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Jurek earns top seed at Obie

A 300 game Tuesday night wasn't enough to give former champion Jack Jurek the qualifying lead in the Greater Buffalo USBC's 49th George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at Transit Lanes. Some steady bowling on Wednesday, however, earned the PBA Tour pro the top seed for match play which begins tonight.

Jurek topped the board with 1,800 pins after his four-game 885 Wednesday after a 915 in the first round. After bowling the early shift, Jurek had to wait out the late shift where first-day leader John Szczerbinski was bowling. Szczerbinski had a high game of 224 in his second round 774 and dropped to third place.

Former champion Joe Ciccone, another PBA Tour regular, qualified second with an 872 for 1,753. A third Tour pro, Brad Angelo of Lockport, was fourth with 1,703. Mike Firzak of Amherst turned in an 878, the night's second highest series for a 1,700 total and the fifth seed.


Thompson to fight for first pro title

Unbeaten Buffalo light heavyweight Lionell Thompson has always believed he's a world-class boxer. If he wins his bout Saturday night in suburban Montreal against 6-foot-1, 34-year-old Nicholson Poulard (17-3, 8 KOs), the 26-year-old former state Golden Gloves champion will have tangible proof of that.

Thompson (12-0, 8 KOs) is a win away from earning the first professional championship of his career as two will battle for the vacant North American Boxing Association belt, with the winner of the 10-round bout earning a spot in the world top 10.

"He's in tremendous shape, he's been in the gym all year looking for this opportunity," Thompson's manager Tim Ziccardi said.

Thompson was supposed to fight for the NABA title last month in Buffalo, a card that wound up being scrapped two weeks before Thompson's big fight. Now, Thompson's biggest fight will take place at the Holiday Inn in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.


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Adam Jones of the Colorado Mammoth, who played college lacrosse at Canisius College, heads the All-Rookie team of the National Lacrosse League. Jones had been named the league's rookie of the year earlier this month. He had 29 goals and 47 assists for 76 points. Jones broke Colorado's team record for goals in a season by a rookie. The season will conclude Saturday night in Rochester when the Knighthawks play the Edmonton Rush for the Champion's Cup.

After 22 seasons as the head coach of the Niagara softball team, Al Dirschberger retired. Dirschberger, the longest-tenured and winningest Niagara softball coach, took over the Purple Eagles team in 1991. He built a strong softball tradition and eventually won the school's first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) title in 1998.

Thad Wier (East Aurora) of St. John Fisher shot 1-under-par 71 for a two-day total of even-par 144 and sixth place in the NCAA Division III golf championships at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The sophomore entered the day in 20th place. After a 294 on Wednesday, Fisher is tied for fifth in the team standings with 596. The final two rounds will be today and Friday.

From News Staff and wire service reports