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Niagara Hoops To Play in ESPN’s 24 Hours of Basketball

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Niagara Athletics, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and ESPN have announced that the Purple Eagles’ men’s basketball home opener will be a part of ESPN’s second annual 24-Hours of College Basketball Tip-off Marathon on Nov. 17. Niagara and Drexel will tipoff at 8 a.m. in front of a national television audience on ESPN.

“We are so proud that our team can be a part of this national television event,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said. “ESPN is synonymous with college basketball, and for the Gallagher Center to start everyone’s day with a game is priceless.”

The Purple Eagles will be one of three MAAC teams participating in the event, which is being represented by 20 conferences. Saint Peter’s and Siena will also host contests on ESPN.

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Marcus Buggs Now in Starting Lineup

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm
 
For those anxious to see Nic Harris in the starting lineup at linebacker, your wait is going to continue.With starting middle linebacker Paul Posluszny out for the several weeks with a broken arm (his surgery today was successful- thanks for asking), the team indicated today Marcus Buggs will move up the depth chart and start in his place.

Even though Kawika Mitchell has played middle linebacker in the past as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Dick Jauron has elected to stick with Mitchell and Keith Ellison on the outside and give Buggs his chance to start inside.

If Buggs is injured or plays poorly, the backup plan is to slide Ellison to the middle and put Harris in his outside spot.

Also of note; tight end Derek Fine returned to practice today — no surprise after the Jonathan Stupar release earlier.

Jauron said today he hopes Posluszny will be able to return before the mid point of the season.

My Last Day as a Fan.. (Who am I kidding?)

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm

At approximately 9am this past Monday morning my life forever changed. You see, it was at this moment with the launch of Buffalo Sports Daily, and after months of intense negotiations finally sealed with a twelve pack of Piels, that I agreed to turn in my face paint and foam fingers for a press pass and lap-top. While I am excited to be blogging live from various events for the site, it was a bitter sweet Saturday afternoon for this long-time Buffalo sports sufferer. Here’s a recap from Saturday’s Puck Drop events and the biggest college football game played in WNY in recent memory…the day I will forever remember as My Last Day as a Fan.

 

Puck Drop 2009 (9:30am)
The scene was set outside of HSBC Arena with hockey’s version of the Gus Macker Tournament and the all too familiar stench emanating from the sewers at the corner of Perry & Washington streets. I will never understand why anyone would set up a hotdog stand on that corner. Regardless, we remained unfazed as we headed for the entrance…hockey season was here!!!

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Source: Jon Runyan Is Still In The Mix

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 12:26 pm

When Shawn Andrews was placed on injured reserve by the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday, I was all but ready to declare Jon Runyan would be resigning with his old team today. 

But not so fast. I spoke to a source in Philadelphia today, and according to the source the Eagles still don’t intend on bringing back Runyan, a 13-year veteran.  I’m told the Eagles are ready to plug Winston Justice to right tackle full time, and were heartedly impressed with his performance against Carolina last week.

Runyan worked out with the Eagles last Thursday, and has also worked out with the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs over the past week.

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Film Session: Monday Night Football

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 11:00 am

After each Buffalo Bills regular season game, we’ll do a film review session in which we look back at the game to pick out some minor details that we may have missed while watching the games live.  This is your film session for the Bills’ 25-24 Monday Night Football loss to the New England Patriots.

Offense still missing a key ingredient.  As surprisingly efficient as Buffalo’s offense was in New England, the team was still missing a significant key to fielding a potent attack - and that was getting their receivers involved.  Terrell Owens and Lee Evans need more looks.  Yes, each dropped passes, and yes, Trent Edwards was able to find big gainers to Fred Jackson underneath, but particularly in the case of Owens, he’s your money maker.  He’s your best player on offense.  I don’t blame Edwards for throwing where he threw, because the Pats did a good job of taking away his top option on most non-screen passes.  The Bills just need to draw up more plays designed specifically for Owens and Evans.  Perhaps they had that up their sleeves for the final, ice-the-clock drive that never materialized.  It’d be nice to see both involved earlier in next week’s game.

