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Notre Dame, Purdue sending 9 to combine

Notre Dame will send seven players and Purdue will send two to the NFL combine, which runs Feb. 23-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Tight end and former Bishop Dwenger star Tyler Eifert is among the largest group of Irish players to receive a combine invite since the program sent 10 players in 2002.

Other Notre Dame players who will workout at the combine are linebacker Manti Te’o, center Braxston Cave, defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, running backs Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood and safeties Zeke Motta and Jamoris Slaughter.

Slaughter, whose season ended with an Achilles injury in Week 3, was pursuing a sixth year of eligibility.

Defensive tackle Kawann Short and defensive back Jay Jay Johnson were invited from Purdue.


Wallace headed to NASCAR Hall

Rusty Wallace will headline the fourth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and his famed car “Midnight” will be part of his induction. Wallace, winner of 55 races and the 1989 championship, will be inducted tonight along with Buck Baker and Herb Thomas; car owner Cotton Owens and crew chief, mechanic and engine builder Leonard Wood.

Andretti adds 4th driver to team

Andretti Autosport will have a four-car lineup this season with EJ Viso joining the IndyCar team.


TinCaps tickets go on sale Feb. 16

Tickets for the TinCaps’ games will go on sale at 9 a.m. Feb. 16 at Parkview Field. Single-game tickets for all 70 home games during the 2013 season will be available to buy.


13 area girls make Top 100

Thirteen girls from northeast Indiana made Hoosier Basketball magazine’s Top 100 list, which will be trimmed to 60. Mentioned from the area were Lindsay Baker, Warsaw; Ally Christman, Dwenger; Bailey Farley, Canterbury; Keanna Gary, Leo; Suzanne Grimm, Lakewood Park; KiLee Knafel, Wawasee; Haley Richardson, West Noble; Rachel Rinehart, Angola; Taylor Seiss, Leo; Meredith Shipman, Snider; Ariana Simmons, South; Jennifer Walker-Crawford, Warsaw; and Taylor Wilson, Norwell. Homestead’s Emily Bley was selected but is injured.


Armstrong is sued for $12 million

SCA Promotions, a Dallas company, is suing Lance Armstrong to repay $12 million in bonuses it paid him for winning the Tour de France. Armstrong now admits he used performance-enhancing drugs and has been stripped of those victories.


Oklahoma St. hires ex-USF assistant

Former Saint Francis assistant coach Mike Yurcich has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State. Yurcich was the running backs coach in 1999 for the Cougars and quarterbacks coach in 2000-02.

Titans hire Williams as hes reinstated

The NFL reinstated Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in the New Orleans’ bounty scandal, and the Titans added him to their coaching staff as a senior assistant coach for its defense.


2 share lead at Pebble Beach

In Pebble Beach, Calif., Hunter Mahan shot a 6-under 66 at Pebble Beach that gave him a share of the lead to par with Russell Knox in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Knox, trying to make the most out of limited starts on the PGA Tour this year, had a 6-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula, one of three courses used in the tournament.

Around the links

In Johannesburg, Germany’s Maximilian Kiefer and South Africa’s Richard Sterne shot 8-under 63s to share the lead after the first round of the European Tour’s Joburg Open. …

Phil Mickelson said he will skip the Match Play Championship on Feb. 20-24 near Tucson, Ariz., because he will be on a family trip with his kids, who are out of school that week.


College choices

Homestead senior quarterback Matt Skowronek will be a preferred walk-on at Indiana University but may play other positions. … Mason Rhodes (Columbia City) signed with Indiana Tech for bowling.