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McCrea cut from Team USA

UB sophomore forward Javon McCrea was released from the USA Basketball Under-19 World Championship Team.

McCrea, the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, made the original cut from 21 players to 13 players, but coach Paul Hewitt indicated McCrea was the last player cut from the team.

"The selection was harder than I expected," Hewitt said. "The young man we decided not to keep, Javon McCrea, it was really just a numbers situation. He played more than well enough to make the team. We just didn't feel comfortable going over there without three point guards."

The 6-foot-6 McCrea averaged 11.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for UB, and his field-goal percentage of .637 during the regular season ranked seventh in the nation.

Said UB coach Reggie Witherspoon, an assistant on last year's Under-18 Team USA squad: "This experience will benefit Javon in three ways: exposure, competition and instruction. When you add up these three things, it will result in great experience moving forward."

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Queen's Plate draw complete

Check Your Soul, Queen'splatekitten and Inglorious top a field of 17 Canadian-foaled 3-year-old horses for the $1 million Queen's Plate Sunday at Woodbine in Toronto (4:30 p.m., Ch. 5).

Check Your Soul drew post 13 and is a 3-1 favorite for the 1 1/4 -mile race. Queen'splatekitten (7-2 odds) will sit in the 14th post. Inglorious is 9-2 favorite in the ninth post, while Bowman's Causeway is a 6-1 favorite in post No. 16.

The winner of the 152nd edition of the Plate, the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America, receives $600,000.

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Nix moves to Wake Forest

Former New York Knicks assistant and executive Jeff Nix, who played college basketball at Canisius, is Wake Forest's new director of basketball operations.

Coach Jeff Bzdelik announced the hiring Thursday. Nix spent 15 years in the Knicks' organization from 1992-2007, including eight years as an assistant, five years as the assistant general manager and two years as the director of scouting.

He replaces Walt Corbean, who was promoted to assistant coach after Mark Pope took a position on BYU's coaching staff.

The native of Portville graduated from Canisius in 1980.

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Rain slows Travelers

Michael Bradley had a one-stroke lead when first-round play in the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., was suspended for the day Thursday. Bradley was 6 under with two holes left when play was stopped at 11:30 a.m. at TPC River Highlands.

"You know what, it's unfortunate," Bradley said. "The course is unplayable. There's a lot of water on the course."

Officials reopened the driving range late in the afternoon and hoped to resume play at 5:45 p.m. after emptying the bunkers of waters and using squeegees on several fairways. But another shower forced more delays and officials eventually decided not to restart play before 7 a.m. Friday.

Vijay Singh was in a group of seven players a shot back.

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Briefly

*Unbeaten Tyler Wilson carried a shutout into the eighth inning, Virginia used a four-run sixth to break open a close game and the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers eliminated California from the College World Series with a 8-1 victory. Virginia (56-11) will face defending national champion South Carolina in the Bracket 2 final.

*Former Southern California football player Lonnie White says he took $14,000 in illegal payments during his four-year career in the 1980s, mostly by selling game tickets allotted to scholarship players. White is a former sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times.

From News staff and wire reports.

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