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CANADA DOMINATES IROQUOIS IN WORLD LACROSSE

HAMILTON, Ont. -- John Grant Jr. had seven goals and two assists and Buffalo Bandits career scoring leader John Tavares added two scores to help Canada to a 21-4 victory over Iroquois Nation in the gold medal game of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship before 7,132 at Copps Coliseum.

Canada, coached by the Toronto Rock's Les Bartley, finished 7-0 in the tournament and outscored its opposition, 148-42. Bartley coached the Bandits to Major Indoor Lacrosse League championships in 1992, '93 and '96.

Tavares, who has 425 goals and 856 points in his 12 National Lacrosse League seasons with the Bandits, was the leading scorer in the event with 19 goals and 44 points. Grant, who plays for the NLL's Rochester Knighthawks, earned the first championship of his lacrosse career.

Bandits head coach Darris Kilgour coached Iroquois (5-2), who got a goal from Bandits forward Duane Jacobs. Bandits captain Rich Kilgour had two goals and four assists for Iroquois in the tournament.

In the bronze medal game, Kevin Finneran of the Toronto Rock had four goals and two assists and Bandits forward Randy Fraser had an assist to help the United States (4-3) to a 15-9 victory over Scotland (3-4). Fraser finished the tournament with a goal and 10 assists.

UB women sign two JUCO transfers

The University at Buffalo women's basketball team signed two junior college transfers to add to next season's roster. Post players Amy Kucheran and Tahcahrah Owens signed letters of intent and became the fifth and sixth recruits for the Bulls, who are coming off an 18-11 season and Mid-American Conference Tournament berth.

Kucheran, a 6-foot-1 post, averaged 7.2 points and 5.6 rebounds last season while at the College of Southern Idaho. The 5-foot-10 Owens averaged 13 points and nine rebounds in helping Northwest-Shoals Community College to a 26-6 record and conference title.

Elsewhere:

Williamsville East graduate Ryan Neward earned Verizon Academic District One College Divison Men's second team honors for Rochester Institute of Technology. With a 3.88 grade point average, Neward finished third on the lacrosse team in scoring with 22 goals and 12 assists.

Rochester Institute of Technology landed two players on the NCAA Division III New York region ABCA/Rawlings All-Star baseball team. Pitcher Matt Knodel (Orchard Park) had an 8-1 record with four saves to earn first-team honors. St. Francis graduate Jeff Ware, named to the second team, hit .387 with 21 RBI and 27 runs scored.

Kenmore West graduate Kate O'Brien won All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships by finishing seventh in the 800 meters in a time of 2:12.90. The top eight finishers earn All-American honors.

UNC faculty panel opposes ACC expansion

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Faculty leaders at North Carolina formally have opposed the proposed expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Ten members of the Faculty Council's executive committee on Friday unanimously voted against ACC expansion. The resolution will be sent to Chancellor James Moeser and faculty groups at other ACC schools.

School presidents in the conference voted earlier this month to begin discussions with Big East members Miami, Boston College and Syracuse about joining their nine-team league.

Guevara outruns Freeman at Prefontaine

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Ana Guevara took off, while Cathy Freeman struggled.

Guevara won the women's 400 meters at the Prefontaine Classic with both a meet and field record of 49.34 seconds. Freeman, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist at the distance, appeared to lose steam and finished fifth.

In the other premier event at this meet, Kim Collins of St. Kitts won the men's 100; world record holder Tim Montgomery withdrew earlier in the week because of a foot injury.

Freeman was running in her first international 400 since the Sydney Olympics, when she became the first aboriginal Australian to win a gold medal. The victory made her a national hero, but she then took an extended break from running, and she's working on a comeback in preparation for the 2004 Athens Games.

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