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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper stopped by football practice for the Wilmington Tigers on Tuesday. Cooper's brother, Joshua, plays wide receiver for the Tigers. Jonathan will toss the coin for the Tigers prior to their season opener at Legion Stadium this coming Saturday at 7pm.

Click the play video icon to see Jonathan Cooper talk about his time with Arizona.

On Wednesday night on WWAY we'll go in-depth on the Tigers with Jonthan Cooper and his brother Joshua.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Former New Hanover Wildcat football standout Jay Ross will hold his annual free football camp on Saturday at the Martin Luther King Center in Wilmington. The Buffalo Bills defensive tackle will be the host, but he won't be the only standout athlete at the camp. Registration is set to start at 9am. The camp will run from 10am to 1pm.

Click the play video icon in order to get more information on the free football camp from our interview with Jay Ross.

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS) -- The Wilmington Sharks (2-3, 16-16) won 10-2 as they had the hot bats on Tuesday night as they picked up 10 runs on 17 hits over the Florence RedWolves (1-2, 15-12).

There were five Shark hitters on Tuesday night that picked had a multi-hit game as Cody Dolan and Andrew Amaro each had three hits apiece. DJ Thomas was the winning pitcher for the Sharks as he tossed six innings of baseball as he gave up one run on four hits and struck out five to pick up his first win of the year.
Dolan drove in the first run of the ball game for Wilmington in the bottom of the first inning and Alex Freedman then scored on a wild pitch to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead after one. Florence was able to get a run back in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Stephan Wallace to make it 2-1 Sharks.
The Sharks had a big bottom half of the third inning as they picked up four runs on three hits as the inning was highlighted on a two RBI double into right field off the bat of Zach Stephens that gave the Sharks a 5-1 lead. Zach MacAneney scored in the bottom half of the fourth on a throwing error to extend the lead to 6-1.
Stephens did it again with his bat in the bottom of the fifth inning as he hit a two run home run over the left center field fence his fourth of the year and it gave the Sharks a 8-1 lead. Dylan Bosheers put the game away for good in the bottom of the seventh inning as he hit a two run home run over the left center field fence, his first of the year and put the Sharks in front 10-1 after seven.

The Redwolves were able to get a run back in the top of the ninth inning to cut the score to 10-2 and that made it final.

Zach Stephens went 2-4 with a double and home run followed with four RBIs for the Sharks. Joe Camp picked up two hits for the RedWolves.

The Sharks will take on the Morehead City Marlins at home on Wednesday night with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

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American Legion Tuesday Baseball Scoreboard

Morehead City 14
Jones 7

Morehead wins the playoff series 3-2

Jacksonville 19
Hampstead 1

Jacksonville wins the playoff series 3-2

Whitevile
Hope Mills - game 4 rained out on Tuesday

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Hickory native and former UNCW goalkeeper Brad Knighton has been named Major League Soccer’s Player-of-the-Week after sparking surging Vancouver in two key matches last week.

Knighton, who starred at Richmond’s Mills Godwin High School before a stellar career with the Seahawks, made two saves in Vancouver FC’s draw against Sporting Kansas City early last week before topping that with seven saves and an impressive assist in a 2-0 victory over rival Seattle on Saturday.

The seven saves against the Sounders was a career-high for Knighton and the second most by a ‘Caps keeper in MLS. The shutout was Knighton’s second in three matches after he posted a clean sheet on June 29 against D.C. United.

“By far, hands down, that’s the best game I’ve ever played,” Knighton, 28, told reporters following Saturday’s win over their Cascadia rivals. “I haven’t had an assist since high school, so it was quite nice.”

Knighton’s assist came on Vancouver’s insurance goal when he ripped one of his signature lengthy goal kicks onto the head of Gerhson Koffie, who tapped the ball forward to Darren Mattocks for the goal.

The victory was the first for the Whitecaps over Seattle FC since joining MLS and extended Vancouver’s unbeaten streak to five matches. Since beating out Joe Cannon as the Whitecaps FC goalie in mid-May, Knighton has lost just once for Coach Martin Rennie’s squad.

Knighton and his club return to the pitch on July 14 when Eastern Conference side Chicago visits BC Place for a 4 p.m. kickoff.

The MLS Player-of-the-Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from North American print, television, radio and on-line media reporters.

Knighton, a First-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick in 2006, is UNCW’s career shutout leader with 25 clean sheets and ranks second all-time in goals against average (1.08). He started 73-of-75 games between the pipes from 2003-06 and ranks first in goal minutes played with 6,891 minutes over four seasons

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(USL PRO ) -- USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 16 of the season on Tuesday, with Wilmington Hammerheads midfielder Daniel Steres earning Player of the Week honors after scoring three goals in two games as the Hammerheads took four points from two of the top three teams in USL PRO to remain in contention for the playoffs.

