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Willis out front at Heritage

Garrett Willis had a run of six straight birdies for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Thursday at The Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Willis was a shot in front of Arjun Atwal, Matt Bettencourt, Chad Campbell and Tim Herron at Harbour Town Golf Links. Mark Wilson, Camilo Villegas and 2009 Heritage champion Brian Gay were two strokes back.

Luke Donald, the world's No. 3 player, topped a group at 67.

Willis, the 2001 winner in Tucson in his first event as a PGA Tour member, planned to switch to a belly putter this week, but stuck with his Scotty Cameron model putter he called "Old Faithful."


Boxing card has tickets left

There are still tickets available for tonight's Unfinished Business boxing card featuring Western New York pros at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Casino.

The seven-fight card begins at 6:30 with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased the Events Center, or by calling 648-9733, ext. 413. Event promoter Juan Santiago also said televisions will be set up to air the Sabres-Flyers playoff game.

Buffalo southpaw Guillermo Sanchez will face Eddie Ramirez of San Antonio, Texas, in the main event for the WBC Youth Lightweight title. Niagara Falls' Nick Casal, 25, will return to the ring for the first time in 17 months when 145-pounder faces Martin Tucker.


Nadal will face Monfils

Rafael Nadal cruised past Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 6-1 Thursday to set up a quarterfinal against Gael Monfils at the Barcelona Open.

Giraldo looked set to provide a tough challenge for the top-ranked Nadal when he broke the Spaniard's serve to tie it 3-3 in the first set. But the five-time champion responded by breaking right back and dominated the rest of the match on his favorite clay surface.

From News and wire service reports.

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