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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We had our sports camera out and about on Wednesday. We stopped by media day at UNCW's Trask Coliseum. Click play video to see our report on the 2012-13 UNCW men's basketball team.

WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) --The 16 members of the UNCW men's basketball team and the coaching staff became acquainted with area print, electronic and on-line media Tuesday afternoon during the team's annual "Media Day" meet-and-greet at Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks and third-year head coach Buzz Peterson officially begin practice next Saturday, Oct. 13, in preparation for a challenging slate of 30 games in 2012-13.

The UNCW men will face in-state opponent N.C. Wesleyan in an exhibition game Nov. 3 before the regular season opener Nov. 11 at home against two-time Big South Conference champion UNC Asheville.

CAA Player-of-the-Year candidate Keith Rendleman, a senior forward, will anchor the Seahawks this season. The Iron Station, N.C., product averaged a double double of 15.3 points and 10.0 rebounds one year ago en route to First-Team All-CAA honors.

Season tickets for UNCW's 15 home games are still available by calling the UNCW Athletic Ticket Office at 910-962-3233.

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Wednesday College Soccer

Cape Fear Community College 2
Wake Tech 1

Wednesday High School Soccer

South Columbus 6, West Bladen 4 (OT)

West Bladen 2 2 0 0 -- 4
South Columbus 2 2 1 1 -- 6

Goals: West Bladen - Clay Allen 2, Cameron Winebarger 2. South Columbus - Josh Ward 3, Austin Chapman 3.

Assists: West Bladen - Clay Allen 2, Edwin Labra, Colby McLean, Cameron Winebarger, Eliezer Lopez. South Columbus - Colby Avins, Oscar Herrera.

Saves: West Bladen - Lucas McNeill 8. South Columbus - Jody Harrelson 6.

Records: West Bladen 3-8 overall, 0-6 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference; South Columbus 3-5-1 overall, 2-4 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference.

Scoring recap
1. SC - Austin Chapman, 6 yards, header, (Assist - Colby Avins), 5:58, 1st half
2. SC - Josh Ward, 15 yards, 6:50, 1st half
3. WB - Cameron Winebarger, 8 yards (Assists - Colby McLean, Clay Allen), 29:04, 1st half
4. WB - Clay Allen, 5 yards (Assist - Edwin Labra), 31:08, 1st half
5. SC - Josh Ward, 6 yards (Assist - Oscar Herrera), 4:43, 2nd half
6. WB - Clay Allen, 15 yards (Assist - Cameron Winebarger, Eliezer Lopez), 21:27, 2nd half
7. WB - Cameron Winebarger, 10 yards (Assist - Clay Allen), 30:12, 2nd half
8. SC - Josh Ward, 10 yards, 37:05, 2nd half
9. SC - Austin Chapman, 25 yards, 9:52, 1st overtime
10. SC - Austin Chapman, 15 yards, 9:48, 2nd overtime

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WILLIAMSBURG, VA -– Propelled by three second half goals, UNCW topped host William & Mary, 3-0, in Colonial Athletic Association soccer action on Wednesday and gave Head Coach Aidan Heaney his 100th career win with the Seahawk program.

The Seahawks improved to 5-5-1 overall with their third consecutive win and 2-1 in the league. The Tribe, meanwhile, dropped to 2-7-2 overall and 0-2-1 in the CAA.

Freshman Colin Bonner got the Seahawks on the board just 2:40 into the second half with his third goal of the season. Bonner was on the finishing end of a through pass from sophomore David Sizemore. Bonner’s shot beat Tribe goalkeeper Bennett Jones to the near post for the lead.

The Seahawks, who held a 16-9 advantage in shots on the night, continued their second half scoring in the 67th minute on freshman Nathaniel Goodwin’s third goal of the season. Goodwin, the reigning CAA Rookie-of-the-Week, scored unassisted after gaining control of a loose ball in the penalty area and burying his opportunity.

Freshman Hannes Schmitz capped the scoring, all by freshmen, in the 80th minute. Senior Thomas Driver, who was credited with an assist on the strike, sent a cross into the penalty area where sophomore Jack Ward settled it and rolled a pass to Schmitz, who delivered his first career goal for the Seahawks.

