EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) — The New York Giants have added running back Michael Cox and six other players to their practice squad.
Six of the seven, including Cox, were cut by the Giants on Saturday before rejoining the team on Sunday. They include cornerbacks Bennett Jackson and Chandler Fenner, linebacker Dan Fox, defensive end Jordan Stanton, and wide receiver Julian Talley.
Cox was the Giants’ seventh-round draft pick last year. He played in 14 games as a rookie, including one start. He also led the team with 20 kickoff returns for 436 yards.
The seventh player signed to the Giants practice squad was offensive tackle Nick Becton, who was waived by San Diego. He signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent last year and spent most of his rookie season on San Diego’s practice squad, although he was on the active roster for six weeks and appeared in one game.
***Note: Nick Becton is a graduate of New Hanover School.
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Led by tournament most valuable player Morgan Kline’s 14 kills, UNCW closed out the Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Showcase with a 3-0 sweep of Eastern Washington on Sunday at Hanover Hall.
The Seahawks finished the opening weekend with a 3-1 mark while the Eagles dropped to .500 at 2-2.
Kline held match-high honors with her 14 kills as UNCW out-hit the Eagles, .261-.094, for the match. Meredith Peacock and Kaityln Cobb, who was making her collegiate debut, each added six kills. Freshman Sydney Brock led UNCW at the net with eight total blocks as the Seahawk dominated the front line with 13 blocks on the match.
All-Tournament selection Allie Schumacher led the Eagles with 11 kills and completed a double-double with 10 digs. Ashlee Vaoifi held match-high honors with 13 digs.
The first set saw five lead changes and 10 ties before the Seahawks pulled away late scoring five of the final seven points for the win.
UNCW hit .387 in the middle set led by Kline’s four kills and in the final set, the Seahawks broke a 12-all deadlock with an 8-2 run for a 20-14 lead.
All-Tournament: MVP – Morgan Kline (UNCW); Meredith Peacock (UNCW); Maggie Speaks (NC State); Caitlin Stapleton (Fairfield); Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina); Allie Schumacher (Eastern Washington)
Up Next For UNCW: The Seahawks head to Greenville, N.C. for the East Carolina Invitational. They’ll open with Morgan State on Friday at 10 a.m. and close out the trip with a 1 p.m. start against Norfolk State on Saturday, followed by a 4 p.m. match against Tennessee Tech.
Notes: Kline chalked up a double-double with 10 digs … She also finished the weekend with 43 kills … Lindsay Hartmann paced the Seahawks with 11 digs from the libero position … Setter Alyssa Desjardins handed out 21 assists while Victoria Phillips and Hartmann added nine and six, respectively … Defensively, Meredith Peacock topped the Seahawks with 23 blocks as UNCW out-blocked its opponents 45-25 … UNCW is now 1-0 against Eastern Washington … Sydney Brock made an impact at the net, totaling 20 blocks in her first four matches.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — The UNCW women’s soccer team erupted for four unanswered goals in the first half to stun visiting UNC Charlotte en route to a 4-2 throttling of the 49ers Sunday in college women’s soccer action at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
Coach Paul Cairney’s club won its second straight to even its regular season ledger at 2-2. UNC Charlotte dipped to 1-2 after losing its second straight outing following a season-opening win at UNC Greensboro.
The Seahawks doubled their season scoring total in the first half alone early Sunday in an impressive offensive performance under sunny skies and a slight breeze.
After UNCC’s Shelby Hicks staked the 49ers to an early 1-0 lead just six minutes into the contest, junior striker Maddie McCormick of UNCW evened the score when she took a pass in the middle, cut around a defender and rifled a shot between the legs of 49ers goalkeeper Annika McHenry at 7:38.
Freshman midfielder Serenity Waters then gave the Seahawks the lead for good with her first collegiate goal. The rookie from Sharpsburg, Ga., took a cross from Mindy Farmer and headed the ball into the net at 19:05 to give the Seahawks a 2-1 advantage.
The Seahawks hiked the score to 3-1 at 25:08 behind the tandem of Katrina Guillou and Morgan Leyble. Guillou notched her third goal of the campaign when she took a long pass from Leyble and one-touched the ball past McHenry for UNCW’s third score.
UNCW tacked on yet another tally before intermission when senior midfielder Allye Mertes headed in a pass from Guillou at 36:29.
The 49ers completed the scoring at 85:30 on an Alex Meyers header off a free kick from 35 yards away with time winding down.
