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Report: Cornerback, tight end leaving Irish

A pair of players buried on Notre Dame’s depth chart plan on transferring, according to a report.

Cornerback Lo Wood and tight end Alex Welch will pass up a fifth-year of eligibility at Notre Dame, according to Irish Illustrated. A university spokesman said on Monday the school had no statement on the reported transfers.

Wood was expected to start at cornerback last season before tearing his Achilles tendon in training camp. he was unable to unseat KeiVarae Russell, a converted running back who moved to cornerback, this season and fell behind Cole Luke and Devin Butler during the season.

Wood moved to safety in an emergency role for Saturday’s game against Stanford. He had four tackles this season.

Welch was mainly used on special team and had one catch in his career at Notre Dame. The senior missed last season after suffering a torn ACL in training camp and was behind Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack this season.

Wood and Welch are on track to graduate after the semester, and the two players should be immediately eligible to play for another program next season.


Waltrip team signs driver Jeff Burton

Michael Waltrip Racing hired Jeff Burton as a test driver, with the possibility of running a partial Sprint Cup schedule in 2014.


Bonds pays fine over his conviction

Barry Bonds paid $4,100 in penalties stemming from his obstruction of justice conviction two years ago. A filing Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco said Bonds paid the money Oct. 2. Bonds was fined $4,000, which goes to a crime victims fund, and given a $100 special assessment.

Minor-leaguer dies

Pittsburgh minor league prospect Evan Chambers died in his sleep over the weekend. He was 24. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington had no additional details.


Former Huntington star to enter Hall

Former Huntington High School player Art Musselman, a Fort Wayne native, is among those to be inducted in the 2014 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame class. Musselman, who graduated from Huntington in 1956, played at The Citadel and was an assistant coach at North Carolina State during its 1974 NCAA championship season.

Mastodons’ Hyde wins 3 awards

IPFW women’s player Amanda Hyde earned three player of the week awards after leading the Mastodons past then-No. 21 Michigan State on Sunday. Hyde scored 23 points and had seven assists for IPFW as it picked up its first ever win over a ranked opponent. She was recognized by College Sports Madness as Madness Mid-Major Women’s Basketball Player of the Week and the Madness Summit League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. She also shared the official Summit League Player of the Week honors with Ashley Luke of Western Illinois.

League honors Cougars player

Saint Francis sophomore women’s player Akyah Taylor earned Crossroads League Player of the Week honors after averaging 22 points and 12.3 rebounds during a 3-0 week for the Cougars.

Canterbury beats Northfield

Kindell Fincher had 29 points, six rebounds and four assists as Class 2A No. 3-ranked Canterbury knocked off Northfield 80-49. Darby Maggard had a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists for the Cavaliers, along with six steals.


College news

The Big Ten office decided not to suspend any players or coaches for their actions in the wake of a fight in Saturday’s game between Ohio State and Michigan. The conference issued a public reprimand to Buckeyes starting right guard Marcus Hall and the Ohio State coaching staff. …

The Big Ten issued a public reprimand of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and fined the university $10,000 for Pelini’s comments about the officiating in a loss to Iowa on Friday. …

Willie Meggs. the prosecutor investigating sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, said he wants the process to be thorough and won’t let football dictate when he will wrap up his inquiry.


Construction workers return

Construction workers returned to the stadium Monday in Sao Paulo that will host the opening match of the World Cup, five days after an accident killed two workers.