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Buffalo, Colts in LB Deal

Orchard Park, n.y. — The Buffalo Bills aren’t finished tinkering with their linebackers this offseason.

Buffalo traded Kelvin Sheppard to the Indianapolis Colts for Jerry Hughes yesterday in a swap of linebackers two days after the NFL draft.

Sheppard, a 2011 second-round pick from LSU, has been inconsistent in two seasons in Buffalo. He had 138 tackles and two sacks in 31 games, including 24 starts.

Hughes was the Colts’ 2010 first-round draft pick from TCU. He’s had 62 tackles and five sacks in 40 games, including seven starts, but had difficulty finding his niche on the Colts’ defense.

NHL Hockey

Avs Win Draft Lottery

Toronto — The Colorado Avalanche won the NHL draft lottery last night.

The Florida Panthers own the second pick for June’s draft, while the Tampa Bay Lightning have the third selection.

Colorado had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the lottery after finishing the regular season with a 16-25-7 record, worst in the Western Conference.

The Panthers, who finished last in the NHL with a 15-27-6 mark, had the best odds of winning the lottery at 25 percent but had to settle for the No. 2 pick.

Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones is the No. 1 ranked North American skater according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

Jones is the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones.

Prep Sports

Three Dead in Crash Involving H.S. Golf Team

Detroit — A minivan carrying six members of a Michigan high school boys golf team collided with another van on a rural road, killing the 30-year-old coach and a 17-year-old golfer, and a 27-year-old woman in the other vehicle.

Four other members of the Grayling High School golf team were in critical condition after yesterday morning’s crash in Kalkaska County’s Excelsior Township, 25 miles east of Traverse City.

The condition of a fifth golfer was not immediately available. The names of the victims were not released.

“It was pretty horrific,” Michigan State Police Sgt. Don Bailey said of the crash.

Bailey told The Associated Press he came upon the crash shortly after it occurred about 11:30 a.m. yesterday in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. He had to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire in one of the vehicles.

Marathon

Atlanta Mayor Vows
More Security for Race

Atlanta — Officials in Atlanta and organizers of an annual road race that draws 60,000 runners to the city say they will be taking enhanced security measures in the wake of the April 15 Boston marathon bombings.

Mayor Kasim Reed said yesterday that details are still being worked out but participants and spectators at the very least can expect to see more police officers at the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4. Reed says authorities also will be taking measures behind the scenes, using every city resource to ensure public safety.

The 10K race is in its 44th year. It is held by the Atlanta Track Club, one of the largest running organizations in the U.S., which was founded in 1964.