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WWAY's Thursday night sports - Dec. 6

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OAKLAND, CA (AP) - Peyton Manning threw his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive and the Denver Broncos rolled to their eighth straight victory, beating the Oakland Raiders 26-13 on Thursday night.

Knowshon Moreno ran for 119 yards and a score on a career-high 32 carries and Matt Prater kicked four field goals for the Broncos (10-3), who moved a half-game ahead of New England and Baltimore for the second-best record in the AFC. Denver visits Baltimore next week in a game that will help decide who gets a first-round playoff bye.

Carson Palmer threw one interception that thwarted a possible scoring chance for the Raiders (3-10) and lost a fumble that set up a touchdown for the Broncos as Oakland lost its sixth straight game.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (AP) - Texas A&M junior Luke Joeckel has won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's outstanding interior lineman. He beat out fellow finalists Jonathan Cooper from North Carolina and Alabama's Barrett Jones.

Joeckel helped the Aggies average 235.1 yards rushing per game. The Aggies also had the third-ranked scoring offense in the country at 44.8 points per game.

He is the third straight offensive player to win the award and first from Texas A&M.

Texas A&M went 10-2 in its first Southeastern Conference season, earning a Cotton Bowl berth against Oklahoma on Jan. 4.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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HERE ARE RESULTS FROM THURSDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL IN THE CAPE FEAR REGION

NEW HANOVER GIRLS 43 - SOCASTEE 42
KAPRIA PRESSLEY SCORED SCORED 13 FOR THE WILDCATS AND ALEX SIMMONDS ADDED 10 POINTS

ASHLEY GIRLS 62 - WEST BRUNSWICK 28

ASHLEY BOYS 67 - WEST BRUNSWICK 53

LANEY HIGH SCHOOL WILL HOLD A SPECIAL CEREMONY FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MICHAEL JORDAN GYMNASIUM

THE BASKETBALL COURT AT LANEY WILL BE DEDICATED AS THE FRED LYNCH-RUBY SUTTON COURT

CHECK OUT WWAY'S FULL COURT PRESS ON FRIDAY NIGHT WITH JOHN RENDLEMAN & BRETT BLIZZARD. KEVIN SCHNEIER BE BACK IN THE SADDLE NEXT WEEK.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (NCHSAA) -- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors completed its winter Board meeting on Thursday at the NCHSAA offices.

One of the significant changes the Board made is the elimination of the "pod" system for NCHSAA football playoffs in 2-A, 2-AA, 3-A, 3-AA, 4-A and 4-AA. The pods will be maintained in 1-A and 1-AA because of the extreme travel that can happen in those classifications. Even though the straight seeding will increase travel in other classifications, the Board noted that the NCHSAA has increased travel allotments and has returned much more money to the schools that may help offset increased travel costs.

Among the other major items approved by the Board:

--Information was shared about the upcoming 100th anniversary celebration for the NCHSAA, which will be held during 2013-14

--Approved playoff calendar for 2013-14

–- Increased length of both men's and women's lacrosse seasons by one week, with no increase in number of games; effective 2014

--Approved summer dead period of two weeks for all sports in terms of off season work; one week during the week of the fourth of July and one week during NCCA coaches clinic

--Approved change in basketball start date for non-football playing schools; they may start practice on October 15 and start playing games on first day of practice for football playing schools. Extra games must be completed prior to first playing date for football playing schools; those games will not count for seeding but it does give those schools additional revenue possibilities, and it actually goes back to a rule in place previously

--Recommend change in By Laws by changing time period for submitting proposed amendments; to change "no less than 20 days" before Annual Meeting to "by November 1"; this would be balloted to full membership, for 2013-14 school year, and would take a three-fourths majority of the total ballots distributed to pass

--Clarifying language in By Laws to say "Commissioner shall distribute" (instead of current language "mail"); the other adjustment would be"…three fourths of the total ballot distributed", effective for 2013-14 academic year

--Clarifying language in current edition of Handbook relating to non-boarding parochial schools: "athletes shall not be given scholarship aid or other financial considerations with the exception of need-based aid as determined by an independent agency"; change would be for 2013-14 academic year

--Recommended moving forward with plans to renovate NCHSAA offices

--Restructured promotional points system for officials; proposal places emphasis on earning points in clinics, state rules clinics and scrimmages, reduces weight on exam (which is on line) and adds points for varsity games worked.

--Created new booking association since North State Association currently has 129 schools; North State will then have 73 schools and new agency 48

--Approved changing title from "booking agent" to "regional supervisor of officials" for those positions-- reflects duties more accurately and the expectations to teach, train and supervise

-- Approved fee increase for officials; no increase in football, for instance since 2006; 10% increase per game fee per sport beginning 2014-15 school year (average $6 per game), and fees remain the same until realignment year 2018-19. North Carolina is also one of few states that does not pay travel for officials.

The Board also agreed in principle on recommendations from two committees that have been operating during the fall. One set of recommendations came from the Non-Traditional Schools Committee and another from the Education and Athletics Committee. Further action will be taken at the Board meeting in May.

NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield said, "We had a number of difficult issues to address and our Board worked hard to determine what was in the best interest of our membership.

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