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March 27, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Staff and wire reports

Wildcats' Sine to coach Classic

PARKERSBURG - Paden City's Kelly Sine will coach the West Virginia girls' squad at the 12th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Ohio vs. West Virginia Basketball Classic on Friday, April 5 at Parkersburg South's Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

River's Rick Isaly will coach the Ohio team and be assisted by Fort Frye's Dan Liedtke. Herbert Hoover's Greg Ullman will assist Sine.

The Mountain State unit includes Paden City's Logan Cosper.

Frontier's Laken Camino, Fort Frye's Micayla Hupp and Morgan Leidtke and River's Cassidy McCullough help comprise the Buckeye State lineup.

There will be no advance tickets for the 5:30 p.m. contest. Tickets at the door are $5.

Te'o lowers his 40 time at ND

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Manti Te'o ran a little better on his home field than he did at the NFL combine, lowering his 40-yard dash time by more than a second during Notre Dame's pro day.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up posted a best time of 4.69 on Tuesday, bettering the disappointing mark of 4.82 he put up at the combine in Indianapolis last month.

Te'o says he was pleased by his performance, saying he expected to run faster. He attributed the faster time to being on a practice field where he's comfortable, surrounded by people he knows.

Te'o says he's met with some NFL teams, saying they've asked about his highly-publicized online romance that turned out to be a hoax. He says some ask about it briefly, others go more in depth.

WBC boosts Olympic bids

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Baseball and softball leaders say their joint bid for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics has been boosted by the success of the World Baseball Classic.

Don Porter, co-president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, says "we believe baseball and softball can become the next global game."

The Dominican Republic won the WBC by beating Puerto Rico 3-0 in the final of the 28-team tournament in San Francisco on March 19.

Organizers say the WBC, in its third edition since being launched in 2009, exceeded global broadcast and ticket sales targets.

Dumervil heads to Baltimore

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil says he left the Denver Broncos for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens because he was looking to play for a winner in a different city.

Dumervil passed his physical and signed a five-year contract with the Ravens on Tuesday. The 6-foot, 260-pounder was introduced at a news conference in which he said, "Going to a winning organization was important."

He had said nothing bad about his former team. It's just that he was ready to leave after a fax snafu led to his release from the Broncos.

Dumervil says, "I just felt it was a time to change scenery."

The Ravens welcomed him after an offseason in which they lost free agents Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and Cary Williams.

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