WWAY's Friday night sports - July 19
 

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ROCHESTER, NY (WWAY) - It seems like it rains every time the Wilmington Hammerheads travel to Rochester to play the Rhinos in soccer. On Friday it wasn't just rain. There were two lightning delays. Midway through the first half in a scoreless game the officials stopped play for a lightning delay. That lasted 30 minutes. There was another lightning delay just as teams approached the field to start the second half. After an hour of waiting the officials called the game as a 0-0 draw. Both teams earn a point in the USL Pro standings.

Click here to see the updated USL Pro standings. http://uslpro.uslsoccer.com/standings/

The top 8 teams will make the playoffs in mid-August.

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COLUMBIA, SC (SHARKS) -– Alex Luna threw a complete game for the Wilmington Sharks (7-6, 21-19) on Friday night in a 3-2 road win against the Columbia Blowfish (7-2, 24-13).

Luna picked up his first win of the year; he threw over 100 pitches in the game as he gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out four.

The Sharks got on the board early in the top of the first inning as Andrew Amaro led off with a walk and eventually scored on a Cody Dolan single to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. The Blowfish struck in the bottom of the second inning as Ryan Bull picked up a single to lead off the inning and eventually scored on an RBI double from Cody Smith to even up the game 1-1. The Blowfish took the lead in the same inning on an error, which allowed Smith to score to make 2-1 Columbia.

The Sharks came back in the top of the fifth inning as Cody Dolan was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Zach MacAneney to make it 2-2. Alex Freedman put the Sharks ahead for good in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI triple down the right field line to score Andrew Amaro to make it 3-2 Sharks and that was enough for Luna to pick up the win.

Freedman went 2-5 with a triple and RBI as that is now his 11th multi-hit game of the year. Dolan went 1-2 with an RBI in the game. The Wilmington Sharks will continue their South Carolina road tip on Saturday night as they take on the Florence RedWolves with a 7:30 p.m. first pitch.

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RALEIGH, NC (HURRICANES) -– The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 regular-season schedules for its 30 member clubs. The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 82-game campaign at PNC Arena on Friday, Oct. 4 against the Detroit Red Wings. Of Carolina’s 41 games at PNC Arena, 24 fall on Fridays (12), Saturdays (5) and Sundays (7).

The Hurricanes will play six of their 12 games in October at PNC Arena, including matchups against the last two Stanley Cup champions, Los Angeles (10/11) and Chicago (10/15). Tilts against Philadelphia (10/6) and Pittsburgh (10/28) – rivals from the newly-created Metropolitan Division – also highlight the team’s opening-month schedule.

Carolina will play nine of its 14 games in November at home, including a season-long, five-game home stand from Nov. 5-12, as Philadelphia, the New York Islanders, Minnesota, Colorado and Anaheim visit Raleigh. The Hurricanes close out the second month of the season with a day-after-Thanksgiving meeting with the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 29.

December will see the Hurricanes play eight of 14 games on the road, including a four-game trip from Dec. 9-14. Home games against Columbus (12/23) and Pittsburgh (12/27) will bookend the NHL’s three-day holiday break. Carolina will wrap up 2013 with the return of its New Year’s Eve game, this year against the Montreal Canadiens.

After the calendar turns to 2014, the Hurricanes will play 18 games from Jan. 2-Feb. 8 prior to the NHL taking an extended break as players participate in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Carolina will have a four-game home stand from Jan. 31-Feb. 8, prior to the Olympic break.

The Hurricanes will embark on a four-game road trip following the Olympic break, and will play their first post-break home game on March 7 against the New York Rangers. Carolina will round-out the regular season with seven games in April, including five against Metropolitan Division opponents.

In all, the Hurricanes will play 20 sets of back-to-back games during the 2013-14 season, 18 of which involve travel.

Click here for schedule downloads, including a PDF calendar, PDF list and digital formats.

Individual game tickets for all Carolina Hurricanes exhibition and regular-season games will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 6. For information on 2013-14 Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- The UNCW men’s and women’s swimming programs have been recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as Scholar Academic All-America programs after achieving impressive grade point averages during the 2012-13 academic year.

The women’s team was one of 149 programs to earn the distinction, finishing with a combined GPA of 3.18. The men, meanwhile, were one of 72 programs honored and combined for a 3.10 GPA.

The men won their 12th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association championship under veteran coach Dave Allen.

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YOUTH SPORTS UPDATE:

The Southport/Oak Island Dixie Youth 8 and under All-Star team not only won the state tournament recently. They are bound for Tennessee later this month when they'll participate in the regionals.

The Supper Optimist 8 and under baseball team from Wilmington has been eliminated in the SE Regionals in Virginia. WWAY's Trot Nixon is one of the coaches on the Supper Optimist squad. The squad finished with a 1-3 record in pool play.

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GULLANE, SCOTLAND (AP) - Miguel Angel Jimenez is the leader heading to the weekend at the British Open.

The 49-year-old Spaniard shot an even-par 71 Friday for a one-stroke over a group that includes Tiger Woods.

On a day when only four players shot in the 60s, Jimenez produced a steady round that included two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars. He's at 3-under 139 after two days.

In addition to Woods, the group at 140 includes Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson. Angel Cabrera and first-round leader Zach Johnson are another stroke back.

Jimenez is trying to become the oldest major champion in golf history. Julius Boros was 48 when he won the PGA Championship.

Among those missing the cut: Rory McIlroy and U.S. Open champ Justin Rose.

(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) -- 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.

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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:

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