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Barnes completes PBA Triple Crown

Chris Barnes, who had a 7-14 record in TV matches, exorcised his television demons Sunday, upsetting top qualifier Bill O'Neill, 267-237, to win the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Barnes became the sixth player in PBA history to complete the sport's Triple Crown.

Along with his 13th career title, the 40-year-old Barnes won a $50,000 first prize. He previously had won the 2005 U.S. Open and the 2006 PBA Tournament of Champions, the other two legs in the PBA Triple Crown.

Meanwhile, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga stood in sixth place with a 1,551 total after the first seven-game qualifying round for the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. There will be another seven-game round today to determine the 50 players who will join the tournament's Elite Field for the duration of the $1 million event.

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Quinnipiac tops Canisius

With four first-period goals, Quinnipiac took control early and cruised to a 7-3 win over Canisius in a non-conference men's hockey game at Buffalo State Ice Arena on Sunday.

Eric Rex, Taylor Law and Cory Conacher scored for the Golden Griffins (6-11-4), who are on a five-game losing streak.

The same teams meet at 4 p.m. today at Buffalo State.

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Amherst nips St. Francis

Zach Lesswing scored off a faceoff with 1:15 left to lift Amherst (10-4-1) to a 3-2 win over St. Francis in WNY Federation boys hockey Sunday. Amherst goalie Kevin Dougherty made 18 saves and Tyler Larwood added a goal and an assist.

"This was a great win for us," Amherst coach Mark Mobus said. "We've played back-to-back solid games."

From News and wire service reports.

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