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Pittsburgh to get second women's football team

| Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pittsburgh will have its second women's professional football team in the 2009 season. The Pittsburgh Force will join the National Women's Football Association as an expansion team. The Pittsburgh Passion won the NWFA championship in 2007 but left the league to join the Independent Women's Football League and will open play April 19. The Force is owned by former Passion players Kathy Ferrari and Felicia Mycyk.

• Pitt senior middle linebacker Scott McKillop, who led the nation in tackles last season with 151, has been named a preseason candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award.2008. McKillop is a graduate of Kiski Area High School.

Pro basketball

Dwyane Wade's season with the Miami Heat is over. Coach Pat Riley announced that Wade, the All-Star guard and 2006 NBA finals MVP, will sit out Miami's final 21 games after battling left knee pain throughout the season.

• The Atlanta Hawks signed guard Jeremy Richardson for the rest of the season. Richardson was signed earlier to two 10-day contracts with Atlanta and appeared in nine games, averaging 3 points and 6.6 minutes.

• Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson has a small fracture on his right ring finger but played against the San Antonio Spurs.

College basketball

Kent State's Jim Christian is the Mid-American Conference coach of the year. Christian led the Golden Flashes to a school record 25 wins and the conference regular-season title.

Golf

Ernie Els has pulled out of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando because of fatigue, PGA Tour officials said. According to his management company, the South African wanted a break to help prepare for next month's U.S. Masters, the first major of the year.

Soccer

Goalkeeper Jon Deluca of West Mifflin, forwards Brady Sanders of Penn-Trafford, Joe Kossler of Carlynton and Pete Merranko of Geibel and midfielder Tim Harrer of Southmoreland have signed to play for Seton Hill next season.

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