Beach wrestling to return to Carolina Beach; Updates on Tamera Young and Jonathan Cooper

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach hosted the national championship for beach wrestling in 2013 and 2014. On Thursday WWAY found out the event will be returning to Carolina Beach for the next two years. The 2015 national beach wrestling championship is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 30th.

There will be 13 age categories for men and women including kids, juniors, veterans and an open division for competitors attempting to qualify for the 2015 Beach Wrestling World Championship.

Carolina Beach has been the site of the annual NCUSA Wrestling Beach State Wrestling Championships since 2008. Beach wrestling was introduced as an international style by FILA, the international governing body for wrestling, as another avenue for athletic competition. Beach Wrestling (or sand wrestling) has been a consistent style of wrestling internationally for centuries.


PHOENIX, AZ (WWAY) — Tuesday marked the first day of a three day minicamp for the Arizona Cardinals. Click the play video icon in order to see former Hoggard Viking Jonathan on the field for the Cardinals. Cooper missed the entire 2013 regular season due to an injury in a pre-season game.

Video will be posted once our newscast concludes, which is running late tonight.


NOTE: Tamera Young is a Laney High grad. Young scored 10 points on Tuesday. She’s started every game this season for Chicago.

ROSEMONT, IL (SKY) Seattle Storm coach Brian Agler didn’t find out until just before the game that Chicago would be missing star Elena Della Donne.

Even without the league’s No. 2 scorer, who was sidelined with a flareup of Lyme Disease, the Sky almost pulled off the win, falling 80-76 to the Storm on Tuesday night.

”It didn’t alter (game plans) from the standpoint of our intent of what we wanted to do on the offensive end,” Agler said. ”But defensively Delle Donne is a different kind of player so we would have had to give her a lot of attention.”

Delle Donne said after the game that she was day-to-day. Chicago heads next to Washington to play the Mystics on Friday night.

”(I’m) exhausted, kind of like how you feel when you have a fever, really achy, tired,” said the reigning WNBA rookie of the year, who battled Lyme Disease in college.

Epiphanny Prince, who was playing her second game since sitting out the first part of the season because of burnout, had 14 of her 18 points in the second half as Seattle held off a late Chicago run to win 80-76 on Tuesday night.

”Defensively we’ve been playing better,” Agler said. ”We didn’t do real well in the second half or the fourth quarter tonight but Epiphanny Prince, she can play. She got it going a little bit.”

Chicago was also missing forward Jessica Breland who sat out with a lower leg injury. The Sky are still without Sylvia Fowles, who is recovering from off-season hip surgery. She’s expected back later this month.

Tanisha Wright scored 17 points while Camille Little added 13 and Sue Bird 12 for the Storm (4-6), who have won three of their past four games.

Trailing 68-56 with 6:42 left in the fourth quarter, Prince led a comeback. She hit two 3-pointers and Tamera Young added a layup to cap an 11-3 run. But Noelle Quinn’s 25-footer with 2:12 left pushed the Storm lead back to seven points and the Sky never got closer than four in the final minute on a buzzer-beating Prince three-pointer.

Markeisha Gatling had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Young added 10 points for the short-handed Sky.

Crystal Langhorne had 10 rebounds for the Storm

NOTE: Tamera Young is a Laney High grad. Young scored 10 points on Tuesday. She’s started every game this season for Chicago.


FAYETTEVILLE, NC (SHARKS RELEASE) –David Palenzuela crushed a fastball from Hunter Smith over the right field wall in the bottom of the 12th inning as the SwampDogs battled their way to a walk-off victory Tuesday night, 4-2 over the Wilmington Sharks.

SwampDogs starter Rayne Raven didn’t have his “A” game going, but was still able to pitch four solid innings, allowing just two runs – one in the second and one in the third – on six hits.
The ‘Dogs were able to chip away at the Sharks lead with a run in the third courtesy of a Jason Blum sacrifice fly, and one in the fourth on a Chase Edwards RBI single.

There was a scary moment in the third inning with Blum at the plate, when Blum squared around to bunt, then pulled back, and the ball glanced off the mitt of Sharks catcher Jake Kusz and struck the hand of home plate umpire Michael Rains. Rains was taken to the locker room and would not return to the game, leaving Joe Schwartz a one-man umpiring crew.

After an eight minute delay, Blum got the sacrifice fly that put the SwampDogs on the board. Once the game was tied at two, the SwampDogs bullpen took over. Hunter Barnett pitched three scoreless innings, as did Seth Laigast. Hasten Freeman pitched scoreless frames in the 11th and 12th innings. From the eighth inning on, the bullpen surrendered just one hit, and the pitching staff as a whole stranded 16 Sharks on base.

