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Dec. 08, 2012 @ 12:11 AM

West Liberty athlete arrested for murder

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. -- A West Liberty football player has been arrested on charges related to a slaying in Florida.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Chad Simpson in Wheeling says 24-year-old Vernon Dunnom was arraigned in Ohio County Magistrate Court on Friday on charges of first-degree homicide, attempted homicide and two counts of robbery.

Simpson says two people were shot, one fatally, during the robbery Nov. 17 in Miami Gardens, Fla. A warrant for Dunnom's arrest was issued out of Miami-Dade County.

Dunnom is being held at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville pending an extradition hearing. Jail records didn't indicate whether Dunnom had an attorney.

Dunnom is a junior defensive end and running back from Pittsburg, Calif. He appeared in four games for West Liberty this season.

Toughman opens ticket sales, fighter signups

HUNTINGTON -- Tickets go on sale Saturday for the 25th Tri-State Original Toughman Contest scheduled Jan. 11-12 at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The 2013 event will feature up to eight weight classes, four for men and four for women, and a pro bout. Bobby Thomas Jr. (11-1, 8 KOs )will defend his West Virginia cruiserweight title against Warren "Hitman" Browning (17-2, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout on Saturday.

Ticket prices are $15 general admission, $20 reserved and $30 for VIP Ringside. Tickets are on sale at the arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or call 1-800-745-3000.

Fighters can register for the single-elimination event. It's open to men and women 18 to 35 with no pro fights and limited amateur experience. Weight classes are lightweight (up to 139 pounds), middleweight (140-159), light heavyweight (160-184) and heavyweight (185-400).

Men's champions will receive $1,000 and a Toughman jacket and the runner-up $300. Prize money for women's divisions depends on the number of entries. The top Ring Girl will get $1,000 and jacket. The next three finishers will get $200 each. Fighters and ring girls can enter online at wvtoughman.com or call 1-800-296-3897.

Columbus mayor honors undefeated OSU team

COLUMBUS -- Thousands of fans gathered Friday to honor No. 3 Ohio State for its perfect season.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said the accomplishment deserves special recognition, and then unveiled a sign that read "12-0 Row" to be put at an undetermined street in the city.

Former Ohio State quarterback and 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith also presented the team with the Big Ten Leaders Division trophy.

The Buckeyes went 12-0 in coach Urban Meyer's first season in Columbus, but were unable to play in a bowl due to NCAA violations under former coach Jim Tressel. It was the sixth unbeaten and untied season in the 123 years of the program.

No contact between sides in hockey fight

NEW YORK -- NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday that he is out of ideas how to get negotiations back on track to save the hockey season.

Talks fell apart on Thursday night amid back-and-forth accusations, and the fallout was still being felt Friday.

The two sides had no contact with each other on the 83rd day of the owners' lockout of players.

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