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May 31, 2013
Staff and wire reports , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Qualifying begins for W.Va. Open

MOUNDSVILLE - Moundsville's Kyle Hill and Pete Kurelac III and Wheeling's Jess Allen were among five golfers to qualify for the 80th West Virginia Open at the first of five qualifying events, this at Moundsville Country Club.

Elkin's Alasdair Forsythe and West Alexander, Pa.'s Jesse Vensel were the other two qualifiers.

Other qualifying sites are Pipestream State Park, Lakeview Resort and Edgewood Country Club.

The West Virginia Open will take place at Parkersburg Country Club.

4-team playoff is good 'baby step'

IRVING, Texas - Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds believes the new College Football Playoff could use one more round.

Dodds says the four-team playoff system that will begin with the 2014 season is a good 'baby step." The longtime playoff proponent would like to see eight teams.

Speaking Thursday at the Big 12 meetings, Dodds said a four-team playoff still leaves a lot of conversation about the fifth team that doesn't get in, maybe an 11-1 team because of a 12-0 team not quite as good. Dodds says there wouldn't be as much debate about a ninth team.

West Virginia AD Oliver Luck says "let's give four a shot" and see what happens.

Richardson out with shin injury

BEREA, Ohio - Browns running back Trent Richardson is not practicing again because of a shin injury that could keep him sidelined for an extended period.

Richardson worked on his conditioning Thursday while his teammates went through the final session of organized team activities under first-year coach Rob Chudzinski. Richardson also missed last week's OTAs and Chudzinski said the second-year back could miss next month's mini-camp.

The Browns said Richardson has a strained muscle in his shin. The injury doesn't appear to be serious.

McLendon ready to fill big shoes

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon is ready to make his mentors proud.

Following the retirement of Chris Hoke and the departure of five-time Pro Bowler Casey Hampton, McLendon now finds himself as the big man in the middle of Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense.

McLendon understands he isn't Hampton, but believes he can be effective. Al Woods and second-year man Alameda Ta'amu will compete for the backup spot.

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