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SONOMA, CA (AP) – Martin Truex Jr. snapped a 218-race winless streak with an easy victory Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

It was just the second win of Truex’s career, first since Dover in 2007. It put Michael Waltrip Racing in Victory Lane for the second year in a row after Clint Bowyer won here last season.

Truex worked his way to the front and used strategy to stay with the leaders. He then pulled away after the final restart and built a healthy lead of more than six seconds over Juan Pablo Montoya.

Jeff Gordon finished second a week after he was wrecked six laps into the race at Michigan.

Carl Edwards was third, followed by Kurt Busch, who climbed back from a pair of speeding penalties.

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — The Wilmington Hammerheads and Charlotte Eagles finished with a tie score Saturday night at Legion Stadium as neither side was able to find a result in the back of the net. The Hammerheads and Eagles will each add a point to their overall USL PRO league standings.

The constant change of possession after the start of the first half created several attempts on both ends of the field. A breakaway by Wilmington forward Kyle Greig from the midfield constructed a turn play to Daniel Roberts on the outside for a quick cross to the center of the box allowing a goal attempt by Paul Nicholson, ending in a collision with Charlotte goalkeeper Eric Reed.

Jorge Herrera took an attempt for Charlotte closing in on halftime in the 38th minute with a hard shot soaring above the crossbar after clipping the gloves of Hammerheads goalkeeper Troy Hernandez, receiving a corner kick. Hernandez followed the play with a punch to the ball, clearing it from Hammerheads territory and back up the field.

Wilmington had two near attempts to put a shot on the board in the second half. Midfielder Bryce Taylor cut to the middle from the outside right for a drive deflecting off Reed. Forward Cody Arnoux followed shortly thereafter with a breakaway run into the box, but was taken down without regard from officials.

Within the final seconds of stoppage time, Herrera was close to gaining a result for Charlotte victory and was denied the opportunity as the ball rolled outside the goal post.

The Wilmington Hammerheads will travel to Red Bull Arena on Sunday, June 30 for a return match versus the New York Red Bulls Reserves. The match will live streamed at www.uslnation.com via UNATION. For further information regarding the Wilmington Hammerheads, please contact (910) 777-2111 or visit online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.


WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS) -– The Wilmington Sharks picked up a 4-3 win at home on Saturday night over the Wilson Tobs to improve their record to 11-9 on the year and the Tobs move to 11-10.

Tyler Bolton had another good outing for the Sharks as he gave up three runs on four hits and struck out eight to pick up his third win of the year and move his record to 3-0.

The Sharks struck first as they picked up all four runs of the ball game in the bottom of the first inning. Zach MacAneney led off with an infield hit and advanced to second on the Alex Freedman walk as both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Cody Dolan hit a chopper back to Christian Slazinik who tried to throw out MacAneney at home as the throw went to the backstop and allowed Freeman to score to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. In the same inning for the Sharks, Zach Stephens picked up a hit to move Dolan to second. The next hitter for the Sharks Zach Houchins hit a ball back up the middle to score Dolan, but the ball was not fielded cleanly by Tobs center fielder Ridge Gonsoulian, which allowed Stephens to score to give the Sharks a 4-0 lead. The Wilson Tobs picked up two runs in the top of the second inning off of a two out two RBI single off the bat of Gonsoulian to cut the Sharks lead to 4-2. The Tobs picked up another run in the top of the fourth to cut the Sharks lead to 4-3.

The bullpen did a great job for the Sharks in the final four innings of play as they gave up two hits and struck out two. Nick Green picked up his first save of the season for the Sharks.
Zach Houchins went 2-3 with an RBI for the Sharks and Luke Lowery went 2-3 with a single and double for the Tobs.

The Sharks return back to action on Monday night as they go on the road to take on the Morehead City Marlins with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.


BOSTON (AP) – A Boston Celtics official tells The Associated Press that a deal to allow Doc Rivers to coach the Los Angeles Clippers has been agreed to.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was contingent on NBA approval and negotiations between Rivers and the Clippers over a new contract.

Rivers had three years and $21 million remaining on his deal with the Celtics, but he has expressed reluctance to coach through a rebuilding process. The 2008 NBA champions appear to be headed for one after losing in the first round of the playoffs this season.

The teams were also discussing a deal that would send Kevin Garnett to the Clippers, but NBA commissioner David Stern said he wouldn’t approve a deal in which coaches were traded for active players.

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OMAHA, NE (AP) – UCLA’s Adam Plutko says he has confidence his teammates will give him enough run support to win in the College World Series finals against Mississippi State.

The Bruins (47-17) go into the best-of-three finals Monday night in Omaha, Neb., after having produced just eight runs in their last three games.

Plutko (9-3) said Sunday he’ll go to the mound for Game 1 worried only about his performance. He said he doesn’t feel pressure to hold down the opponent because of the Bruin’s difficulty scoring runs.

Mississippi State coach John Cohen said he would start Trevor Fitts (0-0), who’ll be making only his sixth start of the season in 18 appearances.

The Bulldogs (51-18) have been the best-hitting team at the CWS, with a .297 average. Wes Rea is batting .462.

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