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CHARLOTTE, NC (PANTHERS) -- Wide receiver Brenton Bersin, a Charlotte native who played college football at the school that hosts Panthers training camp each year, was one of seven players signed to the team's practice squad Sunday.

Bersin, a Wofford College product, and the six others were all part of the Panthers' final roster cuts Saturday. Carolina can sign one more player to the squad, whose members will take part in practices on a daily basis to help prepare the Panthers for games.

Only players that do not have an accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 46-player game day roster for less than nine games during an accrued season are eligible for the practice squad. Players are limited to three practice squad seasons.

PRACTICE SQUAD
POS PLAYER EXP COLLEGE
WR Brenton Bersin 1 Wofford
LB Ben Jacobs 2 Fresno State
S Robert Lester R Alabama
RB Tauren Poole 2 Tennessee
DE Craig Roh R Michigan
WR James Shaw 1 Jacksonville State
DT Casey Walker R Oklahoma

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Note: Nick Becton played college football at Virginia Tech. He's a Wilmington resident and a graduate of New Hanover High School.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers have traded a 2015 conditional seventh-round draft pick to the Dallas Cowboys for defensive tackle Sean Lissemore.

Also on Sunday, the Chargers claimed defensive lineman Drake Nevis from the Indianapolis Colts and linebacker Terrell Manning from the Green Bay Packers.

General manager Tom Telesco says the moves are to bolster the team's depth.

To make room on the roster, the Chargers released inside linebacker D.J. Smith and defensive end Brandon Moore, and placed defensive end Damik Scafe on injured reserve.

The Chargers also agreed to a contract with former Arizona Cardinal linebacker and special teams standout Reggie Walker.

Three players were signed to the squad: tackle Nick Becton, linebacker Thomas Keiser and cornerback Marcus Cromartie.

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CLEMSON, SC (AP) - Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had a message for the college football world: Get used to the eighth-ranked Tigers winning big games.

Over his five seasons on campus, Boyd had grown tired of his team's reputation in the sport for flopping in the biggest games and most critical moments.

Boyd made sure that didn't happen in the season opener, accounting for five touchdowns in a 38-35 win over No. 5 Georgia in the lone top-10 showdown in college football's kickoff weekend. Boyd helped the Tigers become the first team from outside the Southeastern Conference to defeat two top-10 SEC teams in consecutive games after Clemson closed 2012 with a 25-24 victory over LSU at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

For Boyd, the Georgia victory brought satisfaction and motivation for more success.

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NEW YORK (AP) - There are no American men in the round of 16 at the U.S. Open, the first time that's happened at a tournament that began in 1881.

The last of the host country's 15 entrants was 109th-ranked Tim Smyczek, and the wild-card recipient lost 6-4, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the third round to 43rd-ranked Marcel Granollers of Spain on Sunday night.

It's symbolic of the downturn for elite men's tennis in the United States. No one from the country reached the fourth round at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments in 2013. And last month, for the first time in the 40 years of ATP rankings, there was a week with zero U.S. men in the top 20.

Granollers will play No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the fourth round.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Serena Williams avenged her major loss to Sloane Stephens, pulling away from the young American for a 6-4, 6-1 win to return to the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Stephens beat a hobbling Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January. But in the rematch Sunday, the 16-time Grand Slam champion served big and controlled points against the 20-year-old.

From 4-4 in the first set, Williams won eight of the last nine games. The 15th-seeded Stephens had 29 unforced errors.

Williams' next match in her title defense is against 18th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro.

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GREENVILLE, NC (UNCW) -- Due to multiple lightning delays, the UNCW women's soccer team had its contest against UNCG in the ECU Soccer Tournament postponed on Sunday.

The two teams are now scheduled to face each other Monday in an 11 a.m. kickoff at the ECU Soccer Stadium.

Approximately eight minutes into the second half, officials called the contest after a nearby lightening strike forced another mandatory 30-minute delay. UNCW held a 2-0 lead at the time the contest was called.

In accordance with NCAA rules, the two sides will play a full 90-minute contest. At least 70 minutes to be played in order for a game to be considered a full contest.

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COLUMBUS, OH (UNCW) -- Sophomore Nathaniel Goodwin gave UNCW a 1-0 lead in the third minute as the Seahawks blanked Cincinnati, 1-0, on Sunday at the Wolstein Soccer Complex.

The Seahawks improved to 2-0 with their first clean sheet of the season while the Bearcats fell to 0-2 following their second blanking of the weekend. "We had to work really hard today, as Friday's win against Ohio State took a lot out of our legs," said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney. "Cincinnati played well and after we scored early, made us work for everything we got. I was really proud of the determination and desire our team showed to get the result today."

