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MONDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

GIRLS TENNIS
WHITEVILLE 9 - EAST COLUMBUS 0
WEST COLUMBUS 7 - SOUTH COLUMBUS 2

VOLLEYBALL
EAST COLUMBUS 3 - WHITEVILLE 1
SOUTH COLUMBUS 3 - WEST COLUMBUS 0

BOYS SOCCER
CROATAN 4 - DIXON 2
ST. PAULS 3 - SOUTH COLUMBUS 2
LANEY 2 - JACKSONVILLE 1
TREVOR O'HARE AND DAVID DAILEY SCORED FOR THE BUCS WHO IMPROVE TO 6-3-1
EAST COLUMBUS 5 - RED SPRINGS 4
SW ONSLOW 3 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 0
WALLACE-ROSE HILL 3 - EAST BLADEN 0
CLINTON 9 - WEST BLADEN 0
DANE WESTBROOKS AND ERIC BRADSHAW BOTH SCORED TWO GOALS FOR CLINTON

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington resident Jay Ross is headed back to the Buffalo Bills just two weeks after the team released him. The New Hanover High graduate and a graduate of East Carolina University is expected to rejoin the team later this week. A roster spot opened up on Monday when the Bills placed defensive lineman Alex Carrington on the season ending injured reserve list.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) -- North Carolina was counting on a record-setting offense to pick up where it left off in Larry Fedora's first year. Instead, the Tar Heels just aren't putting up big numbers through the first month of the season.

The Tar Heels (1-2) have failed to reach 400 yards - an every-week occurrence in 2012 - in two of three games. They lost those games at South Carolina and Georgia Tech, scoring a total of 30 points.

Fedora says "we're still just not gelling as an offense yet." The team is playing with an offensive line that lost three players as well as tailback Gio Bernard to the NFL draft.

The Tar Heels, who play East Carolina this weekend, averaged nearly 41 points and 486 yards last year to set school records.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, clinching at least a National League wild card Monday night when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the Washington Nationals lost to St. Louis.

It will be Pittsburgh's first trip to the postseason since Barry Bonds, Jim Leyland and Co. won three straight NL East titles from 1990-92. Bonds then left for San Francisco as a free agent, and the small-budget Pirates piled up 20 consecutive losing records - the longest streak in the four major professional sports.

Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning at Wrigley Field, and the Pirates threw out a runner at the plate for the final out.

The Pirates doused each other in champagne in the visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field once St. Louis' 4-3 win over the Nationals became final.

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DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns Monday to lift the Denver Broncos to another easy victory, 37-21 over the Oakland Raiders.

The Broncos (3-0) have outscored opponents 127-71 this season.

Manning hit Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for a score apiece.

The quarterback's 12 TD passes are an NFL record for the opening three games, breaking Tom Brady's mark of 11 in 2011. Manning has yet to throw an interception this year.

Oakland's Terrelle Pryor finished 19 for 28 for 281 yards but played catch-up from the start. Oakland (1-2) trailed 17-0 before Pryor hit Denarius Moore for a 73-yard score.

Four plays later, Manning connected with Thomas for a 13-yard score to push the lead back to 17.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- UNCW freshman outside hitter Nicole Lott was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Rookie-of-the-Week for the second week in a row, it was announced on Monday.

Lott became the season's second repeat winner of the award as she averaged 2.53 kills and 2.77 digs per set in leading the Seahawks to a 3-1 record last week. The West Chester, Pa., product also fashioned a .337 hitting percentage in those matches to pace the UNCW attack to a .236 attack clip for the week.

"It's an honor for Nicole to receive this award for the second week in a row and it's a testament to the hard work she puts into every practice opportunity," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "She is gaining confidence with every match and she continues to impress me with her athletic ability and all-around skill level."

Lott began the week by tallying a season-high 12 digs in a five-set defeat at Campbell before earning MVP honors at the Winthrop Invitational over the weekend by averaging 3.30 kills and 2.40 digs per set in leading the Seahawks to their second tournament title of the season.

Lott open the tournament by notching a season-high 13 kills in a sweep of The Citadel and followed that effort with an 11-spike performance against Winthrop that saw her finish the match without a single attack error. She closed out the tournament with another error-free outing; recording nine kills in a sweep of Bethune-Cookman.

Off to its best start since the 1988 season, UNCW (11-3) returns to action Friday as it opens conference play with a 7 p.m. match at Hofstra.

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DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC (UNCW) -- Payne McLeod and Stefan Brewer led the UNCW charge on Monday as the Seahawks, who shaved three strokes off the opening round score, moved up the leaderboard into fourth at the Rees Jones Invitational at Haig Point.
McLeod, who led the Seahawks with five birdies for the second straight day, carded a two-under-par 70 in the second round to jump from fifth into second and three strokes behind leader Chase Koepka of South Florida.
Brewer played his second even-par round of the tournament and is tied for fourth with Al Dickens of East Carolina and South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith. Brewer opened the second round tied for ninth.

The Seahawks enter the final round six strokes behind leader South Florida. Kennesaw State is second and host South Carolina owns a one-stroke lead on UNCW.

UNCW will be paired with East Carolina and Troy in the final round and will tee off at 8:50 a.m.

UNCW Results: 2. Payne McLeod (71-70=141); T4. Stefan Brewer (72-72=144); T32. Ryan Nagy (75-77=152); T46. Josh Woodfox (78-77=155); T52. Preston Harrington (82-74=156)
UNCW Individual Results: T63. Thomas Lilly (82-76=158))

Birdies for Kaitlyn: 15 (McLeod 5)

Team Leaderboard: 1. South Florida (286-297=583); 2. Kennesaw State (290-297=587); 3. South Carolina (298-290=588); 4. UNCW (296-293=589); 5. East Carolina (298-292=590); 6. Troy (299-294=593); 7. Liberty (291-305=596); 8. Charlotte (291-306=597); 9. Middle Tennessee (299-300=599); 10. Georgia State (304-299=603); 11. Winthrop (307-301=608); 12. Charleston Southern (311-308=619)

Individual Leaderboard: 1. Chase Koepka (USF) 68-70=138; 2. Payne McLeod (UNCW) 71-70=141; 3. Jimmy Beck (KSU) 73-70=143; T4. Stefan Brewer (UNCW) 72-72=144; T4. Al Dickens (ECU) 70-74=144; T4. Matthew NeSmith (USC) 72-72=144; T7. Raoul Menard (CHA) 70-75=145; T7. Caleb Sturgeon (USC) 77-68=145; T7. Austin Vick* (KSU) 74-71=145; T10. Franco Castro (CHA) 74-72=146; T10. Michael Hocker* (Liberty) 71-75=146; T10. Will Murphy (USC) 72-74=146; T10. Zach Seabolt (WIN) 77-69=146

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