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Bisons win third straight

The Buffalo Bisons defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs, 3-1, in Jupiter, Fla., to improve to 3-0 so far this spring.

Lefty Adam Pettyjohn was credited with the win as he allowed just one run in three innings. The Herd bullpen combined to throw six shutout innings. Left-hander Bobby Livingston struck out two over his two innings of work. Lefty Mike O'Connor also threw a pair of shutout frames. Jesus Felician, Josh Thole and D.J. Wabick each drove in a run for Buffalo.

Meanwhile, the New York Mets optioned infielder-outfielder Nick Evans, outfielder Jason Pridie, and right-hand pitcher Tobi Stoner to the Bisons. In addition the Mets reassigned first baseman Ike Davis, infielder Jolbert Cabrera and catcher Shawn Riggans to their minor league camp.


Reyes cleared to return

New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been cleared to resume baseball activities after doctors determined his thyroid levels have returned to normal.

Reyes was diagnosed in early March with a hyperactive thyroid, and doctors prescribed rest and a change in diet. He was told to refrain from physical activity and was monitored and tested weekly in New York.

After missing most of last season with a hamstring injury, Reyes was pulled from stretching before what would have been his spring training debut March 5. He is expected back in Mets camp today.


Binghamton controls urged

The chancellor of New York's public university system on Tuesday recommended tighter control of school sports as a result of the four-month investigation that found state Binghamton University officials failed to act when problems arose in its men's basketball program.

Those findings included dubious enrollments and lax enforcement of academic standards for athletes.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher presented a plan to hire a senior adviser on athletics and to give a stronger voice to faculty and staff on how the athletic departments work at Binghamton and other SUNY schools.


Pang, Tong lead in worlds

Olympic silver medalists Pang Qing and Tong Jian skated a flawless and elegant short program to take the lead in the pairs competition at the world figure skating championships in Turin, Italy.

Pang and Tong earned a season-best 75.28 points for their short program, the same "The Pearlfishers" that they skated to in Vancouver. The 2006 world champions are two points ahead of Russia's Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov.

From News and wire service reports.

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