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Teela, Steer Win Biathlon

From Staff and Wire Reports

Biathlon veterans Jeremy Teela and Rachel Steer won titles Monday at the U.S. National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The top-ranked Teela, 14th at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, covered the 10-kilometer sprint course in 30 minutes 34.5 seconds. He missed only two of 10 targets and used that to gain a two-minute advantage over runner-up Jacob Beste.

Beste had four shooting penalties and was timed in 32:35.2.

Steer, who also competed in Salt Lake City, won the women’s 7.5K race in 23.07.2. Lanny Barnes was second in 23:28.4. Both skiers hit nine of 10 targets.

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Sigurd Pettersen of Norway won his second World Cup ski jumping event of the season.

Pettersen outleaped his rivals on both jumps in the first event of the Four Hills tournament at Oberstdorf, Germany, hitting a best of 143.5 meters on his second attempt -- 10 meters farther than anyone else. His first jump was 133 meters.

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A men’s World Cup downhill was canceled at Bormio, Italy, because of heavy snow and low visibility. The International Ski Federation didn’t immediately set a makeup date or site.

Baseball

Right-hander Cory Lidle agreed to a one-year, $2.75-million contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Lidle went 12-15 with a 5.75 earned-run average in 31 starts for Toronto last season. He pitched a career-high 199 2/3 innings despite a groin injury that slowed him in the second half.

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Free-agent outfielder David Dellucci signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Texas Rangers. Dellucci became a free agent when he wasn’t offered a contract by the New York Yankees. He hit .176 in 51 at-bats for New York after being obtained July 29 from Arizona.... Catcher Brook Fordyce agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, pending a medical exam.

Miscellany

University of North Carolina defender Catherine Reddick won the Honda Award as the NCAA’s outstanding female athlete in soccer.

Reddick, a senior, helped North Carolina to the NCAA soccer championship and was chosen the defensive MVP of the tournament. North Carolina shut out 19 opponents in a 27-0 season.

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