WWAY’s Sunday night sports – July 14

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Submitted: Mon, 07/15/2013 - 3:43am
Updated: Wed, 07/24/2013 - 7:09pm

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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The inaugural “Champions 4 Cancer” basketball event concluded on Sunday without a champion. During the semi-final game a player confronted tournament director Lonnie Payton about the prize money that was supposedly going to be handed out to the winning team. WWAY was told by one attendee that the first place team would be given $5,000. During the semi-final game Payton informed that player and the other remaining teams that there wouldn’t be any cash distribution to the first place team at the conclusion of the event. The situation became intense and a bit unruly. The remaining teams all left the Brunswick Community College gymnasium as the event came to an abrupt halt.

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The O’Neill Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest concluded on Sunday with several area surfers holding more than own at Wrightsville Beach in the men’s pro finals. Click the play video icon to see WWAY’s coverage from Sunday’s pro division.

4th Evan Barton – $1,000
3rd Connor Lester – $1,500
2nd Knox Harris – $2,000
1st Evan Thompson – $4,000


SILVIS, IL (AP) – Nineteen-year-old Jordan Spieth outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.

Spieth hit a two-foot par putt to earn a spot in next week’s British Open. He is also the first teenager to win since Ralph Guldahl took the Santa Monica Open in 1931.

Spieth forced his way into the playoff by holing out of the bunker from 44 feet on the final hole of regulation.

Spieth, Hearn and Johnson made par on the first four playoff holes, but Spieth made another par while Johnson and Hearn scored bogeys on the fifth.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Virginia Silverbacks defeated the Wilmington Tigers 46-33 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. The Tigers held a 27-20 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Silverbacks proved to be too much in the high scoring affair. The next Mason Dixon League football game for Wilmington will be Saturday, July 20th at 7pm at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.


CHARLOTTE, NC (USL PRO) — The Charlotte Eagles battled back to earn a 3-2 victory against the visiting Wilmington Hammerheads on Saturday night at Queens Sports Complex. The Eagles now move into third place in the USL PRO standings with an 8-2-8 record and 32 points. Second-half goals from Jorge Herrera and Christian Meza were enough to secure the three points.

The Hammerheads struck first in the sixth minute as Daniel Steres took advantage of some miscommunication between Charlotte’s defense and put the Hammerheads on top 1-0 early. The Hammerheads kept the offensive pressure and forced Eric Reed into a diving save on a corner kick.

The Eagles withstood the early Hammerheads pressure and equalized in the 31st minute as Paul Islas continued his impressive form for his new team. Islas, who joined the Eagles last month from the PDL’s Fresno Fuego, took a through-ball and put the ball past an on rushing Troy Hernandez to level the score. The two teams traded possession for the remainder of the half, and the match went to the break tied 1-1.

Wilmington again pressured the Eagles at the start of the half and second half substitute Kyle Greig got on the end of Daniel Roberts’ free kick to give Wilmington their second lead of the night in the 63rd minute.

Charlotte responded less than five minutes later as a Tommy Smith throw in was flicked to the back post by Fejiro Okiomah where Herrera was left alone, and his low shot tied the game 2-2. Herrera was in the middle of the game-winning goal for the Eagles as well as he took an excellent outlet pass from Samuel Asante and found Meza alone in front of the goal with six minutes to go to put the Eagles up 3-2.

The Hammerheads didn’t quit and almost found the game-tying goal in stoppage time but their chance hit the crossbar and came back out. The Eagles were able to see out the remaining time, and extend their undefeated streak to nine games as it jumped past the Harrisburg City Islanders.



Game 1 – Area 2 West Baseball Playoffs American Legion – Buck Hardee Field
Final score: 7-0, Wilmington Post 10 defeated Whiteville Post 137
Game 2 is scheduled for 7pm in Whiteville on Monday
Best of 5 playoff series

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WWAY) — The Big Shots Myrtle Beach Classic is over. The 17 and under Flight 22 basketball team that’s based out of Wilmington won the Silver Slam championship with a 52-51 win over the Northern Virginia. Flight 22 defeated Wilmington based Blizzard Athletics in the semi-finals by two points. The Blizzard 15 and under team also bowed out in the semi’s on Sunday.


LOUDON, NH (AP) – Brian Vickers pulled into the lead late and took off on the green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The surprise winner snapped a 75-race losing streak in the series with his third career Sprint Cup victory. Vickers drives a part-time schedule for Michael Waltrip Racing and competed in just his eighth race of the season.

Vickers made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in 2009, only to be sidelined most of the next season with blood clots. He returned to drive a full schedule in 2011 but made only eight Cup starts last season.

Kyle Busch was second and Jeff Burton third. Pole winner Brad Keselowski was fourth and Aric Almirola fifth.

Jimmie Johnson brushed off his 43rd-place start to finish sixth. Tony Stewart was running inside the top 10 at the final caution until he ran out of fuel and plummeted to 26th.

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