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Kaul in contention

Former champion Kim Kaul (Gowanda) was tied for seventh, four strokes off the lead Tuesday after the first round of the New York State Golf Association's 59th Women's Senior Championship at Clifton Springs Country Club. Kaul shot a 7-over 79 and trails the leader, Carina Watkins of Beaver Meadows Golf Club in Phoenix.

Kaul, who won the championship in 2008, had eight bogeys and one birdies in her round. Watkins had a pair of birdies in her round of 3-over 75.

Two-time defending champion Sandra Wood (Cornell University) leads the Super Seniors division with a 79. Sharon Johnson of Fox Valley in Lancaster was six strokes off the lead.

The entire field will play another 18-hole round today starting at 8 a.m.

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Ice Griffs reload for 2011-12

Matthew Grazen, a forward from East Amherst who played for the Buffalo Junior Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey league the last two seasons, is one of 12 new players who will join the Canisius College hockey team for 2011-12.

Grazen hed 19 goals and 28 assists in 2010-11 for the Junior Sabres after making the OJHL Rookie All-Star team the season before.

The Canisius recruiting class includes one player from Sweden (forward Carl Larsson), another from Minnesota (goalie Keegan Asmundson), another from Florida (defenseman Logan Roe), one from Michigan (forward Doug Beck) and seven from Canada.

The Canadian recruits include: Forwards Cody Freeman (Toronto), Mitch McCrank (Haileybury, Ont.), Braeden Rigney (Singhampton, Ont.) and Tyler Wiseman (Burlington, Ont.), defensemen Stephen Farrell (Ottawa), Doug Jessey (Langdon, Alberta), and Mackenzie Scott (Richmond Hill, Ont.).

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Bonnies lose de Haas

Guard Sam de Haas is leaving St. Bonaventure following his freshman season in order to sign a professional contract with WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom in his native Netherlands.

De Haas averaged just under a point and nearly 6 minutes a game in 22 appearances last season. Prior to joining the Bonnies, he was captain of the Dutch Under-18 national team.

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Booster helped Hurricanes

Nevin Shapiro, a former Miami booster who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports he provided impermissible benefits to 72 of the university's football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010.

Shapiro said he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions and other gifts to a list of players including Vince Wilfork, Devin Hester, Willis McGahee and the late Sean Taylor.

From News Staff and wire service reports

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