More defensive adjustments needed.  The Patriots were able to string together long, time-consuming drives in the second half because roughly 4 out of every 5 Tom Brady passes came at the back end of a three-step drop.  A defensive line consisting of Dwight Freeney, Mario Williams, Kevin Williams and Albert Haynesworth couldn’t have pressured Brady in that situation.  Perry Fewell did dial up a few blitzes that forced Brady into some incompletions and bad passes, but those were so few and far between that it hardly mattered.  True, Brady should never have had the opportunity to win that game after the Bills took the 24-13 lead.  But we need much more out of Fewell’s scheming in that situation.  (The one positive adjustment Fewell made, by the way, was against the run; NE’s rushing attack was a non-factor for much of the game after the Bills gave up a few early runs.)

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Bills Swap: Jenkins Back In, Stupar Out (Again)

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 10:52 am

On Monday, the Bills traded Jonathan Stupar for Justin Jenkins.  With Derek Fine injured and unready to go and the Bills needing tight ends, Stupar was elevated from the practice squad and to make room Jenkins was released.

48 hours later, Jenkins is back in- and Stupar is once again out.

The Bills have resigned Jenkins and to make room Stupar is gone.  The move was made for two reasons; Derek Fine is close to returning after missing the New England game, and Jenkins is a solid special teamer and the Bills struggled on kickoff coverage Monday.

Assuming Stupar will once again clear waivers (he did when he was cut on September 5) he is likely to be reassigned to the practice squad.

Bills RB’s Are Nothing If Not Consistent

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 9:28 am
 
Darrick Holmes wore a Buffalo Bills uniform from 1995-98. Pretty soon, he may be dressing in an uniform for different sorts; a prison one.
 
The Buffalo News reports Holmes faces a possible prison term of 12-18 months after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges in Buffalo’s federal court.
 
As reporter Dan Herbeck reports, “Holmes admitted to helping other people file bogus federal tax returns.”  Herbeck writes that according to the government, the refunds totaled $70,000 and prosecutors are seeking $53,000 in restitution.

Video: NFL Highlights Week One, Buffalo vs New England

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

For those of you that can’t get enough, here is the video highlowlights of the Bills Monday night heartbreaking 25-24 loss to New England. It was really was the kicker who recovered McKelvin’s fumble.

Morning Links for September 16

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 9:01 am

* Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News pens a column, questioning Terrell Owens’ leadership for refusing to speak to the media after the Bills opening night loss at New England.

* The Bills may be 0-1, but as BuffaloBills.com reports, the young linemen held their own.

* Sal Maiorana of the Rochester D&C says Trent Edwards took the loss hard.

* Henrik Tallinder had struggled last year and is now trying to revive his career, writes Andrew Fillipponi of WGR-550.

* The preseason doesn’t start until tomorrow, but its not too early for DailyFaceoff.com to give their take on a Sabres season preview.

* As the Buffalo News points out, Akron high school has played five soccer games and has yet to be scored on.

* In this WGRZ-TV video, legendary high school football publisher Dick Gallagher looks back at the first two weeks of the season.

Sabres to Roll Out “Red Carpet” on September 23

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 7:45 am

buffalo sabres logoThe Buffalo Sabres will be rolling out the red carpet for their second home pre-season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23 at HSBC Arena.

Pre-game festivities will take place in the HSBC Arena Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. Fans will be able to cheer on their favorite players as they walk the red carpet prior to the game. Kevin Sylvester and Maria Genero will host the event, which will also include live music from McCarthyizm.

The Sabres first home preseason game will take place this Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m. versus Washington.

Tickets are still available for both games, with prices ranging from $20 to $45.  All children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all price levels with the purchase of an adult ticket. (Limit of four children’s tickets for each adult ticket purchased.) To purchase tickets by phone, call 1-888-223-6000, or visit www.sabres.com or www.tickets.com to purchase online.

The Sabres are also offering Family Packs for both games. Family Packs are offered in the 100, 200 and 300 levels and include four game tickets along with four hot dogs, four sodas, and one bag of popcorn. The package price for 100/200 level seats is $125. The 300 level package price is just $85. For more information or to order call 1-888-467-2273, or log on to www.sabres.com. Packages based upon ticket availability.

(Source: Buffalo Sabres)

Kelsay Will Miss at Least a Week

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 7:31 am
 
The news isn’t great, but it’s not dire either regarding Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay.He injured his knee near the end of the first half Monday night against New England and didn’t return. It was feared he suffered ligament damage but a MRI revealed his knee just has a deep bruise.

