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Former East Bladen Eagle Desmond Bryant had one sack for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against Minnesota. Cleveland picked their first win of the season. Desmond Bryant now has 11 tackles on the season and 3.5 sacks.

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final New Orleans 31 Arizona 7
Final Cleveland 31 Minnesota 27
Final Detroit 27 Washington 20
Final Cincinnati 34 Green Bay 30
Final Baltimore 30 Houston 9
Final Carolina 38 N-Y Giants 0
Final Tennessee 20 San Diego 17
Final Dallas 31 St. Louis 7
Final New England 23 Tampa Bay 3
Final Miami 27 Atlanta 23
Final Indianapolis 27 San Francisco 7
Final Seattle 45 Jacksonville 17
Final N-Y Jets 27 Buffalo 20
Final Chicago 40 Pittsburgh 23

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, and Carolina's defense sacked Eli Manning seven times as the Panthers handed Tom Coughlin his worst defeat as coach of the New York Giants, 38-0 Sunday.

It was the largest margin of victory in Panthers history, and might help save coach Ron Rivera's job following a 0-2 start.

The Panthers allowed Newton to run out of the read option, which helped open up an offense that had been mostly stagnant in losses to Seattle and Buffalo.

Newton had 223 yards passing and threw two touchdowns passes to Brandon LaFell and one to Ted Ginn Jr. He ran for 45 yards and his first TD of the season.

The Giants are in trouble: Of the 161 teams that have started the season 0-3 since 1978, only five made the NFL playoffs.

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LOUDON, NH (AP) - Matt Kenseth made it 2 for 2 in the Chase, holding off teammate Kyle Busch to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kenseth followed his win in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener at Chicagoland with his series-high seventh victory of the season. Kenseth made his 500th career start and maintained his points lead as the series shifts to Dover.

Kenseth and Busch made it a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing for the second straight week and helped the organization win for the fourth time in the last five Cup races.

Chase drivers filled six of the top 10 spots. Greg Biffle was third and Jimmie Johnson fourth. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sixth and Carl Edwards ninth.

Kenseth joins Biffle (2008) and Tony Stewart (2011) as the only drivers to win the first two Chase races. Stewart won the title.

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The Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals can start planning for the playoffs.

All three teams clinched postseason spots Sunday. They joined Boston and the Los Angeles Dodgers with guaranteed dates for October.

The Braves won their first NL East crown since 2005 and the Athletics took their second straight AL West title. The Cardinals are still trying to win the NL Central, but are assured of at least a wild-card berth.

With a week left in the regular season, the race for the two AL wild-card spots is still tangled. Tampa Bay is a half-game ahead of Cleveland, with Texas 1½ games behind the Indians.

Kansas City, the New York and Baltimore are lagging farther behind. In the NL, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are tied for the wild-card slots.

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ATLANTA (AP) - Henrik Stenson capped off the best stretch of his career with the biggest payoff in golf.

Stenson held off a brief challenge by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and closed with a 2-under 68 to win the Tour Championship by three shots over Spieth and Steve Stricker. With the win, the 37-year-old Swede clinched the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. Stenson also earned $1.44 million for winning the tournament.

He became the first European to win the Tour Championship since it began in 1987.

Spieth ran off four straight birdies on the back nine and briefly pulled to within one shot. But he caught a plugged lie in the bunker on the 17th to make bogey, and Stenson birdied the 15th to restore his margin.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tamika Catchings had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Indiana Fever advanced to the WNBA's Eastern Conference finals by completing a best-of-three series sweep of the Chicago Sky with a 79-57 victory Sunday.

Erlana Larkins added 14 points and Shavonte Zellous scored 10. The Fever (18-18) will play at either Atlanta or Washington in Game 1 of the conference finals on Thursday.

The Fever were the only WNBA team to reach the playoffs with a losing record. But Indiana took advantage of Chicago's poor shooting to defeat the Sky for the fifth straight time.

The Sky (24-12) missed their first six shots from the field, but took an early 6-3 lead by hitting 6-of-6 free throws. But Catchings scored six straight points for the Fever to give Indiana a lead it would never relinquish.

Sylvia Fowles led the Sky with 14 points. Epiphanny Prince scored 10 points, and WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne added 10 points, but was scoreless in the second half.

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Note: Former Laney Buccaneer Tamera Young scored five points for Chicago on Sunday in the season ending loss for the Sky.

