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Hamlin, U.S. stun Germans

LAKE PLACID -- American Erin Hamlin stunned the sport of women's luge Friday, handing the Germans their first loss in 99 races, a streak dating to 1997.

Hamlin broke through with a dominant performance to win the world championships, leading both heats to finish with a combined time of 1 minute, 28.098 seconds.

"It was a little bit of a shock for us," said German star Natalie Geisenberger, who won silver, 0.187 seconds behind. "But one day we knew it would come, and today is the day."

The German women last lost on Nov. 29, 1997, in Koenigssee, Germany.

Afterward, Hamlin hugged her mom and anybody else she could wrap up in her arms; Gordy Sheer and Duncan Kennedy cried; and Georg Hackl, a three-time Olympic champion for Germany and perhaps the greatest luger in history, was so impressed he started snapping photos.

"I think it'll take a little bit of time to sink in," Hamlin said of the first podium finish in her six-year sliding career. "It's just winning in general."

Natalia Yakushenko of Ukraine took the bronze in 1:28.334.


Buffalo boxer in title match

Buffalo amateur boxer Danyell Lynch, 14, won his first two bouts and will fight tonight for the 119-pound championship of the age 14-15 division at the National Silver Gloves Tournament in Independence, Mo.

Lynch, a member of the St. John Baptist Church International Boxing Program, stopped Antwyn Beavers of Kansas City, Kan. in the second round of his first bout and won a unanimous decision over Timmy Mason of Helena, Mont. in a semifinal bout. His opponent for tonight's championship bout was not known at press time.


Stampede falls to Manchester

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Karl Rainey scored a game-high 43 points for the Buffalo Stampede but it wasn't enough to lead the first-year minor league basketball team to a road win Friday night as Buffalo dropped a 116-107 decision to the host Manchester Millrats in the Premier Basketball League.

Rainey shot 11 for 27 from the floor and sank 19 of 23 free throws for the Stampede (1-7), who return to action this afternoon at the Canisius College Koessler Center against Vermont (2 p.m.).


Marquette upset at South Fla.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jesus Verdejo scored 21 points and Dominique Jones made a driving layup to put South Florida ahead with 15.9 seconds to go, and the Bulls (8-14, 3-7 Big East) held on for a 57-56 victory over No. 8 Marquette (20-3, 9-1).

USF's first win over an opponent ranked in the top 10 snapped Marquette's 12-game winning streak. Lazar Hayward (Traditional) had five points for the Golden Eagles.

From News and wire service reports.

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