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Golfers record dual aces

East Aurora Country Club hasn't even opened but two of its members have already had a day that will be the highlight of their golf season.

Ray and Peggy Beers played a round at Misty Creek Country Club in Sarasota, Fla., on March 20. On the 124-yard fourth hole, Ray recorded a hole in one. On the 102-yard 12th, his wife duplicated the feat. He used a 6-iron and she a 9-rescue.

The dual aces were witnessed by another couple from East Aurora, Sherrill and Stan Kujawski.

"The chances of this happening are I don't even know," wrote Chris Kulinski, the new Head Golf Professional at East Aurora, in an e-mail.

The aces were the first ever for both of the Beers, who clipped a coupon and became members at private Misty Creek for a day. They have been members at East Aurora for 23 years.

"We have been waiting for this our whole lives and to do it together meant a lot," Peggy Beers told Kulinski upon their return to Western New York on Monday.

"Sometimes the hole gets in the way," Ray Beers told Kulinski.


NFL players explain move

NFL players are defending their decision to disband the union, saying employers cannot force workers to unionize, and dissolution is "not akin to turning off a light switch."

The players made the statements Monday in a court document filed in response to the NFL's assertion decertification was "a sham."

"It is established law that a union can renounce collective bargaining to enable its workers to protect themselves from antitrust violations," lawyers for the players wrote in the filing.

Lawyers for Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and six other NFL players are asking a federal judge to halt a lockout imposed by owners, saying an injunction is needed to "stop the irreparable harm being inflicted today." A hearing on the issue is scheduled for April 6 in St. Paul, Minn.

Meanwhile, four former NFL players, including Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller, sued the NFL in hopes of joining current players in their antitrust fight against the league and halting the lockout.

Eller, three-time All-Pro running back Priest Holmes and ex-players Obafemi Ayanbadejo and Ryan Collins are listed as plaintiffs in the 44-page complaint filed in federal court in Minneapolis.

It seeks class-action status on behalf of all retired or former NFL players who receive health, retirement or other benefits from the league or its subsidized plans, arguing those benefits will be jeopardized by the loss of NFL revenue in an extended lockout.

Attorney Shawn Stuckey says retired players should have a "voice at the table," too.


Ochocinco's tryout done

Chad Ochocinco's tryout for a professional soccer team could be nearing an end.

The Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver played 30 minutes in a practice game with Sporting Kansas City of the MLS on Monday. Afterward, he agreed that his conditioning and skills were lacking.

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes says he will meet with Ochocinco to discuss what's been a five-day tryout.

With the NFL in a lockout, and probably headed for litigation, Ochocinco says he would not mind just being a practice player for Sporting Kansas City to help him stay in shape.

From News Staff and wire service reports

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