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Pawlaczyk, Hoak win Trot

This year's YMCA Turkey Trot down Delaware Avenue featured 6,825 finishers. Every one of them probably had the same thought during the course of the race -- the weather could have been a lot worse.

A soaking rainstorm let up about 10 minutes before the actual start of the race. That meant the 8-kilometer course featured a few puddles as opposed to virtual lakes and streams.

Kyle Pawlaczyk of Orchard Park was the men's winner in 24 minutes, 49 seconds. That was 10 seconds ahead of Andrew Leonard of Atlanta. Dan Giza of Lancaster was third in 25:21.

Aileen Hoak of Hamburg was the women's winner in 28:43. The time was more than a minute ahead of Elizabeth Paddock of Albany (30:01). Angela Kudla of Pendleton was third (30:19).

David O'Keeffe of Orchard Park wrapped up The Buffalo News Runner of the Year title in the race. O'Keeffe won his age-group (45-49) with a time of 26:26. Allison Carr had already clinched the women's championship.

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Hunter is an Angel

New Los Angeles Angels General Manager Tony Reagins has been busy this week, and there may be more wheeling and dealing on the way.

The Angels agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract with free agent center fielder Torii Hunter late Wednesday, two days after they traded Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Jon Garland.

Reagins, who took over for Bill Stoneman after the season, said signing Hunter has no bearing on other moves, adding that he remains open to anything he believes will strengthen the team.

"But I like our club today," he said. "We have a productive offense and defense and think we're going to pitch well."

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America's Cup delayed

The 2009 America's Cup was postponed Thursday because of an ongoing legal dispute between Golden Gate Yacht Club and two-time defending champion Alinghi's Societe Nautique de Geneve over the rules for the next race.

"The ongoing uncertainty around the conclusion of the New York court case brought by BMW Oracle Racing leaves the organizers no choice but to delay the event, as many indicators demonstrate a lack of viability to stage the event in 2009 to the same standards as the 32nd America's Cup," America's Cup Management said in a statement.

Golden Gate Yacht Club, the home of BMW Oracle Racing, contends that Desafio Espanol's status as the official challenger -- which allowed it to negotiate the format for the next America's Cup -- is illegal. The Americans want the right to replace the Spanish syndicate and draw up new rules for the next regatta with Alinghi.

From News and wire service reports.

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