Defensively, UNCW posted its third shutout of the season as freshman goalkeeper Sam Williams and junior Brad Newman were not called upon to make any saves. All nine Tribe shots were off target.

The Seahawks stayed on the road this weekend where they will faceoff with first-place Drexel on Saturday. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

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WILMINGTON, NC (Hammerheads) -- Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington Hammerheads have officially announced the promotion of one of their current employees to the position of General Manager. Previously holding the title of Sales Manager for both the 2011 and 2012 regular seasons, Matt Sadler has recently been named the Hammerheads’ General Manager for the Club’s upcoming 2013 season.

Accepting the position of General Manager has required Sadler to step down and resign from his current post-season occupation, Head Coach of the Cape Fear Community College Men’s Soccer team. Sadler has been the Head Coach for Cape Fear during the Hammerheads’ post-season for the past two years and his final season will come to a close before the end of October.

“I’m excited for this opportunity,” stated Sadler. “We have a great Hammerheads staff and we all look forward to keeping the Wilmington Hammerheads the best professional sports entertainment value in southeast North Carolina.”

Sadler earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Methodist University in 2003. While at Methodist, Sadler was a four-year starter on the Men’s Soccer team and was named Captain his senior season.

Prior to joining the Hammerheads staff in 2011, Sadler spent three seasons as the Men’s Assistant Soccer Coach at Methodist University. He also held positions of Assistant Athletic Director, Physical Education teacher, and boys and girls soccer coach at Fayetteville Christian School, with the boys’ soccer team advancing to the State Final Four twice.

“Matt has stepped in the last two years and has done a phenomenal job for us,” said Hammerheads Majority Owner Bill Rudisill. “His promotion to General Manager is an indication of his hard work and dedication to the Hammerheads and I look forward to Matt leading our team. We have a tremendous group of individuals in the Hammerheads’ office who are committed to our Club.”

Although there may be some new changes on the field, behind the scenes the Wilmington Hammerheads will continue into the 2013 season with their current full-time staff from the 2012 regular season; Head Coach David Irving will remain Director of Soccer, Danielle Dorantich will remain the Marketing and Public Relations Manager, and Danielle Osborne will continue as the Operations Manager.

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HAMPSTEAD, NC (Topsail High news release) -- Topsail High School is pleased to announce the hiring of James "Jim" Clanahan as head varsity girls basketball coach. Coach Clanahan has served as a varsity head basketball coach for 15 years and has won a state boys championship in Georgia. He is currently a history teacher and assistant football coach at the school.

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Postseason Baseball Glance
The Associated Press

All Times EDT
WILD CARD
Friday, Oct. 5
National League: St. Louis (Lohse 16-3) at Atlanta (Medlen 10-1), 5:07 p.m. (TBS)

American League: Baltimore (Saunders 9-13 or Johnson 4-0) at Texas (Darvish 16-9), 8:37 p.m. (TBS)

DIVISION SERIES
(Best-of-5; x-if necessary)
American League
Series A
Oakland vs. Detroit
Saturday, Oct. 6: Oakland at Detroit (Verlander 17-8), 6:07 p.m. (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 7: Oakland at Detroit (TBS or MLB)

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Detroit at Oakland (TBS)

x-Wednesday, Oct. 10: Detroit at Oakland (TBS or MLB)

x-Thursday, Oct. 11: Detroit at Oakland (TBS)

Series B
New York vs. Baltimore-Texas winner
Sunday, Oct. 7: New York at Baltimore-Texas winner (TBS or MLB)

Monday, Oct. 8: New York at Baltimore-Texas winner (TBS)

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Baltimore-Texas winner at New York (TBS or MLB)

x-Thursday, Oct. 11: Baltimore-Texas winner at New York (TBS)

x-Friday, Oct. 12: Baltimore-Texas winner at New York (TBS)

National League
Series A
Cincinnati vs. San Francisco
Saturday, Oct. 6: Cincinnati (Cueto 19-9) at San Francisco (Cain 16-5), 9:37 p.m. (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 7: Cincinnati (Arroyo 12-10) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 16-11) (TBS or MLB)