As AP sports writer John Wawrow reports, Kelsay is expected to miss at least a week with the bruised knee.

Wawrow points out that Kelsay was hurt when he collided with teamamte Ryan Denney.

The Bills aren’t particularly deep at many positions on the team, but they’re not thin at defensive end. Some would argue with only 4.5 sacks over the past two seasons that Kelsay shouldn’t be starting anyway.

This moves Aaron Maybin up the depth chart, at least for the short term. Maybin played sparringly against the Patriots and struggled generating any pressure on Tom Brady. The Bills will need him to more like he did against Pittsburgh and Detroit at the end of the preseason, when he had a sack against each.

Chris Ellis also impressed this summer but was inactive for the New England game. He’ll be in uniform Sunday for the Bills home opener against Tampa Bay.

Regier Methodically Building a Winner

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 7:30 am

Training camps have gotten underway across the NHL. The Buffalo Sabres have opened their camp at HSBC Arena in upstate NY with their roster and their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates are already beginning to take shape.

While the main camp is working on building this year’s version of the Buffalo Sabres, the Portland Pirates are also slowly coming together, but will have to wait until they open camp on Sept. 24 to see what they fully have for talent.

Several players who could potentially call Portland home have been skating for over a week now as rookies needed to report last Tuesday.

The Sabres have high expectations for Tyler Ennis – Buffalo’s first round pick in 2008 – after he’s done nothing, but impress Sabres’ General Manager Darcy Regier to date. He’s still skating without a contract, but Regier isn’t too concerned that will be an issue.

“My expectations are that we will get him to Portland,” Regier said. “He’s a player that fans will love to watch, very skilled and very agile, and someone who can make plays in very tight confines. He’s been good (in camp) and fans will enjoy.”

It will be a drastically different roster for the Pirates, compared to last year’s team. Gone are Marek Zagrapan, Tyler Bouck, Colin Murphy, Colin Fretter and Mathieu Darche, all who played a vital role on the Pirates, but the Sabres believe they’ve filled those holes with signings such as Phillip Gogulla, Paul Byron and veterans Joe DiPenta, Cody McCormick and Jeff Cowan. The Sabres have also inked Brad Larsen to an AHL contract and with those signings believe the Pirates will have a more grit on the roster, something that was missing from last year’s team.

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Men’s Soccer Slips Past Roberts Wesleyan, 1-0

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 6:15 am

Tony Schiappa’s (Amherst/Williamsville East) penalty kick goal in the 11th minute was enough for Buffalo State (4-3) to defeat visiting Roberts Wesleyan (1-4), 1-0, in a non-conference soccer game Tuesday at Coyer Field.

Buffalo State was awarded the penalty kick after Peter Anthony (Sudan, Kenya/Tully) was taken down from behind in the box. Schiappa calmly placed the shot inside the right post as the goalkeeper dove the opposite direction.

The Bengals then held on the rest of the way, despite the Raiders holding a 14-4 advantage in shots. Brian Dudek (Niskayuna/Cheshire Academy) made four stops for the shutout.

Buffalo State will open SUNYAC play on Saturday when it welcomes Fredonia to Coyer Field for a 1 p.m. match.

Bulls V-Ball Falls Just Short of Dramatic Comeback

  • Posted on September 16, 2009 at 6:00 am

The University at Buffalo volleyball team attempted to fight off a two-set deficit on Wednesday night, winning two straight sets, before falling 3-2 to Syracuse at Alumni Arena. The loss drops UB to 6-4 on the season.

Syracuse took the match 25-23, 25-18, 24-26, 15-25, 15-10 as the Orange narrowly out hit Buffalo, .175 to .172. The first set was tightly contested as the Bulls nearly pulled off a comeback in the opening set.

The second set also went Syracuse¹s way by a 25-18 margin. The Bulls started to fight back in the third set and scored a 26-24 victory after staving off a Syracuse match point.

The Bulls had a much easier time in the fourth set scoring a 25-15 victory. UB got off to a solid start in the fifth set matching Syracuse point for point before the Orange went on a run and never relinquished their lead.

“I am pleased with the way we fought back in the match, but we still have a lot of things that we need to work on as we prepare for MAC play, said head coach Todd Kress.”

“We committed too many errors tonight and you won’t win too many matches when you do that.”

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