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GREENVILLE — Three days before East Carolina University’s football team would defeat Southern Methodist University, head coach Ruffin McNeill sat in the team’s meeting room adjacent to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, speaking to a reporter.As players cleared out of the nearby hallways following practice, McNeill briefly called two of them into the room.“Ask them who their daddy is,” McNeill said.With that prompt, both players simultaneously said: “Ruffin.”“You can call anybody in here,” McNeill said. “I didn’t know who that was. You can’t plan what I just did, but they heard my voice, they knew something was up and they came.”


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ROCKINGHAM — In tight games, the soccer ball seems to find the right foot of Richmond’s Jalen Almond.In Richmond’s upset win over Pinecrest last week, Almond scored the opening goal off a loose ball in the box that bounced its way to his feet.The same thing happened in Tuesday’s Southeastern Conference semifinal match between Richmond and Lumberton.Armando Garcia had control of ball in the middle of the field when he was taken down just...

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UNCP’s Miles, Aiken named nation’s top weekly soccer players

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A pair of University of North Carolina at Pembroke soccer players made program history on Tuesday when womens goalie Janae Aiken and mens soccer player Sam Miles were named as the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Players of the Week for NCAA Division II, the organization announced.It’s the first time in the two-year history of the award that one school has swept the weekly honors. UNCP is the third Peach Belt Conference school, joining Flagler and USC Aik...

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Swett’s Godwin qualifies for state tournament

For the third time in her high school career, Meredith Godwin qualified for the North Carolina womens golf state championship at Pinehurst No. 1.Godwin shot an 12-over-par 84 in the regional qualifier at Pinehurst No. 6 to earn the seventh best score in the region. The top qualifier was Joliana Elias, of Ragsdale, who shot a 75.Swett teammate Alaina Malcolm just missed the cut to make the state tournament, shooting a 99 in the qualifier. The cut was at 9...

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Moonlight Madness set for Thursday

PEMBROKE — The UNCP mens basketball, womens basketball, and wrestling teams will host their fourth annual Moonlight Madness, presented by McDonald’s, event at 7 p.m. Thursday in the English E. Jones Center.The annual event will include player introductions, a 3-point competition, scrimmages and wrestling matches, with a dunk contest set to highlight the night. Football head coach Shane Richardson and his team will also be on hand to address the fans regarding Saturday&#...

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Pirates leave no question

LUMBERTON — When the Lumberton soccer team beat Purnell Swett in its last regular season game of the year on Wednesday, the Pirates had to battle back from a deficit and avoid being the victim in what would have been the Rams’ second conference victory in history.But when the teams met again Monday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, Lumberton didn’t leave it to chance, scoring in the first two minutes and never allowing a goal in a 6-0 s...

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Three Rivers soccer: St. Pauls falls to East Columbus

ST. PAULS — St. Pauls soccer bettered it’s last performance against East Columbus, but it wasn’t enough on Monday night, as the Gators defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 in Three Rivers Conference play.The score was 1-0 at half before East Columbus scored two in the second half to secure the win. Bulldog coach Brent Martin said the Gators second goal came right at the beginning of the second half.“When you get one put in in the first few minutes of the sec...

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McGirt earns more than $30K at Las Vegas event

LAS VEGAS — Fairmont native William McGirt recorded three birdies in his final seven holes on Sunday to shoot his third 3-under-par 68 at the TPC Summerlin course and pocketed $30,724 in the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.McGirt, who has now made the cut in 10 of his last 11 tour starts, also earned 34 FedEx Cup points to stand in 65th place two events into the tour’s wraparound season. He made the cut at last week’s Open, but was f...

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Keselowski moves to third round after Talladega win

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski refused to be knocked down — not by Matt Kenseth, who jumped him from behind after a disastrous race at Charlotte, and not by garage-wide condemnation over his post-race meltdown.He kept his head up and arrived at Talladega Superspeedway determined to shake off a bad week that earned him a $50,000 fine from NASCAR and moved him to the edge of elimination in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.Only a win would keep his t...

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Manning rolls past Favre to 510

DENVER (AP) — Leave it to Peyton Manning to plan his own prank.After breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record with his 509th touchdown toss, Manning’s teammates played keep-away with his milestone memento, and Manning played right along.Manning went into the Sunday night showdown two TDs shy of Favre’s record of 508 and finished with four touchdown passes on 22-of-26 passing for 318 yards in just three quarters of work.He surpassed Favre with ...

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Panthers no match for Packers in 38-17 loss

GREEN BAY, Wis — Randall Cobb got messy on his Lambeau Leap.A fan spilled ketchup on the receiver’s uniform during his post-touchdown celebration in the second quarter of Green Bay’s 38-17 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.It was about the only stain on an otherwise flawless first half for the Packers.Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, Cobb torched the Carolina secondary for 121 yards and a score on six catches and Green Bay domi...

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MMA star Brunson to receive UNCP’s young alumnus award

PEMBROKE — Officials at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke announced that Derek Brunson, a three-time All-American wrestler for the Braves from 2003-07, has been recognized as its Young Alumnus of the Year.The Young Alumnus of the Year criteria for selection includes distinguished professional achievement, leadership and service to UNCP and/or its community and loyalty to the ideals of the university. Candidates for the award must be UNCP graduates, 40 years of age ...

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