Tuesday, Oct. 9: San Francisco at Cincinnati (Mat Latos 14-4) (TBS)

x-Wednesday, Oct. 10: San Francisco at Cincinnati (TBS or MLB)

x-Thursday, Oct. 11: San Francisco at Cincinnati (TBS)

Series B
Washington vs. Atlanta-St. Louis winner
Sunday, Oct. 7: Washington (Gonzalez 21-8) at St. Louis-Atlanta winner (TBS or MLB)

Monday, Oct. 8: Washington (Zimmermann 12-8) at St. Louis-Atlanta winner (TBS)

Wednesday, Oct. 10: St. Louis-Atlanta winner at Washington (TBS or MLB)

x-Thursday, Oct. 11: St. Louis-Atlanta winner at Washington (TBS)

x-Friday, Oct. 12: St. Louis-Atlanta winner at Washington (TBS)

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)
American League
All games televised by TBS
Saturday, Oct. 13: Oakland-Detroit winner at New York OR Baltimore-Texas winner at Oakland-Detroit winner

Sunday, Oct. 14: Oakland-Detroit winner at New York OR Baltimore-Texas winner at Oakland-Detroit winner

Tuesday, Oct. 16: New York at Oakland-Detroit winner OR Oakland-Detroit winner at Baltimore-Texas winner

Wednesday, Oct. 17: New York at Oakland-Detroit winner OR Oakland-Detroit winner at Baltimore-Texas winner

x-Thursday, Oct. 18: New York at Oakland-Detroit winner OR Oakland-Detroit winner at Baltimore-Texas winner

x-Saturday, Oct. 20: Oakland-Detroit winner at New York OR Baltimore-Texas winner at Oakland-Detroit winner

x-Sunday, Oct. 21: Oakland-Detroit winner at New York OR Baltimore-Texas winner at Oakland-Detroit winner

National League
All games televised by Fox
Sunday, Oct. 14: Cincinnati-San Francisco winner at Washington OR St. Louis-Atlanta winner at Cincinnati-San Francisco winner

Monday, Oct. 15: Cincinnati-San Francisco winner at Washington OR St. Louis-Atlanta winner at Cincinnati-San Francisco winner

Wednesday, Oct. 17: Washington at Cincinnati-San Francisco winner OR Cincinnati at St. Louis-Atlanta winner

Thursday, Oct. 18: Washington at Cincinnati-San Francisco winner OR Cincinnati at St. Louis-Atlanta winner

x-Friday, Oct. 19: Washington at Cincinnati-San Francisco winner OR Cincinnati at St. Louis-Atlanta winner

x-Sunday, Oct. 21: Cincinnati-San Francisco winner at Washington OR St. Louis-Atlanta winner at Cincinnati-San Francisco winner

x-Monday, Oct. 22: Cincinnati-San Francisco winner at Washington OR St. Louis-Atlanta winner at Cincinnati-San Francisco winner

WORLD SERIES
(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)
All games televised by Fox
Wednesday, Oct. 24: at National League, (n)

Thursday, Oct. 25: at National League, (n)

Saturday, Oct. 27: at American League, (n)

Sunday, Oct. 28: at American League, (n)

x-Monday, Oct. 29: at American League, (n)

x-Wednesday, Oct. 31: at National League, (n)

x-Thursday, Nov. 1: at National League, (n)

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

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Wednesday's major league summary

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Athletics 12, Rangers 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland won the AL West title with another improbable rally in a season full of them, coming back from four runs down and a 13-game division deficit to stun two-time defending league champion Texas on Wednesday.

Josh Hamilton dropped a fly ball in center field for a two-run error that put the A's (94-68) ahead 7-5 in a six-run fourth inning.

While Hamilton's Rangers (93-69) are headed to the new one-game, wild-card playoff, the A's get some time off before opening the division series in their first postseason appearance since 2006.

The A's needed a sweep Texas and they delivered to win their first division crown in six years and 15th in all. They overcame a five-game deficit in the final nine days and took sole possession of the West's top spot for the first time this year.

Oakland's Coco Crisp hit a tying two-run double in the fourth against Derek Holland (12-7). Brandon Moss drove in three runs, including a two-run single in a four-run eighth.

