WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Wilmington Sea Dawgs trailed for most of Sunday’s basketball game against Big Texas. The Dawgs ended up tying the game at 90-90 in the 4th quarter, but Big Texas outscored Wilmington 33-21 down the stretch. Big Texas won 123-111. The Sea Dawgs drop to 1-6 on the season. Jamel Carpenter led Wilmington with 29 points. Zach Herrmann added 27.
Wilmington’s next game will be Sunday, May 19 at home against the Johnston County Nighthawks. The Sea Dawgs play all of the 2013 home games at Blizzard Athletics.
MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick Community College baseball team is in the driver’s seat for a Region 10 baseball title. The Region 10 tournament is double elimination. The champion earns a spot in the national junior college baseball tournament later this month.
Day 1 – Friday, May 10
#3 Pasco-Hernando 2 vs. #6 Lenoir CC 1
#2 Brunswick CC 6 vs. #7 Rockingham 0
#4 Southeastern CC 7 vs. #5 Patrick Henry 8
#1 Catawba Valley CC 16 vs. #8 Surry CC 8
Day 2 – Saturday, May 11
#6 Lenoir CC 9 vs. #7 Rockingham 4
#4 Southeastern CC 1 vs. #8 Surry 4
#3 Pasco Hernando 3 vs. #2 Brunswick CC 4
#5 Patrick Henry 3 vs. #1 Catawba Valley 9
Day 3 – Sunday, May 12
#6 Lenoir CC 4 vs. #5 Patrick Henry 1
#8 Surry CC 2 vs. #3 Pasco Hernando 7
#2 Brunswick CC 6 vs. #1 Catawba Valley 3
#6 Lenoir CC 8 vs. #3 Pasco-Hernando 4
Day 4 – Monday, May 13
Gm 13: Catawba Valley vs. Lenoir CC, 3 p.m.
Gm 14: Brunswick vs. Winner Game 13, 7 p.m.
Day 5 – Tuesday, May 14
Gm 15: Winner Game 14 vs. Loser Game 14 (if first loss), 1p.m.
Note: On Sunday’s 11pm sports we’ll get our first glimpse of Jonathan Cooper on the practice field in Arizona. We also will air Cooper’s reaction to rookie mini-camp. Cooper lives in Wilmington. He’s a 2008 Hoggard High graduate and UNC graduate as well.
PHOENIX, AZ (CARDINALS) — In between their first two practices, the latest batch of Cardinals rookies took refuge anywhere they could around the locker room – as long as it was in the air conditioning.
First-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper found solace on the floor in front of his locker, sitting down and stretching before he even took his shoes off.
Friday was the guard’s first taste of the NFL as the Cardinals began a three-day rookie minicamp. It was hot but it was what he expected.
“We got a lot of stuff thrown at us,” Cooper said. “I feel like I did alright. Just need to make sure I get in good enough shape to run around at this deal.”
The coaches pressed the gas pedal to the floorboards during the rookies’ first day, keeping the pace of practice fast and showing the young rookies what to expect for the rest of the summer – and the rest of their career.
The players looked eager, sometimes too eager, coach Bruce Arians said. But this weekend wasn’t about showing the coaches what they can do in shorts and a helmet, it was geared toward teaching the rookies the Cardinals’ language.
And Cooper was looking fluent through the first day.
“He showed up in good shape and he looks like the player that we thought he would be,” Arians said. “Offensive linemen, you really can’t tell until you put pads on. He moves around just like we thought he would because it looks like the (Scouting) combine out there right now.”
While most of the 35 players – which includes inexperienced second-year players such as defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin and wide receiver Kerry Taylor – are vying for a spot on the team, Cooper is trying to earn a starting job.
A few days after Cooper was drafted seventh overall, the Cardinals released guard Adam Snyder, all but penciling Cooper into the starting lineup. On Friday, Cooper played on the left side, where Daryn Colledge lined up in 2012.
“I want to work and compete for that starting spot,” Cooper said. “I’ve got a long way to go. From learning my plays to getting in shape to just getting that mindset of being a professional football player. I got a long way to go but I am here to compete for it. I’d love to get that spot.”
For the next few days, however, Cooper will be focused on adjusting to the pro game. It’s a small sample of what the next few months will include, but he already sees a difference between college and professional football.
“Everybody’s big, strong, fast,” Cooper said. “And then what’s expected of you. They give it to you and you’re expected to know it like that. In college, you get more time to kinda get brought up to speed. But now it’s kinda this is your time to earn your place and you got to do it quickly.”
EXTRA POINT: The Cardinals signed four of their draft picks Friday. Running backs Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington, tight end D.C. Jefferson and wide receiver Ryan Swope all have four-year contracts. The length and money of the contracts are dictated by the collective bargaining agreement, making them a much faster process than they once were. The Cards have five draft picks unsigned, including Cooper.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL (AP) – Tiger Woods had the last word against Sergio Garcia by winning The Players Championship on Sunday.
Woods ended a weekend of words with Garcia by finding land on the final two holes for par to close with a 2-under 70. Garcia was tied for the lead as he stood on the 17th tee and stared at the island green. He hit into the water twice to make a quadruple-bogey 7, and then hit his tee shot into the water on the 18th in a stunning collapse.
Woods joined Fred Couples, Davis Love III and Steve Elkington as multiple winners on the TPC Sawgrass. It was his 78th career win on the PGA Tour. Woods was in the scoring trailer when David Lingmerth missed a long birdie putt for a playoff.
