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WWAY's Monday night sports - July 1

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Atlantic Coast Conference's plan to expand, revealed in 2010 and modified along the way, has come to fruition.

Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame became members of the ACC at 12:01 ET Monday, giving the conference 15 members.

To celebrate the league's northern expansion, Commissioner John Swofford, North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher and Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer are among the ACC dignitaries scheduled to be in New York City on Monday afternoon. After holding a news conference at the NASDAQ stock exchange in Times Square, Swofford and company will take part in the closing bell ceremony.

July 1 is moving day for schools switching conferences all over the country, including those relocating to the newly named American Athletic Conference.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Atlantic Coast Conference is now a 15-team league - and it might just stay that way for a while.

Commissioner John Swofford says expansion is not a topic of discussion for the ACC now, and he would "not anticipate it being in the future, but we'll see."

Swofford welcomed Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame to the ACC at a news conference at the NASDAQ stock exchange in Manhattan.

Next year, Maryland leaves the ACC and Louisville joins. The Cardinals were picked to replace the Terrapins ahead of Cincinnati and Connecticut. Both of those schools lobbied to be next out of the Big East and both remain in the newly renamed American Athletic Conference.

Swofford called the new-look ACC the "strongest collection of basketball programs" ever assembled in a conference.

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RICHMOND, VA (CAA) -- The CAA is excited to officially welcome the College of Charleston as its newest member. The Cougars will participate in 16 varsity sports including men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming & diving and women’s track & field.

The College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, S.C. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation's top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. With more than 11,000 students, the College of Charleston offers the distinctive combination of a beautiful and historic campus, modern facilities and cutting-edge programs.

Since becoming an NCAA Division I member in 1991-92, CofC has enjoyed postseason athletics success among its 21-varsity sports teams including non-sponsored CAA sports in coed and women’s sailing, sand volleyball and equestrian. The men’s basketball team has made four NCAA Tournament appearances while the baseball team has made five NCAA regional appearances, including a Super Regional in 2006. CofC’s volleyball team has reached the NCAA Tournament seven times, the women’s tennis team has garnered six NCAA appearances, and the men’s soccer team has made five NCAA trips. On the golf course, the women’s team has four NCAA regional appearances and the men’s team has reached three NCAA regionals, including a national championship berth in 2001. The CofC men’s tennis team has made a pair of NCAA appearances and the softball squad reached an NCAA regional in 2005.

The Cougars have also had several NCAA individual qualifiers in women’s cross country, women’s track and field, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Monday's home baseball game between Wilmington and Wilson was postponed due to rain. The game will now be rescheduled as part of a doubleheader at Buck Hardee Field on July 17. Weather pending Wilmington's next home game will be Tuesday, July 2 against Winston-Salem.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Hammerheads are rapidly moving up the USL Pro standings. Wilmington is now in 10th place, just four points out of 8th place. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the USL Pro playoffs. Here's a link to the current standings. http://uslpro.uslsoccer.com/standings/

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TAMPA, FL (AP) - New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to play his first minor league game on a rehabilitation assignment.

The Yankees said Monday that Rodriguez is scheduled to start Tuesday night for Single-A Charleston in the South Atlantic League. Rodriguez is supposed to play at least three innings against Rome during the game in South Carolina.

Rodriguez has been working out at the Yankees' spring training complex in Florida this year while recovering from surgery on his left hip on Jan. 16. The three-time AL MVP turns 38 later this month.

Rodriguez has 647 career home runs. The Yankees have struggled this season while Rodriguez and several other stars have been on the disabled list.

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WILMINGTON, NC – On September 19, 2013 S & J Concierge and Management Services and The Wilmington Journal are pleased to announce a weekend full of events culminated by Wilmington, North Carolina’s inaugural football game – The Cape Fear Classic – between the Shaw University Bears and the UNC-Pembroke Braves. College football returns to the Port City for the 2013 Cape Fear Classic! This event will be held at Legion Stadium in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina, on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Kick-off for the game is set for 1 p.m.

“With these two teams, you not only get outstanding football programs, enthusiastic bases of alumni but two of the most entertaining and traveled marching bands in the country,” said Atiba D. Johnson, Cape Fear Classic Executive Director.

In addition to the game itself, a variety of public events are planned throughout the weekend. Some events include: The Cape Fear Classic “Power To End Stroke” Health Fair will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center on Thursday, September 19, 2013. The event is sponsored by the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Heart Association and will include “Power To End Stroke” Movement Registration, on the spot testing for high blood pressure, diabetes and much more.

The Cape Fear Classic Golf Tournament will be held Friday, September 20 at Echo Farms Golf Course. The tournament is a fundraising event aimed at raising funds for the Cape Fear Classic benefitting organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs of America, RS & TC Jervay Scholarship Foundation, Donald Deneil Harrison Scholarship Foundation and the Lille Ann Heggins Scholarship Foundation.

Tickets are on sale online at www.capefearclassic.com and The Wilmington Journal. Ticket prices for the game are $25.00 for VIP/Reserved Seats, $15.00 for General Admission and $10.00 for students with a valid university ID and children.

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