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FLORENCE, SC (UNCW) -- UNCW scored three times in the first half to cruise to a 3-1 victory over Francis Marion in collegiate women's soccer action Sunday at Hartzler Field.

The Seahawks picked up their fourth straight victory and fifth win in six games as they closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 5-5-0 record. The Patriots, meanwhile, remained winless on the season as they slipped to 0-7.

"This was a tough battle today," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "This was Francis Marion's home opener and they were ready. We scored some great goals and it was satisfying for Lauren (Nalevaiko) to score her first goal. We also had the chance to play a lot of players. Our only focus now is to prepare our young team to get ready for reigning CAA champion Hofstra on Friday."

Junior Stephanie Bronson opened the scoring at the 20:45 mark as she found the back of the net from 15 yards out for her fourth goal of the season. Sophomore

Katrina Guillou was credited with an assist on the play.

Guillou doubled the Seahawks advantage to 2-0 just 44 seconds after Bronson's strike when she tapped in a feed from sophomore Maddie McCormick for her fourth goal of the season.

Freshman Lauren Nalevaiko notched her first collegiate tally at the 40:16 mark, heading home sophomore Lindsey Byrne's corner kick along the back post to expand the Seahawks advantage to 3-0.

Freshman Caroline Edmonds would get the Patriots on the board in the 78th minute, putting home a loose ball inside the box to make it a 3-1 contest. Freshman Kelly Anthony was credited with an assist on the play.

UNCW held a 14-8 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 9-3 margin in the first half. The Seahawks also attempted eight of the 12 corner kicks awarded.

Freshman Lissa Rahkola got the start in goal for the Seahawks and made one save before being replaced by fellow freshman Caroline Huddy in the 77th minute. Huddy played the final 14 minutes and finished with one save. Sophomore Taylor O'Berry played all 90 minutes in goal for the Patriots and recorded seven saves.

Both teams are back in action on Friday. UNCW opens Colonial Athletic Association play at Hofstra while Francis Marion travels to Wofford. Start time for both contests is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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MT. PLEASANT, SC (UNCW) -- Junior Alyssa Ritchie won the championship of the A1 Singles flight and partnered with Angie Sekely to win the A2 Doubles final during rain-shortened play Sunday at the 12th Annual College of Charleston Women's Tennis Invitational at the CofC Tennis Center.

"What a great way to finish the tournament," said second-year UNCW Head Coach Evan Clark. "Alyssa and Angie have made so much improvement in their doubles game, so it's great to see them have a great result.

"Alyssa played at an extremely high level today and recorded a really great win. It's a testament to all of her hard work and the improvement she has made. Hamilton (Lovett) and Alix (Theodossiou) came up a bit short, but also had a great tournament
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"Overall, I'm really pleased with the entire team and their performances over the weekend."­­­

Ritchie, from Franklin, Ohio, outlasted Armstrong Atlantic's Marlen Hacke, 4-6, 6-2, 10-7, to capture the A1 Singles crown. She then teamed up with Sekely for an easy 9-2 verdict over Samford's Jessica Northcutt and Emily Mallory for the A2 Doubles title.

In the B1 Doubles finale, the College of Charleston's Jamie Harrell and Katherine Scholfield downed Lovett and Theodossiou, 8-3.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Senior Rafael Aita took fifth place in the Virginia Ranked+1 Invitational and Seahawk players went 3-1 at the Ivy Plus Invitational to wrap up the UNCW men's tennis team's play over the weekend at two different sites.

Aita knocked off his second N.C. State opponent in as many days in the Orange Singles draw when the Lima, Peru, netter rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, victory over Simon Norenius.

In Blue Singles, junior Zach Hublitz downed Wake Forest's Aws Laaribi, 6-4, 6-3, in the consolation bracket.
Junior Sam Williams lost his bid for third place in the consolations when the Bristol, England, netter fell, 6-4, 6-3, to Joe Salisbury of Memphis.

UNCW also enjoyed a solid day at the Ivy Plus Invitational hosted by Yale in New Haven, Conn. Sophomore Santtu Leskinen won the B Draw consolation crown with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Penn's Matt Nardella.

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DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC (UNCW) - - One week after a tough opening to his season, UNCW senior Payne McLeod rebounded with a one-under-par 71 to lead UNCW in the opening round of the Rees Jones Invitational at Haig Point.

