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Awards keep coming for Bensman

A day after earning 2012 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) first-team All-American honors, Mercyhurst senior Gregory Bensman, a West Seneca East graduate, earned the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award for being named the 2012 USILA Division II's Most Outstanding Player.

Bensman was also named the top Long Pole Midfielder in the country and the East Coast Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year this season. Bensman was also a first-team All-American and earned the Long Pole Midfielder of the Year award as a junior.

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Ratchuk wins ECHL title

Buffalo's Mike Ratchuk had a hand in helping the Florida Everblades win their first ECHL title Wednesday night in Estero, Fla.

The former Michigan State standout and second-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers scored his fifth goal of the postseason, and Brandon MacLean scored 3:33 into overtime as Florida beat the Las Vegas Wranglers 3-2 in Game Five of the Kelly Cup finals. The Everblades won the best-of-seven series, 4-1.

Ratchuk, a defenseman who helped Michigan State win a national title in 2007, and Justin Shugg scored in the first period to give Florida a 2-0 lead. Ash Goldie and Peter MacArthur tied it for Las Vegas.

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Board to discuss O'Neill's status

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O'Neill could be facing up to a six-month suspension when the California Horse Racing Board meets to discuss a case involving one of his horses testing for a high level of total carbon dioxide in 2010.

The board meets in a closed session today at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., where O'Neill's stable is based. He won't attend the meeting that occurs on the same day he turns 44.

The board's monthly meeting comes in the midst of I'll Have Another's bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. The colt trained by O'Neill won the Derby and the Preakness last Saturday, and is preparing to run in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

O'Neill was cited by the racing board after his horse Argenta -- co-owned by O'Neill's childhood friend and Santa Anita CEO Mark Verge -- tested for a high level of TCO2 in its blood after finishing eighth in a race at Del Mar on Aug. 25, 2010. TCO2 is associated with "milkshaking," the illegal practice of giving a horse a blend of bicarbonate of soda, sugar and electrolytes. The mixture is designed to reduce fatigue and enhance performance.

From News Staff and wire service reports