Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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Cincinnati Freshman Opts For NBA Draft

Dontonio Wingfield, who set a freshman scoring record and led the University of Cincinnati in rebounding, said Thursday he has withdrawn from school to enter the National Basketball Association draft.

Wingfield, 6 feet 8 and 250 pounds, averaged nine rebounds and was the Bearcats' second-leading scorer with an average of 16 points a game.

"I thank the University of Cincinnati for allowing me to compete this year," Wingfield said. "But I have an ultimate goal . . . to play professional basketball."

Wingfield, 19, from Albany, Ga., came to Cincinnati as one of the university's most highly publicized recruits in recent years for shooting and rebounding skills that made him a top national prospect.

His performances were erratic and coach Bob Huggins benched him several times during the season following temperamental outbursts. But Wingfield gave the Bearcats a strong inside game and demonstrated an outside shooting touch, leading a mostly freshman team to a 22-10 record.

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FOOTBALL

Colts Add Harbaugh, Drop Trudeau

The Indianapolis Colts came to terms with free-agent quarterback Jim Harbaugh and released former Illinois star Jack Trudeau. The Colts were believed to have offered Harbaugh, formerly with the Chicago Bears, a two-year contract worth $1.75 million, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Buffalo Bills special teams ace Steve Tasker has agreed to a three-year deal that will bump his pay up to a reported $750,000 a year. The Bills struck the deal with Tasker, an unrestricted free agent who is considered among the National Football League's top special teams players.

The Dallas Cowboys signed fullback Daryl Johnston to a three-year, $4.2 million contract and agreed to a contract with guard Nate Newton.

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MISCELLANEOUS

JJK Relays Features Olympians

Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Gail Devers and Greg Foster and UCLA's Cicely Scott, a Lincoln High graduate, will take part in the JJK Relays today and Saturday. Joyner-Kersee and Devers will conduct a motivational session for meet participants at 4 p. …

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