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Blue Bears picked first

Livingstone was picked as the CIAA Southern Division’s preseason favorite in men’s basketball at Thursday’s CIAA Media Day in Charlotte.
LC forward Eric Mayo and guard Eric DuBose were named to the preseason All-CIAA team.
Coach James Stinson also returns after leading the Blue Bears to the CIAA title a year ago.
The Blue Bears play Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in their first exhibition game on Nov. 4.
• Livingstone’s Cierra York was named to the preseason All-CIAA women’s basketball team. The Blue Bears were picked to finish sixth in the Southern Division. Anita Howard will direct the Blue Bears.
Salisbury volleyball got its second shutout of the week Thursday. The Hornets beat Thomasville 3-0 to stay on top in the Central Carolina Conference.
Juliana Anderson led the Hornets with 11 kills and three aces. Jane Miller contributed seven kills, and Maddie Gentry had a team-high five aces. Mary Seifert played a role with two aces, five kills and 16 assists.
Lora Withers chipped in with eight assists. Abby Lee led the defense with eight digs and 3 aces. Rebecca Malloy had 13 service points and three aces.
• North Rowan’s volleybll team lost 3-0 to East Davidson in a CCC match on Thursday.
Aliyah Farmer had 10 kills for the Cavaliers. Chevy Blaire had eight kills. Brianna White had five kills.
Demeria Robinson led North Rowan’s defense, and Ashlyn Mills had 21 assists.
Brandon Flores scored three goals as Carson beat West Rowan 9-0 in SPC soccer on Thursday.
Ricky Maldonado, Fidel Flores, Colton Correll, Raunel Vasquez, Braxton Rogers and Eric Sanchez scored a goal apiece. Sanchez’s goal ended the game by the mercy rule.
Brandon Flores and Vasquez had assists.
Grayson Owens was the keeper as Carson built a 6-0 halftime lead.
Next for the Cougars is a Tuesday SPC matchup at Hickory Ridge.
Cox Mill left Corbin Hills with an 11-shot win in a South Piedmont Conference match on Thursday.
Jaime Cassell led the Chargers with a 38, and Cox Mill finished at 135 overall.
Carson and West Rowan tied for second with a pair of 146s.
Carson’s Micah Furr was second in the medalist competition with a 41. South Rowan’s Alexandria Bare followed with a 42, West Rowan’s Kelly Boley shot 43, and East Rowan’s Kathryn Marcum had a 45.
The Raiders placed fourth in the team competition, and the Mustangs finished fifth.
SPC teams will play nine holes at Rolling Hills on Tuesday and the conference championship will be held next Thursday at Corbin Hills. East Rowan is hosting a 3A regional at Corbin Hills on Oct. 20.
West Rowan’s jayvees beat Carson 28-7 on Thursday. Martavio Rankin rushed 25 times for 158 yards and scored three TDs to lead the Falcons (3-1, 3-0).
Rankin also threw a TD pass to Kameron Caldwell.
Bryant Young ran for a two-point conversion and threw a conversion pass to Avery Allen.
Blocking leaders for West Rowan were Jovon Lofton and Ethan Adkins.
Defensive standouts included Tyler Wheeler, Devin Turner, Zarrek Barger, Brandon Wallace, Malcolm Ingram and Miles Poteat.
Ingram had an interception and a fumble recovery. Poteat also had a fumble recovery.
Carson’s only TD came on an 18-yard pass from Owen White to Bailey Rayfield.
Matt Beaver’s PAT gave the Cougars (4-1, 2-1) a 7-6 lead, but West Rowan scored the last 22 points.
Knox’s girls defeated Southeast on Thursday 7-2. Winners for Knox in singles were Rachel Seifert, Skye Mowery, Rainey Dunham, Laura Bullock and Anna Grace Woolly. Doubles winners for Knox were Bullock-Woolly and Elle Kennedy-Gabriela Fisher. Knox will play North Rowan on Tuesday.
The South Rowan YMCA is registering players through Oct. 11 for Little Shooters basketball, and girls basketball. Practice will begin in late October, and games will begin Nov. 8. Little Shooters is coed for grades 1-2, and girls basketball is for grades 3-8.
Mini-Hoopsters, an introductory clinic and skills program for ages 3-4 is registering now through Nov. 1.
For more information, contact Carvie Kepley at 704-857-7011 or ckepley@rowanymca.org.
The Corbin Hills fall two-man tournament will be held Oct. 11-12.
Format: Best Ball of the team. Teams will be flighted after the first round.
Fees: $80 per player (Non-member) and $50 per player (Member). Fees include golf, food, beverages and prizes.
Start time: 9 a.m., both days.
Julius Peppers returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, Aaron Rodgers threw for three scores, and Green Bay routed its NFC North rival Minnesota 42-10 on Thursday night. Eddie Lacy ran for a season-high 105 yards and two touchdowns. Jordy Nelson hauled in a 66-yard touchdown catch, and the Packers held Minnesota scoreless for three quarters.
The Packers led 28-0 after the first half played in a light rain. They essentially toyed with Minnesota the rest of the way.
Peppers had the highlight-reel play in the second quarter after picking off a pass over the middle from Christian Ponder, who was hit by tackle Luther Robinson as he released the throw.
The 34-year-old Peppers veered left across the field and waited for blocks before chugging the final 10 yards along the sideline to make it 21-0 with 7:06 left in the second quarter.
Peppers, the Packers’ prized free-agent acquisition, stopped for a second in the end zone before safety Morgan Burnett came up and pointed at the stands. Peppers took his first Lambeau Leap.
Peppers became the first player in NFL history with 100 sacks and 10 interceptions.
Things only got worse for Ponder, who started at quarterback with rookie Teddy Bridgewater out with a sprained left ankle.
Jamari Lattimore intercepted Ponder’s pass over the middle on Minnesota’s next drive, setting up Rodgers’ 11-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams to give Green Bay a four-touchdown lead with 4:55 left in the first half.
The rest of the game was a mere formality. Fans took delight in showering former Green Bay receiver Greg Jennings with boos whenever he touched the ball.
Jennings finished with two catches for 31 yards.
Rodgers was 12 of 17 for 156 yards.

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