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THURSDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

BOYS SOCCER
SW ONSLOW 4 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 0
WHITEVILLE 1 - EAST BLADEN 0
NEW HANOVER 5- JACKSONVILLE 1
HOGGARD 7- TOPSAIL 0

VOLLEYBALL STATE PLAYOFFS
WALLACE-ROSE HILL 3- EAST COLUMBUS 0
BULLDOGS ADVANCE TO ROUND 2 OF 1-A STATE PLAYOFFS
TOPSAIL 3 - WEST CARTERET 0
PIRATES ADVANCE TO ROUND 2 OF 3-A STATE PLAYOFFS

CROSS COUNTRY
HOGGARD WON THE MIDEASTERN CONFERENCE GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP MEET ON THURSDAY
LANEY'S KERRY LEONARD FINISHED IN FIRST PLACE
ASHLEY WON THE MIDEASTERN CONFERENCE BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP MEET ON THURSDAY
SOUTH BRUNSWICK'S GRANT HUFHAM FINISHED IN FIRST PLACE

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS BOYS

1 ASHLEY
2 HOGGARD
3 TOPSAIL
4 NEW HANOVER
5 LANEY
6 SOUTH BRUNSWICK
7 WEST BRUNSWICK

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS GIRLS

1 HOGGGARD
2 LANEY
3 NEW HANOVER
4 ASHLEY
5 ?
6 ?
7 ?
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Week number nine of the high school football season will kick off on Friday. Click the play video icon above to see our preview of Friday's action.
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WILMINGTON, NC (TENNIS NEWS RELEASE) -- One Love Tennis, a not-for-profit in the Greater Wilmington area under the umbrella of the Lenny Simpson Tennis and Education Fund, Inc, officially announces its first ever fundraising event.
This day long event, featuring tennis superstars The Bryan brothers, the winningest doubles team in the history of tennis and current world No. 1, will come to Wilmington on November 24 to headline a fundraising tennis exhibition in Trask Coliseum at UNCW. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow through the UNCW Box Office
The American brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan both 35, have clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record NINTH time and for the fifth consecutive season.

The Bryans are one of only two teams in history to have won every 
Grand Slam title as well as Olympic gold medals (2012)
They have a Career Golden Slam and 15 grand slam titles overall, which is more than any team in the Open Era. These include victories at the Australian Open (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013), the French Open (2003, 2013), Wimbledon (2006, 2011, 2013), and the US Open (2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012). They won the Tennis Masters Cup doubles tournament three times (2003, 2004 and 2009). They won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics . They also won the 2007 Davis Cup along with Andy Roddick and James Blake . The Bryan Brothers were named ATP Team of the Decade for 2000-2009.

The Bryan Brothers are coming to headline the "Double Your Bryan Brothers Tennis Extravaganza" in Wilmington at the behest of Lenny Simpson, Executive Director of One Love Tennis Program that started has been providing services to area youth since April of this year.

The One Love mission is to Provide a year round program to under-served youth that provides Tennis instruction and academic support in an environment that builds self-esteem, character and life skills, regardless of socio-economic background, color or creed. Additionally, the One Love Program promotes tennis as an alternative to negative recreation and create an atmosphere that values respect, honesty, sportsmanship, discipline, education and success. The program will focus initially on the Greater Wilmington, NC area.

"If you haven't heard of One Love yet, you will. We have already made well over 3500 youth contacts since April in our summer and after school programs." Says Simpson.

A tennis legend in his own right, Simpson was trained and coached by tennis greats Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. He had many career highlights including being the youngest male to play at Forest Hills (the US Open)

Simpson feels that tennis and education helped shape his life in positive ways and wants to give that same opportunity, direction and motivation needed to succeed on the court, in school and in life to at risk young people.

Simpson believes that the tennis, academic tutoring and life lessons provided by One Love to at-risk youth in tennis afterschool programs will help them develop life skills that will enhance their development and growth for the rest of their lives.

