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Sabres to host U.S. prospects game

The Sabres and USA Hockey have called a news conference for this afternoon, and they are expected to announce Buffalo will host the inaugural all-American prospects game this fall.

During a meeting with members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in January, USA Hockey announced it was creating an event to showcase draft-eligible American players. Executives in the organization told The News that Buffalo was on the list of possible hosts for the prospects game.

The event is expected to bring at least 40 of the best 17- and 18-year-olds in the United States to town to show their skills to NHL scouts. USA Hockey hopes the game will bring more attention to the nation's players, which in turn would help their draft status.

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WNBA's Sparks eye their top pick

The Los Angeles Sparks are expected to select Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike at No. 1 overall in today's WNBA draft (3 p.m., ESPNU). She led the Cardinal to consecutive Final Fours, losing to eventual champion Baylor this season.

Ogwumike would join a crowded Los Angeles frontcourt that includes Candace Parker, veterans DeLisha Milton-Jones and Ebony Hoffman, second-year center Jantel Lavender and fifth-year center Nicky Anosike.

"Assuming that that happens and I end up in L.A., I think I'm looking forward to playing with a lot of experienced posts," said the 6-foot-2 Ogwumike, who averaged 22.5 points and 10.2 rebounds this season.

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Monaco stops Isner in clay final

Juan Monaco wanted the confidence-building victory in Houston more than the extra rest. He'll catch up on his sleep some other time.

The 28-year-old Argentine defeated John Isner, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, in the final match of the U.S. Clay Court Championship on Sunday, his second clay-court title of the year.

Monaco rushed through his post-match media commitments, because he had to catch a flight to Europe later Sunday. He was playing his first-round match in Monte Carlo on Tuesday.

Isner would've moved up to No. 8 in the rankings with a victory, but Monaco broke Isner's serve three times to hand the American his first clay loss of the year.

In Copenhagen, Denmark, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki was upset by Angelique Kerber of Germany, 6-4, 6-4, in the final of the e-Boks Open.

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Walters breaks race record

Chris Walters, 24, of Buffalo, ran 15:25 to break the course record at Sunday's Canisius College Shoes for the Shelter 5K Run through Forest Lawn.

The previous record of 15:27 had been held by Chris Muldoon since 2008. Part of the proceeds from the 14th annual event benefits St. Vincent DePaul. The runner-up was Vasilis Kariolis of Buffalo, who crossed in 15:54.

From News Staff and wire service reports