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Af2 WBS assigned four

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers were assigned Drew Weatherly and Terry Bynes on Friday, while Agean Robinson and Jason Williams also decided to return to 2007 American Conference Championship team.

Weatherly, a receiver, is a Maryland grad, while Terry Bynes graduated from Rutgers and stands 6-foot-1, 235 pounds. He led the Big East in fumble recoveries his junior year.

Robinson, a linebacker/fullback, played in just five games for the Pioneers in 2007, recording 10 tackles but played in all three home playoff games and the ArenaCup.

Williams, a receiver, played in five games last year with WBS grabbing two touchdown passes.

The Pioneers will be kicking off their seventh season in the arenafootball2 league with the af2 opening night game in Quad City on March 28. Their home opener will be April 11 against the Mahoning Valley Thunder.

Season tickets for the Pioneers 2008 season are now on sale. For more information call 970-4232 or visit the Pioneers Web site at www.wbspioneers.com.

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NFL Eagles sign Childress

The Philadelphia Eagles signed receiver Brandon “Bam” Childress to a two-year contract on Friday.

Childress spent all last season on New England’s practice squad. Originially signed by New England as a rookie free agent in 2005, Childress caught five passes for 39 yards in three career games and appeared as a reserve cornerback, recording five tackles.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Childress played at Ohio State, catching 33 passes for 392 yards and returning nine kickoffs for 159 yards.

Tennis Sharapova wins at Qatar

Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova routed Caroline Wozniacki 6-0, 6-1 Friday for her 12th straight victory and a spot in the Qatar Open semifinals.

Sharapova, seeded fourth, played a strong baseline game that proved too much for her 17-year-old Danish opponent.

“I think it was easy because I did all the right things today,” Sharapova said. “However, there were a few games which were close, but I did well to win them.”

The Russian will meet 16th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in the semifinals Saturday. Radwanska beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-4.

“I lost to her at the U.S. Open,” Sharapova said. “I don’t want to lose again.”

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