WWAY’s Sunday night sports – August 4

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Submitted: Mon, 08/05/2013 - 2:52am
Updated: Mon, 08/05/2013 - 3:41am

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Post 10 goes into the SE Regionals Baseball Tournament as the state champs from North Carolina. We’ve posted the pairings for the first day of the tournament below:

SE Regionals – American Legion Baseball

Thursday Aug 8th
9:30 AM
Bessemer Post 149 (AL) vs Campbellsville Post 82 (KY)

12:30 PM
Jacksonville Post 88 (FL) vs Albemarle Post 74 (VA)

4:30 PM
Irmo/Chapin Post 193 (SC) vs Wilmington Post 10 (NC)

7:30 PM
Rockdale Post 77 (GA) vs Randolph County Post 45 (NC)

All games will be played in Asheboro, NC


DAYTON, OH (WWAY) — The Wilmington Hammerheads beat the Dayton Dutch Lions on Sunday 1-0. A loss would have eliminated the Hammerheads from post-season play, but the victory keeps Wilmington mathematically alive with three games left in the regular season. Check out the current USL Pro standings here. http://uslpro.uslsoccer.com/standings/


AKRON, OH (AP) – Tiger Woods played safe and smart with a big lead, parring 16 holes in an even-par 70 Sunday to coast to a seven-shot victory at the Bridgestone Invitational for his eighth win at the event – matching the PGA Tour record he shares for victories in a single tournament.

After a second-round 61 in which he flirted with 59, Woods ended up at 15-under 265 to easily beat defending champ Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson.

Woods’ mastery at Firestone Country Club allowed him to again match Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record for wins in an event. Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times. Earlier this year, Woods won at Bay Hill for the eighth time.

As if he weren’t already the favorite next week in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill, the lopsided victory reinforced it.

No one ever got within six shots all day of the world’s No. 1.

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LONG POND, PA (AP) – Kasey Kahne got the jump on Jeff Gordon off the final restart with two laps left and pulled away to win at Pocono Raceway.

Kahne had the car to beat for the final half of Sunday’s 400-mile race until a late caution bunched up the field. Gordon, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, took the lead and seemed poised to win his first race of the season. After the final caution, Kahne was strong enough this time off the restart in the No. 5 Chevrolet.

Kahne also won at Bristol this season. His win helped solidify his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Gordon finished second on his 42nd birthday. Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five.

Kahne, Gordon and Earnhardt made it a strong day for Hendrick. Teammate and series points leader Jimmie Johnson was 13th after a blown tire knocked him out of the lead.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Coastal Plain League playoffs begin on Wednesday. The Wilmington Sharks will host game one of a best of three playoff series at Buck Hardee Field on Wednesday at 7pm. The opponent has yet to be determined. It will either be Edenton or Peninsula.


COLUMBUS, GA (WWAY) — The Columbus County Junior Dixie Boys remained alive on Sunday with a 13-6 victory over Sevier Co., Arkansas in Dixie Junior Boys World Series. Columbus County lost their first game of the tournament to Louisiana 5-0.


RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina State is only a few workouts into the training camp that will reshape the Wolfpack under new coach Dave Doeren.

That leaves N.C. State with less than a month to figure out who is the starting quarterback leading a no-huddle offense and adjust to the faster tempo that Doeren wants in everything his players do.

“I feel like there’s a lot of bright eyes. There’s good energy,” Doeren said Sunday during the team’s preseason media day. “We haven’t had a lot of negatives other than how tired we get them at practice, but I think that’s pretty universal.”

Doeren guided Northern Illinois to a BCS bowl last season before taking over for Tom O’Brien, who was fired after his program seemed stuck in neutral for much of his six seasons. Last year’s team finished 7-6 after starting the season with hopes of contending for an Atlantic Coast Conference title.

The most visible change under Doeren is the installation of a no-huddle offense that the coach said blended elements from Wisconsin – where Doeren had worked as an assistant before taking over at NIU – and Oregon. But the coaching staff has also pushed both sides of the ball to work at a faster tempo.

Spring practices offered the first taste of those changes for the players. Now, with the Aug. 31 opener against Louisiana Tech less than four weeks away, it’s time for them to show what they’ve learned as the depth chart takes shape.

“The spring helped a lot because coming into the fall camp, we knew what the expectations were from our coaches,” receiver Rashard Smith said. “We’re coming out and working every day. We know what the coaches expect from us and we’re going to set a high standard for our team.”

The most pressing question is who will take the snap in Doeren’s first game in Raleigh. Colorado State junior transfer Pete Thomas appeared to hold an edge over sophomore Manny Stocker following spring workouts, but N.C. State has added two freshmen and graduate transfer Brandon Mitchell from Arkansas – who played receiver for the Razorbacks last year.

Doeren said he’d keep the competition open as long as it takes to find his starter.

“I think when you know, you know,” he said. “It’s their job to show me.”

Thomas said the quarterbacks know the coaching staff is watching closely on everything they do through preseason camp.

“You don’t win it every day. You’ve really got to win it with every rep,” Thomas said. “Coaches are watching every single thing you do. Every little step, every little throw, even if it’s just warming up – every route on air, every meeting you’re in and every question you’re asked. They’re evaluating everything.”

To listen to the players, Doeren has made it easy for them to embrace the changes. He’s preached to them about appreciating the opportunity to play major college football. He’s tried to keep things fun amid all the work, including holding a mud-sliding contest – won by defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen – after a cold and rainy practice back in the spring.

“He basically came in and stated that he wanted to win the ACC championship, so that’s all we’ve been talking about over the course of the offseason,” linebacker M.J. Salahuddin said. “He’s a worker. That’s what I like about him. He never stops working. That’s what he expects from his players. That’s what we’re going to give him in return. He works for us and we work for him.”

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – North Carolina starting quarterback Bryn Renner is ready for a big second year in coach Larry Fedora’s no-huddle spread offense.

Renner said during Saturday’s preseason media day that he’s “much more comfortable” returning to the offense. He first became UNC’s starter under an interim coach in 2011, then had to learn a new offense once the school hired Fedora for 2012.

Fedora said Renner better understands how to manage the offense as a senior.

With Renner running the offense as on-the-job training last year, the Tar Heels set school records for scoring and total offense. The team averaged nearly 41 points per game.

Renner threw for 3,356 yards and 28 touchdowns last year. He also cut his interception total from 13 as a sophomore to seven as a junior.

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