WWAY’s Sunday night sports – July 21

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Submitted: Mon, 07/22/2013 - 3:06am
Updated: Mon, 07/22/2013 - 3:40am

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Note: Tamera Young is a former Laney Buccaneer.

CHICAGO, IL (SKY) — The Chicago Sky are fast becoming old foes with New York, having played the Liberty four times in less than a month, but no one’s complaining in the Windy City. The Sky dismantled New York, 80-69, Saturday night to claim their fourth straight victory over the Liberty – fifth straight, counting preseason.

Chicago improved its current win streak to five straight and its overall record to 12-4, strengthening its hold as the Eastern Conference’s leader over second-place Atlanta, who was idle.

The Sky and Liberty, though, should be speaking on a first-name basis, having seen each other just two days prior when Chicago romped to a 20-point win on New York’s home floor. Saturday’s contest was much grittier than Thursday’s – Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter made sure of that by scoring a game-high 22 points.

But Chicago’s arsenal proved much more diverse, despite relatively quiet nights from the Sky’s recently-named All-Star starters Elena Delle Donne (seven points) and Epiphanny Prince (11 points)

. This time, it was the Tamera Young Show. Typically known as Chicago’s defensive-stopping wing, Young lit up the scoreboard by dropping 15 points of her team-high 17 points in the first half, including 11 straight for the Sky spanning the first and second periods.

With Chicago trailing 21-15 after the opening period and in need of a spark, Young began the second quarter with a putback, then found herself open underneath the hoop for an easy lay-in. Moments later, Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot’s cross-court pass hit Young for a fast-break layup, which was followed by a pump-fake and driving layup – all within a span of three minutes.

Later in the quarter, Young hit two baseline jumpers from the same spot to total 12 points for the quarter. But Pondexter’s late trey kept the Liberty on top with a 42-39 lead at halftime.

“I’ve just been patiently offensively and trying to get in the right spots. I know they’re trying to double-team Elena and Piph, so they’re not even thinking about me,” Young said. “So I’m getting open looks and driving to the basket.”

Chicago responded with a balanced attack that outscored the Liberty, 22-15, in the third quarter. Vandersloot hit two timely 3-pointers to help the Sky’s lead balloon to 59-48. However, New York showed life with a 6-0 run to close out the quarter at 61-57.

The Liberty would pull within two points on a jumper by Plenette Pierson, who scored 17 points to go with 11 rebounds.

Under mounting pressure, Chicago’s two reigning Olympians took over. Sylvia Fowles fought through a bone bruise on her injured right foot to score four of her 15 points in the final period, while Swin Cash scored five of her 13 in the same span. Fowles also added 13 rebounds as she played through the pain.

“It’s just something you’ve got to suck up and go out there and help your teammates as much as possible,” Fowles said after the game. “I think our team had good movement, they were getting me the ball, I was rebounding the ball – everything was working tonight. You’ve got 1 through 11 contributing.”

Vandersloot had the Sky’s offense humming smoothly as she dished a season-high nine assists to go with 11 points.

New York guard Leilani Mitchell added 10 points as the Liberty fell to 6-10. The two teams will face off one more time on August 23 in Chicago.


GREENSBORO, NC (AP) – The Atlantic Coast Conference is settling into a period of stability it helped create.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh are finally here, Notre Dame is partly in, and Louisville will arrive soon.

So as the league held the first of its two-day preseason football extravaganza, the focus is squarely on the field.

Commissioner John Swofford said Sunday that “the composition for the long-term membership of the ACC has never been stronger.” That’s thanks to the new grant-of-rights agreement that pumped the brakes on realignment and basically locks in the current members and Louisville until 2027.

Swofford said if Notre Dame ever chooses to place its independent football program in a league through 2026-27, “that conference by contractual agreement would be the (ACC).”

He also says the ACC has “unlimited potential” in football.

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


PITTSBURGH, PA (USL PRO) — On a humid afternoon in Station Square, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads 2-1 at Highmark Stadium. Entering the match at halftime, Mike Seth wasted little time to put his mark on the game with a goal in the 52nd minute. Likewise, a Hammerheads second half substitute, Kyle Greig, equalized 20 minutes later off a corner that was not cleared by the Riverhounds. In the 78th minute, Seth played the set-up man on the game-winning goal by Matt Dallman.