McLeod used five birdies to finish the first round tied for fifth overall. The Seahawks carded an eight-over-par 296 and are in fifth overall entering the second round on Monday. UNCW holds a two-stroke lead over East Carolina and 20th-ranked and host South Carolina.

South Florida leads the 12-team field after combining to go two-under-par for the first round. The Bulls lead Kennesaw State by four strokes. Charlotte and 43rd-ranked Liberty, the defending tournament champion, are tied for third.

Only three strokes separate UNCW (296) and Troy (299) and Middle Tennessee State (299), who are both tied for eighth.
USF's Chase Koepka (68) heads up the leader board at four-under-par.

Senior Stefan Brewer joined McLeod in the top-10 with an opening round of even-par golf. He, along with McLeod, moved into UNCW's all-time top-10 in rounds played with 100 career rounds played each.

Josh Woodfox will tee off first on Monday for the Seahawks at 9:40 a.m. The Seahawks will be pair with Kennesaw State and Charlotte for the second round.
UNCW Results: T5. Payne McLeod (71); T9. Stefan Brewer (72); T32. Ryan Nagy (75);T47. Josh Woodfox (78); T66. Preston Harrington (82).
UNCW Individual Results: T66. Thomas Lilly (82)

Birdies For Kaitlyn: 15 (McLeod 5)

Team Leaderboard: 1. South Florida (286); 2. Kennesaw State (290); T3. Charlotte (291); T3. Liberty (291); 5. UNCW (296); T6. East Carolina (298); T6. South Carolina (298); T8. Troy (299); T8. Middle Tennessee State (299); 10. Georgia State (304); 11. Winthrop (307); 12. Charleston Southern (311)

Individual Leaderboard:1. Chase Koepka (USF) 68; T2. Al Dickens (ECU) 70; T2. Chris Guglielmo (KSU) 70; T2. Raoul Menard (CHA) 70; T5. Rigel Fernandes (USF) 71; T5. Michael Hocker* (LIB) 71; T5. Payne McLeod (UNCW) 71; T5. Jake Tucker (TROY) 71; T9. Seven tied
*playing as an individual

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCP) -- Senior Luke Charles turned in his ninth career 300-yard passing game and matched a 5-year old school record with five touchdown passes to help lead No. 17 UNC Pembroke to a 41-20 victory over Shaw in the inaugural Cape Fear Classic on Saturday afternoon at Wilmington's Legion Stadium.

Charles threw for 361 yards on 28-of-41 passing to lead the Braves (3-0), while sophomore wide receiver John Rich matched a school record with three touchdown receptions for the second-straight week. Senior Te'Vell Williams hauled in eight catches for 148 yards, including a game-sealing 42-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, as well.

The Black & Gold racked up 533 yards of total offense on the day - its most since accumulating 539 yards in a win at Charleston (W.Va.) on Oct. 15, 2011. Williams's 148 receiving yards were the second-most of his career and ranks fourth all-time (tie) in school history.

L.J. Stroman was UNCP's defensive leader for the second-straight outing, tallying a career-best 11 tackles (11 solo), while also grabbing an interception that set up UNCP's first quarter touchdown. Senior all-American Fred Williams added nine tackles (seven solo), as well as a fumble recovery, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry.

"I am just really proud of our guys," said UNCP head coach Pete Shinnick. "Except for a few plays here and there, we played a great first half. Luke has played fantastic these first three games. He works his butt off and spends a lot of time watching film and it is paying off for him."

The Braves took a 24-7 lead on Charles's 7-yard touchdown pass to Rich with 3:50 to play in the second quarter, but the Bears climbed back into the contest on Marquise Grizzle's (21-97, 2 TD) 46-yard scoring gallop 99 seconds later, and then cut their deficit to just four points, 24-20, with Grizzle's 4-yard run on the first possession of the second half.

UNC Pembroke would put the game away in the fourth quarter, however, as Rich scored his third touchdown of the game on a 7-yard reception with 12:53 to play, and the Braves capitalized on a costly fumble by Shaw on the ensuing possession when Charles found Williams on a 42-yard touchdown strike down the near sideline on the following play.

Michael Doss's first career field goal - a 21-yarder with 4:59 left on the clock - would provide the final.

The Braves will be in action again on Saturday when they return home to tangle with region and U.S. 74 nemesis Wingate (1-0) in a 2 p.m. contest at Grace P. Johnson Stadium.

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