WWAY’s Thursday night sports – July 18

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Submitted: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 2:42am
Updated: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 3:41am

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TAMPA, FL (WWAY) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Wednesday that former Hoggard High kicker Connor Barth suffered a torn Achilles tendon on July 12 in Wilmington during the Jay Ross Charity Basketball Classic. Barth has been placed on the reserve, non-football injury list. On Thursday Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schianno addressed the Barth injury at a media news conference.

Click the play video icon to see Greg Schianno’s reaction to the Connor Barth injury.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — American Legion Baseball Update: Wilmington Post 10 will host Jacksonville Post 265 on Saturday at Buck Hardee Field in a doubleheader that will start at 4:30pm. Game 2 will be played after the conclusion of the first game. Game 3 of the best of three playoff series will be played at White Oak High School on Sunday in Jacksonville if necessary. Both teams have already secured spots in the upcoming state tournament in Wilson.


WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS) -– The Wilmington Sharks (6-6, 20-19) split a doubleheader at home against the Wilson Tobs (5-5, 20-16) on Thursday night as they took game one 2-0 and the Tobs came from behind in game two to win 4-3.

Tyler Bolton threw lights out again in game one for the Sharks as he threw a complete game shutout as he gave up four hits and struck out seven to improve his record to 5-0 on the year.

The Sharks got going in game one with an RBI off the bat of Andrew Amaro in the bottom of the third inning to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Amaro struck again with his bat in the bottom of the fifth inning as he roped an RBI double to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. That was all the run support Bolton needed to pick up the win.

In game two the Sharks got out in front early as Zach Stephens hit towering home run over the left center field fence for his sixth of the year to give them an early 1-0 lead. Collins Cuthrell lead off the fifth for the Tobs with a single and eventually scored on a two out RBI double off the bat of Bradley Morton to even up the game at 1-1.

Zach MacAneney gave lead back to the Sharks in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two RBI double to make it 3-1 Wilmington. The Tobs were not done as they were able to load up the bases in the top of the seventh inning. Ridge Gonsoulian walked to bring in a run and cut the lead to 3-2. The next hitter for the Tobs Sean Godfrey singled through the right side to tie up the game and on a catcher’s interference call while Seth Neely was at the plate, he was awarded first and a run came in to give the Tobs the 4-3 lead. The Tobs were able to hang on in the bottom half of the seventh to pick up the win.

The Wilmington Sharks go on the road on Friday night as they take on the Columbia Blowfish with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.


GULLANE, Scotland (AP) – Zach Johnson took advantage of early conditions conducive to low scores by shooting a 5-under 66 in the opening round of the British Open at Muirfield. Overall scores in the morning were much better than the ones in the afternoon when the course dried out.

Johnson holds a one-shot lead over 56-year old former British Open champ Mark O’Meara and Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello (kah-BREHR’-uh BEH’-oh).

Tom Lehman (LAY’-muhn), Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker are in a group two shots back.

Tiger Woods was one of the few that weren’t adversely affected by playing later in the day. The three-time champ shot a 2-under 69 to join a group that includes Phil Mickelson and 19-year old Jordan Spieth (speeth) who qualified for the major after scoring his first PGA Tour win last week in the John Deere Classic.

In other scores of note, defending champion Ernie Els shot a 74, Bubba Watson opened with a 70, Tom Watson and Fred Couples shot 75’s, and Nick Faldo and Rory McIlroy finished with 79’s.

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


WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — The Wilmington Hammerheads will travel north for a two-match weekend as they are scheduled to play the Rochester Rhinos on Friday, July 19 at Sahlen’s Stadium, then the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Sunday, July 21 at Highmark Stadium. Kick off is slated for 7:35 p.m. versus Rochester on Friday and 3:00 p.m. against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Following this weekend, the Hammerheads will be left with six matches to play in the regular season. Of those six matches, only one is scheduled on the road in Dayton, leaving the Hammerheads to increase their chances of playoffs with home field advantage at Legion Stadium.

“We’ve finished majority of our road matches early on this season,” said Wilmington Head Coach David Irving. “Our eye is on six points this weekend and we are looking to finish strong these next four weeks coming when we will be spending majority of our time at Legion.”