This Bryan Brothers event, which is being organized by One Love and produced by Simpson and Associates Sports Management, includes a youth clinic taught by the Bryan Brothers, their father Wayne Bryan and other tennis professionals.

All proceeds from the Bryan Bros. Tennis Extravaganza will be shared among three Wilmington-based sports not-for-profits… The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, the UNCW Seahawk Club and One Love Tennis.

"Hosting the Bryan Brothers in Wilmington promises to be a world-class, family oriented, crowd pleasing occasion for Southeastern North Carolina." Says Jon Rosborough, President of the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. "This event complements the mission of the GWSHOF and provides something for everyone in our community and we are thrilled to be associated with such a top-notch event. "

"We are excited to partner with One Love Tennis to bring the Bryan Brothers to Wilmington." Says Rob Aycock, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Executive Director of the Seahawk Club. "The Seahawk Club is thankful for the ability to be one of the benefitting charities while also bringing a great event to the community."

Simpson, who has produced over 60 of these world class exhibition matches with such names as Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Caroline Wozniacki, also produced the John McEnroe-Todd Martin match that played to an almost sold out crowd at Trask Coliseum in Wilmington a few years ago as part of the Azalea Festival.
Simpson is happy to be back in his hometown of Wilmington and bringing in the Bryan Brothers and other tennis superstars to raise money for such important causes.
"This event is even more exciting than the McEnroe-Martin match". Says Simpson. "The Bryan Brothers are truly game changing athletes and great American ambassadors and role models. They are very current champions and the fans go crazy for them. They even have their signature "Chest Bump"! They are real entertainers on and off the court."
Their Dad, Wayne Bryan, was their coach growing up and he still works with them. He travels with them and is a talented and audience- pleasing emcee and manages the Youth Tennis Clinics at these fundraising events.
The day will culminate with a performance by the popular Bryan Brothers Band. "These guys are really great…they rock, they rap and the crowds love them." Says Simpson. The Bryan Bros. Band, with Mike on guitar and Bob on keyboards, has performed all of the country and to large audiences at the bigger tennis events including the big stage at the US Open. Their songs, including their hits "Autograph" and "Let it Rip" can be purchased on iTunes.
"We are really looking forward to coming to Wilmington. We love working with Lenny and especially supporting programs like his One Love Tennis." Says Bob Bryan from his home in Florida after being on tour with his brother in Asia. "We've seen the difference these kind of programs can make in young lives and communities all over the country."

"It's really great that the organizations benefiting from this event are totally in line with our mission in our Bryan Brothers Foundation." Adds his brother, Mike Bryan, home in Southern California. "Which is to promote the ideals of sports and emphasize the values of hard work and dedication."

"We will be ready for some of that historic southern hospitality and we will make sure that Wilmington has an exciting , fun day of more than just tennis!" Mike adds. "So follow us on Facebook and Twitter…we will be talking about it."

Tickets will go on sale at the UNCW Sports Box Office. Also check out www.bryanbros-onelove.org for more details.

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TORONTO (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes used a three-goal third period to rally for a 3-2 victory on Thursday over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who lost goalie James Reimer to an injury.

Ron Hainsey scored the game-winner for the Hurricanes. It was Toronto's first loss since Oct. 8.

Hainsey's goal was controversial because he banked a pass off the boards in his defensive zone that appeared to be icing.

No Hurricanes player touched it, but Carolina forward Radek Dvorak beat Leafs defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Franson to the faceoff circles.

Because of the new hybrid icing rule that was instituted for the season, the linesman waived off icing.

Goalie Jonathan Bernier did not play the puck, and it deflected off the boards and off his right skate and into the net.

The NHL had hybrid icing during the preseason, and it was put into effect when the players' association voted to approve it after the test run.

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

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CARY, NC (UNCW) -- The UNCW men's team fashioned a 7-4 singles record on the opening day of the ITA Carolina Men's Tennis Regional Thursday at the Cary Tennis Center.

The Seahawks went a sparkling 5-1 in first-round matches before settling for a 2-3 scorecard in the second round. Third-round matches and the first day of doubles are on tap for Friday.

