Hammerheads FC can't find the back of the net; Sharks defeat the RedWolves at the Shark Tank
 
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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS RELEASE) -- The newest additions to the Sharks roster Joe Bertone and Tyler Best were welcomed to Wilmington by pacing the Sharks offense, going a combined 3-7 with en route to a 6-3 victory over the Florence RedWolves, the CPL West Champions in the first half of play.

Florence picked up a run in the top of the first inning after Tyler Haswell walked the first two RedWolves, but Wilmington would jab right back in the bottom half of the frame. Steven Linkous would single off fellow All-Star Jacob Milliman to lead off the bottom of the first. A well placed sacrifice bunt by Shawn Sanders would move Linkous up to second base, before he would saunter to third on a wild pitch. Nate Moorhouse picked up RBI number 26 on a backside ground ball to score Linkous.

In the second inning, the newest Sharks would let their names be known. Joe Bertone, a rising Junior at UNC Wilmington, ripped a single and would score from first on a double in the gap by Sam Foy. Tyler Best, who was cleared to play roughly an hour before first pitch, traded places with Foy after a double of his own. The Sharks wouldn’t be on top long, as Florence would tie it up with two runs on a walk and two hits.
In the sixth, Wilmington would go up for good. Nate Moorhouse drew a leadoff walk and would go first to third on a Mike Montville double which scraped the top of the fence in deep left field. Cam McRae would knock one to deep left himself, scoring Moorhouse, bringing his RBI total to 17 on the year. Joe Bertone would single to put runners on the corners for Collin Steagall, who doubled to score Montville. Bertone would come around to score for the second time on the evening on a sacrifice fly by Sam Foy. Foy would go 1-3 on the night with 2 RBIs and a scored run.

Tyler Haswell would be credited with the win after going seven complete innings, walking three and striking out, while allowing three runs on four hits. The Florence RedWolves came into Wilmington with 352 hits on the season, good for third most in the CPL. Haswell was relieved by fellow Gamecock Matthew Vogel, who did not need his defense, facing and striking out three Florence batters.

Kyler Stout would come on in the ninth with a save opportunity, and cash in for his eleventh save on the season. Stout now has 35 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched.

Wilmington will be in Fayetteville Saturday evening to face the SwampDogs, who sit below the Sharks in the CPL East. The Sharks will enjoy the day off on the Sabbath, before hitting the road to Virginia to face the Peninsula Pilots and the Petersburg Generals, before coming back home Thursday to finish the series with Petersburg.

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HARRISBURG, PA (USL PRO) -- The Harrisburg City Islanders played the Wilmington Hammerheads FC to a 0-0 draw at Skyline Sports Complex on Friday night in front of 2,518. Wilmington's Quillan Roberts and Harrisburg's Nick Noble both performed well as the Hammerheads took a point to move back into a tie for seventh in the league standings.

The first half proved a tough start for both teams offensively. Wilmington had possession for the majority of the half, but the Islanders looks more threatening on the break. Harrisburg outshot the Hammerheads, 5-2, four of which went to the offensive duo of Morgan Langley and Jimmy McLaughlin.

In the 18th minute, Langley's run earned a large amount of space and he received the ball with an opportunity for a wide-open break. As he charged the net, he was met by Roberts, who reacted perfectly to Langley's shot to deflect the ball. McLaughlin also went close in the final minute of the half as he took a shot from just outside the penalty area, but it was sent high as the game remained scoreless.

The second half proved to be much more aggressive from both sides. A 54th-minute shot by Wilmington midfielder Tom Parratt began the half, while the City Islanders' Antoine Hoppenot proved to be a great addition to the roster on loan from the Philadelphia Union for Friday's contest as he threatened in the final half-hour after coming on as a substitute.

Hoppenot had an explosive second half, beginning with a shot in the 65th minute that just missed. Hoppenot followed up in the 76th minute with another attempt that was just barely tipped by Roberts up and out of play, and had another chance four minutes later after an almost-perfect setup from Robbie Derschang. However, Roberts was once again there to intercept the Islanders' effort as he stretched vertically to swat the shot away. As the final minutes ticked away, the match ended as a draw.

The City Islanders will return to their home at Skyline Sports Complex on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. as they take on OKC Energy FC.

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PINEHURST, NC (UNCW) -- Former UNCW women’s golfer Lori Beth Adams posted a pair of match-play victories to advance to the semifinals of the 112th North & South Women’s Amateur on Friday at the Pinehurst Resort.
A native of Burlington, N.C., who completed her collegiate playing career in May, Adams posted a 2-and-1 victory over Clemson-signee Lauren Stephenson in the morning before recording a 1-up triumph over Stanford rising sophomore and stroke-play medalist Casey Danielson during quarterfinal action in the afternoon.