Rookie Evan Scribner (2-0) allowed two hits and struck out two in three scoreless innings after replacing struggling starter A.J. Griffin.

Derek Norris homered leading off the eighth with his seventh homer and Oakland's major league-leading 112th since the All-Star break.

Yankees 14, Red Sox 2

NEW YORK (AP) - Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit a pair of homers, powering the New York Yankees past the Boston Red Sox 14-2 on a raucous Wednesday night in the Bronx for their 13th AL East title in 17 years.

In front of fans poised to party from the first pitch, the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the last-place Red Sox to win their second consecutive division crown. The championship was locked up by the seventh inning, when Baltimore's 4-1 loss at Tampa bay went final.

Cano tied a career high with six RBIs as New York secured home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. The Yankees will open on the road Sunday against the winner of Friday's wild-card game between Baltimore and Texas.

Rays 4, Orioles 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Evan Longoria hit three home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Baltimore 4-1 Wednesday, ending the Orioles' bid to force a one-game tiebreaker for the AL East title.

The loss on the final day of the regular season left the Orioles as a wild-card team. They'll play Friday at Texas, with the winner advancing to the division series.

Baltimore began the day one game behind the New York Yankees in the division. The Orioles needed a win, plus a loss by the Yankees to Boston, to pull even.

Longoria finished the season with a bang for the second straight year, hitting solo shots off Chris Tillman in the first and fourth innings and adding another solo shot off Jake Arrieta in the sixth.

With a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game, Longoria grounded out in the eighth.

Tigers 1, Royals 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to achieve the Triple Crown in the AL Central-champion Detroit Tigers' 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Cabrera went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, then left in the fourth inning of the regular-season finale. He received a standing ovation from the opposing fans.

He finished with an American League-leading .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs, becoming just the 15th player to achieve the milestone and the first since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

Max Scherzer pitched four innings for Detroit to test his sore right shoulder ahead of the playoffs, which the Tigers will open Saturday at home against Oakland. The bullpen took over from there, with Luis Marte (1-0) picking up the win and Luke Putkonen his first career save.

Austin Jackson drove in the only run off Royals starter Luis Mendoza (8-10).

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Nationals 5, Phillies 1

WASHINGTON (AP) - The NL East champion Washington Nationals secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Wednesday for their majors-high 98th victory, with Ryan Zimmerman homering moments after the Teddy Roosevelt mascot won the Presidents Race at Nationals Park for the first time.

By winning their regular-season finale, the Nationals clinched top seeding for the NL playoffs and will open on the road Sunday at the winner of Friday's wild-card game between Atlanta and St. Louis. Game 2 will also be at the wild-card winner's stadium, before the best-of-five series shifts to Washington.

Before Wednesday's game, the Nationals were fitted for hats with postseason patches.

Braves 4, Pirates 0

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jason Heyward singled twice and scored two runs as the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in their regular-season finale on Wednesday.

Chipper Jones added a pinch-hit single in his final regular-season at-bat for Atlanta, which hosts St. Louis in the wild-card playoff on Friday.

Luis Avilan (1-0) won on a day the Braves used eight pitchers to hold Pittsburgh to four hits. Ben Sheets started and pitched one scoreless inning in his last major league appearance.

A.J. Burnett (16-10) gave up four runs in 5 2-3 innings for Pittsburgh. The Pirates finished 79-83, extending their record streak of losing seasons to 20.

Cards 1, Reds 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rookie right-hander Shelby Miller took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his first career start, Matt Carpenter had a run-scoring single and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 Wednesday night.

The Cardinals, who won 12 of their final 16 regular-season games, clinched the second NL wild card spot Tuesday and will face the Braves in Atlanta on Friday.

Cincinnati, which has won four of seven, takes on NL West champion San Francisco in an NL division series beginning Saturday.

Miller gave up a two-out bloop single to Wilson Valdez in the sixth to end his no-hit bid. He struck out seven, walked two and allowed just one hit over six innings.

Reds starter Homer Bailey, who threw a no-hitter at Pittsburgh in his previous start, tossed four shutout innings on four hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

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

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