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Backman moves up

Wally Backman has replaced former Mets teammate Tim Teufel as manager of New York's Double-A Binghamton farm team in the Eastern League.

Backman managed the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones to a 51-24 record last season. They lost in the New York-Penn League championship series. Teufel will manage the Buffalo Bisons in 2011.

Elsewhere in baseball, the Detroit Tigers have traded right-handed pitcher Armando Galarraga to the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-hander Kevin Eichhorn and left-hander Ryan Robowski.


Griffs ice AIC

Three power-play goals and one short-handed tally helped the Canisius hockey team breeze to an 8-3 win over American International College in Atlantic Hockey action Monday night at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.

Eric Rex opened the scoring for the Golden Griffins with a short-handed goal at 4:58 of the first period and Canisius never trailed. Cory Conacher scored twice for the Griffs (8-11-5, 7-6-4 AH). Adding single goals were Preston Shupe, Chris Forsman, Ryan Bohrer, Vincent Scarsella and Phil Rauch.


USC hit by lawsuit

Former Southern California running back Stafon Johnson has sued the university and an assistant conditioning coach for negligence in the weight-room accident that crushed his throat in 2009.

Johnson's suit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeks unspecified damages.

Johnson was bench-pressing 275 pounds in the USC weight room when the bar dropped or fell onto his neck. His throat and larynx were crushed and he required reconstructive surgery. The suit says Johnson suffered permanent injuries and loss of future earnings.

From News and wire service reports.

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