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Gymnast Ding answers the bell

Kat Ding waited most of her career to prove she could be more than an uneven bars specialist.

The Georgia senior proved her point in the final routine of her college career.

Ding defended her NCAA women's gymnastics championship on the uneven bars before adding another title on the floor exercise Sunday in Duluth, Ga.

Ding set career highs in each event. It was only the 11th floor exercise competition of her career, due to injuries and her difficulty on the event.

"In all honesty floor has been pretty much one of the hardest events for me," Ding said. "It finally came around this year."

Ding ruptured a tendon in her foot at the end of her sophomore season and had a stress reaction in her femur last year. Each injury helped limit Ding to working on the bars.

"My body is finally pretty much healthy," she said. "All the pieces came together for once. I'm just thankful it came together today."

Alabama, which won its second straight team championship Saturday, added an individual title when Geralen Stack-Eaton won the balance beam with a 9.9375 score.

Florida's Kytra Hunter won the vault with a 9.875, and Alabama's Diandra Milliner (9.825) was second. Hunter won the all-around championship Friday night, edging Ding.

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Bandits will have road test

The Buffalo Bandits know they will open the 2012 National Lacrosse League playoffs on the road. They just don't know where.

With one game left on the schedule, the Bandits (6-9) could finish third or fourth in the East Division. If Rochester loses its game next weekend to Philadelphia, the Bandits will finish third and play either the Wings or the Toronto Rock in the first round.

If the Knighthawks beat Philadelphia, Buffalo would be the fourth seed in the East and play at Toronto in the first round. (Rochester would win a tiebreaker with Philadelphia and Buffalo and thus host a first-round playoff game.)

Therefore, Buffalo's game at Washington on Saturday night is meaningless in terms of seedings. Toronto needs a win over Edmonton or a loss by Philadelphia to wrap up the top seed in the East.

The West seedings are set: fourth-ranked Edmonton plays at No. 1 Calgary, while third-rated Minnesota goes to Colorado to play the No. 2 Mammoth.

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Urschel wins Penn State honor

Penn State guard John Urschel, a 2009 Canisius High graduate, was named recipient of the university's Frank Patrick Total Commitment Memorial Award.

The Patrick Award is presented to a junior who consistently displays "a total commitment to academics, offseason preparation, in-season commitment and community service," the school said.

Urschel has a perfect 4.0 grade point average through five semesters and is on schedule to graduate with a degree in mathematics in May, doing so in three years.

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Liz Johnson hangs on

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga stayed alive with a 701-588 win over Elysia Current of Ephrata, Pa., in their losers bracket match Sunday night in the USBC Queens Tournament in Euless, Texas. Current was the No. 1 seed and runner-up to Missy Parkin in the 2011 Queens.

Johnson, the 2009 Queens winner, will face Shannon O'Keefe, formerly of Rochester, today.

Johnson, who qualified fourth with a total of 3,304 pins for 15 games (220.07), lost her first match Sunday to Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 669-599. Johnson had totaled 1,100 for her final five-game qualifying block on Sunday morning.

Amherst native Lindsay Baker of Brigham City, Utah, was eliminated by losses to Lisa Noor of Mound, Minn. (678-582), and Danielle Knittle, State College, Pa. (602-572). Baker had qualified sixth with a total of 3,294 (219.60).

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Kinyon wins Senior event

Gary Kinyon defeated Ted Denniston, 253-234, Sunday at Kenmore Lanes to win the Buffalo Senior Masters bowling tournament for the third time. Kinyon had a six-game total of 1,331 (221.8 average). Denniston had 1,322. Ken Ball (1,318), Joe Trigilio 1,273 and Carl Kinyon 1,268 rounded out the top five.

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Wrestler ends comeback try

Olympic champion Henry Cejudo returned to wrestling to inspire people and try to win a gold medal with his mother in the stands in London.

It didn't work out as the 2008 gold medalist hoped, so Cejudo quickly called it a career.

Cejudo's comeback bid ended with a loss in the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa. Cejudo, the freestyle champion in Beijing four years ago at 55 kilograms, fell to top-seeded Nick Simmons, 3-0, 5-9, 5-2.

From News Staff and wire service reports