UNCW freshman keeper Sean Melvin made eight saves in posting the shutout as UC held a narrow 12-10 advantage in shots. "I was pleased for Sean, getting his first collegiate shutout in only his second game. He made a huge save for us in the second half and was a calming influence for our team."
Goodwin notched his first goal of the season at the 2:35 mark when he headed home a cross from the left flank off the foot of junior Jacob VanCompernolle.

Up Next: The Seahawks host the Hilton Garden Inn Classic on Sept. 6. UNCW plays Presbyterian at 7:30 p.m. while Elon and Mercer open the tournament with a 5 p.m. start.

Notes: Goodwin's goal was the fifth of his career and his first game-winner … For VanCompernolle, it was his second assist of 2013 … Melvin finished the weekend with a 0.46 goals against average while making 13 saves on 27 shots faced … The Seahawks went 2-0 against a pair of first-time opponents and will host another pair of first time opponents next weekend in Mercer and Presbyterian … UNCW started 2-0 for the first time since 2009 (3-1 vs Campbell and 2-0 at Fla. Atlantic) … Last 3-0 start was 2004, opened season with five straight wins.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD (UNCW) - - Led by Tournament MVP Christi Laite and fellow All-Tournament Team selections Courtney Porter and Meredith Peacock, the UNCW volleyball team defeated Elon, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-19), and UIC, 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 24-26, 25-21), to claim the Kristen Dickmann Invitational Saturday at the Wesley A. Brown Fieldhouse on the campus of the United States Naval Academy.

The Seahawks improved to 3-0 on the season as they claimed their second in-season tournament title under fifth-year Head Coach Amy Bambenek. UNCW returns to action Sept. 6 as it faces Houston Baptist at 12:30 p.m. in action in the FIU Volleyball Tournament in Miami. "I am so proud of this team and the effort and determination they put into this weekend," said Bambenek. "Christi had a fantastic match against UIC. I'm happy we were able to play in front of her hometown on her birthday weekend and for her to earn MVP honors. Victoria (Phillips) did a great job all weekend distributing the ball and ran floor like a veteran and our blocking was excellent the whole tournament. Meredith and Courtney did a great job protecting the net and I'm proud that they were both able to earn all tournament team honors."

Against the Phoenix, UNCW used a balanced but potent attack that saw five players record six or more kills as the team combined to hit .310 for the match. Laite and Porter tallied seven spikes each while three players chipped in six kills apiece. Sophomore Victoria Phillips dished out 31 assists and finished with seven digs. Sophomore Lindsay Hartmann tallied a match-high 14 digs and senior Haley Collins chipped in 12.

Senior Cali Estes tallied a match-high 11 kills for Elon, who was limited to a 126 attack clip for the contest. Sophomore Ana Nicksic tallied 21 assists and senior Maggie Reichard recorded 12 digs.

Trailing 6-3 early in the opening frame, UNCW battled back, taking a lead moments later before using a 12-5 spurt midway through the set to break open a 15-12 contest and record a 25-17 triumph.

The Seahawks never trailed in the second set, beginning the frame with a 6-2 advantage. Elon pulled within one, 9-8, but UNCW grabbed a seven-point edge, 15-8, and talled nine of the final 13 points of the set to take a 25-16 win and a 2-0 lead.
In the third set, UNCW used a 7-3 spurt to stretch a 6-4 edge into a 13-7 cushion, only to see Elon battle back later in the frame to make a two-point contest, 19-17. The Seahawks kept the Phoenix from getting any closer, however, tallying six of the last eight points to take a 25-19 victory and the match.

"Our victory against Elon was an exciting and decisive win for our program against a future CAA opponent," said Bambenek. "Offensively, we were very balance which is something we have been working towards in practices and it was great to see that executed today."

Versus the Flames, Laite matched her career high with 22 kills and finished with a .300 hitting percentage to pace the Seahawks attack. Peacock joined Laite in double figures with 10 spikes to go along with a match-best seven total blocks. Sophomore Victoria Phillips dished out 41 assists.

Junior Sara Sternard and freshman Melissa Nava tallied 12 kills apiece and junior Molly McCoy chipped in 10 to lead the Flames, who were held to a .101 hitting percentage for the match. Senior Marykate Imrie handed out 42 assists while Kara Johnson and Justine Garcia posted 11 digs each.

UNCW never trailed in the first set, opening up a quick 7-2 lead before rattling off six unanswered points later in the frame to build a 17-9 cushion. UIC responded to the Seahawks spurt with 10 of the next 13 points to make it a 21-19 contest, but the Seahawks kept the Flames from getting any closer, registering four of the last six points to take a 25-21 decision.

The second set saw UNCW utilize a 13-3 run that erased a 3-0 deficit and gave the Seahawks a 13-6 cushion. UNCW would cruise the rest of the way, leading by as many as 11 on its way to a 25-16 victory and a 2-0 lead.

