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WWAY's Thursday night sports - Jan. 24

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from Thursday night's high school basketball action. We had highlights from Greenville featuring the Wildcats and Rampants.

NEW HANOVER BOYS 49 - GREENVILLE ROSE 38
NIGEL HOLLEY HAD 8 BLOCKS, 14 POINTS & 17 REBOUNDS FOR THE WILDCATS

NEW HANOVER GIRLS 71 - GREENVILLE ROSE 36
KAPRIA PRESLEY LED THE WILDCATS WITH 20 POINTS

FAIRMONT BOYS 82 - EAST BLADEN 51

EAST BLADEN GIRLS 47 - FAIRMONT 45
FRESHMAN LACEY SUGGS HAD A CAREER HIGH 25 POINTS FOR THE EAGLES

UNION BOYS 35 - JAMES KENAN 33

WALLACE-ROSE HILL BOYS 56 - LAKEWOOD 42

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) - Eric Staal scored three goals, Jeff Skinner added two and the Carolina Hurricanes earned their first victory of the season by handing the Buffalo Sabres their first loss, 6-3 on Thursday night.

Skinner and Staal scored 9 seconds apart during Carolina's four-goal second period that also included a short-handed score by Justin Faulk.

Jordan Staal, Joni Pitkanen and Zac Dalpe each had two assists and Cam Ward made 30 saves for the Hurricanes, who were one of five winless teams and had two total goals in their first two games.

Jason Pominville's second goal made it 4-3 with 13:54 left. Eric Staal restored Carolina's two-goal lead by firing the puck past Jhonas Enroth at 10:34.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hornets owner Tom Benson says changing his team's nickname to the Pelicans will create a bond with the city that could lead to a championship.

The Hornets announced Thursday they are going ahead with the name change. The NBA has to approve it, but Commissioner David Stern has said he wouldn't object to any name Benson chose. The league is expected to expedite the change at the start of next season.

The new color scheme is blue, gold and red, a departure from the Hornets' teal, purple, gold and white.

The Hornets have been in New Orleans since moving from Charlotte for the 2002-03 season, although they were relocated temporarily to Oklahoma City from 2005-2007 due to Hurricane Katrina. Benson, who also owns the Saints, bought the team last spring.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Wilmington, NC – After months of planning and negotiation, United Soccer Leagues (USL) have released the official schedule for the 2013 USL PRO regular season. Two additional teams, VSI Tampa Bay FC and the Phoenix FC Wolves, have been incorporated into the 2013 schedule for their inaugural USL PRO season, therefore extending the start of the season one week earlier than last year.

The major announcement made on day prior to the 2013 USL PRO schedule release is that of the new partnership between USL PRO and Major League Soccer (MLS). Each USL PRO team will face a MLS Reserve team during the upcoming season, home and away. The Wilmington Hammerheads are scheduled to play New York Red Bulls Reserve at Legion Stadium on Saturday, June 15 and at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, June 30. These matches will count in the official USL PRO and MLS Reserve League standings.

The Wilmington Hammerheads will play a total of 26 regular season games. They are set to play 14 home games on their pitch at Legion Stadium, playing each team once with the exception of Antigua Barracuda FC whom they will play twice. The Hammerheads will kick off their season at home in front of fans on Friday, April 19 versus Antigua Barracuda FC. All games at Legion Stadium are scheduled for a prompt 7:30 p.m. kick off.

Following their first match, the Hammerheads are on the road with back-to-back matches on the West Coast versus the Phoenix FC Wolves and Los Angeles Blues on Friday, April 26 and Sunday, April 28.

As the regular season approaches, Head Coach David Irving and the Wilmington Hammerheads are preparing to host their second of three open tryouts at Legion Stadium on February 16-17 for players hoping to make the jump to the professional ranks and onto the 2012 USL PRO finalist team. The third and final Hammerheads combine is set for March 16-17 at Legion Stadium.

Click here for the 2013 Wilmington Hammerheads schedule: http://uslpro.uslsoccer.com/teams/2013/22403.html#SCHEDULE

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NEWARK, DE (UNCW) -– Senior Elena Delle Donne poured in a game-high 26 points to lead Delaware to a 67-39 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Thursday at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Blue Hens improved to 14-3 overall and remained undefeated in league play at 5-0 as they won their ninth straight contest. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 2-14 and 1-4 CAA as they lost their third straight contest.

The CAA Preseason Player-of-the-Year, Delle Donne was 11-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, to spark the Delaware attack. Seniors Lauren Carra and Danielle Parker joined Delle Donne in double figures as they finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Delle Donne and Parker finished with eight rebounds apiece as Delaware enjoyed a 46-30 edge on the glass.

Senior Karneshia Garrett tallied 14 points and sophomore Kelva Atkins added 11 for UNCW. Freshman Dana Brown pulled down a team-high seven rebounds while senior Tawanna Lee dished out a team-best four assists.
Delaware never trailed in the contest, using a three-pointer from Miller at the 11:52 mark to spark a 12-2 run that spanned four and a half minutes and stretched the Blue Hens 11-9 edge into a 23-11 cushion.
A layup by Garrett with 5:01 on the clock ended the run and sparked a 7-2 spurt that pulled the Seahawks with seven, 25-18.

The Blue Hens took control of the contest moments later, however, closing the first half with nine unanswered points to take a 34-18 advantage into the break before tallying 11 of the first 12 points of the second half to build a 45-19 edge with 16:00 remaining.

UNCW would stem the Delaware spurt momentarily, scoring seven of nine points to make it a 47-26 contest, but that would be as close as the Seahawks would get as the Blue Hens maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way.

A jumper by freshman Alecia Bell with one minute remaining capped an 8-3 Blue Hens stretch and determined the final 28-point margin.

Both teams return to action Sunday with league contests. UNCW is at Towson for a Noon start while Delaware travels to Drexel for a 2 p.m. contest.

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