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Grid coach leaving Canisius

Brandon Harris, who coached the Canisius football team the last four seasons, is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

"It is with regret and optimism that I'm resigning from Canisius to pursue other opportunities in coaching," Harris said. "Four years ago I set out to restore Canisius' standing as one of the best programs in Western New York. I'm confident that I achieved this goal."

Before Harris' arrival, the Crusaders had a 21-43 record since 2000 and had gone 1-7 in 2006. In four seasons, Harris' teams went 26-16, won one Monsignor Martin Association League AA championship and lost in the final two other times.

In 2007, the Crusaders went 6-5 and lost to St. Francis in the MMA AA final; in 2008, they went 6-3 and lost to St. Francis in the MMA AA final; in 2009, they went 7-5 and beat St. Joe's in the MMA AA final; in 2010 they went 7-3 and lost to eventual champion St. Joe's in the MMA AA semifinals.

Canisius Athletic Director Jim Mauro said that the school would conduct a search for a replacement as soon as possible.

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Victim: Taylor deserved jail

The teenage girl at the center of the sex-crimes case against football great Lawrence Taylor made a surprise appearance at his sentencing Tuesday, eager to declare that he should be behind bars.

She was denied the chance to speak in court, and Taylor was sentenced to six years' probation, as agreed when he pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute.

The former New York Giants linebacker must register as a sex offender, but a hearing on exactly how that will affect him was postponed to April 12.

The girl arrived with celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who described her as 'a sex-trafficking victim.' The girl, now 17, has been identified in court and by Allred only by the initials C.F.

Allred stood beside the girl at a news conference but later refused to reveal her name. She would not say whether the girl plans a lawsuit against Taylor but said, "We look forward to representing her as she continues her fight for justice."

She said Taylor "should be in the hall of shame, not the Hall of Fame."

The girl was 16 -- under the age of consent -- when she met Taylor last May.

Speaking outside the Rockland County Courthouse, she denied she was a prostitute and said another man, whom she called Rasheed, forced her to go into Taylor's Montebello hotel room by punching her in the face.

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Briefly

In the NBA, Derrick Rose had 30 points and 10 assists, helping the Chicago Bulls move back in the Eastern Conference lead with a runaway 114-81 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

* The University at Buffalo baseball team extended its winning streak to five games with a 7-1, 11-3 doubleheader sweep at St. Bonaventure. Cory Folk pitched a complete game in the opener and the Bulls scored in every inning but the sixth in the nightcap.

* The Canisius men's lacrosse team suffered a 10-8 defeat at Hobart to remain winless at 0-6. Senior Greg Michael (Orchard Park) had two goals and an assist while Brendan O'Hagan added two goals. Hobart improved to 3-4.

* Senior Taylor Gray and juniors Megan Oosting and Theresa Walton each scored a pair of goals as Canisius scored eight of the game's final 11 goals in an 11-10 women's lacrosse win over Robert Morris. Freshman Maria Kotas (Lancaster) added a goal and assist for Canisius (4-3).

From News and wire service reports.

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