The Seahawks travel to Blacksburg, Va., next weekend to participate in the Virginia Tech Tournament. UNCW faces Wake Forest on Friday, Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. and then takes on the host Hokies on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. The 49ers, meanwhile, visit Liberty on Thursday, Sept. 4, for a 4 p.m. kick-off.
GAME NOTES: The 49ers outshot the Seahawks, 18-13…UNCW had 10 corner kicks in the contest…Huddy recorded the shutout in goal for the Seahawks, registering six saves…The Seahawks had four assists…UNCW won its fourth game in the 10-game series with UNCC…It was the second of three straight games against in-state opponents for the Seahawks…Guillou has scored in three of UNCW’s four games this season.
WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — Wilmington Hammerheads FC hosted Sacramento Republic FC in a scoreless draw at Legion Stadium on Saturday night. Wilmington is still searching for the points needed to secure a definite position in the current playoff race. Saturday’s equalizer currently has the Hammerheads tied for the seventh seed slot with the Harrisburg City Islanders.
Sacramento entered the first half eager to notch another win on the East Coast after claiming a victory over the Charleston Battery on Wednesday night. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez was offered a free kick in the 12th minute, however possession was soon reverted back to Wilmington as Sunny Jane took the ball for a breakaway before being denied by Sacramento goalkeeper Jacob Gleeson. Moments later, Sacramento dropped the ball into the penalty area off a corner kick, but was punched out by Hammerheads goalkeeper Brad Stuver.
Drew Ruggles led Wilmington with an opportunity on goal from a free kick that soared over the net in the 23rd minute following a foul on Ivan Mirkovic. Sacramento’s James Kiffe and Chad Bartlome each responded shortly after with shots outside the penalty area leading into halftime, both of which we off-frame.
Sammy Ochoa put off his first shot of the night for the Hammerheads in the 73rd minute with a hard ball over the net, almost lifting Wilmington from the scoreless margin at hand. Midfielder Corben Bone had a key opportunity minutes later in the 76th minute, but could not get rid of the ball fast enough as Gleeson approached and forced him into a deflection.
The Hammerheads were close to pulling out a goal to increase the score in stoppage time as midfielder Steven Miller went for a breakaway down the sideline for a cross to Ochoa, but was knocked out by Sacramento forcing the corner and led to them ultimately regained possession.
The Hammerheads return to their home pitch of Legion Stadium on Wednesday, September 3 as they host Orlando City Soccer Club for their final home match of the regular season. Fans are encouraged to attend and show their support before the Hammerheads travel north to make a final push for the playoffs. Tickets can be purchased prior to Wednesday’s match at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.
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Cape Fear went down in the 15th minute, but rallied for scores before the break and put the match away midway through the second half on a goal from Nate Torbett off a cross from Muhammed Jajhateh in a 3-1 result over College of Southern Maryland.
Kipp Carriker assisted Mamadou Kelleh for the equalizer and Carriker tallied in the 43rd minute to give the Sea Devils a weekend sweep on their home pitch. .Dakota Moore had one save, while facing three shots.
“It was a great weekend for the team,” said CFCC Coach Chris Libert. :Two games in two days, with the second coming in the heat of the afternoon Sunday, we used a deep bench to help preserve an undefeated start to the season.”
Cape Fear looks to build on their 4-0 mark Thursday and home against Richard Bland College. Kickoff at the CFCC North Campus is at 4 p.m.
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Cape Fear ran their win streak to five with a straight set sweep in back-to-back games on Sunday
Brittani Jefferson had two all-around performances with 16 kills, five aces and three digs, while Megan Thomas collected 20 assists along with Michelle Escue, who set up 12 points for the Sea Devil hitters.
“We had a pair of solid efforts, but are still continuing to grow as a team.” said CFCC Coach Emily Coleman. We hit .267 as a team and came out on top after a long week.”
After five games in six days, the Sea Devils (5-0) head into a full week of practice with another full schedule coming up this weekend in Hickory beginning on Friday, Sept. 5.
Cape Fear 3
Hagerstown CC 0
Muhammed Jahateh tallied twice and Nate Pace found the back of the net as Cape Fear Community College blanked Hagerstown CC 3-0 at the CFCC North Campus late Saturday afternoon.
“We put in a good performance by the entire team today,” said CFCC Coach Chris Libert. “We’re off to a good start with three wins, but quickly need to refocus for Sunday’s game against the College of Southern Maryland.”
Maryland was in town for the weekend and picked up a 4-2 win over Spartanburg Methodist early Saturday.
