WWAY’s Monday night sports – September 2

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Submitted: Tue, 09/03/2013 - 3:30am
Updated: Tue, 09/03/2013 - 3:46am

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NEW YORK (AP) – Rafael Nadal improved to 19-0 on hard courts in 2013 by returning to the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

He will not, however, play Roger Federer next.

The second-seeded Nadal, who counts the 2010 U.S. Open among his 12 Grand Slam titles, came back to beat 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 on Monday night in the fourth round.

Their match ended about 2½ hours after Federer was upset in straight sets by 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo, Nadal’s quarterfinal opponent. Had Federer won, he and Nadal would have played each other for the 32nd time – and first at Flushing Meadows.

Against Kohlschreiber, Nadal faced only one break point, and saved it. Nadal has yet to lose a service game in the tournament.

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NEW YORK (AP) – Roger Federer lost in the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time in a decade, surprisingly beaten 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4 by 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain.

Monday night’s result caps a rough Grand Slam season for Federer, who owns a record 17 major championships, including five at Flushing Meadows.

He exited in the semifinals at the Australian Open in January, the quarterfinals at the French Open in early June, and the second round of Wimbledon – against a player ranked 116th, to boot – in late June.

That ended Federer’s record run of reaching at least the quarterfinals at 36 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.

Now, thanks to Robredo, Federer has a new, unwanted streak: Two consecutive losses before the quarterfinals at majors.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a spectacular debut and No. 11 Florida State dominated Pittsburgh 41-13 on Monday night.

Winston was nearly flawless, completing 25 of 27 passes and running for 25 yards and a score as the Seminoles gave the Panthers a rude welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score and Nick O’Leary hauled in three touchdown passes for Florida State.

The Panthers had been pointing to the opener from the moment the program announced the move from the Big East to the ACC nearly two years ago. Playing in front of a rare sell-out, Pitt simply couldn’t keep up with the defending league champions.

Tom Savage passed for 201 yards and a touchdown for Pitt but also threw a pair of interceptions.

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NORTON, MA. (AP) – Steve Stricker earned a spot on another Presidents Cup team with his runner-up finish in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Zach Johnson earned his spot in even more dramatic fashion.

The 10th and final spot for the American team came down to Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson, who were in the same group. Johnson made a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole to beat out Simpson by $5,715.

The other spots on the team went to Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan.

Graham DeLaet of Canada finished third to secure his spot on the International team. His teammates will be Adam Scott, Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Richard Sterne and Angel Cabrera.

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NORTON, MA (AP) – A great summer of golf finally paid off for Henrik Stenson when he won the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Stenson raced by a fast-fading Sergio Garcia on Monday, and he holed a bunker shot on the 17th hole to turn back a final threat from Steve Stricker. The Swede, who had close calls in two majors, closed with a 5-under 66 and tied the tournament record at the TPC Boston. He won by two shots over Stricker.

Labor Day at the TPC Boston was loaded with drama.

Brendan Steele birdied his last four holes to advance to the third playoff event in Chicago. Ernie Els made it by a fraction of a point. And Zach Johnson made a 25-foot birdie putt on his last hole to make the Presidents Cup team.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Panthers coach Ron Rivera still hasn’t decided who’ll start at cornerback Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks in the season opener.

The only thing that’s guaranteed is it will be a young, inexperienced player.

Carolina’s cornerback position was thrown into a state of flux Saturday when the team released veteran Drayton Florence, who’d been working with the starters for most of the preseason.

Rivera says the decision was made because he wanted to give young cornerbacks Josh Thomas and Josh Norman a chance to develop into long-term starters.

Rivera says “they’re both good solid young football players who are getting better and better and they need to get on the football field.”

Rivera says he’ll wait until at least Wednesday to make a decision on who’ll start against the Seahawks.

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) – So much for that debate about who should start at quarterback for North Carolina State.

The Wolfpack have no choice but to enter this week’s game against Richmond with Pete Thomas now that Brandon Mitchell is out with a broken foot.

Coach Dave Doeren said Monday that Mitchell will be out “for a substantial amount of time.” The coach says Mitchell had surgery Sunday and now “it’s just a matter of healing time.”

Thomas is listed on the depth chart as the starter and behind him are a pair of freshmen – Bryant Shirreffs and Josh Taylor.

Mitchell beat Thomas out during preseason camp but lasted only three series before he broke a bone in his left foot during the first quarter.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – North Carolina’s high-scoring attack has been the staple of coach Larry Fedora’s brief tenure with the Tar Heels. It’s why Fedora says his team won’t panic after its offensive struggles in the season-opening loss at South Carolina.

