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Miller ahead in state open qualifier

Jamie Miller (Tri-County) shot a 2-under-par 69 to win a qualifier Wednesday for the New York State Open held at the Transit Valley Country Club.

Playing in difficult conditions, Miller fininshed one shot in front of Justin Regier (Crag Burn). Locust Hill head pro Steve Barber shot 72 to gain the third qualifying spot. Fox Valley's Jeremy Wabick shot 73 to become the first alternate.

Elsewhere, Rene Sobolewski of Buffalo shook off her first day jitters and shot a 4-over-par 75 in the second round of the Rolex Girls Junior Golf Championship at the Long Cove Club on Hilton Head, S.C. It was an eight-stroke improvement over the 83 she scored in the first round, although Sobolewski had no birdies and four bogeys in her round.

The Nichols School senior is tied for 58th place in a field of 76 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states, Japan, Argentina, Colombia, Thailand, Mexico, Northern Ireland and Venezuela.

Ariya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand, took the outright lead by posting a second-round 3-under-par 68, at 6 under. She had been in a three-way tie for the lead after Tuesday's round. The Rolex winds up today with another 18 holes of medal play.

In the 99th Women's Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championship at Shackamaxon Golf and Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J., Bridget Carr of Snyder, who plays out of Crag Burn, shot a second-round 87 for a 163 total.

The 2010 Siena College team captain is tied for 24th. Brittany Altomare of the University of Virginia leads for the second day in a row with 70-72-142. Par is 71.

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Pac-10 invites Utah to come aboard

Utah is poised to become the 12th member of the Pac-10 as the conference quickly pivoted Wednesday to invite the Utes after being turned down by Texas and four other members of the Big 12 two days ago.

Utah officials did not immediately say whether the invitation would be accepted, but it would be shocking if the Utes didn't leave the Mountain West Conference for the Pac-10.

Spokeswoman Liz Abel said the athletics department would not comment until today, after the school's board of trustees meets to discuss the school's conference affiliation. A news conference was scheduled at the football stadium following the meeting.

Pac-10 officials are expected to attend today's news conference in Utah.

Utah has been a member of the MWC since the league began in 1999 -- and one of its most successful in football and basketball.

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Briefly

*Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely is the new president of the Boston Bruins. The team's former star forward was promoted from his position as Bruins vice president.

*Roger Federer was awarded the No. 1 seed for Wimbledon ahead of Rafael Nadal in a reverse of their world rankings.

*Janice Keppler (Medina) from the University of Arkansas finished 17th in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships last Friday in Eugene, Ore. Keppler, who completed her Razorbacks career by finishing second at last month's Southeastern Conference championships, cleared 12 feet, 9.5 inches during the event.

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