In opening round matches early Thursday, sophomore Santtu Leskinen, junior Kaue Pereira, junior Zach Hublitz, sophomore Christiaan Van der Burgh and senior Rafael Aita all registered victories. Leskinen outlasted Clemson's Christian Harris, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, Pereira downed East Carolina's Nicholas Soriano, 6-4, 6-4, Hublitz trimmed the College of Charleston's Crescente Lesser, 7-6 (4), 6-2, Van der Burgh crushed N.C. Central's Fabrice George, 6-1, 6-0, and Aita raced past Winthrop's Peter Nagovnak, 6-1, 6-4.

Van der Burgh and Aita also prevailed in the second round and advanced. Van der Burgh scooted past Gardner-Webb's Ernesto Alberch, 7-5, 6-3, and Aita, the fourth seed, held off Clemson's Brent Lett, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-3.

UNCW's three doubles entries are all in action Friday. Hublitz and Van der Burgh are lined up against UNC's James Coxe and Ronnie Schneider in a 9 a.m. pairing, while Leskinen and Pereira meet Winthrop's Yuta Hirokawa and Steven Patrick at the same time. Aita and Williams are seeded second in the draw and drew a first-round bye.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (UNCW) --- A pair of UNCW doubles teams advanced in the Carolina Region ITA Women's Tennis Championships Thursday at North Carolina's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

Junior Hamilton Lovett and freshman Alix Theodossoiu edged Wake Forest's Brigita Bercvte and Kristina Centenari, 8-5, and will face Duke's Annie Mulholland and Chalena Scholl on Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Senior Olga Blank and newcomer Hollie Champion trimmed Elon's Barbora Lazarova and Viviana Stavreva, 8-5, in the bottom half of the draw. Blank and Champion meet Wake's Xue Zhang and Kasey Gardiner on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

In another doubles match played Thursday, senior Angie Sekley and junior Alyssa Ritchie fell to UNC's Laura Slater and Kate Vialle, 8-6, in a close match.

Blank, Sekely and Ritchie each open play in singles tomorrow when the tournament begins its second day of action.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) - Dallas Crawford had a 3-yard touchdown with 16 seconds left to give No. 10 Miami a 27-23 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night.

Crawford's short score ended a 90-yard drive by the Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) and capped his own big performance in the backfield after Miami lost top rusher Duke Johnson to an early injury. Crawford finished with 137 yards on 33 carries - surpassing his season totals in both categories - and two touchdowns to help the Hurricanes barely avoid a big upset.

The Hurricanes won despite Stephen Morris throwing four interceptions, as many as he had thrown all year, while the defense surrendered a season-high 500 yards against the Tar Heels' no-huddle scheme.

But Miami got the stop it needed at the end, with Bryn Renner's final heave into the end zone from the Miami 28 falling incomplete on the game's final play.

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

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GLENDALE, AZ (AP) - Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 33-22 on Thursday night.

The Seahawks (6-1) intercepted two of Carson Palmer's passes, converting both into touchdowns, and sacked him seven times, twice by Chris Clemons, who had been questionable for the game with a hyperextended elbow.

Arizona (3-4) got a touchdown and one of its three field goals after Wilson twice fumbled while being sacked deep in Seattle territory.

Palmer has thrown 11 interceptions in the last five games and 13 this season, second only to Eli Manning's 15.

Seattle sent the Cardinals to their seventh straight loss against an NFC West foe.

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

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DETROIT (AP) - Mike Napoli's majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night.

Boston returns to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead in the AL championship series. Game 6 is Saturday with the Tigers' Max Scherzer facing the Red Sox's Clay Buchholz.

Cabrera was thrown out at the plate in the first inning, halting an early Detroit rally, and he hit into a double play against Tazawa with runners at the corners in the seventh. The Tigers scored a run on the grounder, but it was a trade-off the Red Sox were willing to make.

Napoli led off a three-run second with a drive off Anibal Sanchez into the ivy beyond the wall in center field.

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