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WWAY's Thursday night sports - August 22

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) --- "Two-A-Days" wrapped up on WWAY on Thursday with South Columbus at 6pm and New Hanover at 11pm. Check out all of the "Two-A-Days" that have aired so far here: http://www.wwaytv3.com/fifth-quarter

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Ted Ginn Jr. returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and the Carolina Panthers' defense scored three times in a 34-27 preseason victory over the mistake-prone Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

Drayton Florence took an interception 71 yards into the end zone, Thomas Davis scored on a 2-yard fumble return and linebacker Luke Kuechly picked off another of Joe Flacco' passes late in the second quarter to set up a 54-yard field goal by Graham Gano for a 24-7 lead.

Carolina (2-1) had only 67 yards in offense before halftime, yet reeled off 24 straight points after Baltimore (2-1) scored on its first possession.

Late in the third quarter, D.J. Moore intercepted a pass by Tyrod Taylor and ran 31 yards for a touchdown to make it 34-17.

Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP, played into the third quarter and went 18 for 24 for 169 yards and a touchdown. In three preseason games, he has two TD passes and three interceptions.

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Note: Althea Gibson grew up in Wilmington.

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service is honoring tennis champion and pioneer Althea Gibson with a commemorative stamp in its Black Heritage series.

The stamp will be available around the United States on Friday.

Gibson broke tennis' color barrier in the 1950s as the first black entrant and champion at Wimbledon and the U.S. national tournament. She died in 2003 at age 76.

In 1957 and 1958, she won Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships, now called the U.S. Open.

Gibson is the first female athlete with a stamp in the Postal Service's Black Heritage series.

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UNDATED (AP)- Ryan Braun is admitting taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.

The suspended Milwaukee slugger says in a statement released by the Brewers that he took a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury.

Braun says, "It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately."

Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011, but his 50-game suspension was overturned when an arbitrator ruled that the urine sample was mishandled.

Braun apologized to the collector of the urine sample, his teammates and Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lihg), saying: "''I have no one to blame but myself."

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NEW YORK (AP) - The men's seeds are out for the U.S. Open and No. 1 is Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) with Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') second, Andy Murray third and David Ferrer (feh-REHR') fourth.

The women's seedings were released on Thursday with Serena Williams No. 1.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame will play its first Atlantic Coast Conference basketball game at home against Duke on Jan. 4.

The game will pit Irish coach Mike Brey against his former boss, Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee), who was critical of the ACC's decision to allow Notre Dame to join the league while staying independent in football. Brey was an assistant under Krzyzewski from 1987-95, helping the Blue Devils win a pair of national championships.

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FALL RIVER, MA (AP) - Former New England Patriots' tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge by a Massachusetts grand. The indictment charges Hernandez with the killing of 27-year old Odin Lloyd, whose bullet-ridden body was found hear the Hernandez home.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June. His lawyers say the case against him is circumstantial and they're confident he will clear his name.

Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's killing because he had talked to people Hernandez had problems with at a nightclub.

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