Jahateh notched his first score in the 18th minute off an assist from Myles Strickland, while Pace put the Sea Devils in front two-nil just after the halftime break. Jahateh put the game away in the 67th minute on a touch from Mamadou Kelleh. Dakota Moore made one save in the shutout.
Cape Fear (3-0) entertains College of Southern Maryland at the North campus soccer field at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Hagerstown takes on Spartanburg at 11 a.m.
GREENVILLE, NC (ECU) — On a night when star senior receiver Justin Hardy snared a pair of touchdown passes and became East Carolina’s all-time leader in receptions, it was a pass he threw that will be remembered as the highlight of the 2014 season-opener Saturday night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Hardy’s 41-yard pass on a double reverse, hitting a wide-open Isaiah Jones with 3:27 left in the first quarter vaulted the slow-starting Pirates ahead 10-7 and ignited what ended in a 52-7 rout of N.C. Central before a crowd of 42,758 and an ESPNews audience.
“I think everybody thought it was going to be a magical beginning,” fifth-year head coach Ruffin McNeill said. “Everyone has to remember we want to play our best game in our last game, like last year. I thought our offense did a good job of staying in what (offensive coordinator) Lincoln (Riley) wanted. We made adjustments and stayed steady. What I’m really proud of is the commitment to the team concept.”
Hardy finished with eight catches for 87 yards, giving him 274 receptions for his career. His leaping 17-yard grab of a Shane Carden pass in the second quarter gave him 269 and pushed him past Dwayne Harris.
Hardy had touchdown catches of 20 yards and 1 yard, both in the second quarter to help the Pirates to a commanding 31-7 halftime lead. He and Carden have now hooked up 20 times in their record-setting careers, the most among active tandems in college football.
Carden, pressured early by a blitzing Eagle defense, found his rhythm and completed 18 of 27 passes for 203 yards in the first half. He finished 26 of 37 before redshirt freshman Kurt Benkert stepped in at the start of the fourth quarter for his first action. Benkert, from Cape Coral, Fla., connected on six of eight passes for 50 yards and capped the scoring with a spinning nine-yard run with 1:22 to play.
The Pirates piled up 582 yards of total offense, the sixth-highest total at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and the second-most under McNeill.
ECU, limited to 22 rushing yards on 11 carries in the first half, plowed out 186 in the second half to finish with 208. The freshman duo of Marquez Grayson (seven carries, 78 yards) and Anthony Scott (seven carries, 61 yards) and junior Chris Hairston (three carries, 33 yards) carried the bulk of the load in the final two quarters.
Scott scored on a 38-yard sprint with 6:40 to go to put the Pirates up 45-7. Grayson had a 42-yard run to set up the final TD by Benkert.
The Pirate defense, led by Zeek Bigger’s 11 tackles, did its part against the overmatched Eagles and held an opponent without an offensive touchdown for the first time since a 24-3 win over No. 8 West Virginia on Sept. 6, 2008.
The Pirates forced just one turnover, but it turned into quick points. With the Eagles pinned deep, junior defensive end Johnathan White disrupted an attempted pitch by quarterback Quinn Billerman, and redshirt freshman Joe Allely recovered at the 2-yard line. On second down, after a pass interference penalty and rush attempt, Carden found Hardy in the front of the end zone.
Carden distributed the ball to six different receivers. He moved up to third on the school’s all-time completion list with 686, just one behind James Pinkney. His 59 career touchdown passes trails only David Garrard (60) and Dominique Davis (62).
Jones, a sophomore building on a stellar freshman season, had six catches for 108 yards by halftime and finished with career highs of 10 receptions and 150 yards receiving.
The Pirates were unable to match the energy of a festive pregame in the opening minutes and found themselves in a 7-0 hole after C.J. Moore scooped up a Breon Allen fumble on ECU’s first rushing attempt and ran 31 yards. The Eagles would not come close to generating any more points as ECU’s defense got physical and clamped down.
Warren Harvey’s 34-yard field goal got the Pirates within 7-3. A crushing hit by sophomore cornerback DaShaun Amos on a swing pass stymied the Eagles’ next drive and energized the purple-and-gold clad fans. A 15-yard penalty only briefly stalled the Pirates before Hardy’s momentum-swinging touchdown pass.
Allen’s 5-yard touchdown run and Hardy’s two scoring catches in the second quarter put the opener well in hand.
Now it’s on to a three-game challenge of South Carolina, Virginia Tech and North Carolina in successive weeks.
“I’m very proud of our team and how we played together,” McNeill added. “The only expectations our team is worried about are the ones we have. My expectations were met tonight. By our kids because I know how hard first games are. I was very proud of how they handled it.”
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