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WWAY's Thursday night sports - July 4

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We invite you to follow WWAY Sports on Twitter @WWAYSports.

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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) -- Pender High basketball coach Gary Battle has been coaching both the boys and the girls for the last 8 seasons. This year Battle will only be coaching the varsity boys at Pender High School. The girls coaching position is currently vacant. Gary Battle previously coached at East Columbus High and Acme-Delco High before his current stint in Burgaw. Battle did not coach girls basketball at East Columbus, but he did serve as the Acme-Delco girls coach for one season.

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Wilmington, NC (SHARKS) -– The Edenton Steamers (21-8, 1-2) came away with a 4-0 victory on Thursday night over the Wilmington Sharks (14-15, 0-2) on timely hits and a good pitching performance from Nick Miller.

Miller was the winning pitcher for the Steamers as he tossed a complete game shutout as he gave up eight hits and struck out three to improve his record to 3-0 on the year. The sharks were able to out hit the Steamers eight to six, but were unable to pick up any runs as they stranded eight runners during the game.

Edenton was able to get on the board first in the top of the third inning on a RBI infield single off the bat of Trent Miller to give the Steamers an early 1-0 lead. In the top of the seventh inning, the Steamers picked up three runs on three hits off the bats of Alex Delgado, Chase Harris and Nick Thompson to extend the lead to 4-0 and hang on for the victory.

Zach Stephens, Alex Freedman, and Zach MacAneney each picked up two hits in the ball game for the Sharks.
The Wilmington Sharks return back to action on Friday night as they will go on the road to take on the Wilson Tobs with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

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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. Admission is free. For more info check out http://fear7s.com/

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - People familiar with the situation say the Charlotte Bobcats have agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent center Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz.

Jefferson will make $13.5 million in each season with a player option for the third year.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal isn't official. According to NBA rules, the contract cannot be signed until July 10.

Jefferson, 28, gives the Bobcats a much-needed scoring threat in the low post, where they struggled last season. The 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson has averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last seven seasons.

Jefferson averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists for Utah last season, his third with the Jazz.

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