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Ciccone starts strong at Open

Western New York bowlers got off to a good start in Tuesday's six-game qualifying round of the 69th U.S. Open bowling championships at Brunswick Zone-Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.

Joe Ciccone of Buffalo led the WNY contingent with a 1,374 (229 average), good for fifth place in the standings. Jack Jurek of Lackawanna was eighth at 1,339, while Brad Angelo of Lockport was tied for 13th with 1,313.

Also getting off to good starts were John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda (1,264, 32nd), Buffalo native Tom Baker of King N.C. (1,256, tied for 33rd) and Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga (1,247, tied for 40th).

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga was well off the pace with 1,150.

Dan McClelland of Windsor, Ont., bidding to become the first Canadian citizen to win a Professional Bowlers Association title, was the leader with 1,429 pins (238.17 average) for a six-pin lead over Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio.

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Buffalo State all smiles

Bianca Smiley (Sweet Home) scored 21 points with 10 rebounds to pace top-seeded Buffalo State to a 64-56 win over Fredonia in the first round of the SUNYAC women's basketball playoffs. The Bengals (24-2) will host the conference Final Four on Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo State men lost their quarterfinal game, 89-83, at Brockport. Jake Simmons had 30 points for the Bengals, who ended their season at 18-9.

In the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men's tournament, Hilbert (15-11) defeated D'Youville, 92-72. Dan McFarland (St. Mary's/Lanc.), Chris Parrott, and Jordan VanDunk all had 19 points for the Hawks, who play at Medaille on Friday in the semifinals. Jeff Curry (Lafayette) had 25 points for D'Youville (10-16).

In the America Mid-East conference playoffs, Daemen's men's and women's teams advanced to the championship game. The men (19-10) defeated Roberts Wesleyan, 65-45, paced by Dom Mazzocchi's 11 points and six rebounds. The Wildcats will host second-seeded Wilberforce at 4 p.m. Saturday. The women (23-6) defeated Roberts Wesleyan, 49-41. Ellie Allen (Sweet Home) had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Courtney Donovan (Grand Island) added 13 points. Daemen will play at top-seeded Point Park on Saturday.

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Mancuso dominates in slalom

Julia Mancuso of the United States and Alexis Pinturault of France dominated the parallel slalom World Cup races on a giant ramp in Moscow on Tuesday.

Mancuso dominated Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria in both runs in the final in the only city event on the Alpine circuit this season. World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn, who lost to Mancuso in the semifinals, finished third.

The top 16 men and women in the World Cup standings competed in the event on a 564-foot long ramp with 18 gates, constructed on a square at the Luzhniki sports complex.

Pinturault edged Felix Neureuther of Germany by 0.17 in the second run of the final to earn his first career World Cup title.

From News Staff and wire service reports