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WWAY's Sunday night sports - Sept. 9

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Burgaw's Chris Eaves entered Sunday's final round with a share of the lead at 4 under par 67 with Ross Robison at the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course in the City Amateur Championship. Defending champion Brian Mull and John Blackwell entered Sunday's round one shot off the lead in the two day golf tournament.

Chris Eaves managed another under par round on Sunday to capture first place by a four shot margin over Mull. Eaves and Mull were the only golfers to finish under par in the annual event. Sunday's win was the first City Amateur title for Eaves.

Chris Eaves 67-70 (-5)
Brian Mull 68-73 (-1)
Adam Sperry 70-72 (E)
Ross Robison 67-76 (+1)
Mike Sellers 70-73 (+1)
John Blackwell 68-76 (+2)
Jason Smith 71-73 (+2)

Note: Wilmington Municipal is a par 71 golf course
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW sports release) -- The UNCW men’s team won four out of five draws and the women’s squad captured championships in two brackets as the UNCW-Landfall Invitational Tournament wrapped up Sunday at the Country Club of Landfall’s Tennis Center.

In the men’s competition, the Seahawks racked up three singles titles on Sunday’s final day, with UNCW players battling each other in two of the three draws. Overall, the tourney featured All-Seahawk finals in three of the five men’s draws.

Junior Rafael Aita swept past senior Chris Cooprider, 6-1, 6-3, in straight sets to win the Flight A title after both Seahawks downed VCU players in the semifinals. Aita outlasted Jaime Vazquez, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, in the semis and Cooprider blitzed Alejandro Argente, 6-1, 6-2.

In the B Flight finale, UNCW sophomore Kaue Pereira carved out a three-set win over teammate Sam Williams, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Sophomore Zach Hublitz won the C Flight by default over UNC Charlotte’s Alex Weber.

“I feel very good about how our team performed in the tournament,” said sixth-year UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “We really enjoyed playing in front of the local crowd. This is the most dominant we have been in this event. We had some strong teams here, and I think our success is due to how hard the guys worked over the summer. I thought we had made some strides, but this shows just how far we have come.

“I’d like to thank the Country Club of Landfall and all of the volunteers, staff and families for their help with the tournament. It is truly a special event in this community and I love being part of it. I was especially pleased to see how many kids were there and watching them interact with our players.”

The UNCW women’s team made its debut under new skipper Evan Clark and won two championships. Juniors Angie Sekely and Olga Blank claimed the A Flight doubles title, while sophomore Hamilton Lovett captured the D Flight singles hardware.

Lovett thumped West Virginia’s Vivian Tsui, 6-3, 6-3, in Sunday’s final for first place in the D Flight.

“I’m really proud and pleased with the way our team competed throughout the weekend,” said Clark. “We definitely got better each day of the tournament and it was great to see what we need to work on moving forward. We’re excited to get back on the practice court this week.”

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NEW YORK (AP) - Finally tested, even trailing, at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams turned things around just in time.

Two points from defeat, Williams suddenly regained her composure and her game, coming back to win the last four games and beat No. 1-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 on Sunday night for her fourth championship at Flushing Meadows and 15th Grand Slam title overall.

Williams improved to 26-1 since a first-round exit at the French Open in late May, winning Wimbledon and the London Olympics.

It was the first three-set women's final in New York since 1995, and Williams came through with a late charge. She is the first woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season since she did it a decade ago.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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TAMPA, FL (AP) - Tampa Bay's rejuvenated defense came up with two interceptions against Cam Newton and the Buccaneers won their debut under coach Greg Schiano, 16-7 over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Josh Freeman threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams and Connor Barth kicked three field goals to help the Bucs stop a 10-game losing streak that prompted the firing of former coach Raheem Morris. Schiano came the Tampa after spent the past 11 seasons transforming Rutgers from one of the losingest programs in college football into a Big East contender.

Newton threw for 303 yards and one touchdown. But the Panthers were shut out in the first half, and the interceptions he threw thwarted Carolina's chances of overcoming the slow start.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Note: Wilmington resident Connor Barth made three field goals for Tampa Bay on Sunday.