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DANIEL ISLAND, SC (USL PRO) — The Charleston Battery defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads 4-2 on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 3,699 fans. Charleston jumped out to a four-goal lead in the first half but had to fight off a Wilmington comeback after the break in a heated second 45 minutes that saw a player from each team sent off. The victory was the Battery’s fifth in a row, moving them into second place in the USL PRO standings.
The Battery got off to a flying start with goal in only the second minute after Nicki Paterson played a clever ball over the top for Dane Kelly to chase. Kelly shrugged off the challenge of Wilmington defender Gareth Evans and finished neatly into the right side of the goal.
Ten minutes later Charleston doubled its advantage as Paterson beat the Hammerheads’ offside trap with a deep run from midfield. Running onto a pass from Colin Falvey, Paterson controlled the ball with a quick touch and then drilled home a shot past Wilmington goalkeeper Phil Tuttle.
Battery midfielder Zach Prince added a third goal at the 21st-minute mark as Charleston continued to attack with purpose. After a spell of pressure the ball ran loose at the top of the penalty area, and Prince clipped a curling right-footed shot around Tuttle and into the right corner of the net.
Charleston added a fourth goal nine minutes later thanks to a good individual effort from defender John Wilson. The veteran full back dribbled forward on the left side and then cut past his defender onto his right foot before putting a perfectly placed shot into the right corner of the goal.
The Hammerheads fought back after halftime and Paul Nicholson scored two goals in quick succession in the 53rd and 59th minute. With Wilmington in the ascendency the game changed course again as both teams had players sent off. The Battery’s Cody Ellison was shown a red card for his part in a scuffle at the edge of the penalty area with just under 25 minutes to play, and then minutes later Wilmington’s Evans was ejected after tangling with Kelly.
The ejections took the steam out of the Hammerheads’ attack and Charleston was able to see the remainder of the game for the victory.
NORMAN, OK (UNCW) –- Junior Lori Beth Adams posted a one-over-par 73 in the final round of the 2013 NCAA Central Regional Saturday at the Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club.
Adams finished the 54-hole event part of a five-way tie for 11th with a tournament scorecard of one-over-par 217 (69-75-73), two strokes back of Washington’s Ying Luo (73-74-68=215) and Wake Forest’s Olafia Kristindottir (72-74-69=215), who claimed the Central Regional’s two individual entries into the 2013 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships.
Ally McDonald of Mississippi State took home regional medalist honors with a three-day total of 10-under-par 206 (69-69-68), five strokes ahead of three players – Oklahoma teammates Emily Collins (67-70-74=211) AC Tanguay (71-70-70=211) and Duke’s Alejandra Cangrego (72-69-70=211) – who finished in a three-way tie for second.
Starting the final round on the No. 1 tee, Adams began her day with four straight pars before a bogey on the par five fifth hole moved her to one-over. Adams would rebound to par the sixth hole, but bogeys on the seventh and ninth holes put the Burlington, N.C., product at three-over-par at the turn.
On the back nine, a six-foot birdie putt on the tenth hole moved Adams to two-over while a birdie on the par-five 13th brought her back to one-over. Adams would par each of the final five holes, including the 18th that saw her run a 30-foot birdie attempt to just inches from the cup, to finish with a one-over-par total for both the round and the tournament.
DURHAM, NC (UNCW)-– Ninth-ranked Duke won the doubles point in close fashion and tacked on three singles victories to turn back upset-minded UNCW, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Regionals on Saturday at Duke’s Ambler Tennis Center.
The Blue Devils, seeded No. 1 in the regional, pushed their record to 24-5 and advanced to the NCAA’s Round of 16 next week in Champaign, Ill. The Seahawks closed out the season with a 19-5 mark and had their 11-match winning streak go by the wayside.
“Duke is a very deep and talented team,” said sixth-year Head Coach Mait DuBois of UNCW. “We had our opportunities, but Duke did a good job of winning the big points. They came out on fire in singles.”
One day after upsetting No. 18 South Carolina, the Seahawks hooked up with the Blue Devils of the Atlantic Coast Conference in a match delayed twice by rain showers and played inside for the final few points.
In doubles action, Duke’s Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler, ranked No. 2 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, was first off the court after defeating No. 30 Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider of UNCW, 8-3. Cunha and Hemmeler improved their record to 23-2 this spring and trail only Tennessee’s Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis in the national rankings.
The Seahawks pulled even for the early point when Rafael Aita and Sam Williams, No. 52 in the ITA, upset No. 19 Michael Redicki and Jason Tahir of Duke, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles. Aita and Williams remained perfect at 15-0 on the season, including a 14-0 scorecard at the No. 2 position.
With the crucial point on the line, Duke’s Fred Saba and Bruno Semenzato came from behind to top UNCW’s Santtu Leskinen and Kaue Pereira, 8-6, at No. 3 doubles to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 edge in the match.
“When we lost the doubles point,” DuBois added, “that took some of our momentum away. Losing the doubles point is something we haven’t had to deal with much this year.”
The Blue Devils pushed the score to 2-0 when the first match of singles action concluded. Hemmeler, ranked 74th, scooted past UNCW’s Kaue Pereiera, 6-0, 7-5, at No. 4 singles to give Duke some breathing room.
Duke then raised the score to 3-0 when Jason Tahir routed Kosta Blank, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5 singles before Josh Levine clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-2 verdict over UNCW sophomore Zach Hublitz.
While the loss ended the season for the Seahawks as a team, three players have earned invitations to play in the NCAA’s singles and doubles draw. Aita will compete in singles, while Blank and Cooprider are set to represent UNCW in doubles next week in Champaign, Ill.
DuBois said, “I feel very positive that we took another step forward this year. That’s the most important thing in my mind…taking a step forward.”