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Rainout sends Bisons to Syracuse

Rained out of their series finale against the Red Sox in Pawtucket Sunday, the Buffalo Bisons headed for Syracuse and tonight's opener of a two-game series against the Chiefs (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Sunday's game was called after a two-hour wait and will not be made up since the teams are not scheduled to face each other again this season.

Chris Schwinden (7-5, 3.59), Sundays's scheduled starter for Buffalo, will most likely get the start tonight against the Chiefs with Mark Cohoon (3-7, 6.71) drawing the assignment Tuesday night.

The scene will shift to Coca-Cola Field for two games between the Bisons and Chiefs on Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. That will begin a 10-game home stand for the Herd.


Boys and girls fall in hoops tourney

Both the Buffalo boys and girls lost to Rochester teams in position-round games of the BCANY (Basketball Coaches Association of New York) Hoops Festival Sunday in Johnson City.

Nicole Bini of Aquinas scored 27 points to lead Rochester over Buffalo, 91-87, in the girls bronze medal game. Colleen Daley of Nardin had 22 to lead five double-figure scorers for Buffalo. Samantha Wozniak (Lancaster) added 18, Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) had 13, Kallie Banker (Grand Island) had 11 and Marissa Guyton (Lockport) 10.

The Buffalo boys lost to Rochester, 94-81, in the fifth-place game. Ryan Whelpley of Olean Bishop Walsh led Buffalo with 20 points. Kyle Covley (Penfield) had 26 for Rochester.

The hoops festival held at three public school sites in Johnson City was created to replace the basketball competition lost with the cancellation of the 2011 Empire State Games.


Jockey makes history at Woodbine

Pender Harbour held off Celtic Conviction by a nose Sunday to win the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes turf race at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

The victory made Luis Contreras the first jockey to win all three Canadian Triple Crown events with two horses. He captured the Queen's Plate aboard Inglorious before adding the Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders' Stakes events with Pender Harbour.

"This is amazing," Contreras said. "That's the best thing that's happened in my life.

"I've won six races before but this is absolutely at the top. I have a lot of dreams and every dream has come true and now I have more dreams to go."

Pender Harbour covered the 1 1/2 miles on turf in 2:36.31, coming from almost 15 lengths back at one point.



*The USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp is under way in Lake Placid, and Niagara Falls' Adam Clendening is already on the scoresheet. The Boston University defenseman, one of 44 vying for a spot on this year's World Junior team, earned an assist on the game-winning goal Saturday for Team USA Blue's 4-3 triumph over Team USA White. He will take the ice again today for the Blue squad, facing Sweden at 1 p.m.

*Rashad Evans of Niagara Falls delivered a crushing knee to Tito Ortiz's chest, then ended the fight with a series of blows to the head to shake off a 14-month layoff and win the main event of UFC 133 on Saturday night in Philadelphia. Evans (21-1-1) staked his claim as the No. 1 contender for the light heavyweight championship.

From News Staff and wire service reports