WWAY's Monday night sports - July 15; Devoted Wilmington Sharks employee dies at ballpark
 

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - Monday's baseball game at Buck Hardee Field was called off due to the death of Wilmington Sharks employee Kevin Cerasuolo. The death is under investigation, but it does not appear to be suspicious. Cerasuolo collapsed in the team's clubhouse just before the the Sharks were scheduled to take batting practice.

Kevin Cerasuolo was the the equipment manager for the Wilmington Sharks summer league baseball team. He was in his late 30's. Cerasuolo loved baseball. He especially loved it when Trot Nixon showed up at the Shark Tank. WWAY's 5th Quarter co-host played ten years in the big leagues.

The Wilmington Sharks - Fayetteville Swampdogs postponed baseball game will be made up at Buck Hardee Field as part of a doubleheader on July 30th.

The Sharks will be holding a service to honor Kevin Cerasuolo. Details of that have not been worked out.

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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- American Legion Baseball

Wilmington Post 10 won 10-3 on Monday night against Whiteville Post 137. Wilmington now leads the best of 5 series 2-0. Game 3 will be played on Tuesday in Wilmington at Buck Hardee Field.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) - North Carolina coach Roy Williams says leading scorer P.J. Hairston will face "serious consequences" after being arrested last month on a drug charge.

In a statement Monday, the Hall of Fame coach says he hasn't yet determined a punishment for Hairston. He says Hairston "knows he has made serious mistakes, and there will be serious consequences as a result."

Hairston faces an August court hearing, isn't enrolled in summer school, and the team is in the offseason so Williams says he will wait "until the process is complete" to decide on the punishment.

Hairston was arrested at a license checkpoint while driving a rented vehicle and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. The rental was one of two driven by Hairston and linked to a convicted felon facing pending drug charges.

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes have signed first-round draft pick Elias Lindholm to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Lindholm signed his deal during a ceremony Monday at team headquarters.

The versatile forward will make $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the minors in each of the three years. He will receive a signing bonus of $277,500.

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford says Lindholm will have the opportunity to start the season with the team "and I will be shocked if he doesn't." Rutherford says Lindholm can play all three forward positions.

Carolina took Lindholm with the fifth pick of the draft last month. The 18-year-old Lindholm had 11 goals and 19 assists last season in the Swedish Elite League.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- UNCW basketball transfer Addison Spruil attended Sunday's basketball tournament at Brunswick Community College, but he only watched from the sideline. He also watched with crutches by his side. Spruill has a fractured right foot. He'll be out of action for at least 4-6 weeks. The official start of college basketball practice for UNCW will not start until mid-October.

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Kevin wasn't just an employee he was the Sharks super fan. He was always upbeat and a delight to talk to. I haven't been to a game this season and am sorry not to have seen him again before he passed

Prayers to all who knew & loved Kevin. May God continue to give you strength, peace and comfort during the days ahead.

So very sorry hearing the passing of Kevin. He would always speak too us at the Marlins games here in Morehead. Prays for his family!