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Jeanneret picked for GBSHOF

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame will introduce the Class of 2012 on Wednesday, and longtime Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret will headline the 14-person list.

Jeanneret, the longest-tenured announcer in the NHL, has been working Sabres games since the 1971-72 season. He will speak on behalf of the hall's 22nd induction class at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the First Niagara Center atrium.

Therese Forton-Barnes, the board president, will announce the 14-member class of former athletes, administrators and coaches. The induction ceremony will be held in October or November, with the date to be announced.

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame began in 1991 and will bring its total membership to 254. Four of this year's 14 will be inducted posthumously as part of the Pride of Western New York.


Blocher tops at state qualifier

Christopher Blocher (Bartlett CC) shot a 1-under 71 to earn medalist honors at the NYS Amateur sectional qualifier Thursday at Wanakah Country Club. Kyle Kokanovich (Diamond Hawk GC) and Peter Creigton (Crag Burn GC) both shot 72 to tie for second place.

The top 22 golfers from a field of 79 will compete for the state championship at Elmira Country Club in July.


Saints expect Brees in camp

Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and Drew Brees have spoken about preparations for training camp, and Vitt said he expects the star quarterback to be back with the team by then.

When asked why he's confident Brees will be back from his contract holdout, Vitt cracked, "what else is he going to do? He can't sing or dance."

New Orleans General Manager Mickey Loomis has said his top priority is to come up with a contract that satisfies Brees, but that the club has to be careful to avoid rushing into a deal that will affect team significantly for years to come.

The Saints have placed a one-year franchise tag on Brees, which prevents him from negotiating with other clubs. However, Brees, whose last six-year deal expired after last season, is holding out for a new multi-year contract that will make him among the NFL's highest-paid players.



* Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, facing trial next week on charges he sexually abused 10 boys, on Thursday asked a state appeals court to review his case and to delay the criminal proceedings against him. The Superior Court's online docket indicated Sandusky filed a petition for review but did not explain what he was seeking. Sandusky also asked the court to seal the document, which was not available after business hours.

* Frani Echavarria got her third RBI of the game during a three-run sixth inning for California, helping the top-seeded Golden Bears rally past LSU in the opening round of the Women's College World Series. Cal will take on Oklahoma tonight after the fourth-seeded Sooners beat South Florida, 5-1, earlier Thursday. LSU will play USF in an elimination game on Saturday.

* World record-holder Usain Bolt put his poor performance in the Czech Republic behind him with a season's best 9.76 seconds in the 100-meter race at the Golden Gala in Rome.

* The Calder Cup finals begin tonight in Norfolk, Va., as the Norfolk Admirals host the Toronto Marlies in Game One of the best-of-seven series. Former Canisius College star Cory Conacher is a member of the Admirals and has nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) in 14 playoff games.

From News and wire service reports.