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Florida State reaches Women's College Cup final
CARY, N.C. (AP) - Jamia Fields led Florida State to the NCAA Women's College Cup final, scoring twice in the second half in the Seminoles' 3-2 victory over Virginia Tech on Friday night.
Florida State (23-1-3) will face the winner of the second semifinal between UCLA and Virginia.
Fields scored in the 57th minute and snapped a 2-2 tie in the 83rd minute to help the Seminoles (23-1-3) reached the championship game for the second time in program history.
Kristin Grubka also scored for Florida State.
Ashley Manning and Ashley Meier scored for the Hokies (19-5-3), who lost for the third time this season to the Seminoles.
Fields scored the winning goal on a lofted shot from the right flank from outside the box. Virginia Tech goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts tracked the ball as it approached the net, leaping to try to save it. The ball hit off the left post, deflected off Colpitts and trickled across the goal line.
Steelers LB Woodley nearing return
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley is ready to return for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. Woodley has missed the last three games with a left calf injury.
Woodley practiced Friday and says he'll be at his usual spot on the left side of Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense. Jason Worilds, who played very well while filling in for Woodley, will move back to the right side.
The Steelers will play without defensive end Brett Keisel, out with a left foot injury. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum will also sit out with a knee injury.
Mike Adams will take over for Beachum against the Dolphins (6-6). Cody Wallace will replace Fernando Velasco at center after Velasco tore his Achilles tendon in last week's loss to Baltimore.
Steelers' Pouncey to host Dolphins for dinner
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has invited members of this weekend's visiting team to be his dinner guests.
Pouncey's twin brother, Mike, and the rest of the Miami Dolphins' offensive line will share a meal at Maurkice's home Saturday, the eve of the game between the teams.
Other members of the Pouncey family will also attend. Mike says the group has ordered dinner from a steakhouse.
Mike says he's only sorry his brother will be a spectator Sunday. Maurkice hurt his knee in the opener and is out for the season.
The last time the teams played, in 2010, Maurkice was an NFL rookie and Mike was still with the Florida Gators. Mike watched that game from the stands wearing a Steelers jersey.
Vikings rule QB Ponder out against Ravens
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have ruled quarterback Christian Ponder out for Sunday's game at Baltimore.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that Ponder had yet to pass all of his post-concussion tests. So Ponder will not suit up against the Ravens, with Matt Cassel starting and Josh Freeman backing him up.
This is Ponder's third significant injury of the season. He had a broken rib that paved the way for Cassel to start against Pittsburgh on Sept. 29 and dislocated his shoulder at the end of the third quarter against Washington on Nov. 7.
Ponder took a hit to the head late in the second quarter last week against Chicago.
Running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice Friday after taking the last two days off to rest his sore groin.
AP source: OF McLouth, Nationals reach deal
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free-agent outfielder Nate McLouth and the Washington Nationals have reached a deal.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the contract wasn't complete pending a physical. Other media outlets reported it would be a two-year deal.
The 32-year-old McLouth hit .258 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs in 146 games for Baltimore last season. He's played nine seasons in the majors with Pittsburgh, Atlanta and the Orioles, and was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner in 2008.
The Nationals have starters Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Denard Span in the outfield.
McLouth would likely be a part-time backup, perhaps getting some of the playing time Steve Lombardozzi saw in the outfield last season. The Nationals recently traded Lombardozzi to Detroit in the deal for pitcher Doug Fister.
Mystics G Tayler Hill pregnant with 1st child
WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Mystics guard Tayler Hill is pregnant and will miss at least part of next season.
The team said in a statement Friday that the first child for Hill and David Lighty, who also played college basketball at Ohio State, is due in May.
Mystics coach and general manager Mike Thibault says Hill "intends to play at some point next season, and we will be glad to welcome her back when she is ready to return."
The fourth overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft, Hill averaged 6.5 points and 1.7 rebounds last season, which began in late May.
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