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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “Ruthless” Joe Ray defeated previously undefeated heavyweight Allen Crowder in Sunday’s heavyweight title bout in the “Battle In The South V”. Click play video to see the first round knockout. Proceeds from this event will benefit the American Heart Association.


NEW ORLEANS, LA (AP) – Drew Brees broke a half-century-old NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game, and the New Orleans Saints won for the first time this season, 31-24 over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.

Brees’ 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson eclipsed the mark of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass set by Johnny Unitas from 1956-60.

Brees’ also had three scoring strikes to Marques Colston, giving him a franchise-record 52 touchdown catches with the Saints (1-4).

At Brees’ request, the NFL allowed head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis – all serving various suspensions in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation – to attend the game. They and Johnny Unitas son, Joe, saw Brees pass for 370 yards.

Philip Rivers passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (3-2), but had an interception and fumble in the final quarter.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 35 seconds left in the third quarter to help the Seattle Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers 16-12 on Sunday.

Wilson shook off two third quarter interceptions – including one that was returned for a touchdown – and outperformed Cam Newton on a struggle-filled day for the Carolina offense.

Wilson threw for 221 yards, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 85 yards for the Seahawks (3-2).

Newton threw for 141 yards on 12-for-29 passing, while the Panthers managed just 190 total yards. Their only touchdown came on Captain Munnerlyn’s 33-yard interception return early in the third quarter.

Carolina started the season with plenty of optimism with the return of Newton to lead a high-scoring offense, but the Panthers (1-4) struggled against the tough Seahawks defense all afternoon.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — UNCW scored five times in the second half to break open a scoreless contest and cruise to a 5-0 shutout of visiting Old Dominion in Colonial Athletic Association women’s soccer action Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Seahawks improved to 8-6-1 overall and leveled their league mark at 3-3-0 with the victory. The Lady Monarchs moved to 2-11 and 0-5-0 with the loss.

After a scoreless first half, freshman Maddie McCormick got UNCW on the board at the 52:04 mark of the contest, ripping a shot from the top of the box into the left-hand corner of the net for her third goal of the season.

Sophomore Stephanie Bronson doubled the Seahawks advantage to 2-0 less than five minutes later, converting a feed from McCormick in the middle of the box at the 56:58 mark for her second tally of the campaign.

Senior Stephanie Rose gave UNCW a 3-0 lead in the 62nd minute as she converted a penalty kick opportunity that was created when McCormick was fouled inside the box. The goal was Rose’s team-leading seventh of the season.

Junior Nicole Costa pushed the Seahawks edge to 4-0 in the 66th minute, placing a feed from freshman Lindsey Bryne into the upper right-hand corner of the net for her fourth goal of the campaign. Rose also picked up an assist on the play.

Senior Ali Nagle closed out the scoring in the 79th minute, tucking a shot from 25 yards under the bar for her first goal of the season. Senior Jen Ludemann was credited with an assist on the play.

UNCW held a commanding 28-8 shot advantage in the contest, including a 13-2 edge in the first half. Both teams were awarded seven corner kicks during the contest.

Senior Caitlin Hunter made two saves to record her fifth shutout of the season and the 12th clean sheet of her career. Senior Laura Bush made 10 saves in goal for the Lady Monarchs.

Both teams return to action Thursday. UNCW hosts James Madison in a 7 p.m. contest while ODU entertains Drexel in a 4 p.m. matinee.


SOUTH BEND, IN (UNCW) -– Senior Thomas Bass continued his strong early season with an opening round even-par-71 and is tied for sixth overall. Meanwhile, UNCW is tied for seventh on Sunday at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic at the Warren Golf Club.
Nationally-ranked Houston is tied with Michigan State for the team lead while Houston’s Curtis Reed and UT Arlington’s Paul McConnell are tied for the lead at two-under.
The Seahawks are tied with Minnesota for seventh after both squads carded a 12-over-par 296 in the first round. Xavier holds a one-stroke lead for fifth over the Seahawks and Golden Gophers.
The second round tees off at 10:30 a.m. with the Seahawks and Golden Gophers being joined by Michigan.
UNCW Results: T6. Thomas Bass (71); T27. Stefan Brewer (74); T34. Payne McLeod; T43. Jens Geweke (76); T50. Ryan Nagy (77).
Team Results: T1. Houston (287); Michigan State (287); 3. UT Arlington (288); 4. San Francisco (292); 5. Toledo (294); 6. Xavier (295); T7. UNCW (296); Minnesota (296); 9. Michigan (297); 10. Boston College (298); 11. Notre Dame (300); 12. Gonzaga (302).
Individual Top-10: T1. Curtis Reed, Houston (69); Paul McConnell, UTA (69); T3. Carson Castellani, Michigan State (70); Matthew Moseley, Michigan State (70); Jobin Carlos, San Fran. (70); T.6 Wesley McCain, Houston (71); Cory McElyea, San Fran. (71); Paul McNamara, Notre Dame (71); Hunter Brown, UTA (71); Thomas Bass, UNCW (71).


College Men’s Soccer –

Cape Fear Community College 3
Methodist 1

Third win in a row for the SeaDevils. Robert Sandidge scored all three CFCC goals.



Tigers 5, Athletics 4 – Tigers lead series 2-0

DETROIT (AP) – Don Kelly scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, then hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Detroit Tigers over the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Sunday for a 2-0 lead in their AL playoff series.

Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera doubled twice for the Tigers, hit a fly ball that resulted in a two-run error and later singled in the ninth.

Detroit will go for a sweep of the division series matchup in Game 3 on Tuesday at Oakland.

The Tigers overcame three A’s leads and seesawed to victory. It was 1-all before a wild final three innings that included a big Oakland misplay, two game-tying wild pitches and several momentum changes.

Yankees 7, Orioles 2 – Yankees lead series 1-0

BALTIMORE (AP) – Russell Martin led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking home run off Jim Johnson, CC Sabathia turned in a sparkling pitching performance and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Sunday night in the opener of their AL divisional series.

Sabathia allowed two runs and eight hits in 8 2-3 innings to help the Yankees spoil the Orioles’ first home playoff game since 1997. The left-hander went 0-2 in three starts against Baltimore during the regular season.

With the score 2-all, Martin drove a 2-0 pitch from Johnson into the left-field seats. It was the first of four straight hits off Johnson, who led the majors with 51 saves.

Game 2 will be played Monday night.


Nationals 3, Cardinals 2 – Nationals lead series 1-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Pinch hitter Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals won in their postseason debut, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.

The Nationals overcame a wild start by 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez, then watched their bullpen shut down St. Louis in the late innings. Ahead 2-1 in the seventh, the Cardinals didn’t score after loading the bases with no outs.

The NL East champion Nationals led the majors with 98 wins this season, and go for a 2-0 series lead Monday when Jordan Zimmermann opposes Jaime Garcia.

The Cardinals made it to the best-of-five division series by beating Atlanta in the wild-card matchup Friday.

Reds 9, Giants 0 – Reds lead series 2-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Bronson Arroyo retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto went down with a back injury, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 9-0 on Sunday night to head home with a 2-0 division series lead.

A pair of Ryans provided the big hits. Ryan Ludwick homered leading off the second inning for his first career playoff clout and Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run single in the fourth and a late RBI single. Jay Bruce added a two-run double and Joey Votto had three hits.

Former San Francisco skipper Dusty Baker came into his old stomping grounds and left with two commanding victories 10 years after managing the Giants within six outs of a World Series title.

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