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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Buffalo 24 Carolina 23
Final Baltimore 14 Cleveland 6
Final Kansas City 17 Dallas 16
Final Miami 24 Indianapolis 20
Final Chicago 31 Minnesota 30
Final San Diego 33 Philadelphia 30
Final Atlanta 31 St. Louis 24
Final OT Houston 30 Tennessee 24
Final Green Bay 38 Washington 20
Final Arizona 25 Detroit 21
Final New Orleans 16 Tampa Bay 14
Final Denver 41 N-Y Giants 23
Final Oakland 19 Jacksonville 9
Final Seattle 29 San Francisco 3

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ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) - Rookie EJ Manuel hit Stevie Johnson for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers.

The touchdown capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive in which the first-round draft pick completed 6 of 8 attempts for 51 yards. Manuel also got help on third-and-6 from Carolina's 29, when Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was penalized for pass interference with 14 seconds left.

Two plays later, Manuel found Johnson alone in the left corner as Buffalo (1-1) bounced back from a 23-21 season-opening loss to New England.

The Panthers (0-2) lost yet another close game. They were coming off a 12-7 loss to Seattle last week and have now dropped to 2-14 in games decided by 7 points or less in two-plus seasons under coach Ron Rivera.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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JOLIET, IL (AP) - Matt Kenseth restored order to a chaotic week for NASCAR with a steely victory over teammate Kyle Busch in the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Kenseth went into Sunday's race at Chicagoland Speedway as the top seed in the field. But he flew completely under the radar while last week's attempts by at least three teams to manipulate the results at Richmond took center stage of the opening race of the Chase.

He had to wait out two rain delays that totaled six hours, 30 minutes and passed Busch on a restart with 27 laps remaining.

Busch finished second for a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota.

Kevin Harvick was third as Chase drivers grabbed the top six spots.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW BASEBALL) -- The Seahawks open the team practice portion of the fall on Monday looking to blend the veterans with the new blood as 11 rookies begin their careers at UNCW.

The Seahawks will play the Czech Republic national team on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at Brooks Field. It will be UNCW’s second game against a national team after hosting Team USA in September of 2011. Admission is free for the game.

The annual Blue-Teal series opens on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. Here is the complete schedule for the series, which is free for the public to come and watch the games. All games and times in the series are subject to change.

Game 1: Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
Game 2: Oct. 20, 2 p.m.
Game 3: Oct. 22, 3:30 p.m.
Game 4: Oct. 25, 6 p.m.
Game 5: Oct. 26, 1 p.m.
Game 6: Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m.
Game 7: TBD

Annual Golf Tournament: The Fourth Friends of Seahawk Baseball Golf Classic, presented by Coastal Chemical and Paper, will take place on Oct. 19 at the Castle Bay Country Club. Download the entry for at UNCWsports.com’s baseball page and contact Randy Hood (hoodr@uncw.edu) with questions and needed information.

MiLB Seahawk Notes: Four former Seahawks played in minor league baseball playoffs this season. Stephen Harrold (San Jose), Andrew Cain (Augusta), Michael Marbry (Tulsa) and Josh Bonifay managed the Greeneville Astros to the Appalachian League championship series … Chris Hatcher led all of AAA with 33 saves for the New Orleans Zephyers and was promoted to the major leagues with the Miami Marlins on two occasions … Seth Frankoff was selected by the Oakland A’s to play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League … Frankoff becomes the sixth Seahawk to play in the league joining Bradley Holt, John Raynor, Michael Marbry, Stephen Harrold and Cody Stanley.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (UNCW) -- Senior Ryan Nagy finished in a tie for 13th overall to lead UNCW, which finished eighth, on Sunday at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate at the Finley Golf Course.

Nagy (71-75-72=218) began the final round in a tie for 24th, but carded an even-par072 in the final round to move up to 13th. Senior Stefan Brewer (72-75-72=219) joined Nagy in the top-20 with a tie for 19th.
Georgia Tech (283-281-278=842), which led wire-to-wire, closed out the tournament with a tournament low-round of 278 to finish off a 20-stroke win over second-place NC State (284-295-283=862.

Leading the Ramblin’ Wreck charge were Seth Reeves (69-69-70=208), Richy Werenski (71-68-73=212) and Ollie Schniederjans (71-72-70=213), who captured the top three spots, respectively.

UNCW opened the day in eighth, but rallied past East Tennessee State, topping the Buccaneers by eight strokes on Sunday.

The Seahawks compete in the Rees Jones Intercollegiate on Daufuskie Island, S.C., beginning on Sept. 22.
Notes: Ryan Nagy and Stefan Brewer combined for 10 of UNCW’s 16 birdies on the day bringing the season total to 41 … For Nagy, it was his first top-20 finish since tying for 11th at the 2012 CAA Championship … Brewer leads the Seahawks with 12 birdies through the first tournament.

