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Jones is NLL's top rookie

Adam Jones, who played his college lacrosse at Canisius College, has been named the Rookie of the Year in the National Lacrosse League.

Jones, who went third in last year's NLL Entry draft, had 29 goals and 47 assists for 76 points to lead all rookies in scoring.

"It's a great accomplishment," Jones said. "Everyone worked hard all year. To me, it's more of a team award."

Kevin Crowley of Philadelphia finished second in the voting, while Jordan MacIntosh of Minnesota was third.


Seau's brain will be studied

Junior Seau's brain will be donated by his family for research into football-related head injuries.

San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said he didn't know where the brain will be sent.

He said the family was not speculating as to whether concussions were a factor in Seau's suicide.

Seau, a star at Southern California before playing for his hometown Chargers for 13 seasons, was found dead Wednesday at his Oceanside home. An autopsy concluded he shot himself in the chest.

There's been no medical evidence that brain injuries from football may have played a role in his death.


Griffins on to title game

The Canisius men's lacrosse team advanced to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game Friday with a 12-10 win over Detroit at Marist College.

The Griffs (5-7) were led by senior Jimmy Haney, who matched career highs with four goals and five points. Senior Simon Giourmetakis also had five points for Canisius, which will play at noon Sunday for the MAAC title and an NCAA Tournament berth against either Siena or marist.

Elsewhere, the Buffalo State women's lacrosse team rallied from a five-goal deficit to defeat Fredonia, 16-13, Friday and advance to today's SUNYAC championship game.

The win was the 100th of coach Meg Stevens' 10-year career. Karen Shaddock and Mariah DeBolt led the Bengals (13-5) with a hat trick apiece. Buff State, the No. 3 seed, plays No. 2 Cortland at noon today for the championship.


Mayweather says he's ready

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been doing this all his life, since he was a scrawny kid seeking solace in the gym. The ring is his comfort zone, and he'll enter it tonight for the 43rd time as a pro, certain as ever that when the night is through he'll not only be a lot richer but still unbeaten.

Miguel Cotto is certain of a few things himself. Certain that he has conquered his worst fears in boxing, certain that he can be the first one to conquer Mayweather.

"I don't need anyone else giving me a chance," Cotto said. "If I can trust in myself, I don't need anyone else believing in me."

Not many are, especially the oddsmakers who make Mayweather a 6-1 favorite in tonight's fight.

From News staff and wire reports.