Jonathan Cooper out with turf toe, Hornets announce 2014-15 schedule & more


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CHARLOTTE, NC (HORNETS) — The Charlotte Hornets will make their long-awaited return to NBA regular-season action when the team opens the 2014-15 campaign with a home game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets will play four of their first six games at home, also hosting Memphis on Saturday, Nov. 1; Miami on Wednesday, Nov. 5; and Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 7. The team will then embark on a four-game road trip to the west coast before returning to play five of seven contests at home between Nov. 17 and 28. The week of Thanksgiving features visits from five of the 14 players who joined Al Jefferson on the All-NBA teams last season: the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Chris Paul (Monday, Nov. 24), Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard (Wednesday, Nov. 26) and Golden State’s Stephen Curry (Friday, Nov. 28).

The 82-game slate features 17 weekend home dates, including seven Fridays, nine Saturdays and the first Sunday home game since the 2011-12 season. The Hornets are scheduled to make a pair of Wednesday night appearances on ESPN in April (April 8 against Toronto and April 15 at Toronto) and have five games scheduled to air on NBA TV.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Charlotte only once this season, on Friday, Jan. 2. Tim Duncan and the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs come to Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will make their lone trip to Charlotte on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Among teams visiting Charlotte multiple times, the Hornets will host the defending Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat on Wednesday, Nov. 5, and Wednesday, Jan. 21; Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks on Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 24; and Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Friday, March 13.

All Hornets home games will begin at 7:00 p.m., with the exception of the 2:00 p.m. Martin Luther King Day contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, Jan. 19, and the Sunday, Feb. 8, game against the Indiana Pacers at 6:00 p.m.

The only way to currently guarantee tickets to the Hornets home opener is by purchasing either season tickets or the Half Season Pick Plan. The only partial plan available for lower-level seats, the Half Season Pick Plan starts at $12 per game and includes the home opener and 22 additional games of the buyer’s choosing with no game restrictions. Season and half-season tickets are available now by calling 704-HORNETS.


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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — The Wilmington Hammerheads FC is pleased announce a loan agreement with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union that sends midfielder Corben Bone to Wilmington for the remainder of the season. Per Major League Soccer, USL PRO and club policy, the terms of the deal were not released.

Bone joins the club as the team works toward the end of the season with a playoff berth at stake. An accomplished attacking midfielder, Bone has spent the last four seasons in MLS; three with the Chicago Fire and the current 2014 season with the Philadelphia Union. Prior to his professional career, he attended Wake Forest University and was an integral part of the 2007 team that would win the 2007 NCAA National Championship. He earned numerous honors at Wake Forest including: ACC Freshman of the year in 2007, NCAA 1st Team All-America in 2008 and 2009.

“This is a very important loan for us as we move into the final stretch of the season,” said Hammerheads Technical Director Carson Porter. “Corben is a high-level talent that will be an exciting addition to our attack, and someone that our fans will enjoy watching as well.”

Bone will finish his training week with Philadelphia before meeting the Hammerheads in New York where he will make his debut when Wilmington takes on New York Red Bull Reserves on Friday night at Lubetkin Field.

Note: The Hammerheads defeated the UNCW men’s soccer team 2-0 on Wednesday in an exhibition match at UNCW.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Junior striker Katrina Guillou and senior midfielder Stephanie Bronson of UNCW have been named to the Colonial Athletic Association’s 2014 Preseason Women’s Soccer Team and two teammates – junior defender Morgan Leyble and junior forward Maddie McCormick – have garnered Honorable Mention accolades.

The quartet was recognized late Wednesday in voting by the league’s coaches as the CAA’s 10 teams conducted final preparations for the regular season. Overall, a total of 15 players were selected to the team and six others picked up Honorable Mention notification.

Guillou, from Ft. Washington, Md., led the Seahawks in goals (10), assists (6) and points (26) last season to land a spot on the All-CAA First-Team. Bronson, a transfer from N.C. State, collected five goals and two assists and also nabbed First-Team All-CAA honors.