The Tar Heels (0-1) finished with just 10 points and 293 total yards, the lowest totals in 13 games under Fedora and far below the record-setting averages of nearly 41 points and 486 yards from last year.

Fedora says “the offense is proven” so there’s no need to make major changes ahead of Saturday’s home opener against Middle Tennessee.

The Tar Heels were more conservative on offense against the Gamecocks due to the presence of star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, relying on plenty of screen passes and quick throws to protect Renner.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — UNCW sophomore forward Colin Bonner was named Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer Player-of-the-Week after helping the Seahawks to a 2-0 weekend and the Wolstein Classic title.

Bonner, who was an honorable mention preseason All-CAA pick by the league’s coaches, notched a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, against host Ohio State in the season opener for both sides. He gave the Seahawks the lead in the 56th minute and ended the contest in the 104th minute.

He was named the tournament most valuable player and was joined on the All-Tournament team by junior defenders Spencer Tayloe and Jacob VanCompernolle and freshman goalkeeper Sean Melvin.

With two goals, Bonner raised his career total to eight in 20 career games played. He also notched his second career game-winner.

For Bonner, it was his first CAA Player-of-the-Week award and the first for UNCW since 2011, when Shawn Guderian earned the conference accolade. Bonner was a CAA Rookie-of-the-Week selection last season.

UNCW was one of three CAA schools to open with 2-0 marks over the weekend with Delaware and James Madison also going 2-0.

The Seahawks opened their home schedule this weekend when they host Elon, Mercer and Presbyterian in the Hilton Garden Inn Classic. UNCW plays Presbyterian on Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and closes out the weekend with Mercer on Sept. 8. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.


GREENVILLE, NC (UNCW) — Junior Ashley Stokes scored twice in the first half to lead UNCG to a 2-0 victory over UNCW in collegiate women’s soccer action Monday in the ECU Soccer Tournament at the ECU Soccer Stadium.

Playing a rescheduled game after the original contest was postponed due to weather following 53 minutes of play on Sunday, the Spartans improved to 3-1 on the season while the Seahawks slipped to 0-4 on the campaign. Both teams are back in action Friday. UNCW returns to Greenville to face East Carolina while UNCG travels to High Point. Kickoff for both contests is set for 7 p.m.

“I felt we played hard today,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “It was challenging coming back from having a 2-0 lead before being postponed yesterday and I was proud of our effort, given it was our third game in four days. We have to keep working and not give up early goals. We need to build on the good stuff we did today. The key is to keep getting better.”

Stokes staked UNCG to a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute as she corralled a loose ball inside the box and placed it inside the right corner of the net for her first goal of the season.

The Cary product would double the Spartans advantage at the 27:34 mark, converting a breakaway opportunity created on a pass by freshman Georgia Brown.

UNCW held a slim 9-8 shot advantage in the contest and attempted all five corner kicks awarded.

Jamie Simmons recorded her second shutout of the season for the Spartans as she made three stops. Freshman Liisa Rahkola got the start in goal for the Seahawks and recorded four saves.


IRVING, TX (CONFERENCE USA) — East Carolina junior Shane Carden has been named Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week following his record-setting performance in the Pirates’ 52-38 non-conference win over Old Dominion. For Carden it’s his fourth career weekly honor after earning it three times in 2012.

Carden established new single-game school records with 447 passing yards and 46 completions, while matching a program-best with five touchdown throws. In all, he completed 46-of-54 attempts (85.2 percent) without an interception to record his second career 400-yard passing effort, his fifth 300-plus and ninth 200-plus game. Twenty-one (21) of Carden’s 46 completions went for 10 or more yards and he opened the contest by completing his first nine passes (and 15-of-16).

In his last two games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, including last year’s season finale against Marshall, he has completed 84-of-101 passes for 886 yards and eight TDs. Carden has accounted for 37-of-51 offensive TDs as the Pirates’ top quarterback dating back to last year and has converted 54-of-57 red zone opportunities while under center – including a current run of 42-straight conversions (6-of-6 vs. ODU on Saturday).

Joining Carden as Conference USA honorees this week are North Texas senior linebacker Zach Orr as defensive-player-of-the-week, and UAB junior kick returner Jamarcus Nelson as the special teams’ selection.

Carden and the Pirates (1-0) will open league play this Thursday, Sept. 5, when they play host to Florida Atlantic (0-1) at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

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