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February 22, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Bethany Softball 2nd in PAC Poll

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Bethany College softball team finished in a three-way tie for second place in the 2013 PAC Softball Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released Wednesday.

The Bison had one first place vote and 74 points to finish in a three-way tie with defending league champion Geneva (two first place votes) and Thiel (one first place vote).

Miami defeats Chicago, 86-67

CHICAGO - LeBron James scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 86-67 Thursday for their season-high ninth straight win.

James also had seven assists in another big performance after seeing his franchise-record run of scoring at least 30 end at seven games the previous night in Atlanta.

Crook to replace Bedenbaugh

MORGANTOWN - Multiple publish reports Thursday suggested West Virginia University will hire former West Liberty university coach - and graduate - Ron Crook as Bill Bedenbaugh's replacement as offensive line coach.

A Parkersburg native, Crook spent the last two seasons as tight ends and offensive tackles coach at Stanford, where he spent one year as coach of Andrew Luck, son of WVU athletics director Oliver Luck.

Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Crook spent eight seasons (2003-10) as offensive line coach at Harvard. He also had tenures at Illinois, WLU (helping the Hilltoppers to the 2000 WVIAC title), Glenville State, Clarion, West Virginia Tech and Cincinnati.

Crook broke into the collegiate coaching ranks at West Liberty, where he served as a student assistant, working primarily with the tight ends. He also served as the offensive line coach for three seasons (1990-92).

Woods, McIlroy eliminated

MARANA, Ariz. - In a stunning conclusion Thursday, Shane Lowry made a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole to eliminate McIlroy in the opening round of golf's most unpredictable tournament. It was the third time in the last four years the No. 1 seed went home after one round.

Moments later, Charles Howell III beat the second-seeded Woods on the 17th hole. Howell nearly holed a wedge for birdie on the 16th and made a 25-foot birdie on the 16th to seize control.

Wozniacki to face Kvitova

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - After a surprise withdraw by an injured Serena Williams, former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 Thursday to set up a semifinal against Caroline Wozniacki in the Dubai Championships.

Rousey Looking to Retain Bantamweight Title

Ronda Rousey has an Olympic judo medal, a commanding presence and a merciless string of victories in her short mixed martial arts career.

Now she's finally got a showcase worthy of her formidable talent.

Rousey and Liz Carmouche will make history Saturday night at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., when they meet in the first women's bout in UFC history.

They're the main event at UFC 157, and Rousey is the star of the pay-per-view show. It's a remarkable rise in less than two years for Rousey, a bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics who swiftly picked up MMA before her pro debut in March 2011.

After six straight victories by painful armbar submissions, Rousey is a huge favorite to retain the UFC women's bantamweight belt.

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