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On Sunday former New Hanover Wildcat Jay Ross did not play in the Buffalo-New England game. Ross was placed on the inactive list prior to Sunday's game. Ross is still on the roster though. New England beat Buffalo 23-21.

On Sunday former East Bladen Eagle Desmond Bryant had two sacks for the Cleveland Browns, but Miami held off Cleveland 23-10.

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final New Orleans 23 Atlanta 17
Final Chicago 24 Cincinnati 21
Final Kansas City 28 Jacksonville 2
Final Miami 23 Cleveland 10
Final Detroit 34 Minnesota 24
Final New England 23 Buffalo 21
Final Indianapolis 21 Oakland 17
Final Seattle 12 Carolina 7
Final N-Y Jets 18 Tampa Bay 17
Final Tennessee 16 Pittsburgh 9
Final St. Louis 27 Arizona 24
Final San Francisco 34 Green Bay 28
Final Dallas 36 New York 31

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- Russell Wilson threw for 320 yards, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a 12-7 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.

The Seahawks managed just two field goals before Kearse beat cornerback Josh Thomas down the right sideline for the go-ahead score with 10:13 left.

The Panthers held Marshawn Lynch to 43 yards rushing, but Wilson picked up the slack by completing 25 of 33 passes.

The Panthers threatened to take the lead late, but safety Earl Thomas forced DeAngelo Williams to fumble at the Seattle 8. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered with 5:25 left. The Seahawks ran out the clock from there.

Cam Newton was held to 125 yards passing and one touchdown, a 3-yard strike to Steve Smith in the first half.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams won her fifth U.S. Open championship and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 in a windy final.

Sunday's match was the toughest test these two weeks for the No. 1-seeded Williams, who also beat Azarenka in three sets in last year's final.

Williams hadn't lost a set in her previous six matches but was bothered by the swirling air and Azarenka's strong play. Seemingly in control in the second set, Williams was broken while serving for the match at 5-4 and 6-5.

After Azarenka took the tiebreaker, Williams chucked her racket, and it bounced onto the court.

But Williams regained control in the third set, breaking for a 3-1 lead when Azarenka double-faulted.

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MARTINSVILLE, VA (CFCC RELEASE) -- CFCC 10 Cecil College 2. Sea Devils used a flurry of goals to win their 2nd game of the Patrick Henry Classic today in Martinsville, Va. CFCC goals from Sergio Esparrago 3 goals, Zack Melvin 2 goals 1 assist, Ed Lytle 2 goals, Emmett Lunceford 1 goal, Nathan Pace 1 goal, Kevin Grasso 1 goal, Victor Flores 3 assists. CFCC improves to 4-1 (1-0 Region 10), next game at USC Lancaster Wednesday, Sept 11th 5pm.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- The Seahawk men's tennis team closed out the UNCW Invitational Sunday by winning three of the six flights at Empie Park's Althea Gibson Tennis Center.

Playing in ideal conditions, the 14th-ranked tandem of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams captured the A Doubles bracket and junior Zach Hublitz and sophomore Santtu Leskinen claimed championships in the B Singles and C Singles draws.

Aita and Williams went 4-0 and surrendered only six games in dominating the A Doubles draw over the three-day period. The pair thumped Hublitz and Leskinen, 8-2, early Sunday in an all-UNCW final on Court 1.

In B Singles, Hublitz sailed past Liberty's Dillon Segur, 6-4, 6-1, immediately after playing the doubles finale.

Leskinen also wasted no time in winning C Singles, taking down VCU's Jacob Svensson, 6-1, 6-0, in easy fashion.

In other action, UNCW freshman Karan Salwan won the back draw of C Singles by edging Liberty's Guillem Secanell, 7-5, 7-5.

The Seahawks next compete during the weekend of Sept. 20-22 when selected players will participate in the U.Va. Ranked Plus One Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., and the Ivy Plus Invitational in New Haven, Conn.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- First half goals from Mark Harris and Nathaniel Goodwin lifted #24 UNCW to a 3-1 win over Mercer in the final game of the Hilton Garden Inn Classic on Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Seahawks rebounded from their first loss of the season on Friday to raise their record to 3-1. Mercer, meanwhile, dropped its third straight to open the season.
UNCW finished second in the tournament behind champion Elon, who blanked Presbyterian, 3-0, in the championship game earlier on Sunday.

Harris put the Seahawks in front, 1-0, in the 13th minute of the game with his first goal of the season. Harris opened the play with the ball on the left flank and found sophomore Colin Bonner open at the top of the penalty area with a pass. Bonner, who was under pressure, deftly slid a pass to Harris who made a run into the penalty area, took a touch and sent his shot inside the left post.

