WWAY’s Sunday night sports – June 30

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Submitted: Mon, 07/01/2013 - 1:05am
Updated: Mon, 07/01/2013 - 2:30am

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 39th Annual Cape Fear Rugby Sevens Tournament will be held July 6-7 at Ogden Park in New Hanover County. The event is annual sports tradition over July 4th weekend. Teams from all across the country will be coming into the Port City to compete. Click the play video icon to see our extensive preview story on this year’s event. Clicking on the story is free. The tournament is free too!


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Brack Hardee, the son of the late, legendary coach Buck Hardee, died early Saturday morning after a two year battle with brain cancer. The 43 year old was a high school baseball standout at New Hanover High in the late 1908’s. He played baseball with the UNCW Seahawks after transferring from Mount Olive. Hardee served as an assistant baseball coach at New Hanover for baseball & football in the 1990’s. He also helped out with Wilmington Post 10 baseball for several seasons.

The funeral for Brack Hardee will be held on Tuesday, July 2 at 4pm at Pine Valley Methodist Church in Wilmington.


RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes have taken Swedish center Elias Lindholm with the fifth pick in the NHL draft.

Lindholm was rated by Central Scouting as the No. 3 European skater in the draft held Sunday.

The 18-year-old had 11 goals and 19 assists in 48 games with Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League.

The Hurricanes entered the draft needing help on defense. They couldn’t swing a draft-day trade like they did last year when they acquired forward Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh in exchange for a package headlined by Brandon Sutter.

The Hurricanes went with Lindholm after Seth Jones was taken fourth by Nashville. He’s the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones and one of the top defensemen in the draft.

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SPARTA, KY (AP) – Matt Kenseth’s fuel-only pit road gamble helped him beat Jimmie Johnson late and win Sunday’s rescheduled 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

A race that was Johnson’s to lose ultimately became Kenseth’s series-high fourth victory of the season even though he passed on getting new tires following the race’s ninth caution. He widened his lead after a wild four-wide restart on lap 246 that saw Johnson’s No. 48 Chevy spin from second place on a dominant day he led 182 of 267 laps. The series points leader finished ninth.

Kenseth led twice for 38 laps, including the final 23 in the No. 20 Toyota.

Second was Jamie McMurray in a Chevy, followed by Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch.

Rain on Saturday forced NASCAR officials to postpone the race to a daytime start.

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AJACCIO, CORSICA (AP) – Jan Bakelants pulled away close to the finish line to win Sunday’s second stage of the Tour de France and take the race leader’s yellow jersey.

The Belgian made his move with a few hundred meters remaining and did enough to withstand a late charge from Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan.

German sprinter Marcel Kittel started the day in the lead after winning Saturday’s crash-marred first stage, but the rolling hills took their toll and he finished way behind.

The 97-mile trek started from Bastia and after four moderate climbs finished in Ajaccio, where French emperor and military mastermind Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769.

The day’s last climb up Cote du Salario was much shorter than the other ones but far steeper.

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HARRISON, NJ (RED BULLS) — The New York Red Bulls reserves fell to the Wilmington Hammerheads, 2-1, Sunday at Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls had plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net in the first half. One of those chances came in the 10th minute when the Red Bulls came in on a three-on-two opportunity. Lloyd Sam controlled a pass on the right wing from Andre Akpan and fired a shot over the net.

In the 18th minute, Michael Bustamante’s corner kick to the middle of the box found Matt Miazga, who headed the ball on net. Just moments later, Bradley Wright-Phillips put the ball on his right foot in the box and took a shot but the Red Bulls were again stopped Troy Hernandez and the score remained 0-0.

The Red Bulls took the lead in the 38th minute. A Red Bulls corner kick was punched out to Marius Obekop in the box and he took a shot that was saved by Hernandez. However, Obekop got the rebound and took another attempt on net that found the back of the goal.

The Hammerheads tied the score at 1 in the 59th minute. Michael Oliveira handled a pass in the box from Daniel Steres. Oliveira had his back towards goal and made a quick move to his right before shooting it into the back of the net.

In the 89’ minute, the Hammerheads took the lead, 2-1, when Steven Perry headed in a goal on a cross from Bryce Taylor.


FOREST CITY, NC (SHARKS) — The Wilmington Sharks came from behind on Sunday night to end the first half of the Coastal Plain League season with a 4-3 victory over the Forest City Owls.

The Owls struck first in the bottom of the second inning as Derrick Pitts picked up a one out double and eventually scored on a double off the bat of Nick McQuail to give the Owls a 1-0 lead. The Owls picked up another run in the bottom of the fifth inning as Blake Butler picked up a two out double, stole third and then scored on a pass ball to extend the Owls lead to 2-0.

Alex Freedman picked up a triple in the top of the sixth inning and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Cody Dolan to cut the lead to 2-1. The Owls answered in the bottom half of the sixth when John Kennedy was walked with the bases loaded to score McQuail to give the Owls a 3-1 advantage.

The Sharks answered in the seventh inning as Dylan Bosheers hit a RBI triple to score Zach MacAneney to make it 3-2 Owls. Bosheers then scored on a pass ball to even up the game at 3-3. TJ Losby grounded out with the bases loaded with only one out in top of the eighth inning to score Zach Stephens to give the Sharks a 4-3 lead and was enough for them to hold on and win.

Alex Freedman went 2-4 with a triple and a run scored for Wilmington. Derrick Pitts had a hot bat for the Owls as he went 3-3 with a double and a run scored. Will Shepley picked up his first win of the year out of the bullpen and Nick Green was credited with the save for the Sharks.

The Sharks return back home on Monday night to start the second half of the Coastal Plain League season against the Wilson Tobs with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.


SOUTHAMPTON, NY (AP) – Inbee Park has won the U.S. Women’s Open to make history with titles in the year’s first three majors.

The world’s top-ranked player finished at 8 under to win by four strokes. Her 2-over 74 in the final round Sunday was more than enough, with Sebonack’s trying conditions keeping any rivals from making a run. Only three players were under par for the tournament.

Fellow South Korean I.K. Kim also shot 74 for her second runner-up finish at a major.

No player had ever won the first three majors in a year with at least four.

Ahead by four strokes at the start of the round, Park birdied the ninth and 10th holes to extend her lead. She has won six times already this year, including three straight tournaments. Park added a second U.S. Women’s Open title to another historic victory in 2008, when she became the event’s youngest champion at age 19.

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