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Tavares gets picked

John Tavares of the Buffalo Bandits has been named the captain of the East team for Saturday's National Lacrosse League All-Star Game in the First Niagara Center.

Tavares will be playing in his 10th All-Star Game, as will Colin Doyle of Toronto, an assistant captain. They hold the league record for All-Star appearances. Former Bandit and current Rochester Knighthawk Pat McCready is the other assistant captain for the East.

John Grant Jr. of Colorado will serve as the captain for the West. He is the league's leading scorer with 52 points, and has led the Mammoth to a 6-0 record. Shawn Williams of the Edmonton Rush and Andrew Suitor of the Minnesota Swarm will be the assistant captains.

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Chisora says he's sorry

Dereck Chisora apologized "wholeheartedly" Monday for the brawl with David Haye that followed his loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.

Haye blamed Chisora for the clash that followed his fellow Londoner's defeat in Munich and the beaten challenger has acknowledged that the violence at the post-bout news conference marred the biggest night of his career.

"Whilst my behavior was inexcusable, there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over," Chisora said. "Despite all of this, the bottom line is I have let my family, my team and -- worst of all -- the sport I love down.

"I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation. Now, with a cool head and the benefit of hindsight, my actions at the weekend were regrettable to say the least and I am deeply embarrassed."

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Junior Sabres return to action

The Buffalo Junior Sabres open their second round Ontario Junior Hockey League West Division series tonight at Oakville.

Buffalo reached the best-of-7 series by dispatching Hamilton, 3-0, in its best-of-5 first round series last week.

The Junior Sabres will host Game Two at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Northtown Center in Amherst, Game Four at 7 p.m. Sunday at Northtown and if necessary Game Six at 7:30 p.m. March 1 at Northtown Center. Game Three of the series is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Oakville, which would host Games Five (Feb. 29) and Seven (March 3) if necessary.

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Baffert's horse wins

Castaway pulled away on the home stretch to win the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Another Bob Baffert-trained horse, Secret Circle, added to Baffert's big day with a win in the second of the two Grade 3 races.

Castaway won his last time out at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 12. He went out early with Majestic Stride in the Southwest before running away from the field down the stretch.

From News Staff and wire service reports