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NEWPORT, RI (INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME) — Congratulations to the Class of 2013! Former world No.1 Martina Hingis, Australian tennis great Thelma Coyne Long, and industry leaders Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, and Ion Tiriac will all be enshrined among the greatest legends of the sport. The Class of 2013 enshrinement ceremony will be held on July 13, 2013.
Contributor Category: After a successful playing career in the 1960s and 1970s and a leadership role in the launch of the ATP, Cliff Drysdale turned his attention to tennis broadcasting, and for more than thirty years, he has been one of the most respected and appreciated voices of the sport. Drysdale, 71, has been on the air with ESPN since the network’s very first tennis telecast- a Davis Cup match between the United States and Argentina on September 14, 1979, just one week after ESPN’s debut. In the thirty-plus years since, Drysdale has called all four Grand Slam tournaments and countless important moments in tennis history. Known for his insightful analysis and engaging delivery, Drysdale was named “Best Tennis Announcer” by the readers of Tennis magazine four times. In addition to his television coverage, Drysdale has been a regular contributor to Tennis magazine for more than 15 years. He has played an integral role in sharing the greatest stories of tennis, and has been an influential ambassador for the sport.
Drysdale was a member of the original “Handsome Eight” of World Championship Tennis, the tour that laid the groundwork for a viable men’s professional tennis tour, and he was one of the world’s top players at the dawn of the Open Era. With his contemporaries, he was a co-founder of the ATP, which was developed to give players a unified voice and in structuring the professional game for the Open Era. Drysdale served as the organization’s first president, in 1972 – 1974.
Originally from South Africa, but now a United States citizen, Drysdale was ranked in the year-end world top-10 six times and achieved a career high ranking of world No. 4. Drysdale was a finalist at the U.S. Nationals in 1965, and he won the US Open doubles title in 1972 with Roger Taylor. He won 35 singles titles and 24 doubles titles, and during his career he notched wins against some of the greatest champions of the sport including Rod Laver, Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, and Ilie Nastase. Drysdale was a member of the South African Davis Cup team for eight years.
Today, in addition to his media work, Drysdale continues to take an active role in working to grow interest in the sport. Through his tennis management company, Cliff Drysdale Management, he works with tennis clubs and resorts on tennis programming development, operations, and tennis education programs.
NOTE: Cliff Drysdale is a former Wilmington resident. Drysdale designed the tennis center at the Country Club of Landfall, which bears his name.
WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS) — The Wilmington Sharks (3-4, 17-17) came up just short at home on Thursday night 3-2 against the Edenton Steamers (5-2, 25-8).
The pitchers dealt on the hill for both squads as Adam Bray picked up the win. He threw six innings of scoreless baseball as he gave up five hits and struck out nine. Jake McCoy was credited with his seventh save of the year for the Steamers. Alex Luna picked up the loss, but threw well as he went six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out nine.
The Steamers took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a one out two RBI double off the bat of Adam Kirsch his 16th double of the season. Edenton extended their lead in the top of the sixth inning on a RBI single off the bat of Sam Bumpers to make it 3-0 in favor of the Steamers.
The Sharks struggled to find runs in the first seven innings as they stranded the bases loaded twice, but were able to break through in the bottom of the eighth. Zach Stephens hit a ball hard at the Steamers third baseman Josh Hampton as the ball kicked off his glove into left field to score Mike Dunster and Andrew Amaro to make it a 3-2 ball game.
The Sharks were unable to pick up a run in the ninth as McCoy picked up the save. Cody Dolan went 2-4 for the Sharks. Sam Bumpers went 2-4 with an RBI for Edenton. The Wilmington Sharks will play host to the Asheboro Copperheads at Buck Hardee field on Friday night with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
The Wilmington Sharks are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1000 alumni drafted and 62 alums-including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander-make their major league debut so far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Champions 4 Cancer Classic will be held this weekend over a two day period. The basketball event will feature 20 basketball teams from all around the country. Saturday’s action will be held at Northside Baptist Church and Castle Hayne Baptist Church. Sunday’s action will be held at Brunswick Community College.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former New Hanover Wildcat football standout Jay Ross will hold his annual celebrity basketball event on Friday, July 12 at Brogden Hall in Wilmington. Doors open at 5pm. The game starts at 6pm. For more information call Tosha at 910-297-4044.
EL SEGUNDO, CA (AP) – It’s Peace out for the Los Angeles Lakers.
They waived Metta World Peace on Thursday under the NBA’s amnesty provision.
He averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 75 games last season, having joined the Lakers in 2009.
The former Ron Artest legally changed his name during his tenure with the team. One of the highlights of his time with the Lakers was his clutch play in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, which helped them beat Boston for the franchise’s 16th championship.
A 14-year veteran, World Peace has also played for Houston, Sacramento, Indiana and Chicago during his career.
He won the league’s citizenship award in 2011 for his off-court contributions.
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