UNCW Results: T13. Ryan Nagy (71-75-72=218); T19. Stefan Brewer (72-75-72=219); T49. Preston Harrington (76-75-76=227); T57. Payne McLeod (73-74-82=229); T63. Thomas Lilly (79-80-73=232)
UNCW Individuals: 77. Jens Geweke (79-81-84=244)

Individual Leaders: 1. Seth Reeves (GT), 69-69-70=208; 2, Richy Werenski (GT), 71-68-73=212; 3. Ollie Schniederjans (GT), 71-72-70=213; T4. Brandon Dalinka (UNC), 72-69-73=214; T4. May Greyserman (Duke), 71-71-72=214; T4. Anders Albertson (GT), 72-72-70=214; T7. Matt Ball (VCU), 72-71-72=215; T7. James Chapman (NCSU), 71-79-65=215; T9. Stanhope Johnson (NCSU), 72-73-71=216; T9. Carter Jenkins (UNCG), 73-72-71=216

Team Results: 1. Georgia Tech, 283-281-278=842; 2. NC State, 284-295-283=862; 3. UNCG, 293-295-291=873; 4. North Carolina, 295-288-294=877; 5. VCU, 292-297-292=881; T6. East Carolina, 291-294-297=882; T6. Duke, 288-295-299=882; 8. UNCW, 292-299-293=884; 9. East Tennessee, 295-292-301=888; 10. Davidson, 299-301-293=893; 11. Maryland, 304-300-294=898; 12. Furman, 308-302-291=901; 13. Gardner-Webb, 307, 305, 304=916; 14. Boston College, 315-303-300=918

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior Christi Laite and junior Morgan Kline tallied six kills apiece to lead UNCW to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-21) sweep of visiting Mercer in the final match of the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic Sunday at Hanover Hall.

The Seahawks improved to 8-2 on the season as they finished the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record. The Bears, meanwhile, slipped to 1-9 overall. UNCW returns to

action Wednesday as they travel to Buies Creek for a 7 p.m. match against long-time foe Campbell.

Laite and Kline paced a balanced Seahawks lineup that saw 10 different players record at least one kill as UNCW finished the match with 34 spikes and a .256 team hitting percentage. Both Laite and Kline were named to the All-Tournament Team, with Kline taking home MVP accolades.

Freshman Alyssa Desjardins tallied 13 assists and sophomore Meredith Peacock added 11. Freshman Nicole Lott led the team with eight digs.

Junior Caroline Carlton recorded a match-high nine kills to lead Mercer, who was limited to a .070 hitting percentage for the contest. Senior Carly Iannarino dished out a match-high 26 assists for the Bears while sophomore Molly Locke led all players with 14 digs.

Leading 6-5 early in the first set, a Mercer service error sent the Seahawks on a 10-4 spurt that would give UNCW a 16-9 advantage. The Bears would respond with four unanswered points to pull within three, 16-13, but another Mercer miscue allowed UNCW to finish the frame on a 9-3 run and take the opening set, 25-16.

UNCW carried its opening-frame momentum into the second set, building a quick 10-4 cushion as it cruised to a 25-15 triumph and a 2-0 lead.

Mercer would test the Seahawks in a tight third set that saw a total of 10 ties and two lead changes, taking an 11-8 lead only to see UNCW battle back with a eight of the next 11 points to go in front, 16-13. The Bears tied the frame moments later at 16-all and the two sides would trade points until, with the score tied at 20-20, a Mercer service error sparked the Seahawks to score five the final six points of the frame to record a 25-21 decision and take the match.

Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team

Morgan Cochran - Western Carolina

Carly Iannarino - Mercer

Christi Laite - UNCW

Aleena McDaniel - North Carolina A&T

Anna Moore - UNC Asheville

Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic Tournament MVP

Morgan Kline – UNCW

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -– UNCW erupted for four goals in the second half, including a pair of tallies from Tournament MVP Maddie McCormick, to defeat Longwood, 4-2, in the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Seahawks improved to 3-5 overall as they captured the tournament title for the second consecutive season and picked up their third victory in four outings. The

Lancers, meanwhile, moved to 1-4-2 as they finished the weekend with a 1-1 record.

Following a scoreless first half, sophomore Katrina Guillou got the Seahawks on the board at the 47:42 mark, using a pass from McCormick to get behind the Lancers defense before placing the ball past keeper Shelby Hall for her second goal of the season.

McCormick doubled the Seahawks advantage to 2-0 in the 52nd minute when her shot from 13 yards out deflected off a Longwood defender and into the left-hand side of the net.

UNCW would maintain its two-goal edge until the 81:26 mark, when Longwood sophomore Olivia Colella began a frantic stretch that saw the two teams score four goals in a 3:45 span as she put home a rebound to cut the Lancers deficit to 2-1. Freshman Gina D’Orazio was credited with an assist on the play.

McCormick stretched the Seahawks advantage back to two, 3-1, just 32 seconds after Colella’s strike when she knocked home a loose ball from 15 yards out. The Lancers would quickly trim the UNCW lead to one, 3-2, on a goal by junior Samantha Phillips just 12 seconds later, but junior Stephanie Bronson converted a cross from freshman Caroline McClain at the 85:11 mark to make it 4-2 and close out the scoring.

Freshman Liisa Rahkola got the start in goal for the Seahawks and made five saves. Hall finished the contest with three stops for the Lancers.

UNCW held a 20-13 shot advantage in the contest, including a 10-5 margin in the first half. The Seahawks also attempted six of the nine corner kicks awarded.

UNCW returns to action Thursday as it hosts Coastal Carolina in a 7 p.m. kickoff at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Longwood is back on the pitch Sept. 22 when they entertain Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison in a 7 p.m. contest.

UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational All-Tournament Team

Morgan Leyble - UNCW

Yvette Franco – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Nicole Dennion - Elon

Gina D’Orazio - Longwood

Caroline McClain - UNCW

Jennifer McGorty – Elon

Liisa Rahkola - UNCW

Kendall Stanley - Elon

Amanda Spencer - Longwood

UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational Tournament MVP

Maddie McCormick - UNCW

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