Wilmington (6-9-3) is currently tied with Pittsburgh (5-6-6) for the ninth position in the USL PRO rankings. The Hammerheads need to be in the top eight slots to be included in the playoffs. Rochester (3-8-8) currently holds the 12th position.

The Hammerheads are picking up after a loss versus the Charlotte Eagles last weekend on the road. After a goal by Hammerheads midfielder Daniel Steres in the 6th minute, the Eagles’ Paul Islas came back to tie the match before halftime. Wilmington took the lead again in the 63rd minute from a Kyle Greig goal, but the lead did not last long as Charlotte’s Jorge Herrera equalized the match once more five minutes later. The Eagles ultimately walked off with the 3-2 victory following the final goal by Christian Meza in the remaining six minutes of the game.


WILMINGTON, NC (MEDIA RELEASE) — The City of Wilmington and Greenfield Grind Skate Park will present a BMX Bike Day, taking place at Greenfield Grind Skate Park, 302 Willard St. Wilmington, NC on July 20th, 2013 from 10am to 9pm, and featuring many BMX bike rides from Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Jacksonville, Raleigh, Greenville, and Havelock areas.

The City of Wilmington and Greenfield Grind Skate Park is proud to bring BMX Bike Days to the Greenfield Grind Skate Park located at 302 Willard St in Wilmington North Carolina for the very first time in the 10 years the park has been in existence! BMX Bike Days will help to promote the changing of city rules for the skate park to allow BMX bikes to utilize the facility. Currently only skateboards and rollerblades are allowed access to the facility. BMX Bike Days will bring awareness to the Wilmington area that there is a need and desire to provide access to BMX bike riders to the facility so they can ride in a safe environment and promote the development of BMX riding skills.

This event is sponsored by The City of Wilmington, Greenfield Grind Skate Park, Two Wheeler Dealer, Eastern Bike Company, and MEDAC. The event will start at 10:00am and will go on until 9:00pm. The event schedule will consist of:

Beginners: 10 am – 11am
Open session: 11am – 5 pm
Demo: 5 pm – 6 pm
Best Trick Contest @ 6 pm
The winner of the Pro Class best trick competition will receive:

Cash prize of $500

The winner of the Expert class best trick competition will receive:

Eastern Bike Frame

Pizza will be provided from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at no charge while supplies last.

For more information, please contact David Pugh at (910) 362-8222 or Paul Smith at (910) 520-2154 or visit the following:


CHARLOTTE, NC (BOBCATS) — Earlier today, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved Bobcats Sports & Entertainment’s application to change the team’s name to the Charlotte Hornets, effective at the start of the 2014-15 NBA season. The Hornets was the name of the original Charlotte NBA franchise that debuted during the 1988-89 campaign.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,” said Bobcats Sports & Entertainment Chairman Michael Jordan. “The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t be happier with the Board of Governors’ approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The Buzz is Back!”

As a thank you to the New Orleans Pelicans (formerly the New Orleans Hornets) organization for their assistance in this process, the Bobcats will make a donation to Pelicans Gulf Coast Preservation Fund.

“I want to personally thank the New Orleans Pelicans and their owner Tom Benson for helping to make this a smooth transition and because of that, we wanted to make a donation to the Pelicans Gulf Coast Preservation Fund as a show of our appreciation,” said Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “From our earliest discussions, it was clear both organizations wanted to do what was best for their fan bases and the NBA. We look forward to working with the Pelicans throughout this process as we finalize specifics of the transition.”

With the approval of the Hornets name, the next steps in the transition to the new name will be developing the team’s NBA brand identity, including color schemes, logos and uniform designs. No timeline has been established for when these elements will be unveiled.

Thousands of fans tonight viewed the official announcement live in-person at the team’s Buzz City Celebration at Alive After Five at Charlotte’s EpiCentre. Charlotte Hornets legends Muggsy Bogues, Rex Chapman, Dell Curry, Kendall Gill and Kelly Tripucka were all in attendance.

Fans can purchase season tickets, including the two-year package that is the only way to guarantee seats and pricing now for the return of the Hornets in the 2014-15 season, by visiting Bobcats.com or by calling 704-688-8000

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