Te'o's draft stock rises with drop in 40 time

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Posted: March 27, 2013

LINEBACKER Manti Te'o ended a trying 3 months by putting up a respectable 40-yard dash time Tuesday at Notre Dame's pro-day workout in front of scourts from 27 or 32 NFL teams.

"I thought I did pretty good," Te'o said after his pro day workout in front of scouts from 27 of 32 NFL teams. "I'm very pleased with the way that I performed."

Some had expressed concern whether Te'o could be an every-down back in the NFL after he was timed at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine in Indianapolis. But he was timed at 4.69 seconds at Notre Dame's indoor practice facility.

Te'o is hoping to be picked in the first round of next month's NFL draft.

He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times and ran the 60-yard shuttle in 11.78 seconds while letting his other performances at the combine stand.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up had an off game in the BCS championship game against Alabama in January.

He then came under scrutiny after it was revealed he fell in love online with a woman who didn't exist and then had the disappointing time at the combine.

In other football news:

* Unemployed quarterback Vince Young used Texas' pro day to throw passes in front of scouts for 30 teams. Young is enrolled in school there and will finish his degree in May, his agent said. The former Titans QB hasn't played since he was an Eagles backup in 2011.

* Green Bay opted to pay tight end Jermichael Finley a $3 million roster bonus rather than cut him by Tuesday's deadline.

* A trial date of Sept. 23 was set for Dallas nose guard Josh Brent on an intoxication manslaughter charge in a car wreck that killed a teammate.

* Oakland signed free-agent tackle Alex Barron, a 2005 first-round pick who has not played an NFL game since 2010.

* UCLA released 2-year starting safety Tevin McDonald for violating team policy.

Sport Stops * 

Rio de Janeiro city officials have been forced to temporarily close the stadium that will be used for track and field at the 2016 Olympics because of structural problems with its roof.

* Five-time champ Serena Williams advanced to the Key Biscayne semifinals with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over No. 5 seed Li Na.

* Rachel Alexandra is back at Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky., returning to a stall filled with cards from well-wishers 6 weeks after abdominal surgery.

* Grand-Am Road Racing and the International Motor Sports Association have reached an agreement with a German organization in hopes of establishing a touring car race series in North America.

* A national poll of sports fans reveals that just 21 percent supports paying college athletes but nearly half think top college coaches should be paid as much or more than their pro counterparts. The poll, conducted by the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, found that 95 percent of fans want college athletes to attend class and 67 percent believe colleges regularly break NCAA rules.

* NASCAR will not penalize Tony Stewart for scuffling with Joey Logano on pit road, and viewed the crash between Logano and Denny Hamlin as a racing incident. Hamlin will be out at least 6 weeks with a fractured vertebra.

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