Norm Donkin made what would turn out to be a game-saving play in the sixth inning when with two outs, Steven Linkous singled and Alex Raburn rounded third and tried to score. Donkin delivered a strike to Jacob Whiting to nail Raburn by a wide margin, and keep the game tied at two.

The Sharks host Edenton on Wednesday at 7pm.


PINEHURST, NC (AP) – Phil Mickelson believes Pinehurst No. 2 is such a complete test for the U.S. Open that he’ll have to be focused on every shot.

That could be quite a challenge for the five-time major champion.

On the golf course, Mickelson is trying to ignore the high expectations for him to finally win the U.S. Open and join five other greats who have won the career Grand Slam. There’s also the emotional connection he has to Pinehurst No. 2 from his first runner-up finish in 1999, just one day before his daughter was born.

Off the golf course, he was linked two weeks ago to an insider trading investigation involving investor Carl Icahn and Las Vegas gambler Billy Walters.

Mickelson says he usually does his best when everyone least expects it.

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PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) – Bubba Watson has one thing going for him: So far, nobody else has a better chance at winning a second major this year.

That’s because he’s already got one.

The two-time Masters champion came to Pinehurst this week for the U.S. Open trying to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the first two majors of the year.

He says his position means “it’s been a good year” because “you’ve done well early.”

The world’s third-ranked player is trying to join that short list of players to win both the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year.

He’s certainly hoping this attempt goes better than the last one. Two years ago at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, he missed the cut.

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AUSTIN, TX (USL PRO) — USL PRO is pleased to announce the addition of the Austin Aztex as its 18th franchise, continuing the league’s dramatic growth throughout the central and southwest United States. Joining Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Louisville City FC, Saint Louis FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Austin will debut in USL PRO for the 2015 season as the league realizes its blueprint for steady, regionalized growth.

The Aztex are owned and operated by ATX SOCCER LLC, which includes Chairman Rene van de Zande, President and CEO of Emergo Group, a leading medical device consultancy with offices in 25 countries. Additional partners include Austin-based Formula One racing track Circuit of the Americas Founder and Chairman Bobby Epstein, and Paul Thornton, president of TAG Presents, Circuit of America’s events management company. The strong, local ownership group is rounded out byDavid Markley, VP of Technology Development for Fallbrook Technologies, the founder of ATX SOCCER LLC.

“USL PRO is extremely pleased to welcome Austin, Texas, the fastest-growing city in the United States, to our league for the 2015 season,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. “Austin’s ownership group, under the leadership of Rene van de Zande, will offer the local fans a strong, dynamic sports and entertainment experience.

“Today’s announcement represents yet another important milestone in our continued objective of expanding USL PRO into emergent cities that are primed to support professional soccer in a significant way. This ‘next generation’ of ambitious professional soccer markets joining USL PRO serves to further define the league’s importance in providing the most vibrant domestic professional soccer league model in support of and in cooperation with MLS. Further exciting expansion plans and major announcements are upcoming.”

Founded in 2011 as a member of the PDL, the Aztex made an immediate impact and reached the post-season in 2012 representing the Mid-South Division. The Aztex continued their remarkable ascent in 2013, defeating the Thunder Bay Chill in front of 4,253 fans at House Park to capture the PDL Championship.

“After two very successful seasons on the field in the PDL – which included a 2013 national championship and a steadily growing fan base – we are ready to move to the USL PRO level,” van de Zande said. “We have a clear vision for what we want to achieve with our club in Austin and joining USL PRO is part of this. We commend USL PRO for developing a strong and high quality league as well as for the relationship it has established with Major League Soccer.

“The Austin Aztex are proud to be a member of this prestigious league and we look forward to contributing to its continued success. We are also very excited about the recent formation of a strong Aztex owners group which will allow us to continue building our franchise in a city that deserves professional soccer at the highest levels. Our ambition is to turn the Austin Aztex into a ‘house of excellence’ geared towards nurturing and developing the best professional players on and off the field.”

USL PRO features 14 teams in 2014 with new teams in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Louisville, Kentucky, St. Louis, Missouri and Tulsa, Oklahoma already announced for 2015. As part of the league’s expansion west of the Mississippi, the LA Galaxy II, OKC Energy FC and Sacramento Republic FC began USL PRO play in 2014.

For the past several years USL PRO has been part of a groundbreaking partnership with MLS that has further elevated the quality and stature of USL PRO, strengthened the competition in both leagues, and established a solid foundation for future collaboration.


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