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UB goes for championship

The University at Buffalo lightweight four boat will row for a national title today at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships in Camden, N.J.

The boat comprised of Katherine Evely (coxswain), Cornelia Willis, Julia Hahn, Katie Coffin and Margaret Lawn earned its spot in the title race by winning a second-chance race (repachage) Friday afternoon in 9 minutes, 12.2 seconds after placing second in a Friday morning heat in a time of 9:06. Wisconsin won that heat.

"We're excited to be in the final and racing among the best in the country on our first trip to this event," UB lightweight coach Kerri Kanaley said. "I was proud of the way they executed the [second-chance] race from start to finish. They were able to stay technically clean through a strong headwind."

The Bulls will race against Wisconsin, Stanford (another heat winner), Radcliffe, Georgetown and Princeton at 8:10 a.m. today.

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Mayweather heads to prison

Floyd Mayweather Jr. surrendered in a Las Vegas courtroom Friday to begin a three-month jail sentence for attacking his ex-girlfriend in September 2010 while two of their children watched.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa credited the undefeated five-division champion with attending weekly domestic violence counseling sessions -- including one the day of the May 5 fight she allowed him to make -- and with beginning to meet community service requirements she imposed in December. The judge then watched as Mayweather was handcuffed and taken away.

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Williams has operation

Former welterweight champion Paul Williams' promoter says the boxer is resting Friday night following surgery to stabilize his spine.

Promoter Dan Goossen said the surgery lasted 6 1/2 hours Friday night.

Goossen said the surgery "went as planned" and doctors said they would talk with Williams about the procedure on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Williams severed his spinal cord when he was thrown from his motorcycle Sunday morning in Marietta, Ga.

Williams' manager, George Peterson, said the former welterweight champion has no movement from the waist down.

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Wooldridge dies at 52

Orlando Woolridge, the rugged forward who carved out a reputation over 13 NBA seasons as a scoring specialist and one of the original alley-oop artists, died late Thursday at his parents' home in Mansfield, La. He was 52.

DeSoto Parish Chief Deputy Coroner Billy Locke said Woolridge died while under hospice care for a chronic heart condition.

The 6-foot-9 Woolridge was the sixth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in 1981 after starring at Notre Dame in college and Mansfield High School in Louisiana. Woolridge played for the Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Denver, Milwaukee and Detroit.

From News and wire service reports.