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Sabres to celebrate draft

The Sabres will once again welcome fans to First Niagara Center for a free party to celebrate the opening night of the NHL draft.

Fans can head to the arena starting at 5 p.m. June 22 to watch the first round on the HD video board and participate in family friendly entertainment. The night will feature player autograph sessions and floor hockey events on the arena floor. Children 12 and under will be required to wear a helmet to participate.

Admission to the party is free, and the team is also offering complimentary parking in the arena ramp. The Sabres Store will offer fans a discount of 42 percent off their entire purchase, a sale commemorating the team's upcoming 42nd season in the NHL.

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It's Opening Day

A long-standing tradition will continue when the Buffalo All-American Amateur Baseball Association (AAABA) opens its 57th season this evening at three locations. Mader Construction, the 2011 playoff champion, will play Team New Era at Yates Park; Royal Printing will face Meridian Medicine at Veterans Park in Tonawanda, and Pignataro Financial will face Ken-Hy Auto on Delaware Park Diamond 2. All games will start at 6:15 p.m.

The Buffalo playoff champion of the league for players under 21 will go to the National AAABA Tournament in Johnstown, Pa., Aug. 6-11. Jack Lawler is the long-time director of the league.

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Mosley hangs up gloves

Boxer "Sugar" Shane Mosley is retiring, ending a career in which he won titles in three weight classes, beat Oscar De La Hoya twice and never was KO'D.

The 40-year-old announced on Twitter that he was hanging up his gloves, saying he "loved every moment of it. Win, lose or draw."

Mosley 946-8-1) lost three of his last four fights. His last fight was May 5 on the undercard of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. Mosley lost a lopsided decision to Canelo Alvarez.

From News Staff and wire service reports