With the two victories, Adams becomes the first UNCW women’s golfer to advance to the semifinals, where she will face Columbia graduate Michelle Piyapattra Saturday at 7:30 a.m. The winner of the 18-hole semifinal match will advance to the finals, where they will face the winner of the Allison Lee and Ally McDonald match at 1 p.m. All matches for the 112th North & South Women’s Amateur Championship are being held on the No. 8 course at the Pinehurst Resort.

Serving as the No. 8 seed, Adams won two of the final four holes played in her morning match to break a an all-square deadlock with the No. 9 seed Stephenson and post the 2-and-1 victory.
During a quarterfinal match that saw a total of five lead changes and neither player lead by more than one hole, Danielson was up one heading to the 17th tee before bogeying the final two holes to allow Adams to capture both holes with pars and turn in a 1-up victory. “The wind was picking up in the afternoon and it really got tough out there,” said Adams of her match against Danielson. “But I stayed with it and never gave up. Anything can happen, and it did.”

Adams is no stranger to success at the North & South Amateur. She is making her second appearance in the match play portion of the North & South Women’s Amateur as she advanced to the quarterfinals in 2012. She also narrowly missed the cut for match play during the 2013 edition of the event.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (HORNETS) -- Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Lance Stephenson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are extremely excited to add Lance to our team,” Cho said. “He is a great up-and-coming player with an incredibly high ceiling. He is an exceptional athlete who has the versatility and skill to play multiple positions on both offense and defense. We believe he will be an outstanding addition to our roster.”

The 6-5 Stephenson finished second in NBA Most Improved Player voting last season after leading the league with five triple-doubles and averaging career highs of 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 35.3 minutes in 78 games played for the Pacers. He also set career highs in field goals (427), field goal percentage (.491), three-point field goals (86) and three-point percentage (.352). Stephenson scored in double figures 64 times, including 13 games of 20 points or more. He also recorded 22 double-figure rebounding games and six double-figure assist games, tallying 20 double-doubles.

In addition to his career highs, Stephenson’s single-season totals in 2013-14 surpassed his previous three-year career totals in points, rebounds, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, assists, field goals, three-point field goals and free throws. He also saw action in 19 playoff games, averaging 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 37.1 minutes.

Stephenson was originally selected by the Pacers with the 40th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He has played in 216 career games, all for the Pacers, with averages of 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists. In 42 career playoff games, he has averaged 10.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 33.1 minutes.

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HOYLAKE, ENGLAND (AP) - Masters champion Bubba Watson and a handful of former British Open winners including Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington were among those missing the cut Friday at Royal Liverpool.

Watson finished his morning round Friday well before the cut of 2-over 146 was determined. But he figured his 4-over total after rounds of 76 and 72 would not see him playing the weekend, saying "I can't wait to get back to see my wife and child."

Els, the 2002 and 2012 champion, lost any realistic chance of making the cut when he shot 79 Thursday. He said he was shaken up after injuring a spectator with an errant tee shot on the first and making a triple-bogey 7.

The South African shot 73 Friday and missed the cut by six strokes.

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HOYLAKE, England (AP) - The British Open once again lived up to its unpredictable weather reputation, and doesn't half the field at Royal Liverpool know it.

Ideal weather greeted morning groups Thursday, but the wind picked up in the afternoon. On Friday, those same afternoon golfers got the worst of gusty morning conditions.

By midday Friday, the wind died down, creating similar conditions for the same lucky golfers who benefited from good scoring opportunities Thursday morning.

That left George Coetzee, who shot 69 Friday, as the only player on the leaderboard who drew the unlucky Thursday afternoon-Friday morning double.

Those guys shouldn't despair: Padraig Harrington experienced battering wind and rain in the first round at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and shot 74. Three days later, he won his second British Open.

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HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Rory McIlroy has avoided his recent Friday hiccups and expanded his lead in the British Open at Royal Liverpool.

The former No. 1-ranked player fired his second straight 6-under 66 for a 12-under total that gives him a four-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson at the midway point. McIlroy bogeyed the first hole before carding seven birdies, giving him 13 through 36 holes.

Prior to Friday's play, McIlroy had put up a cumulative score of 15 over par in second-round action this year, compared with 55 under for the opening round, and 39 under on the weekend.

Johnson moved into second by recording the best round of the tournament, a 7-under 65. Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler are among six players in a tie for third at 6-under.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 to leave him at even par.

Tiger Woods struggled to a 5-over 77 including a final-hole birdie that allowed him to just make the cut.

Masters champion Bubba Watson and a number of former British Open winners, including Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington, were among those missing the cut.

The Open will use a two-tee start for the first time in the tournament's 154-year history for the third round due to predicted heavy rain and thunderstorms. McIlroy's group will tee off just after 6 am (Eastern time).

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