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WNY bowlers on track in U.S. Open

Five bowlers in the Western New York contingent remained in good position after completing their second six-game qualifying rounds Wednesday in the 69th U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.

Jack Jurek of Lackawanna led the locals in 12th place after scoring 1,241 for a 12-game total of 2,580. Right behind him in 13th was Joe Ciccone of Buffalo (1,192 for 2,566). Brad Angelo of Lockport was 19th after his 1,228 for 2,541. John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda was tied for 28th after his 1,230 for a 2,494 total. Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga was 37th with 1,242 for a 2,489 total.

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, who has made 13 television finals and never won and has six top-five finishes in the Open without winning, is the leader with a total of 2,702 pins after he shot 1,413 (235.5 average).

Buffalo native Tom Baker of King, N.C. was 55th after his 1,176 for 2,432 total. Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga was well of the pace to make the first cut.

The field of 393 will bowl another six-game qualifying block today. Then the field will be cut to 98 for nine more games of qualifying Friday, after which the field will narrow to 24 for two round-robin match-play rounds Friday night and Saturday. The four-bowler stepladder final will be Sunday (ESPN, 3 p.m.).


Marta signs with Swedish league

Five-time FIFA Player of the Year Marta will return to the Swedish league after three seasons in the WPS.

Swedish club Tyreso on Wednesday presented the Brazilian star as its latest player at a news conference in Stockholm.

Marta played three seasons in the U.S. Women's Professional Soccer league. The WPS suspended the 2012 season amid a legal dispute with an ousted owner, with hopes of restarting next year. The 26-year-old star played for the Western New York Flash, which won the WPS championship last fall.



*Temple and the Big East are talking about the Owls rejoining the conference as soon as next season. Temple's football team plays in the Mid-American Conference, while its other sports compete in the Atlantic 10.

*Tom Martinez, the longtime personal coach to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, died in San Mateo, Calif. He was 67.

From News Staff and wire service reports