The game started with the Hammerheads seeing the better of the play following the opening whistle. The visitors nearly capitalized on two quality services one minute apart. Receiving a corner in the eighth minute, Danny Roberts delivered a cross towards the penalty spot for Gareth Evans. Fighting off his marker, Evans turned the ball towards the Riverhounds goal with his head, but his attempt missed just right of the upright.

The ensuing goal kick was picked up by the Hammerheads at midfield by Paul Nicholson. Freeing the ball to the right flank, Nicholson found Shawn Nicklaw behind the Riverhounds defense. Nicklaw served an early, right-footed service into the penalty area for Roberts. Rising above the crowd, Roberts headed the ball towards the left upright, but his header sailed wide of the goal.

The Riverhounds had two dangerous services of their own, five minutes apart. Outside back, Mike Green changed the point of attack for Dallman on the right flank. Dallman served the ball across the goal mouth for Jose Angulo. As the service came down for Angulo, a Hammerheads defender deflected the ball just enough for Angulo to miss-hit the ball wide of the goal in the 22nd minute.

A combination between Rob Vincent and Darren Amoo, freed the striker on the left flank. Driving the ball across the goal mouth on the ground, the ball trickled by the Riverhounds attackers and Hammerheads defenders and out for a goal kick.

Head Coach Justin Evans inserted Stefan Lundberg, Seth C’deBaca and Seth into the game to start the second half. The substitutions paid dividends seven minutes later when C’deBaca found Seth at the back post to tap home from one yard out. Angulo drove inside from right-to-left and attempted a shot on goal. A Hammerheads defender denied the shot with a slide tackle, but the ball bounced directly back to Angulo. Seeing C’deBaca run past his marker to his right, Angulo played a soft volley to C’deBaca. Picking his head up to see his options, C’deBaca saw Seth and delivered a perfect cross for an easy tap in.

The Hammerheads got back on even terms in the 72nd minute when the Riverhounds failed to clear their lines on a corner. The Hammerheads service bounced off multiple players from both sides, but Cody Arnoux turned the ball back on goal for a slashing Greig. Taking a first time attempt, Greig’s shot from close range deflected off of Riverhounds goalkeeper, Hunter Gilstrap and into the back of the net.

Six minutes later, the Riverhounds would find the game-winner when Dallman would slot a shot home from a hard angle. Chasing down a service in the left corner, Seth turned back inside to free himself of his marker. Delivering a cross to the near post, Seth’s service deflected off a Hammerheads defender and towards goalkeeper Troy Hernandez. Continuing his run, Dallman beat Hernandez to the ball and touched it to his left. Seeing Hernandez out of position, Dallman shot low into the back of the empty net for his second of the season.

Angulo nearly added an insurance goal with 10 minutes remaining on a brilliant individual effort. Driving with speed past two Hammerhead defenders, Angulo provided himself with time and space. Setting up his favorite left foot, Angulo rifled a shot past Hernandez, but his attempt would strike the upright and ricochet out of danger.

The Riverhounds return to action next Saturday on the road against Toronto FC Reserves. The game is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff at BMO Field. The Hammerheads return to North Carolina for a Friday night game against VSI Tampa Bay FC. Their game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Legion Stadium.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Tigers beat the Carolina Stallions on Saturday 79-8 in football.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Post 10 will begin defense of last year’s state championship this coming Friday when they begin play in the state legion baseball tournament. Post 10’s first round game in the double elimination event will be Friday at 7:30pm in Wilson against Wilson. Post 10 secured the Area 2 championship on Saturday against Jacksonville Post 265.


GULLANE, SCOTLAND (AP) – Phil Mickelson has won the British Open with a spectacular finish.

Mickelson shot a 5-under 66 Sunday to match the best round of the tournament and win his first claret jug. The celebration began while there were still four groups on the course. Lefty birdied four of the last six holes, capped by a 10-footer at the tough 18th to claim his fifth major title.

As soon as the ball dropped in the cup, Mickelson pumped his fists in triumph, knowing it would be hard for anyone to chase down his 3-under 281 total. He headed off to hug his wife and kids while his caddie broke down in tears.

Lee Westwood started the day with a two-stroke lead but his chances ended when he failed to make eagle at the 17th. Adam Scott briefly held the outright lead on the back side, but four straight bogeys ended his hopes of a second major title.

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