WWAY’s Friday night sports – June 28

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Submitted: Sat, 06/29/2013 - 3:06am
Updated: Sat, 06/29/2013 - 3:40am

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THOMASVILLE, NC (SHARKS) — The Wilmington Sharks picked up a 6-1 win in five innings on Friday night over the High-Point Thomasville Hi-Toms in a game that was shortened by rain. Beau Dees was the winning pitcher for Wilmington, he threw five innings and gave up one run on four hits and struck out two to improve his record to 2-0.

The Wilmington Sharks got the bats rolling in the top of the second inning when Alex Perez hit a two RBI double with two outs to score Tyler Slaton and Leighton Daniels to give the Sharks an early 2-0 lead.

The bats stayed hot in the top of third inning for Wilmington as they picked up two more runs when Slaton picked up an RBI double to score Cody Dolan to give the Sharks 3-0 lead. In the same inning, Daniels hit a single up the middle to score Slaton to extend the Sharks lead 4-0.

The Hi-Toms were able to get on the board in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI double off the bat of Mike White to score Kyle Brandenburg to cut into the Sharks lead 4-1.

Zach Stephens extended the Sharks lead in the sixth inning with a two run blast over the left center field fence, his third home run of the year and gave the Sharks a 6-1 lead.

The game was eventually called due to rain after a hour and a half rain delay as the sharks improve to 13-12 and the Hi-Toms drop to 13-15.

The Wilmington Sharks will return back on home on Saturday evening as they take on the Wilson Tobs at Buck Hardee with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.


PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica (AP) – Lance Armstrong says he still considers himself as the record-holder for Tour de France victories, even though his titles were stripped from him for doping.

In an interview with Le Monde, a newspaper he used to scorn, Armstrong claimed it was impossible in his era to win cycling’s showcase race without doping.

The publication of his comments comes one day before the 100th Tour starts on the French island of Corsica.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour wins from 1999-2005 after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency exposed as lies his years of denials that he and his teammates doped.

Armstrong told Le Monde the U.S. agency’s findings ruined his life. And he claimed it didn’t do anything beneficial for cycling.

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PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica (AP) – Two-time champion Alberto Contador predicts an action-packed Tour de France in his comeback year, insisting he’s motivated to defeat Chris Froome even while playing down talk of a two-man race.

The Spaniard returns to cycling’s greatest race this weekend after missing last year and being stripped of his 2010 Tour title for doping. Contador, who has not shown signs of his one-time domination since then, said on Thursday he’s right where he wants to be in pre-Tour preparations.

Many cycling experts expect a largely two-man race between Contador and Froome, who excel in mountain climbs that feature heavily in this 100th Tour.

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SPARTA, Ky. (AP) – The questions during NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying Friday were how many drivers would raise Kentucky Speedway’s record and by how much.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. provided the answer of the eight that broke it, clocking 183.636 mph to wrest the mark from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson and the pole for Saturday night’s race.

Earnhardt’s speed was nearly 2 mph faster than Johnson’s 181.818 mph last June, which he needed to keep Johnson from keeping the record.

Minutes before, Johnson had a lap at 183.144 mph to hold off Ryan Newman (182.254). Earnhardt set the standard in the No. 88 Chevy soon after and survived several furious attempts to unseat him before coming away with his 12th career pole and first at Kentucky.

Carl Edwards (183.306 mph) eventually grabbed the outside front in the No. 99 Ford. Johnson settled for third with Kyle Busch (182.593) fourth in a Toyota.

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SPARTA, KY (AP) – Danica Patrick doesn’t care that Kyle Petty thinks she’s better at getting attention than driving because she’s heard it all before.

But if Petty’s going to attack her, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie believes he should at least get his facts straight.

On Friday, Patrick responded to Petty’s comments a night earlier on Speed’s “Race Hub” program, in which the former Sprint Cup driver called her a “marketing machine” rather than a race car driver. Petty also doubted that Patrick would become a driver and insisted that she doesn’t race as well as she qualifies.

Patrick’s statistics suggest otherwise. On average she’s finishing almost six spots higher (25.8) than she starts (32nd), which she noted by saying, “those who watch know I can’t qualify for crap. The race goes much better.”

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -– The Wilmington Hammerheads travel north this weekend for a return match on Sunday, June 30 against the New York Red Bulls Reserves at Red Bull Arena. The match is set to kick off at 4:30 p.m. following the Major League Soccer contest between the New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo.

The Hammerheads hosted the New York Red Bulls Reserves at Legion Stadium two weeks prior on Saturday, June 15 in front of the largest crowd Wilmington has season so far this season. Wilmington midfielder Daniel Steres scored the lone goal of the night off a Gareth Evans assist to close the 1-0 victory.

Wilmington has yet to win any regular season matches on the road and they are looking to move up the league standings to claim a slot that will put them in the run for playoffs come August. However, the Hammerheads have finished increasing stronger that last three matches with one win at Legion, and two ties – one being on the road in Richmond versus the Kickers.

Wilmington’s match on Sunday versus New York will be streamed live from Red Bull Arena. The link and website streaming the match will be released amid future announcements.

The Wilmington Hammerheads will host the Orlando City Soccer Club on Wednesday, July 3 following their return from the New York Red Bulls Reserves. Shortly after the final whistle, there will be a post-game fireworks display from the backfield of Legion Stadium.


CHARLOTTE, NC (BOBCATS) — The Charlotte Bobcats selected forward Cody Zeller with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft.

An early entry candidate, the 7-0 Zeller was named First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team AP All-American in 2012-13 as a sophomore at Indiana after averaging 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal in 29.5 minutes. He ranked second in the Big Ten in rebounding, fourth in scoring and fifth in field goal percentage (.562), earning First Team All-America honors from Basketball Times and Sports Illustrated. Zeller’s other honors included a spot on the John R. Wooden All-America Team and Second Team All-America selections by the USBWA and the NABC.

Zeller, who played in 72 career games in two seasons at Indiana, is the school’s career leader in field goal percentage (.591). For his career, he averaged 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals in 29.0 minutes.

As a freshman in 2011-12, Zeller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Second Team All-Big Ten and Honorable Mention AP All-American, while also being named a Freshman All-American by Yahoo, Sporting News and the USBWA. In his first season with the Hoosiers, he averaged 15.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks in 28.5 minutes, while leading the Big Ten and ranking fourth nationally in field goal percentage (.623).


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