 of the 400-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

The race was delayed for 27 minutes while crews repaired damage to their cars.

Kyle Busch, going for a sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway after winning the Nationwide and Truck series races, was leading when he incurred damage to the right front wheel well of his No. 18 Toyota.

Marcos Ambrose and Mark Martin also reported damage.

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Note: Kevin Harvick captured the Coca-Cola 600. Kasey Kahne finished second. The event ended at 11:35 p.m.


ENID, OK (WWAY) – Madison Community College defeated Brunswick Community College 6-0 at the junior college national baseball tournament. That’s the second loss for BCC at the event; thus, it’s a season ender.



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