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Southworth an All-American

ATLANTA, Ga. – West Liberty University junior women’s basketball standout Hillary Southworth entered into some select company Monday when she was one of 10 players named to the 2013 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II All-America Team.

Considered the most exclusive of the annual All-America teams selected by various groups, the WBCA All-America Team is chosen by vote of a nine-person selection committee composed of a chairperson and one representative from each of the nation’s eight geographic regions.

Southworth becomes only the third WVIAC woman and the first junior ever to attain WBCA All-America status. She joins the University of Charleston’s Lisa Lee (2006) and Glenville State’s Rachel Redick (2007) as the conference’s WBCA All-Americans. Lee and Redick were each honored following their senior seasons.


The Wheeling Central boys’ lacrosse team defeated Bridgeport, 15-0, on Sunday at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Ben Duplaga had two goals.

TV ratings up

for Tournament

NEW YORK – The NCAA Tournament’s first week has earned its highest television rating in 15 years.

The broadcasts on CBC, TBS, TNT and truTV averaged a 5.8 household rating and 12 share, the highest rating for the tournament’s first week since 1998. That year, the rating was 5.9 and 15 share.

The networks say that’s up 27 percent from last year’s 5.6 and 11.

The broadcasts also had the highest viewership since 1993, averaging 8.9 million total viewers – a 9 percent increase from a year ago.

The third-round games on Sunday averaged a 7.1 and 14 share, the highest for the tournament’s first Sunday since 2000 when it had a 7.2 and 17 share and up 27 percent from last year’s 5.6 and 11.

This is the third season of CBS and Turner’s 14-year, $10.8 billion contract to televise every game of the tournament in its entirety.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned to a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.

WJU baseball falls on Sunday

GREENSBURG, Pa. – The Wheeling Jesuit baseball team saw another solid pitching performance spoiled as the Griffins of Seton Hill University rallied for five runs in the eighth inning to secure a 5-1 victory Sunday.

Seton Hill improved to 17-5 and 10-2 WVC play, while Jesuit fell to 5-15 overall and 2-7 in league play.

WJU pitcher, Jordan Kraus, cruised through the initial seven innings, limiting the Griffins to just four hits while collecting four strike outs. However, in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Griffins rallied for five runs on four hits and a walk. A fielder’s choice scored the first run of the game, and Seton Hill blasted back-to-back singles to plate four more runs.

The Cardinals opened the ninth inning with a pair of singles from Patrick Biega and Corey Hull. Hull recorded an RBI, but the WJU followed with two ground outs and a fly out which ended the game.

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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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W&J beats Bethany again

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Despite limiting Washington & Jefferson to just three earned runs, two errors by the Bethany College baseball team damaged the Bison’s hopes, as the Presidents scored a 5-1 victory Sunday afternoon in the finale of the three-game PAC series.

Josh Dow was the lone Bison to reach base twice with a single and a walk, while former Linlsy star Haydon Stanley drove in Bethany’s lone run on a groundout that tied the game at 1-1.

The loss was charged to senior Ryan Styche. He worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. He struck out two and walked three as well.

Harris, Kilicli earn honors

IRVING, Texas -West Virginia freshman guard Eron Harris and senior forward Deniz Kilicli were named to the All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball honorable mention list, as the league handed out its postseason awards Sunday.

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart has joined an exclusive group of three student-athletes to be named Player and Freshman of the Year in the same season Jeff Withey of Kansas earned Defensive Player of the Year recognition, while Iowa State had three major award winners – Will Clyburn (Newcomer of the Year), Tyrus McGee (Sixth

Man Award) and Melvin Ejim (Scholar-Athlete of the Year). Bruce Weber of Kansas State was chosen as Big 12 Coach of the Year. Smart becomes the third Cowboy to earn top player honors after leading OSU to an eight-game improvement from a year ago. He is ranked in the top 10 in the Big 12 in several statistical categories, including scoring (sixth), assists (sixth), steals (first) and free throw percentage (fifth). His 89 steals has tied the conference’s single-season thefts record and joins Michael Beasley of K-State (2007-08) and Kevin Durant of Texas (2006-07) as the only players to win player and rookie accolades in the same year.

Kimble will be back as mascot

MORGANTOWN – Jonathan Kimble has been named West Virginia University’s mascot for another year.

The graduate student beat out three other finalists. His selection was announced at the WVU men’s basketball game with Iowa State on Saturday.

Kimble has made more than 300 appearances since taking over in April 2012.

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WJU baseball back to even

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Wheeling Jesuit baseball team bounced back from an 0-2 start with a doubleheader sweep of Ohio Dominican University on Monday. The Cardinals used extra innings to capture a 2-1 advantage in game one and carried the momentum into the second game for a 2-0 shutout victory.

In the first game, Jordan Kraus led the Cardinal offense with a 3-for-3 performance, three singles, which included a run scored and a game-winning RBI. Tim Giebel followed with a 2-for-3 effort, blasting a double and a single with a RBI. Patrick Ammar and Austin Guy added singles.

WJU pitcher Parker Lang earned a complete game victory allowing seven hits, one earned run and four walks while collecting five strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Robbia Davia helped his own cause with a fielder’s choice that plated a run, then allowed three hits and struck out out two in a complete-game victory.

Corey Hull added the Cards’ other RBI on a single to left-center that scored Austin Guy.

Wheeling Jesuit will be back in action on this morning against Wayne State University. First pitch of the 9-inning contest is scheduled for 10.

Steelers bring back CB Gay

PITTSBURGH – William Gay is heading back to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The veteran cornerback has agreed to a three-year deal with Pittsburgh, a move that should give the Steelers some insurance if unrestricted free agent Keenan Lewis decides to play elsewhere. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 28-year-old Gay spent the first five seasons of his career in Pittsburgh before signing with the Arizona Cardinals last spring. Gay had two interceptions for the Cardinals.

Gay thrived while playing as a nickel back for the Steelers in 2011, finishing with two interceptions, a career-high 14 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

WVU baseball game changed

MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University baseball home opener against Eastern Kentucky today has had a time change due to impending weather.

The game originally scheduled for 3 p.m., will now begin at 1:30 p.m. at Hawley Field.

Browns tickets stay the same

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns are not raising their season-ticket prices for 2013.

The team said Monday that ticket prices will not increase for the fifth straight year, the second-longest streak in the league. Also, the Browns said the average cost of a game ticket is the second-lowest in the NFL.

Browns CEO Joe Banner praised Cleveland fans for their “tremendous loyalty over the years” and the club was rewarding that faith by keeping its tickets affordable.

The team also said fans looking to purchase additional season tickets would not have to buy a PSL (personal seat license) for the new seats at FirstEnergy Stadium.