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GREENVILLE, SC (UNCW sports release ) – Jack Ward and Nathaniel Goodwin scored goals to back a solid defensive effort as UNCW blanked rival College of Charleston, 2-0, in men’s soccer action on Sunday at the Stone Soccer Stadium.
The Seahawks evened their record at 2-2-1 with the non-conference win at the Diadoa/Spinx Invitational hosted by Furman. The Cougars, winners of their last two outings, dropped to 3-2-0 with the shutout loss.
UNCW sophomore Brandon Bolen needed to make just two saves to pick up the win. The Seahawks allowed 14 shots, but just two on frame.
Ward netted UNCW’s opening goal in the 19th minute when he was able to take advantage of a CofC defensive miscue. A Cougar defender tried to clear the ball, but Ward picked up the errant clear and fired a one-timer past CofC goalkeeper Kees Heemskerk, who finished with three saves.
UNCW doubled its lead in the 65th minute on a strike from Goodwin, a freshman making his first start of the season. After gaining possession following a Cougar foul, freshman Jose Garcia sent a free kick into the box where Goodwin headed home his first career goal.
The win gave the Seahawks a 2-1-1 mark against the Southern Conference overall and a 1-1-1 record against teams picked to finish in the top three of the league. UNCW posted wins against Appalachian State and Charleston, dropped a 4-2 decision to league favorite Furman on Friday and fashioned a 2-all draw against UNC Greensboro in the season opener.
The Seahawks host their eighth annual UNCW Hilton Garden Inn Classic next weekend at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Appalachian State takes on Binghamton at 5 p.m. on Friday followed by Saint Mary’s (Calif.) and the Seahawks at 7:30 p.m.
Saint Mary’s provides another stern test for the Seahawks. The Gaels reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 College Cup before being eliminated by eventual national champion UNC Chapel Hill.

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WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) -- The UNCW women's soccer team captured the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational championship early Sunday by trouncing Troy, 4-0, at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. It was the fourth straight win for Paul Cairney's improving team.

UNCW, 4-2-1, dominated the Trojans from the opening kick-off, scoring three goals in the first period and outshooting the Alabama club, 22-3, under overcast skies. The Seahawks kept a clean sheet in both games of the tournament after blanking Campbell, 3-0, in the opener Friday.

Troy, meanwhile, went 1-1-0 in the event after beating Elon, 2-1, in an overtime match Friday. The Trojans stand at 5-3-1 on the season after the tournament split.

The Seahawks opened the scoring just two minutes into the contest when junior midfielder Nicole Costa netted her second goal of the season. Costa found herself on the end of fellow junior midfielder Amanda Holmes' cross from the right flank and finished the goal with one touch into the middle of the net.

UNCW's midfield attack added a second goal in the ninth minute as senior midfielder Kim Currie broke away from the defense and launched a shot off that deflected off the left post from 18 yards out to beat Troy keeper Madison Winter.

Putting the game away early, Costa found the back of the net again in the 21st minutes, thanks to Stephanie Rose's cross into the center of the box. Costa's second goal of the game gave UNCW a 3-0 cushion going into the half.

The Seahawks added another insurance goal in the 56th minute after a series of passes led to a shot from the top of the box by Holmes into the lower left corner.

Currie and freshman midfielder Morgan Leyble were credited with assists on the goal.

The Seahawks put their hot streak on the line Thursday night when they travel to Conway, S.C., to face Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. The team then returns home Sunday, Sept. 16, toface in-state rival ECU at 7 p.m.

Courtyard Wilmington Marriott All-Tournament Team

Nicole Costa (UNCW)

Lindsay Henry (UNCW)

Jen Ludemann (UNCW)

Stephanie Rose (UNCW)

Paige McMillan (Troy)

Cecilia Thorngren (Troy)

Chelsey Williams (Troy)

Melissa Messier (Campbell)

Caitlin Schneider (Campbell)

Caroline O'Dee (Elon)

MVP - Kim Currie (UNCW)

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MARTINSVILLE, VA - (CFCC release) -- - The nationally ranked Cape Fear Community College Lady SeaDevils # 20 used two unassisted goals by sophomore mid fielder Amanda Fenton, thee goals by Jodi Foster, and a goal and an assist to beat Patrick Henry CC (Va) 8-0. Other goals came from Beth Okpodu, and Lauren Smith. Samantha Walker recorded the shutout in goal. Shots CFCC-32, PHCC 0. Record 5-0-0, 3-0-0 Region X. Next game- Away USC-Lancaster. Sat. Sept 15, 2pm

Men's Soccer
CFCC 4
Patrick Henry 3

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