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Nordqvist leads LPGA field

It's reality-check time for Anna


"It's hard to believe. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to actually understand that it happened," Nordqvist said as she prepared to defend her LPGA Championship title, which gets under way today at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford (12:30 p.m., Golf Channel).

The 23-year-old Nordqvist, sixth in the world rankings, will attempt the first title defense of her brief career on somewhat familiar ground. Longtime LPGA Championship sponsor McDonald's did not renew its sponsorship, and the event was moved to Locust Hill when Wegmans Food Markets agreed to place its own tournament on hiatus and be title sponsor in a one-year deal.

"Once you come here, it's all about the golf," Nordqvist said.


Bulls extend radio deals

The University at Buffalo athletics department announced Wednesday that it has extended its radio rights contract with Culver Communications's WECK-1230 AM in Cheektowaga and WLVL-1340 AM in Lockport to broadcast Bulls football and men's and women's basketball through the 2011-12 season.

Bulls football and men's basketball games will air on WECK for the third straight season, while all women's basketball games will air on WLVL for the sixth consecutive year.


Brownsten has two hits

Catcher Cory Brownsten (Lockport) made his pro baseball debut Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with a sacrifice and a run scored for the Gulf Coast League Braves in a 12-6 win over the GCL Blue Jays in Rookie League action in Orlando, Fla.

Brownsten, who played two years at Monroe Community College and two years at the University of Pittsburgh, also threw out the only runner who attempted to steal.

Meanwhile, two former Canisius players are having good seasons in minor league ball. Kevin Mailloux, a 2009 draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, is batting .444 for the Everett AquaSox of the Class-A Northwest League. Third baseman Kevin Mahoney, a 2009 pick of the New York Yankees, is hitting .292 with Staten Island of the New York-Penn League.

Steve McQuail of Canisius, who was drafted this month by Toronto, has gone hitless so far in the two games he's played for Auburn of the NY-P.


Grand jury indicts Taylor

Pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was indicted Wednesday by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute.

The indictment follows his May 6 arrest at a Holiday Inn in Ramapo, where prosecutors say he paid a 16-year-old girl $300 to have sex with him.

Taylor had been charged previously in Ramapo Town Court, but the indictment transfers the case to Rockland County. He's scheduled to appear July 13.

The former New York Giants linebacker also was indicted on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, and sexual abuse and criminal sexual act in the third degree. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. He has denied the charges.


Haynesworth vows to report

Albert Haynesworth says he will be there when the Washington Redskins open training camp next month, despite an ongoing rift with management that has teammates calling him selfish.

"Despite my current differences with the Redskins, I have always planned to attend training camp and honor my contract," Haynesworth said in a statement released Wednesday through his agent.

The disgruntled two-time All Pro defensive tackle has stayed away from all offseason activities.

From News and wire service reports.

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