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Feb. 07, 2013 @ 12:36 AM

Local players sign with West Virginia State

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University signed five Tri-State football players Wednesday.

n Jarod Martin, TE, 6-3, 225, Huntington High.

Kurt Jones, G, 6-2, 250, Cabell Midland H.S.

Dwight Blankenship, LB, 6-0, 225, Wayne H.S.

Garrett Grafton, T, 6-3, 300, Winfield H.S.

T.C. Kester, S, 5-10, 160, Winfield H.S.

West Virginia State's new coach, Jon Anderson, placed an emphasis on recruiting in-state talent and 11 players from the Mountain State signed in a 30-member class.

The Yellow Jackets play on the NCAA Division II level and will be part of the new Mountain East Conference.

Ironton's Stephens goes to Ohio Dominican

IRONTON -- Aaron Stephens from Ironton High School signed Wednesday to play football at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. The Panthers are an NCAA Division II member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Stephens was a 6-foot-3, 215-pound tight end for the Fighting Tigers coached by Mark Vass.

He was a Division IV all-state first team selection and the district defensive player of the year.

He is the son of Clark and Tammy Stephens.

Mike Leake gets $3.06 million deal from Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have agreed to a $3.06 million, one-year deal with right-hander Mike Leake, avoiding salary arbitration with their fifth starter.

The deal on Wednesday leaves three Reds still facing arbitration: starters Mat Latos and Homer Bailey and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

Leake made $507,500 last season, when he went 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 30 starts, a career high. He asked for $3.5 million in arbitration, and the club offered $2.65 million. He will compete with left-hander Aroldis Chapman for a spot in the rotation. He would make an additional $25,000 if he pitches 180 or more innings.

Cincinnati's three most expensive arbitration cases are pending.

Choo is seeking $8 million, Bailey $5.8 million and Latos $4.7 million. The Reds have settled with outfielder Chris Heisey and reliever Alfredo Simon.

Vonn to have surgery in U.S. next week after crash

SCHLADMING, Austria -- Lindsey Vonn will head home for surgery in Colorado next week after tearing two ligaments in her right knee and breaking a bone in her lower leg in a crash at the world championships.

Vonn said Wednesday that she plans to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which start in 12 months.

She was released from the hospital late Tuesday and returned to the team hotel.

"I am grateful to my fans for the outpouring of support, which has really helped me stay positive," Vonn said in a statement. "I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi."

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