The Seahawks would again use a give-and-go play in the 40th minute for a 2-0 lead. Goodwin intercepted a failed clear by the Mercer defense, sent a pass to Jack Ward, who returned to pass to a streaking Goodwin. Goodwin slid his shot inside the far post on the right side.

Mercer narrowed its deficit to 2-1 on a goal from James Walters in the 71st minute. An unmarked Walters was on the finishing end of a corner kick from David Murtaugh as his header sailed past UNCW goalkeeper Sean Melvin.

The Seahawks put the game away in the 89th minute on Jamie Dell first goal of the season. Jose Garcia started the play with a pass to Bonner who sent Dell in one-on-one with the keeper for the goal and a 3-1 lead.

UNCW limited Mercer to six shots on the afternoon while holding a 9-6 advantage in the shot column.

Mercer's Greg Ranjitsingh and Melvin finished with three saves apiece.

UNCW returns to action with a road match at Elon on Sept. 14. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

All-Tournament selections: Offensive MVP: Charles Howard (Elon); Defensive MVP: Mark Harris (UNCW); All-Tournament: Charles Howard (Elon), Miguel Salazar (Elon), Nathan Dean (Elon), Myles Mansfield (Elon), Mark Harris (UNCW), Jamie Dell (UNCW), Nathaniel Goodwin (UNCW), Tyler Beadle (Presby), Josh Carter (Presby), Brady O'Brien (Mercer), Ehjayson Henry (mercer)

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RALEIGH, NC (UNCW) -- Sophomore Brittany Stanko scored twice to lead NC State to a 2-1 victory over UNCW in collegiate women's soccer action Sunday at Dail Soccer Field.

The Wolfpack improved to 5-1 overall with the one-goal victory while the Seahawks slipped to 1-5 on the season.

"This game came down to several moments," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "We had moments in front of their goal and we did not convert. They had some moments and they finished. I have to be pleased with our overall performance. We have come on the road and played well against an ACC opponent. We created in attack and we looked solid at the back."

Stanko put NC State in front, 1-0, in the 12th minute as she put a shot into the lower left-hand corner of the net for her second goal of the season. Juniors Jennie Krauser and Shelli Spamer were credited with assists on the play.

Sophomore Lindsey Byrne brought the Seahawks level at the 51:12 mark when she blasted a shot from 30 yards out into the upper left corner of the net for her first collegiate tally. Sophomore Morgan Leyble was credited with an assist on the play.

Stanko broke the deadlock in the 80th minute, heading home a feed from Spamer from close range for her second goal of the game.

UNCW held a 21-15 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 13-8 margin in the second half. The Seahawks also attempted seven of the nine corner kicks awarded.

Sophomore Mackenzie Stelljes recorded eight saves for the Wolfpack while freshman Liisa Rahkola ended the game with five stops for the Seahawks.

UNCW makes its home debut Friday as it entertains Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. NC State is back in action Thursday when it opens ACC play with 7 p.m. contest against Notre Dame.

"We will get better from this and train with a sharp edge this week," said Cairney. "We are looking forward to our first regular season game at home."

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UNDATED (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have won a rematch of last season's NFC divisional playoff game while beating the Green Bay Packers for the third straight time in 12 months.

Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nik) was 27 of 39 for 412 yards and three touchdowns as the Niners downed the Packers 34-28. Anquan Boldin was Kaepernick's prime target, catching 13 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown.

Green Bay led 28-24 until Frank Gore scored on a one-yard run with 5:47 remaining.

Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb each over 100 receiving yards and one touchdown for the Packers as Aaron Rodgers passed for 333 yards, three TDs and one interception.

The New Orleans Saints welcomed coach Sean Payton back from his one-year bounty ban by knocking off the defending NFC South-champion Atlanta Falcons 23-17. Drew Brees (breez) passed for 357 yards and two TDs.

Brees tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston, who set a Saints franchise mark for catches with 533. Brees also hit tight end Jimmy Graham for a 7-yard score in the third quarter.

Matt Ryan passed for 304 yards and two touchdown passes in a losing effort for the Falcons. Atlanta drove to the New Orleans 3-yard line in the final minute, but the drive stalled.

The Andy Reid era in Kansas City opened with a resounding victory as the Chiefs mauled Jacksonville 28-2. Alex Smith tossed a pair of early TDs and the Chiefs defense took over from there. Jacksonville was able to get past its own 36-yard line once, creating a downer for new Jags coach Gus Bradley.