Daniel Steres, a former player for the PDL’s Ventura County Fusion, helped his side earn a 2-2 draw with Orlando City last Wednesday night as he opened the scoring from close range after good work by Kyle Greig. The midfielder then converted from the penalty spot with nine minutes to go to earn Wilmington a point after Orlando had rallied to take the lead in the second half.

Steres also scored the opening goal in the Hammerheads’ 2-1 win against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday night, as his powerful header off Tom Parratt’s corner kick found the underside of the crossbar and went in. Steres is joined on the Team of the Week by Bryce Taylor, who had a standout performance against the City Islanders, and provided a fine cross for Cody Arnoux to score a stoppage-time game-winner that moved the Hammerheads within three points of the playoff positions.

Charlotte’s Jorge Herrera joined Steres and Taylor in the Team of the Week midfield after leading the Eagles in a successful trip to the Northeast that saw them move into fourth place in the standings. Herrera scored in both a 3-2 win against Pittsburgh and a 2-2 draw with Rochester as he moved into a tie for the team lead with five goals. Goalkeeper Eric Reed was also named after he recorded nine saves, a number of them outstanding, to help the Eagles defeat the Riverhounds.

Los Angeles’ Matt Fondy leads the Team of the Week attack after a week that saw him score three goals in his first two games back with the Blues, including a late game-winner against Pittsburgh on Saturday night. He is joined by Dayton’s Gibson Bardsley, who had a goal and two assists in the Dutch Lions’ 3-1 win against Rochester, and Phoenix’s Diego Faria, who had the game-winning goal in the Wolves first win since April on Saturday night.

Richmond’s Luke Vercollone led the defensive trio after he scored twice in the Kickers’ 3-2 win against Dayton on Saturday, and he is joined by Los Angeles’ Duach Jock, who had the equalizer and played solidly in the Blues’ win against Pittsburgh. Orlando’s Rob Valentino completes the trio after giving the Lions the lead in their 1-1 draw against Charleston, while the Battery’s Michael Azira was also named after a strong all-around performance against the Lions.

The USL PRO season continues Wednesday night as the Harrisburg City Islanders host the Los Angeles Blues at Skyline Sports Complex at 7 p.m. ET, and the Dayton Dutch Lions complete their interleague series with the Columbus Crew Reserves at Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.

On Thursday night, Orlando City returns home to host the Charleston Battery for the back end of the home-and-home series between the two clubs, while out west Phoenix FC hosts Antigua Barracuda FC at 9:30 p.m. ET. The Richmond Kickers visit the Rochester Rhinos on Friday night at Sahlen’s Stadium for the opening game of their weekend trip, which continues on Saturday in Harrisburg against the City Islanders.

Also on Saturday, the Charlotte Eagles host the Wilmington Hammerheads in a big clash between the two intra-state rivals, while VSI Tampa Bay FC returns to action as it hosts the Charleston Battery. Saturday night concludes with the Los Angeles Blues hosting Antigua Barracuda FC at Titan Stadium, while Sunday sees the Dayton Dutch Lions host Orlando City to cap an exciting weekend of action at Beavercreek Stadium.

Every game of the USL PRO season can be seen on USLNation.com, with live updates also available via Twitter (@USLPRO), Facebook and Google+.

USL PRO Team of the Week

Pos

Player

Team

Highlights

GK

Eric Reed

Charlotte

Standout performance helped Eagles past Riverhounds

D

Luke Vercollone

Richmond

Scored twice as Kickers remained undefeated

D

Rob Valentino

Orlando

Had the opening goal in the Lions’ draw with Charleston

D

Duach Jock

Los Angeles

Scored the equalizer as the Blues rallied past Pittsburgh

M

Daniel Steres

Wilmington

Had three goals in two critical games for Hammerheads

M

Michael Azira

Charleston

Was influential at either end in draw with Orlando

M

Jorge Herrera

Charlotte

Pair of goals kept Charlotte moving up the standings

M

Bryce Taylor

Wilmington

Strong work-rate, and had assist on winner vs. Harrisburg

F

Diego Faria

Phoenix

Had game-winner as Wolves broke their winless streak

F

Matt Fondy

Los Angeles

Three goals in first two games back with the Blues

F

Gibson Bardsley

Dayton

Had a goal, two assists as Dutch Lions solidified position

Honorable Mention: Antigua – Tamorley Thomas; Charleston – Heviel Cordoves, Jose Cuevas; Charlotte – Nate Thornton, Christian Ramirez; Dayton – Tjeerd Westdijk, Eli Garner; Harrisburg – Sainey Touray; Los Angeles – Chris Cortez, Rodrigo Lopez; Orlando – Jon Kempin, Jamie Watson; Phoenix – Anthony Obodai, Scott Morrison; Pittsburgh – Matt Dallman, Jose Angulo; Richmond – Michael Seaton; Rochester – Andrew Hoxie, Tam McManus; Wilmington – Cody Arnoux, Shawn Nicklaw.

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