Leyble, a Jacksonville, N.C., native, started all 19 games in her second season with the Seahawks, and McCormick, from Newark, Dela., finished second in scoring with 16 points on six goals and four assists in her second year with the team.

The Seahawks play their final preseason exhibition Saturday when No. 18 Duke visits for a 6 p.m. friendly at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Coach Paul Cairney’s club kicks off its 21st season on Friday, Aug. 22, with a 7 p.m. clash against N.C. State in Raleigh.


Player, School Pos. Cl. Hometown

Emory Camper, William & Mary F Sr. Virginia Beach, Va.

Leah Galton, Hofstra F Jr. Harrogate, England

Katrina Guillou, UNCW F Jr. Ft. Washington, Md.

Ashley Herndon, James Madison F So. Ashburn, Va.

Sam Scolarici, Hofstra F Sr. Aldie, Va.

Stephanie Bronson, UNCW MF Sr. Raleigh, N.C.

Emily Market, Delaware MF Jr. Holland, Pa.

Jeannine Molleda, Hofstra MF Jr. Clifton, Va.

Jill Mulholland, Hofstra MF So. Levittown, N.Y.

Bianca Calderone, Northeastern D Sr. Wellesley, Mass.

Melissa Chapman, Drexel D Sr. Lansdale, Pa.

Emily Fredrikson, William & Mary D Sr. Ashburn, Va.

Allegra Gray, Delaware D Sr. West Chester, Pa.

Shannon Rano, James Madison D Sr. Branchburg, N.J.

Caroline Casey, William & Mary GK Jr. Chesapeake, Va.

Honorable Mention (multiple votes): Allie Bunner, So., MF, James Madison; Paige Burnett, Sr., GK, Northeastern; Sam Greenfield, Sr., MF/D, Drexel; Morgan Leyble, Jr., D, UNCW; Maddie McCormick, Jr., F, UNCW; Katie Ponce, Sr., MF/F, Towson



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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former Hoggard Viking football standout Jonathan Cooper has turf toe. It appears the starting left guard for the Arizona Cardinals will miss this weekend’s preseason game against Minnesota due to the injury.


CHICAGO, IL (CHICAGO SKY) — With the win, Chicago shifts into a tie for second with Washington and can earn a playoff berth with one win in its final two games or a New York loss.

The Sky took command from the tip, scoring five unanswered points in the early going. Sylvia Fowles dominated the paint with nine points and five rebounds as the Sky closed the first quarter on a 12-3 run to establish a nine-point advantage, 19-10.

Chicago scored two points to start the second quarter before the Mystics connected on eight unanswered points to cut the lead to three points. Allie Quigley came alive scoring five points in the second quarter after Elena Delle Donne nailed a three-pointer to disrupt Washington’s momentum. The Sky maintained a 31-29 advantage at the half.

In the third quarter, Sylvia Fowles scored eight points, including the Sky’s first six to help Chicago maintain control. Epiphanny Prince delivered six points in final four minutes of the quarter to give the Sky a 52-45 advantage heading into the fourth.

WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Allie Quigley, provided clutch baskets down the stretch, scoring six points in the fourth quarter to help the Sky secure a 72-69 victory. Quigley finished in double figures for the fourth consecutive game with 11 points. She also tied a career-high with six assists. Delle Donne paced the Sky’s bench with 18 points while Fowles notched her twelfth double-double of the season.

Monique Currie paced the Mystics with 18 points. Washington was without forward Kia Vaughn (suspension) and guard Kara Lawson (ankle).

Fowles, Quigley and the Sky look to continue their playoff push with a game in Indiana before closing out the regular season at home against the San Antonio Stars. The Sky face the Fever on Saturday, August 16 at 6:00pm CT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and then have a quick turnaround as they host the Stars on Sunday, August 17 at 5:00pm CT back at Allstate Arena.

Note: Wilmington resident Tamera Young scored 4 points for Chicago on Wednesday. Young is a Laney High grad.


LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — East Columbus High School has an opening for an athletics director. Jon Scharpenberg has resigned his AD position and his girls head basketball coaching position.