Jamaal Charles ran for 77 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a quadriceps injury, but that was about the only negative for the Chiefs.

Tennessee's revamped defense sacked Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) five times and the Titans shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-9, holding the Steelers to just 195 yards at Heinz Field. Chris Johnson ran for 70 clock-chewing yards, Jackie Battle bulled his way to a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Rob Bironas (bih-ROH'-nihs) kicked three field goals for the Titans.

Jim Trestman is a winner in his NFL coaching debut. The new Chicago Bears coach, a longtime CFL coach, guided his team to a 24-21 come-from-behind win over Cincinnati. Jay Cutler passed to Brandon Marshall for the go-ahead, 19-yard touchdown with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter. The Bengal blew a second-half 11-point lead.

The New England Patriots had a tougher-than-expected time in Orchard Park, N.Y., before finally nipping the Buffalo Bills 23-21 on Stephen Gostkowski's 35-yard field goal with five seconds left. Tom Brady set up the decisive score by leading a 49-yard, 12-play drive during which he twice completed passes to convert third downs. It was Brady's 36th career victory in which the Patriots were tied or trailed in the fourth quarter. Brady finished 29 of 52 for 288 yards passing and two touchdowns in helping the Patriots win their season opener for the 10th straight season.

The Indianapolis Colts won their season opener for the first time since 2009. Andrew Luck ran 19 yards for the winning touchdown in the Colts' 21-17 victory over Oakland. Luck was 18 of 23 for 178 yards with two touchdown passes. Oakland started Terrelle Pryor, who was 19 of 29 for 217 yards and one TD. He also broke the Raiders rushing record for a quarterback with 13 carries for 112 yards. But Pryor tossed a pair of costly interceptions in the red zone, including one in the final 25 seconds to seal Indy's win.

Geno Smith is a winner in his first start as New York Jets quarterback. Nick Folk kicked a 48-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining after Buccaneers were called for a bad penalty. With the Jets trailing 17-15 and time running out, rookie Geno Smith scrambled for 10 yards - and was shoved while he was out of bounds by Lavonte David. The 15-yard penalty gave the Jets the ball at the Buccaneers 30 and set up the winning field goal by Folk on the next play.

Reggie Bush was a hit in his debut with the Detroit Lions. Bush turned a short pass into a 77-yard touchdown in the third quarter and finished with 191 yards of offense to help the Lions pull away to beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-24 at Ford Field. The Lions were helped by Christian Ponder's four turnovers, including three interceptions.

Seattle opened with a 12-7 road win at Carolina as Russell Wilson threw for 320 yards, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse with 10:13 left. Until then, the Seahawks had managed just a pair of field goals. The Panthers' offense was even worse. QB Cam Newton was held to 125 yards passing and one touchdown, a 3-yard strike to Steve Smith in the first half.

St. Louis staged a fourth-quarter rally to beat Arizona 27-24. The Cardinals led 24-13 until Sam Bradford hit Jared Cook for a one-yard touchdown pass and scored on the two-point conversion early in the final period. Greg Zuerlein (ZUR'-lyn) followed with a pair of field goals, the last one a 48-yard kick with 40 seconds remaining. Bradford was 27 of 38 for 299 yards and two touchdowns, with Cook grabbing seven passes for 141 yards

Ryan Tannehill passed for 272 yards and a touchdown, leading the Miami Dolphins to a season-opening 23-10 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, who fell to 1-14 in Week 1 since 1999. Miami's Cameron Wake had 2½ sacks and the Dolphins' defensive line sacked Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden six times. Weeden threw three interceptions and the Browns never got anything going in coach Rob Chudzinski's debut.

Brandon Carr returned an interception 49 yards for a clinching touchdown, and the Dallas Cowboys beat Eli Manning for the first time at their fancy $1.2 billion stadium with six takeaways in a 36-31 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.

The Monday night game has Philadelphia visiting FedEx Field to play the Redskins. Eight months to the day after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is expected to start.

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Is it time

to question Newton's effectiveness? this should have been a win. they won't be playoff bound if they can not win some of the close ones. just look at last season.

Yep

It is time to question it.
The Panthers seem to always be "one player" away from being a great team.
For instance - imagine them with, say, a Wes Welker? that open up their running game because the defense now has to play Welker and Smith tight.
Or imagine them drafting a really good RB? With Newtons ability to run, Smith's ability to catch....yeah they'd be great.

But speaking of effectiveness - how effective were the Giants against the Cowboys? First pass by Eli intercepted? Multiple fumbles?
Interesting first week in the NFL so far

Vog