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Suhr second in Millrose pole vault

Fredonia native Jenn Suhr finished second in the women's pole vault at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden Friday with a vault of 15-2 3/4 inches.

Brazil's Fabiana Murer won the event at 15-6 1/4 .

In other events, Deresse Mekonnen won the Wanamaker Mile, becoming the first runner other than Bernard Lagat to win the Millrose's marquee event since 2004.

The 23-year-old from Ethiopia finished in 3 minutes, 58.58 seconds, holding off Lagat's challenges in the final two laps.

Mekonnen, the two-time defending world indoor 1,500-meter champion, had to pull out of the Millrose Games last year when Lagat won a record eighth Wanamaker Mile -- and sixth in a row -- because of visa problems.

Lagat finished in 3:59.01 and fellow American David Torrence was third in 4:00.13.

In the Super 60 event featuring professional athletes, Buffalo native Steve Mesler, a former bobsledder, finished third in a field of six in 7.24 seconds. Houston Texans receiver Jacoby Jones won in seven seconds flat.

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Wilpons may sell part of Mets

Under pressure because of a lawsuit from the trustee trying to reclaim money for the victims of the Bernard Madoff swindle, the New York Mets' owners said Friday they are exploring a partial sale of the team that would raise several hundred million dollars.

Mets owner Fred Wilpon and his son, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, retained Steve Greenberg of Allen & Co., a Mets director, a former deputy baseball commissioner and a son of Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, to head the search for investors.

Fred Wilpon said the Mets were looking to sell a non-controlling interest of 20 to 25 percent and he did not envision giving up control of the franchise, which his family first bought into in 1980.

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Briefly

*Trent Whitfield and Jordan Caron each scored a goal and an assist to lead the Providence Bruins to a 4-2 win over the Portland Pirates in an AHL game in Providence. Marc-Andre Gragnani and Corey Tropp scored for the Pirates while Derek Whitmore had two assists. Mark Mancari had an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to 13 games.

*After a meeting of the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium Thursday, it was confirmed that the Fort will have a full slate of 78 racing dates for 2011. Opening Day is set for May 7.

From News and wire service reports.

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