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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -- The Wilmington Hammerheads held the league leaders Orlando City Soccer Club at Legion Stadium on Wednesday night in a 2-2 draw. Hammerheads midfielder Daniel Steres added both goals for Wilmington to equalize the score with Orlando and to remain undefeated at Legion for the last five matches.

Wilmington started the match with high intensity as forward Kyle Greig went in for a header in the 6th minute, only to have it trail directly into the hands of Orlando goalkeeper, Miguel Gallardo. Greig bounced back shortly thereafter as he tallied an assist onto Daniel Steres' first goal of the night in the 8th minute, advancing the Hammerheads 1-0 over the Lions.

In his first appearance at Legion Stadium with the Wilmington Hammerheads this season, forward Mickael Oliveira took several attempts on goal but was denied many opportunities to find the back of the net. With a crucial attempt to give the Hammerheads an insurance goal early in the match, Oliveira beat Gallardo on the ball in the penalty area for shot, unfortunately putting too much on the kick and sending the ball over the crossbar.

Orlando came close to equalizing the match off a free kick at the top of the penalty area from midfielder Adama Mbengue as the half began to close in, but was soon denied off a deflection from Hammerheads goalkeeper Troy Hernandez.

Orlando received their first opportunity to tie the match in the 66th minute off a goal by midfielder Jamie Watson. Orlando then increased the score 2-1 in the 79th minute as Mbengue got a body on the ball in a scuffle in front of the Wilmington goal.

The Hammerheads were able to once again equalize the score as forward Cody Arnoux was taken down by Gallardo in the penalty area, resulting in a penalty kick by Steres that added his second goal of the evening. Arnoux followed with a breakaway and a hard hit off the crossbar to attempt to increase the score for the victory, but was deemed offsides thus returning possession back to Orlando in the final minutes.

The Wilmington Hammerheads will host the Harrisburg City Islanders at Legion Stadium on Saturday, July 6 for their second encounter of the season. For further information regarding the Wilmington Hammerheads, please contact (910) 777-2111 or visit online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.

Box Score First Half Second Half Final
Wilmington 1 1 2
Orlando 0 2 2

Lineups:
Hammerheads: GK Troy Hernandez, Shawn Nicklaw, Gareth Evans, Mickey Daly, Shaun Utterson, Tom Parratt (Jamel Wallace 70'), Paul Nicholson (Bryce Taylor 53'), Daniel Steres, Daniel Roberts (Cory Elenio 70'), Kyle Greig (Steven Perry 57'), Mickael Oliveira (Cody Arnoux 70')
Lions: GK Miguel Gallardo, Bryan Burke, Luke Boden, Rob Valentino, Renan Boufleur, Adama Mbengue (Jonathan Mendoza 71'), Christian Duke, Freddie Braun, James O'Connor, Long Tan (Dennis Chin 76'), Jamie Watson

Scoring Summary:

WIL: Daniel Steres (Kyle Greig) 8'
ORL: Jamie Watson 66'
ORL: Adama Mbengue 79'
WIL: Daniel Steres 81' PK

Cautions:

WIL: Paul Nicholson 47'
ORL: Freddie Braun 64'
WIL: Jamel Wallace 82''

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MOREHEAD CITY NC (SHARKS) -– The Wilmington Sharks (0-1, 14-14) lose 6-0 on the road to open up the second half of the CPL season against the Morehead City Marlins (1-0, 13-16) on Wednesday night.

The Marlins had the hot bats and good pitching against the Sharks as Ben Fuchs was the starting pitcher for the Marlins as he hurled seven innings of shutout baseball as he only surrendered two hits and struck out to pick his third win of the year.

Dylan Brown started things off for the Marlins as he picked up a two out RBI triple in the bottom of the third and eventually scored to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead.

The Marlins picked up two runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth inning as Brown scored on a fielder’s choice and Ryan Cranmer scored on a single off the bat of Sam Ott to extend the Marlins lead to 4-0. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Marlins picked up two more runs on a two run home run off the bat of the Brad Haynal his first of the year.

Alex Luna threw well for the Sharks as he gave up four runs, three of them earned on five hits and struck out two. Alex Freedman went 2-3 at the plate for Wilmington in the ball game.

The Sharks return back home on Thursday night as they play host to Edenton Steamers with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- In the regular season finale for legion baseball Wilmington Post 10 defeated Whiteville Post 137 11-1 at Buck Hardee Field. Check out our game highlights! The playoffs begin on Friday. Whiteville Post 137 will host Sampson-Duplin on Friday. Wilmington will host Hope Mills.

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BOSTON (AP) - Brad Stevens is taking his coaching expertise to the NBA.

The Boston Celtics have hired the 36-year-old Stevens to replace head coach Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers late last month. Stevens comes off a highly successful six-year run at Butler, where he took a mid-major program to consecutive NCAA title game appearances in 2010 and 2011.

He has a career winning percentage of .772 in college and never won fewer than 22 games in a season. Stevens was 166-49 with the Bulldogs, the most wins for any Division I coach in the first six years of his career.

Stevens takes over a rebuilding franchise that just traded veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn after finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference.

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

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CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez grounded out twice and turned a double play on his only chance at third in the second game of his minor league rehab stint with Class-A Charleston.

Rodriguez is recovering from left hip surgery in January. He played his first game since a miserable October on Tuesday night, hitting into a double play and striking out in two at-bats.

The three-time AL MVP played three innings on Wednesday night. He bounced out to the first baseman in the first inning and grounded to the second baseman in the third.

Rodriguez took a big turn past first base after his final out and jogged back into the Riley Park dugout.

Rodriguez did snag the only ball he got at third and started a double play in the third inning.

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

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