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Curlers eliminated at worlds

The run at the Women's World Curling Championships ended for the U.S. team on Thursday.

While the American team, led by skipper Patti Lank (Lewiston) with her daughter, Mackenzie, won twice on Thursday, their 6-5 round-robin finish was not enough to advance them to the playoff rounds in Denmark.

The U.S. defeated the Czech Republic, 6-4, in their morning matchup and then defeated Sweden, 8-3.

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Ski events this weekend

The late spring snowfall that blanketed Western New York on Tuesday and Wednesday brought 10 inches to Holiday Valley, raising its total for the year to 251 inches.

The fresh covering will ensure good conditions for two events scheduled for this weekend. The Pond Skimming Spring Party, in which contestants will attempt to skim across a 60-foot ice-water filled pond, will be held at the base of the Yodeler slope on Saturday with registration starting at 11 a.m. The Slush Cup slalom race will be held Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for USSA racers ages 13-18 on the Edelweiss slope.

The resort plans to stay open until April 10 with spring rates in effect.

Kissing Bridge will open its Central Area today through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lift tickets reduced to $20.

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Briefly

*Preseason exhibitions continue for the Western New York Flash as the team prepares to join Women's Professional Soccer next month. Saturday, the Flash will play Syracuse at 1 p.m. then take on Ohio State at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sahlen's Sports Park in Elma. The games are free and open to the public.

*Ashley Smith of the Wilson girls basketball team will sign a national letter of intent on Monday to attend Roberts Wesleyan, an NCAA Division II school. The 6-foot senior guard ends her career as the school record holder for most three-pointers in a game (five), season (42) and career (111). She scored 21 points in Wilson's Class B-2 title win over Allegany-Limestone, which gave it the Section VI Class B-2 crown. She plans to study pre-med at Roberts.

From News and wire service reports.

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