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WWAY's Wednesday night sports - August 28

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We honored Ashley High School with our WWAY - Farm Bureau Insurance Team of the Week Award on our 6pm newscast on Wednesday. Click the link to see the entire presentation. http://www.wwaytv3.com/fifth-quarter A shorter version of the presentation aired at 11pm on Wednesday.

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

BOYS SOCCER
CLINTON 5 - RICHLANDS 4
TRASK 1 - LEJEUNE 1
THIS WAS THE SECOND TIE THIS SEASON BETWEEN TRASK & LEJEUNE IN SOCCER
WEST BLADEN 6 - WEST COLUMBUS 0
CLAY ALLAN AND EDWIN LABRA BOTH SCORED TWICE FOR WEST BLADEN

VOLLEYBALL
EAST COLUMBUS 3 - WHITEVILLE 2
SOUTH COLUMBUS 3 - WEST COLUMBUS 0

GIRLS TENNNIS
WHITEVILLE 9 - EAST COLUMBUS 0
WEST COLUMBUS 8 - SOUTH COLUMBUS 1

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NEW YORK (AP) - Venus Williams dug herself out of deficits over and over again, until she simply ran out of solutions, exiting the U.S. Open before the third round for the third year in a row.

At 33, Williams was the oldest woman in the second round at Flushing Meadows, and while she made things interesting after a poor start to the match and to the final set, she couldn't sustain her solid play all the way through and lost to 56th-ranked Zheng Jie of China 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) on a wet Wednesday.

The third set alone lasted 1½ hours, and Williams missed a volley, then a return, on the last two points.

Rain began falling in the early afternoon, jumbling the schedule, and eight women's singles matches were postponed, including Williams' younger sister, defending champion Serena, against Galina Voskoboeva.

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina State is down to its final days of preparation for coach Dave Doeren's first game with the Wolfpack. He's eager to find out how his new players respond to game pressure.

Doeren said Monday the opener against Louisiana Tech will give the coaches a chance "to really see those pieces and how they interact."

Doeren, who left Northern Illinois to replace Tom O'Brien, has spent the past month pushing the players to learn more of the offensive and defensive schemes installed during spring practices. But he said he won't know for sure how much the players have processed or which guys will perform under pressure until Saturday.

Seven freshmen appear on the team's depth chart, though the starting quarterback job remains open between Brandon Mitchell and Pete Thomas.

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -- Steve Spurrier has always liked the attention South Carolina gets by starting its season on a Thursday night.

Having All-America Jadeveon Clowney on the sidelines, though, guarantees the Gamecocks will get plenty of attention whenever they play this season.

No. 6 South Carolina opens the season at Williams-Brice Stadium against North Carolina. Spurrier loves getting a jump on opening weekend - the Gamecocks have started on Thursday four of the past six years - but was surprised when he found out every NFL team closes the preseason that night.

Those NFL teams might otherwise be watching Clowney.

The 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior steps on the field for the first time since the Outback Bowl when his helmet-popping hit of Michigan's Vincent Smith became the talk of college football.

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -- Fans of sixth-ranked South Carolina and border rival North Carolina who don't have a ticket for this week's season-opening showdown will have to find their favorite gathering place to see the game.

Officials at South Carolina announced Monday that Thursday night's contest at Williams-Brice Stadium against the Tar Heels is sold out.

Tickets are already gone for home contests with Florida on Nov. 16 and Clemson on Nov. 30.

The Gamecocks are coming off an 11-2 record in 2012, the second straight year with 11 victories. North Carolina finished last season 8-4 in the debut of head coach Larry Fedora.

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TRINITY, NC (AP) - Bobby Labonte broke three ribs in a bike riding accident Wednesday near his North Carolina home and will miss this weekend's NASCAR race in Atlanta.

A spokesman for the driver said Labonte was taken to a hospital by ambulance and will be held overnight for observation.

Labonte was scheduled to drive the No. 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He'll be replaced in the car by Mike Bliss.

Labonte's consecutive starts streak came to an end earlier this season at 704 races when JTG Daugherty Racing used AJ Allmendinger at Kentucky in June instead of Labonte.

The 2000 NASCAR champion had not missed a start since he began racing full-time in the Cup Series in 1993. He's won 21 races Cup races.

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HOUSTON (AP) - Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half of the Aggies' season-opener against Rice on Saturday for what the school said was an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules by signing autographs.

The school issued a statement Wednesday saying it declared the Heisman Trophy winner ineligible and that the NCAA agreed to reinstate Manziel after he serves the half-game suspension.

Manziel was being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly accepting money from memorabilia brokers for signing autographs, which violates NCAA rules and could have compromised his eligibility.

According to the statement, Texas A&M and the NCAA "confirmed there is no evidence Manziel received money in exchange for autographs based on currently available information and statements by Manziel."

Conditions for reinstatement include Manziel discussing his situation with teammates and A&M revising future education concerning student-athletes signing autographs.

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