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WWAY's Wednesday night sports - Oct. 17

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ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) - Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for an injured Carlos Beltran and the St. Louis Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3½ hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants for a 2-1 series lead Wednesday night.

Kyle Lohse worked around a season-worst five walks in 5 2-3 innings. Mitchell Boggs struck out Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt with two on to end the seventh and Jason Motte earned the first two-inning save of his career to reward what remained of a sellout crowd of 45,850, perhaps a third, that stuck around.

Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro had two hits and a clean game in the field, two days after Matt Holliday rammed him breaking up a double-play ball. Manager Bruce Bochy had said there would be no retaliation, and Game 3 was collision-free.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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DETROIT, MI (AP) - Game 4 of the AL championship series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees has been postponed by bad weather in the area - although Comerica Park itself was still dry when the game was called.

Wednesday night's game was rescheduled for Thursday at 4:07 p.m., when Game 5 was originally slated to be played. Detroit leads the best-of-seven series 3-0.

The first pitch had been scheduled for 8:07 p.m., but shortly before then the crowd was informed of the delay. A radar forecast for the Detroit area was eventually posted on the scoreboard video screen, as if to explain to fans why there was no baseball despite what was still rather pleasant weather at the ballpark.

The postponement was announced after a delay of about 1 hour, 10 minutes.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

The Wolfpack, with four starters back from a team that reached the NCAA round of 16, earned 26 of 53 first-place votes from media members at the league's annual "Operation Basketball" media day. It is the first time N.C. State has been picked as the preseason favorite since the 1974-75 season.

In addition, N.C. State junior C.J. Leslie was player of the year, teammate Lorenzo Brown was an all-ACC pick and guard Rodney Purvis was voted rookie of the year.

Duke was second with 21 first-place votes, while North Carolina was third.

Reigning tournament champion Florida State was fourth, followed by Miami, Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Boston College.

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

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High School Wednesday Scoreboard

Girls Volleyball
Greenville Rose 3
Ashley 1
The Rampants beat Ashley 25-14, 27-29, 25-23 and 25-23 to secure the top volleyball playoff seed in the Mideastern Conference.

New Bern 3
Laney 0
The Bears secure a playoff spot with the win over the Buccaneers.

Boys Soccer
Whiteville 1
East Bladen 1

North Brunswick 8
West Bladen 0

Goals: West Bladen - None. North Brunswick - Edgar Martinez 3, Christian Lancaster, Josh Evans, Tranden Black, Salvador Dominguez, Homero Segura.

Assists: West Bladen - None. North Brunswick - Alvero Hernandez 2, Edgar Martinez.

Saves: West Bladen: Brett Jackson 11, Anthony Sebastian 2. North Brunswick - Garrett Hilburn 0.

Records: West Bladen 3-12 overall, 0-10 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference; North Brunswick 14-4-1 overall, 6-3-1 in Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– In a game where chances were abundant but goals were few, UNCW overcame an early deficit to edge Colonial Athletic Association opponent Georgia State, 2-1, Wednesday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Seahawks, 6-8-1 overall and 3-4-0 in the CAA, scored twice in a 92-second span midway through the second half to remain unbeaten against the Panthers at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

Georgia State, 4-9-0 and 1-5-0, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute following an errant pass by the Seahawks in their third of the field. Panthers forward Alex Vivanco took the interception and finished unassisted to put his side up 1-0 early at 21:12.

The Seahawks, who owned a 13-7 advantage in shots, nearly leveled the score 12 minutes later when senior forward Thomas Driver put a diving header on goal after a ball was deflected to him the box. Panthers keeper CJ Cochran then made one of his three saves of the first half to keep the score 1-0 going into the intermission.

The Seahawks’ fortune changed in the 59th minute, however. Freshman forward Colin Bonner’s deflected attempt squeaked past Cochran to even the score at 1-1. Sophomore midfielder Jamie Dell provided the assist that led to Bonner’s fourth goal of the year at 58:46.

UNCW sophomore defender Jacob VanCompernolle then completed the scoring with his third goal of the year at the 60:18 mark after cleaning up a loose ball in the box.

The goal came after sophomore forward Jamie Dell played a free kick into the box and freshman forward Nathaniel Goodwin put a strike on target, only to be pushed away by Cochran and finding VanCompernolle for the finish. Dell was credited with assists on both Seahawk goals.

The UNCW defense dug in to hold onto its slim lead in the final 29 minutes to snap a three-game losing streak in CAA play.

With just three regular season games remaining, Coach Aidan Heaney’s team continues its pursuit of a CAA playoff spot Saturday when the Seahawks travel to second place Northeastern for a 6 p.m. kick off.

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ALLENDALE, SC (CFCC) - The Cape Fear Community College women's soccer team defeated USC-Salkehatchie in Allendale, SC by the score of 5-1. USC-Salk scored first in the '16th minute of the game, before the Sea Devils gained control by scoring 5 unanswered goals. Lauren Smith finished a Beth Okpodu cross in the '26 min to equal the score. Okpodu then scored in the '33 minute off an Jessie Wilson assist. Alex Duty notched just before half-time off a Jamie Berti assist. Smith scored her second goal of the game in the '60th minute, when she finished a cross from Duty. Amanda Fenton topped off the scoring for the day when she netted in the '70th minute (assist Tanay Ellis). CFCC upped their record to 13-2-1, 10-1 in Region X, and secured the #1 seed for the Conference Tournament next week in Spartanburg SC. The Lady Seadevils are currently ranked #19 Nationally in the NJCAA and #12 in the NSCAA. Next game- North Campus Soccer Field, Saturday, Oct 20th at 2pm vs USC-Lancaster.

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