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Weber rolls to fifth U.S. Open title

Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., became the most successful bowler in U.S Open history Sunday, winning the sport's most challenging major title for a record fifth time. Weber struck with his final ball in the 10th frame to nip top qualifier Mike Fagan, 215-214, in North Brunswick, N.J.

In winning the title, Weber broke a tie with his late father, Professional Bowlers Association legend Dick Weber, and his father's close friend, the late Don Carter, who each won the forerunner to the U.S. Open -- the BPAA All Star -- four times.

Weber earned $60,000 and an automatic berth in the Round of 36 for the PBA Tournament of Champions in April.


Suhr, Saxer finish 1-2

Jenn Suhr (Fredonia) and Mary Saxer (Lancaster) finished 1-2 in the women's pole vault at the USATF Indoor Track and Field National Championships held at the Albuquerque (N.M.) Convention Center.

Suhr cleared 15 feet 3 inches, winning her sixth USA Indoor title while Saxer went 15-1.75. Both women qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 9-11.

Jake Basher (Lancaster) finished seventh in the 35-pound weight throw at 64-7.25. He's currently the throws coach at Utica College.


Union Rags takes Fountain of Youth

Union Rags dominated the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida, bolstering his credentials as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby.

Trained by Michael Matz, Union Rags won his first race since he lost to Hansen by a head in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5. The son of Dixie Union finished four lengths ahead of News Pending, a 27-1 long shot saddled by Kent Desormeaux.

From News Staff and wire service reports