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Sports Briefs


Herd adds to men’s,

women’s rosters

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall has added freshman shooting guard Austin Loop to its men’s basketball roster.

Coach Tom Herrion announced Loop’s addition Tuesday as a non-scholarship player. He averaged more than 17 points and six rebounds last year at South Webster (Ohio) High School.

Loop joins fellow freshmen Kareem Canty and Tamron Manning and transfers Elijah Pittman and D.D. Scarver as Marshall newcomers for the 2012-13 season.

Meanwhile, the Marshall women’s basketball team has added Sara Sang to its roster. Sang transferred from Navy. She won three Class A state championships at St. Joseph High from 2009-11.

Sang will play for new Marshall coach Matt Daniel.


Bengals ink Faine

to fill center spot

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have signed center Jeff Faine to replace the injured Kyle Cook, who will miss considerable time — and possibly the season — because of injury.

The 31-year-old center started 15 games for Tampa Bay last season. He was released on March 14 and has been a free agent.

Cincinnati suddenly needed a center when tests found that Cook had a significant injury to his right foot and ankle from a preseason game on Thursday. Their only backup at the spot was undrafted rookie Trevor Robinson, who didn’t play center in high school or college.

Faine was the Browns’ first-round pick in 2003. He was traded to New Orleans for the 2006 season, then moved to Tampa Bay as a free agent in 2008.


WVU using ticket

scanner this season

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will use a digital scanning system on football tickets at home games starting this fall.

The system was used at men’s basketball games last season.

The system is aimed at protecting against counterfeit and stolen tickets. It also allows fans to print single-game tickets at home. Season-ticket holders also can transfer tickets to other users in case of scheduling conflicts.

WVU’s athletic department suggests fans going to the home season opener Saturday against Marshall to arrive early to avoid possible delays. Stadium gates will open 90 minutes prior to the noon kickoff.


NHL, NHLPA break

for counter offer

NEW YORK (AP) — Talks between the NHL and its players’ association resumed at the league offices, a day after Commissioner Gary Bettman issued a second proposal with the hopes of securing a new collective bargaining agreement.

The players will likely either reject Bettman’s latest offering, or issue a counterproposal sometime this week, yet neither happened on Wednesday as the two sides broke for the day in the late afternoon.

Donald Fehr, the NHLPA’s executive director, said the counterproposal could come on Thursday.