WWAY’s Thursday night sports – June 6

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Submitted: Fri, 06/07/2013 - 3:40am
Updated: Fri, 06/07/2013 - 12:12pm

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Sharks-Florence Red Wolves baseball game was postponed. Wilmington will face Peninsula on Friday night weather pending.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s anniversary time for Trot Nixon. The former New Hanover High slugger was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the first rond twenty years ago. On tonight’s sports (after the NBA game) Trot will share an interesting story from his first news conference in Boston shortly after his selection in 1993.


FORTELEZA, BRAZIL (WWAY) — Wilmington’s Derek Brunson returns to the cage on Saturday. The Hoggard graduate will fight Ronnie Markes in Forteleza, Brazil. This will be Brunson’s second UFC fight. Here’s a link to Saturday’s fight card from UFC. http://www.ufc.com/event/FUEL10#/fight


MIAMI (AP) – Tony Parker banked in a 16-footer with 5.2 seconds left for the last of his 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs stunned the Miami Heat 92-88 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

Tim Duncan had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, and Manu Ginobili scored 13 points for the Spurs, who are in the finals for the first time since 2007 and are pursuing their fifth championship.

LeBron James had 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists for his 10th career playoff triple-double and Dwyane Wade scored 17 for the defending champion Heat. But James made just 7 of 16 shots and managed his lowest scoring output of the playoffs.

Kawhi Leonard deserves most of the credit for that, with the 6-foot-7 wing player hounding James on the perimeter all night long and not backing down.

Game 2 is Sunday night in Miami.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – Durham police have charged North Carolina leading scorer P.J. Hairston with marijuana possession following a traffic stop.

Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael says in an email that officers stopped Hairston at a license checkpoint Wednesday night. Police also charged passengers Miykael Faulcon and Carlos Sanford with marijuana possession. All three were released on $1,000 unsecured bonds.

Michael says Hairston was also charged with driving without a license.

UNC athletic spokesman Steve Kirschner says coach Roy Williams and athletic director Bubba Cunningham are aware of the incident. He says the school is working “to gather the facts” before issuing a statement.

The 20-year-old Hairston averaged 14.6 points, though he averaged 18 points and shot 40 percent on 3-pointers over the final 13 games after becoming a sophomore starter in a four-guard lineup.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook returns to his alma mater this weekend to lead the Gamecocks in the NCAA super regionals against No. 1 overall seed North Carolina.

Holbrook was a player who also worked as an assistant with the Tar Heels for more than a decade before leaving in 2008 to become an assistant at South Carolina. He said he reminisced in his return to Chapel Hill, but that will stop once the best-of-3 series opens Friday.

The winner goes to the College World Series. It’s the first meeting since the UNC’s super regional win in 2007.

The schedule could change if Tropical Storm Andrea brings expected heavy rain throughout Friday, which could delay the start of the series.

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) – North Carolina State is getting what it always thought it deserved – a super regional series on its home field.

The Wolfpack felt snubbed when the selection committee gave the eighth and final national seed to Oregon.

But the Ducks are done, and now N.C. State is preparing to host a super regional for the first time against Rice – the team that knocked out Oregon.

Wolfpack ace Carlos Rodon said Thursday that “I guess it fell our way” while coach Elliott Avent says the snub “was never as big a story to our ball club as it was to everybody else.”

A College World Series berth is on the line when N.C. State (47-14) faces Rice (44-18) in a three-game series that – weather permitting – begins Friday.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Two weeks after competing in the singles and doubles draws at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships, six UNCW players have landed national rankings in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s final poll of the season.

Junior Rafael Aita, the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Year, finished at No. 52 in the singles rankings after climbing as high as No. 17 earlier in the season. The Lima, Peru, netter closed out the year with a 16-5 record, playing all but one match at the top of the lineup.

The Seahawks featured three doubles teams in the rankings. UNCW’s senior tandem of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider went 13-5 in matches at No. 1 and ended up 22nd nationally after being ranked as high as eighth earlier in the spring.

Blank and Cooprider battled the nation’s top two doubles teams in close matches this year. The pair defeated Mac Styslinger and Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia, who finished ranked No. 2, at the Virginia Ranked+1 Invitational in September, and lost a tough matchup to No. 1 Raphael Hemmeier and Henrique Cunha of Duke in the doubles final of the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championship in Cary, N.C.

Aita and sophomore Sam Williams went a perfect 15-0 this season in doubles, including 14-0 at the No. 2 position, to earn a final ranking of No. 33. In addition, sophomores Kaue Pereira and Michael Reilly wound up No. 86 in the poll.

The UNCW team, which enjoyed its fourth postseason appearance in five seasons, had a final ranking of No. 43.

UNCW captured its third Colonial Athletic Association championship and advanced to the NCAA Regionals in Durham, where the Seahawks stunned No. 18 South Carolina before succumbing to No. 9 Duke.


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