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By Mike Marot, Associated Press

Jordan Lynch and Keith Wenning have already forgotten about their college rivalry.

Today, the two quarterbacks find themselves working toward the same goal and pushing one another as training partners and friends.

Wenning wants to show NFL scouts he can make a smooth transition from Mid-American Conference star to the NFL, just like Ben Roethlisberger and Chad Pennington did before him. Lynch is trying to prove yet again that his smallish size won’t be a detriment in a league that still tends to reward bigger bodies and bigger arms.

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By David Lariviere, Forbes.com

The next big name in golf may be a familiar one as earlier this month Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, won the Australian Ladies Masters and followed it up with a good showing in the Australian Open last weekend. It was the 23-year-old’s first LPGA Tour victory and could be the start of a stellar endorsement career in a sport desperate for the next Nancy Lopez.

Being related to one of the greatest golfers of all time will help her, according to Ken Ungar of U/S Sports Advisors, an Indiana-based sports and entertainment marketing agency. “I think it’s a blessing,” he said. “It’s always tough to cut through the clutter but she’ll have the ability to do that because of her famous uncle.”

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By Judy Battista, NFL.com

When Anthony Becht was a tight end prospect from West Virginia in 2000, he prepared for his workouts with NFL teams by training with a speed guru based in Chicago. The training was track-specific — “Something I would never use on-field,” Becht said — but limited by the cold-weather location. Becht did his 40-yard-dash training in a 200-foot carpeted community college corridor.

Still, Dick Haley — the renowned director of player personnel who was then working for the New York Jets – used a hand-operated stopwatch to clock Becht in 4.69 seconds, a number of which Becht, who then weighed 270 pounds, is still proud. It helped make him one of theJets‘ four first-round draft picks that year, the beginning of his 11-season NFL career.

Becht has spent much of the winter helping to prepare the next crop of tight ends at IMG’s training facility in Bradenton, Fla. And what he sees there is a snapshot of what the ever-increasing fascination with speed has wrought and why there are very few top prospects training in a hallway.

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By Lauren Lowry, WISH-TV.com

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The spotlight is on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the overall fitness of Team USA. While watching the alpine skiers or the competitors on the luge, it’s easy to think the diets of the competitors would be entirely too restrictive for lowly, non-athletes like us here at home.

“I’m sure people think, ‘gosh, an Olympian must be eating the wildest stuff that you can only find at these specialty shops,’” says Registered Sports Dietitian, Lindsay Langford with St. Vincent Sports Performance. “But, truly from my experience working with some of the Olympians, it really is normal stuff that we all should be eating.”

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By Jill Phillips, Indianapolis Star

Each February, the NFL Combine takes place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The weeklong event gives top college football players a chance to impress NFL scouts and team officials before the NFL draft.

This year, former quarterback Mark Herrmann will be there supporting his clients from St. Vincent Sports Performance. Herrmann joined the athletic training group in November as its coordinator of football operations.

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