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The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team suffered its second loss of the Southeast Regional tournament on Friday evening, resulting in the host Bears being eliminated from the NCAA Division II playoffs a game short of the championship round. Seventh-seeded Wingate defeated the second-seeded Bears 6-5 in Hickory to oust LR from the double-elimination tournament.

The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team was unable to carry the momentum it gained from an extra-inning win over Wingate the day before into the second day of the double-elimination Southeast Regional tournament on Friday afternoon in Hickory. The second-seeded Bears suffered a 10-0, six-inning loss at the hands of third-seeded North Georgia and were forced to face seventh-seeded Wingate again in an elimination game later Friday.

It wasn’t easy, but the Lenoir-Rhyne softball team found a way to remain in the winner’s bracket in the opening game of the Southeast Regional tournament on Thursday afternoon in Hickory. A two-out single from Savannah Moorefield in the bottom of the ninth inning scored former Bunker Hill High standout Camryn Bryant as the Bears collected a 3-2 win over South Atlantic Conference rival Wingate.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban denies that anybody from his program had contact with receiver Tyler Harrell before the former Louisville player entered the transfer portal. Contact with Harrell while he was still with Louisville would have violated NCAA rules.

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have met their ESPN co-workers for the first time as they prepare to take over in the “Monday Night Football” booth. Both said Monday they are excited about the challenge of doing something new after 20 seasons together at Fox. Aikman had considered a deal with Amazon to call Thursday night games while reducing his schedule at Fox. But the logistics of that arrangement became difficult, and ESPN began talking to him about moving to Monday nights. Once Aikman was on board, ESPN snagged Buck from Fox, where he had a year left on his contract. Buck says the parting was amicable.

The Baltimore Ravens have signed linebacker Vince Biegel. Biegel played five games last season for the Miami Dolphins. He also started 10 games for Miami in 2019. Prior to that, he played for the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers. Biegel had 2 1/2 sacks during that 2019 season, along with the only interception of his career so far.

Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas tells The Associated Press he and several former teammates are coming together in Buffalo this week to help support families of the shooting victims. Among those players expected to make the trip are Hall of Famers defensive end Bruce Smith and receiver Andre Reed, along with Thomas and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who like Thomas lives in the area. Thomas and his wife, Patti, said their family foundation has raised more than $100,000 to help the city and its residents in the aftermath of the shooting that killed 10 people.

The Tennessee Titans have signed veteran defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker and cornerback Kenneth George. The Titans also placed safety Jamal Carter on injured reserve Monday. Walker has played 49 games in five seasons with Denver and Houston. He has 12 1/2 sacks after being a second-round pick at No. 51 overall out of Florida State by Denver in 2017. Walker spent last season with Houston. George went undrafted after playing 33 games in four seasons at the University of Tennessee. 

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