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WWAY's Sunday night sports - Jan. 27 "Seadawgs on the move"

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Sea Dawgs will not be playing home games at the Schwartz Center in 2013. The team will play home games at Blizzard Athletics instead. Click the video icon to see WWAY's interview with Brett Blizzard. The home opener is set for April 7. We've also posted a link to the Tobacco Road League. Click schedule in order to see when the Sea Dawgs will be hitting the court. http://www.trblproball.com/

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GAINESVILLE, FL (UNCW) -– No. 12 Florida rallied from an early deficit to down UNCW, 4-2, in the championship match of the 2013 ITA Men’s Tennis Kick-Off Weekend regional staged Sunday at UF’s Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex.

The Gators of the Southeastern Conference remained unbeaten at 4-0 with the victory and earned a berth into the 2013 ITA Division I National Men's and Women's Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Washington. The Seahawks lost for the first time this spring and stand 3-1 after splitting two matches in their third trip to the event.

In Sunday’s match, the Seahawks got off to a good start by winning the doubles point with victories at the No. 3 and No. 1 positions. The No. 3 team of Michael Reilly and Kaue Pereira knocked off UF’s Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek, 8-4, in just 44 minutes before UNCW’s 10th-ranked tandem of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider clinched the point by trimmed No. 45 Mike Alford and Florent Diep, 8-5.

The Gators evened the match with a quick victory at No. 6 singles when Billy Federhofer cruised past Michael Reilly, 6-1, 6-2, but Aita, ranked 37th in singles, put the Seahawks back on top, 2-1, with a 6-4, 6-3, upset of the 26th-ranked Diep at the top of the lineup.

But UF brought the match even again at No. 5 singles when No. 118 Gordon Watson beat Blank, 6-2, 6-4. The Gators then claimed the match with victories at No. 2 and No. 4 singles.

Van Oberbeek outlasted Cooprider, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, at No. 2 and Alford came from behind to beat Pereira, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, to clinch the match at the No. 4 slot.

The Seahawks begin the heart of their spring schedule on Feb. 9 when they open a three-match homestand against USC-Upstate at Noon.

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HONOLULU (AP) - Sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt went out for a pass as a wide receiver, retiring center Jeff Saturday snapped to two Mannings on opposite teams and the NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 in a Pro Bowl that could be the league's last.

Whether the NFL's all-star game will return or not is a question league officials will ponder the next few months. And, the players gave plenty to consider on both sides of the argument Sunday.

The NFC was unstoppable on offense, with nearly each player putting up fantasy-type lines in limited play. The AFC, meanwhile, had five turnovers and scored most of its points well after the game was no longer competitive.

Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph was voted the game's MVP with 122 yards and a touchdown.

Watt, who had 20 1/2 sacks for Houston, lined up as a wide receiver on the AFC's third play from scrimmage, but missed a pass from Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.

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

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TOWSON, MD (UNCW) -– Senior Michelle Peebles poured in a game-high 18 points and added 10 rebounds to lead Towson to a 55-53 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Sunday at the Towson Center.

The Tigers improved to 7-11 overall and 1-6 in CAA play as they halted a six-game losing skid with the two-point victory. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 2-15 and 1-5 as they suffered their fourth-straight setback.

Peebles was joined in double figures by junior Tanisha McTiller, who chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds as the Tigers held a 36-28 advantage on the glass, highlighted by 18 offensive rebounds that they were able to convert into 20 second-chance points.

Senior Karneshia Garrett and freshman Dana Brown scored 14 points apiece to power a UNCW attack that shot 43.8 percent (21-of-48) from the floor for the game. Senior Tawanna Lee joined the duo in double figures with 13 points while Garrett grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to post her fifth double-double of the season.
In a tight contest that saw neither team hold a lead of more than six points over the final 35 minutes, UNCW trailed 55-50 when a 3-pointer by Lee from the right elbow made it a two-point contest, 55-53, with 66 seconds showing.

Junior Jessica Freeman almost tied the game moments later as she caused a Towson turnover at midcourt, but she was unable to convert a transition layup that the Tigers were to rebound and end the threat.
The Seahawks would get one final chance to tie the game; gaining possession with 11 seconds remaining after the Tigers missed two shots on their last trip down the floor.

UNCW would work the ball to Lee during the final possession, who drove the right side of the lane and put up a shot with two seconds remaining that did not go down, allowing the Tigers to record the two-point victory.
Earlier in the contest, Towson raced out to an early 11-2 lead, converting five of its first eight shot attempts to build the early advantage.

The Seahawks responded to the Towson opening charge, using back-to-back layups from Garrett and Freeman to spark a 17-2 run that spanned nine minutes and gave UNCW its first lead of the game, 19-13.
A jumper from Peebles at the 6:36 mark ended the Seahawks run and started a 10-4 stretch for the Tigers that knotted the score at 23-all. The two sides would trade baskets over the remaining three minutes before a three-pointer by Lee with 20 seconds on the clock would stake the Seahawks to a 30-27 lead at the break.
The two sides would trade baskets over the first seven minutes of the second half until a pair of free throws by senior Nyree Williams ignited a 10-2 spurt that would give the Tigers a 45-40 lead with 9:23 remaining.
The Seahawks would respond, notching six of the next eight points to make it a 47-46 contest, only to see Peebles score four straight points to push the Tigers advantage back to five, 51-46, with 4:42 remaining. Garrett and Peebles would then exchange baskets over the next three and a half minutes before Lee’s triple set up the game’s frantic final minute.

Both teams return to action Thursday with home contests. UNCW hosts William & Mary while Towson entertains James Madison. Tip off for both games is set for 7 p.m.

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HEMPSTEAD, NY (AP) - Chris Dixon scored 22 points to lead UNC Wilmington to a 57-51 victory over Hofstra Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association game.

The Seahawks (8-11, 3-4), who trailed 22-17 at halftime, outscored Hofstra (15-5, 2-5) 40-29 in the second half. With the game tied at 37-37, UNC Wilmington outscored Hofstra 20-14 down the stretch. Dixon scored 7 of the last 9 points.

Dixon got double-figure scoring help from Tanner Milson (17 points) and Keith Rendleman (11). Fifteen of Milson's points came on his 5-for-7 3-point shooting.

That helped give the Seahawks a decisive advantage from long range. They made 11 of 23 3-point attempts while Hofstra was just 3 for 18. Taran Buie, who led Hofstra with 13 points, tied a school record with seven 3-pointers in the Pride's previous game. But he was just 2 for 8 on treys, while Stevie Mejia (11 points) was 1 for 6.

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

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Sophomore Hannah Stephenson won both Backstroke events and set a pool record for UNCW, but the Seahawks were swept by NC State on Saturday afternoon at the Seahawk Natatorium.

NCSU won the women’s meet 176-119 and completed the sweep with a 184-111 win on the men’s side.
Stephenson set a pool record in the 200 Backstroke with a winning time of 2:02.55. She captured first in the 100 Backstroke earlier in the meet.

On the men’s side, sophomore Valterri Halonen posted UNCW’s lone win while taking first in the 100 Backstroke.
The Seahawk women host Campbell on Feb. 2, in the final home meet of the season for UNCW.

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