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WWAY's Wednesday night sports - October 30

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ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) -- Click http://www.wwaytv3.com/fifth-quarter in order to go straight to this week's full version of the high school football team of the week presentation from East Bladen High School that aired at 6pm on WWAY. It's the WWAY - Farm Bureau Insurance Team of the Week Award. We showed a shorter version of the presentation at 11pm on Wednesday. Special thanks to Farm Bureau at Mayfaire, Leland and Southport !!

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SCHEDULE CHANGES - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Whiteville-South Robeson and Pender-Wallace-Rose Hill football games will be played on Thursday instead of Friday due to the possibility of rain on Friday.

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

BOYS SOCCER STATE PLAYOFFS
NORTH MOORE 11 - WEST COLUMBUS 0
WOODS CHARTER 6 - EAST COLUMBUS 0
HOBBTON 5 - UNION 3
HOGGARD 2 - APEX 1
LANEY 3 - NORTHERN DURHAM 2 **click icon for video
WHITEVILLE 1 - EAST WAKE ACADEMY 0 **click icon for video
EAST BLADEN 2 - RED SPRINGS 1
WESTERN ALAMANCE 3 - WEST BRUNSWICK 1
SOUTH BRUNSWICK 3 - NORTHERN GUILFORD 0
EAST CARTERET 5 - PENDER 1
MANTEO 4 - TRASK 0
NCSSM 3 - DIXON 0

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BOSTON (AP) - Jubilant Red Sox fans have taken to the streets around Fenway Park to cheer their team's World Series victory, the first time Boston has won baseball's fall classic at home in 95 years.

Fans chanted and caroused outside the historic ballpark Wednesday after Boston vanquished the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6. Police reported no significant problems immediately following the game but said they were ready for post-game celebrations.

The Red Sox have now won three World Series in a decade, but they hadn't won at home since 1918.

The triumphant fans spilling out of Fenway joined hundreds already gathered around the ballpark.

Russ Stappen paid several hundred dollars for a ticket but says it was a small price to be a part of Red Sox history.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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HOUSTON (AP) - Dwight Howard had 17 points and a career-high-tying 26 rebounds in his Houston debut, James Harden added 21 points and the Rockets cruised to a 96-83 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Howard spurned the Lakers to sign an $88 million deal with Houston, joining Harden and a team that made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009.

The Rockets led by four points in the fourth quarter before using a 14-4 run to extend the lead to 86-72 with about 3½ minutes left.

Harden tossed an alley-oop to Howard for a dunk during that span. The crowd roared as Howard pointed and smiled at his new teammate.

Another dunk by Howard, this one a two-handed slam, capped the spurt.

The Bobcats were led by Josh McRoberts, who had 15 points.

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

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Junior forward Cedrick Williams scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds to power UNCW past Belmont Abbey, 101-51, for the team’s 25th consecutive exhibition men’s basketball victory Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks play another tune-up Sunday against Methodist at 2 p.m. before opening the regular season next Friday at Big Ten juggernaut Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

UNCW recorded its most lopsided exhibition win since starting exhibition tilts in November of 1985. It also marked the seventh time the Seahawks have eclipsed the 100-point mark in exhibition play.

Williams, a third-year player from Murfreesboro, Tenn., anchored five players in double figures for the Seahawks, making 6-of-7 shots. Senior guard Tanner Milson chipped in 13 points, senior guard Chris Dixon added 11 and senior forward Shane Reybold and senior guard Marcus Graham had 10 apiece.

Senior guard Chris Davis was the only player in double digits for the NCAA Division II Crusaders with 12 points. Belmont Abbey wound up shooting a chilly 25.4 percent from the floor.

The Seahawks shot a torrid 66.1 percent on the night, converting 41-of-62 field goals, and added 28 assists against just 10 turnovers. UNCW also came up with 13 steals on the night.

“I was very pleased overall,” said fourth-year Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “It was a good game to get the jitters out. I told them that we’d play tougher teams, but we made good decisions in transition and did a good job of sharing the basketball.”

After carrying a 44-24 lead into intermission, UNCW used an 18-3 spurt to bolt out to an insurmountable lead. Milson’s layup with 16:10 showing put UNCW on top, 53-30, and Dylan Sherwood’s uncontested layup extended the margin to 69-33 at 10:50.

UNCW registered its largest lead of the night when Graham converted a putback with just under a minute to play to give the Seahawks the final result, 101-51.

A Ray Chen triple in front of the Seahawk bench closed an early deficit to 7-5 for Belmont Abbey of Conference Carolinas before Peterson’s club got untracked.

Redshirt sophomore Luke Hager scored a bucket with just under 15 minutes left in the first half to start a 19-2 run that broke the game open for the Seahawks. The margin swelled to 13-5 before Tyler Horn answered with a shot along the left baseline to slice the lead to 13-7 at 12:23.

But the Seahawks reeled off 13 unanswered points to push the advantage to 26-7 and the rout was on. A pair of free throws by junior guard Freddie Jackson pushed the lead to 26-7 with 8:47 left in the opening half.

“Quite honestly, they are a far better team,” said Belmont Abbey seventh-year coach Stephen Miss. “We have a lot of things to work on. They are a CAA team and have talented players. It was a glorified practice for them.”

The Seahawks shot a blistering 63 percent in the first half and came up with eight steals to jump out to a lead they never relinquished.

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RALEIGH, NC - The NC State men's basketball team opened up its 2013-14 exhibition season with a 96-85 win over UNC Pembroke on Wednesday night at Reynolds Coliseum.

Sophomore forward T.J. Warren notched a double-double on the night, leading all scorers with 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Tyler Lewis dished out a game-high 15 assists, while redshirt junior transfer guard Ralston Turner added 20 points.

Junior guard Desmond Lee and true freshman Anthony 'Cat' Barber had 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Wolfpack. Six new players saw action for head coach Mark Gottfried, including true freshmen Kyle Washington, who started the game at power forward, BeeJay Anya and Barber.

"There were a lot of good things tonight," Gottfried said. "I like that we had 96 points, but we missed 17 foul shots and turned the ball over 16 times. If we don't turn the ball over as much as we did and make a few foul shots that 96 becomes about 110 pretty quick. I like that."

State led by as many as 10 points in the first half and extended it to 12 in the second frame and never trailed over the course of the entire game. The Wolfpack held a decisive 36-16 advantage in fast-break points while shooting 59.6 percent from the field (34-of-57).

After taking a 44-37 halftime lead, State held a working margin of between seven and nine points for the first eight minutes of the half until UNC Pembroke cut the score to 63-60 at the 11:46 mark. From there, Turner and Barber combined to rattle off seven straight points over two minutes to up the advantage to 70-60.

UNC Pembroke trimmed the lead to 73-68 at the 7:00 minute juncture, but could get no closer the rest of the way. After a free throw by Lewis and a layup by Lennard Freeman, the Wolfpack maintained a lead of at least seven points the rest of the way, before closing out the game at the free throw line.

State started the game on an 8-0 run, punctuated by back-to-back alley oop dunks by Warren and Jordan Vandenburg to take the early advantage. The Wolfpack would sustain the lead, taking a 44-37 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

Griffin Pittman led UNC Pembroke with 23 points on the night.

The Wolfpack will host Morehouse Saturday, Nov. 2 at PNC Arena in its final exhibition game before the official start of the regular season against Appalachian State on Nov. 8.

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