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Wambach, Morgan power U.S. victory

Now Abby Wambach only has Mia Hamm to beat.

The veteran striker scored twice Sunday night, moving into second place on the international scoring list, and the U.S. women's soccer team beat Canada, 4-0, in the championship game of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver.

Wambach and Alex Morgan made for a formidable tandem, accounting for all the goals in a game for bragging rights among neighboring rivals. The U.S. and Canada already wrapped up berths in the London Olympics with their semifinal victories Friday.

Morgan, who plays for the Western New York Flash, scored twice and assisted on both goals by Wambach, who pushed her career total to 131 goals, one ahead of longtime U.S. captain Kristine Lilly.

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Jamestown suspends girls coach

The basketball season has come to an abrupt and early end for Jamestown High School girls coach Ken Ricker, who has been suspended indefinitely by the school district following an incident during a game last week.

Ricker got in an argument with one of his players, junior Rosa Velazquez, after she was called for a technical foul for allegedly directing profanity toward a referee during the second quarter of Thursday's home game against Clarence.

Velazquez left the floor after an ugly exchange with Ricker, and Ricker did not return to the floor for the second half.

Varsity assistant basketball coach Bill Canfield has assumed coaching duties on an interim basis. Since taking over the Jamestown program in 2004-2005, Ricker has a 141-31 record with three Section VI titles.

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Fagan denies Barnes in Masters final

Mike Fagan of Dallas earned his first career major title Sunday, defeating Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 246-213, to win the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Masters championship in Henderson, Nev.

A three-time winner on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, Fagan completed a 30-pin comeback in the back half of the game to pull off the upset over the top-seeded Barnes at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center.

"I just wanted to do what I do to the best of my ability," said Fagan, who earned $50,000 for the victory.

Barnes was hoping to become just the third player in PBA history (Mike Aulby, Norm Duke) to complete the career Grand Slam with victories at each of the PBA's four majors.

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Briefly ...

*The Canisius College hockey team lost to visiting Air Force on Sunday at the Buffalo State Sports Arena, 3-0. It was the fourth time the Griffs were shut out this season. The Griffs (8-14-3, 8-8-2 Atlantic Hockey) will meet Air Force (12-7-5, 10-4-4) again tonight (7:05) at Buffalo State.

*NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger earned his first major victory in almost six years by closing out the Rolex 24 at Daytona for Michael Shank Racing. Allmendinger drove the final stint in the No. 60 Ford Riley, spending almost three hours behind the wheel at the end of the twice-around-the-clock endurance race.

From News staff and wire service reports