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April 19, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Bethany, Geneva split twinbill

BETHANY, W.Va. - In a doubleheader started over a week ago and pushed back twice due to weather, the Bethany College softball team went to 10 innings to pull out a 3-2 victory in the first game before Geneva came back with a 5-1 win in the second game Thursday at Bethany.

The twinbill originally began April 10 at Geneva and the first game was halted with one out in the bottom of the seventh and the score tied at 2-2. The games switched sites and play resumed with BC sophomore pitcher Kiersten Conwell striking out two batter to send the game to the eighth inning. The Golden Tornadoes nearly won the game in the eighth, but the game-winning run was thrown out at the plate on a fielder's choice.

After a scoreless ninth, BC freshman Kadie Kelly reached on an error to start the 10th inning and was sacrificed to second. Following a strike out and intentional walk, senior Emily Jump flared a single into right field to bring home Kelly and put the Bison in front. Geneva managed a leadoff single in the 10th off Conwell, but she struck out the next two batters and induced a grounder back to the circle to close out the win, which raised her record to 7-8 this year.

Cavaliers fire Byron Scott

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired coach Byron Scott after three losing seasons.

Scott went 64-166 with the Cavs, who were weakened by injuries this season but also showed little progress. Scott was informed he would not be coming back on Thursday, one day after Cleveland closed a frustrating season with its sixth straight loss and finished 24-58 - the NBA's third-worst record.

Scott has one season left on his contract. The Cavs picked up his option for 2014 in October.

Steelers sign McLendon

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed restricted free agent Steve McLendon to a three-year contract.

McLendon originally made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009. He has appeared in 37 games over the past three seasons and has three career sacks.

The 27-year-old McLendon is expected to compete for a starting job when training camp opens in July.

Steelers, Ravens on Thanksgiving

PITTSBURGH - A Thanksgiving night visit to Baltimore and a trip to London highlight the Pittsburgh Steelers' schedule.

The Steelers open the season at home on Sept. 8 against Tennessee then play the first of four prime-time games the following week in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh plays the Minnesota Vikings during the NFL's annual trip to London on Sept. 29 and will get the next week off. The Steelers will host the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens on Oct. 20 then play in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night.

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