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Ciminelli makes qualifying bid

Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga stood in the 18th and final qualifying spot through half of the Round of 36 at the PBA Tournament of Champions on Thursday at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

Ciminelli's pinfall was 1,997 through nine of 18 games Thursday afternoon. Bowlers were to roll nine more games late Thursday night.

The top 18 advance to two nine-game rounds of head-to-head match play today. The top four players after 36 games of qualifying and match play will advance to the ESPN stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m.

Long Island native Mike Fagan, who now lives in Dallas, led with a pinfall of 2,386 after nine games.

Locals who did not advance out of Wednesday night's Elite Field qualifying were Lockport's Brad Angelo (39th) and Lackawanna's Jack Jurek (46th). Ciminelli finished seventh to move on -- along with the top 25 -- to the Round of 36.

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Three share Heritage lead

Chad Campbell used a fast start, and Vaughn Taylor and Colt Knost had strong finishes to share the first-round lead at 4-under 67 in the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Campbell birdied four of his first seven holes, Knost birdied three of his last five, and Taylor holed out from the fairway for a closing eagle on the par-4 ninth hole.

Jim Furyk, the 2010 winner, was a stroke back.

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Aquettes' Alvarez 18th in nationals

Anita Alvarez of the Tonawanda Aquettes finished 18th out of 40 swimmers in the junior solo preliminaries Thursday at the U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships in Mesa, Ariz.

Alvarez, a freshman at Kenmore West, had a score of 143.3600. The top score was by Alexa Tchekmarev of the Walnut Creek (Calif.) Aquanuts at 157.5060. The junior solo finals are tonight.

In Wednesday's figures competition, Alvarez finished 26th among 166 swimmers with a score of 67.090. Tchekmarev won with a 71.596 score.

From News Staff and wire service reports