UIC would extend the match with a 26-24 victory in a back-and-forth third set that saw the Flames tally three unanswered points to battle back from match point.
In the fourth set, UNCW trailed 19-15 when a kill by Laite sparked the Seahawks to a 10-2 spurt gave the Seahawks a 25-21 victory and the match.

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Note: Chris Hatcher played college baseball at UNC Wilmington.

ATLANTA (MARLINS.COM) -- In search of offensive help, the Marlins are hoping some arrives on Sunday afternoon.

Miami is planning on calling up Chris Coghlan on the first day rosters can expand.

The 28-year-old, who was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2009, has appeared in 51 games for Miami this year, batting .277 with a .326 on-base percentage.

Along with Coghlan, the Marlins will recall right-hander Chris Hatcher and select the contract of lefty Zach Phillips from Triple-A New Orleans. To make 40-man roster room for Phillips, Kevin Slowey is being transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Coghlan last played for Miami on June 8, and since then he has been on the disabled list with what was called right calf nerve irritation. Basically, Coghlan has dealt with a nerve-related back injury that sent discomfort down his leg.

During his rehab assignment, Coghlan was 5-for-27 at Class A Jupiter, before joining Triple-A New Orleans, where he is 6-for-12 in three games.

When Coghlan returns to the Marlins, the question will be where does he play. He's seeing action now at third base, but he has played mostly outfield since his rookie season. He could be used in center field and third base.

"He's been playing third base in the Minor Leagues," manager Mike Redmond said. "I foresee him to play third base, but that's not to say he won't be playing in the outfield, either.

"We'll just kind of wait and see where we're at. Right now, we need a bat. We need somebody to come in and hit. If he comes in and hits, we'll find a spot for him."

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HAMPTON, GA (AP) - Kyle Busch locked up his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with his fourth victory of the year Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch emerged with the lead after a rapid-fire series of caution flags near the end, and he held off hard-charging Joey Logano to win by 0.740 seconds.

Martin Truex Jr, racing with a broken right wrist, took third on the 1.54-mile trioval, followed by Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman.

The rest of the top 10: Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers.

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TAMPA, FL (USL PRO) -– The participants for the 2013 USL PRO Championship Game were set on Saturday night, with No. 2-seed Orlando City set to host the No. 5-seed Charlotte Eagles for the title on Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Florida Citrus Bowl after a pair of thrilling semifinals this weekend.

Orlando City will host the USL PRO Championship Game for the second time after the Lions took a 3-2 victory against the defending champion Charleston Battery on Friday night. The Eagles, meanwhile, upset the regular-season champion Richmond Kickers 2-1 on Saturday night to continue their outstanding postseason run.

The Eagles claimed their first postseason victory against their long-time rival the Kickers as Chris Ramirez and Jorge Herrera each scored their second goals of the postseason. Charlotte had to rally from an early deficit at City Stadium to hand Richmond its first home defeat of the season, however, as the Kickers opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Brian Ownby’s corner kick was headed home by Mike Callahan.

Charlotte got back on even terms just past the half-hour mark as a good cross from the left by Ben Newnam found Ramirez, who skied over his defender to head home from eight yards. The Eagles then took the lead seven minutes before the halftime break as a pass from Stephen Okai found Herrera in the left side of the penalty area, and the Colombian’s low shot eluded Kickers goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra at his near post.

Richmond pushed forward strongly in the second half to try and keep its season alive, and Eric Reed had to make an outstanding save to deny Michael Seaton a late equalizer, but the Eagles took victory to advance to their first USL Championship Game since 2009.

In the first semifinal on Friday night at the Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando once again got out to a quick start as it took victory against the No. 3-seed Battery, with Adama Mbengue scoring a goal and adding an assist on a finish by Long Tan as the Lions took a 2-0 lead in the sixth minute. Dennis Chin added a third for the Lions, but the Battery pulled a goal back before halftime through Mike Azira.

Charleston pulled another goal back in the second half as Amadou Sanyang headed home, but the Battery’s comeback came up short as both teams finished the game with 10 men with Orlando’s Tan and Charleston’s Colin Falvey both sent off with 15 minutes to go.

Stay up to date with all of the action in the 2013 USL PRO Playoffs through the league’s free online streaming service, USLNation.com, and also follow the race for the playoffs via Twitter (@USLPRO), Facebook and Google+ for in-game updates, news, previews and recaps of all the action.

2013 USL PRO Championship Game

Saturday, September 7

No. 2 Orlando City vs. No. 5 Charlotte Eagles, 7:30 p.m. ET, Florida Citrus Bowl

2013 USL PRO PLAYOFFS

Semifinals

Friday, August 30

No. 2 Orlando 3, No. 3 Charleston 2

Saturday, August 31

No. 5 Charlotte 2, No. 1 Richmond 1

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