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Kane Chronicles: Heading to Europe

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 8:09 pm

It’s known as the “Grand Tour,” a rite of passage for college kids. Upon completion of college, or perhaps during the summer in-between, college students often go sightseeing in continental Europe. Patrick Kane, and many of his Chicago Blackhawks teammates are college age or younger. Since they find themselves playing in the NHL instead of going away to school, they can consider this week’s trip to Switzerland and Finland, their Grand Tour.

On Monday afternoon, the Blackhawks played the first of two European exhibition contests at Zurich’s Hallenstadion Arena against HC Davos. Chicago won Monday’s contest 9-2; including two goals from star left-wing Patrick Kane, who I had an exclusive with back in Chicago, just before the team flew across the pond.

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Niagara’s Moran Earns CHA Preseason Honors

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Senior forward Chris Moran (Buffalo, N.Y.) has been named to the Preseason All-CHA team, as announced by the conference office Monday morning.

Moran had a breakout season in 2008-09, where he was tied for the team lead in scoring, with 12 goals, 19 assists and 31 points. The playmaking forward currently has 99 career points, just one point shy of becoming the 12th Purple Eagle to join the 100-Point club.

Niagara was slated to finish in second place, just behind Bemidji State. Robert Morris was picked to finish third, while Alabama-Huntsville was picked to finish in fourth place.

The Purple Eagles get the 2009-10 season underway in the next two weeks, with an exhibition game against York on Saturday, Oct. 3 at one p.m., before hosting Colgate in the season-opener on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Bills Getting What They Paid For at OT

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm
Lost among the catastrophe that was the Buffalo Bills offense Sunday was a potentially key injury. Starting left tackle Demetrius Bell left the contest in the second half with a strained groin. This comes after battling a sore back all of training camp and the preseason. While the extent of his injury is unknown we’re likely to get an update from Dick Jauron sometime this afternoon. Kirk Chambers finished the game at left tackle.

If Bell ends up missing any game action it forces the Bills to start Chambers and Jonathan Scott next week against an angry Miami defense off to a 0-3 start.

Scott played well in the second half in his Bills debut against Tampa Bay last week but was battered by New Orleans yesterday. He was responsible for two sacks and penalized once for a false start. At the very least, he showed signs exactly why the lowly Detroit Lions gave up on him more than a year ago.

Chambers is even less of a prospect. He was cut by the Bills before the regular season started, only to be brought back after Buffalo grew tired of Langston Walker. Still, he wasn’t even active the first two games and only the injury to Brad Butler landed him in uniform yesterday. He completed the transformation from waiver wire to press box and playing field within a three week span after Butler and Bell both went down.

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Source: Justin Jenkins on his way out

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 3:01 pm
lynch run sf08I’ve learned today that the Bills tentative plan this week is to release wide receiver Justin Jenkins in order to make room on the roster for Marshawn Lynch.
While he was suspended for three games Lynch was not part of the 53-man roster. His return means the Bills will have to clear a spot for him on the 53, and a source tells me that person is Jenkins.  A move will have to be made by Thursday at the latest.
His stay of execution however could come if the Leodis McKelvin fractured bone in his leg could cause the team to put him on injured reserve. I’m told that although head coach Dick Jauron didn’t say so, there’s a good chance
McKelvin can be gone for a long period.  It’s highly unlikely they will occupy a roster spot for him if he’s to miss more than four-to-six weeks when the team is deep at the position.

Whitner, McKelvin suffered serious injuries

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 3:00 pm
buffalo bills logoDick Jauron just finished up meeting with the media. While other topics, including yesterday’s horrible offensive performance, Terrell Owens and Marshawn Lynch were addressed (more on that later today) but important news to come out of One Bills Drive is on the injury front.
* Donte Whitner injured his thumb and will have surgery today. Jauron said that “he’ll have surgery this afternoon, and we’ll go week to week on that”.
* Leodis McKelvin fractured the fibula bone in his leg. “That one is going to be a little longer. We’ll have to see how long that will be, but he did fracture a bone in his lower leg.” Jauron said.

Pirates topple Monarchs in Berlin

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 9:09 am

The Portland Pirates put yesterday out of their mind and rebounded nicely as they defeated the Manchester Monarchs, 5-1, before a crowd of 800 at Norte Dame Arena in Berlin, NH.

The Pirates found themselves down, 1-0, after Justin Azevedo found the back of the net, beating goaltender Jhonas Enroth at 16:44 of the first period.

The Pirates proceeded to storm back scoring four unanswered goals in the second period.

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UB Women’s Tennis Impresses at Gopher Invite

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 8:59 am

The University at Buffalo women’s tennis team completed play at the Gopher Invite on Sunday and had some impressive performances in doubles as three different teams picked up titles at the tournament.

In the first doubles flight, the team of Denise Harijanto and Diana Popescu defeated Buxton and Holmberg from Nebraska, 9-7, to claim the consolation championship.  In second doubles, Aleksandra Petrova and Tamara Markovic also claimed a consolation championship as they defeated Wischer and Keleman from Iowa St., 8-5.  In the third doubles flight, Anna Subenkova and Kira Golenko finished a perfect 3-0 as they defeated Xu and Rivero from Eastern Michigan, 8-6, in the final round of play to take the flight.

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Bona Women Gain Shutout Soccer Win

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

A quick goal in the first half and strong defensive play throughout the game proved to be the difference makers against Saint Louis as the St. Bonaventure women’s soccer team shutout the Billikens 1-0 at McGraw-Jennings Field on Sunday afternoon.

The win puts the Bonnies on a two-game winning streak into A-10 play. The Brown and White now stand at 5-6 (2-0) on the season, while Saint Louis slips to 3-5-2 (0-1-1) after having its three-game unbeaten streak halted.

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Canisius Weekend Sports Update

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 8:52 am

The Canisius College volleyball team took both of its matches in the New York City area this weekend, finishing the sweep with a four-set victory at Manhattan in Riverdale, N.Y. on Sunday. The Golden Griffins defeated the Lady Jaspers 25-21, 25-12, 19-25, 25-18 to win for the fourth time in five matches and improve to 6-8 overall and 3-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Freshman Samantha Good led the Golden Griffins with 17 kills and 12 blocks in the match, including four solo blocks and eight block assists. Junior Renee Lettow had 11 kills while sophomore Danielle Brawn had eight kills and a match-high 18 digs. Sophomore Janelle Davis had 39 assists, nine digs, eight block assists and five kills on nine attack attempts.

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Niagara Weekend Sports Update

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 8:43 am

The Niagara women’s tennis team put in a strong effort at the West Point Invitational this weekend, as sophomore Hilary Hansen (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) led the way as she went 1-1 in impressive fashion.

In the first singles flight, Hansen defeated Jasleen Sandhu of Siena 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the round of 16. Hansen put in a great effort against top seeded Annie Houghton of Army, with Hansen losing a tough match 6-4, 6-4.

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T.O. Minces Words with Media; but not Rodney Harrison

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 8:42 am
Terrell Owens may be on the verge of boiling over, but for now at least he’s doing a very good of masking his real feelings.
He’s upgraded from no post game comments to one sentence replies to the media.Owens saw his 185-game pass reception streak end in Sunday’s 27-7 loss to the New Orleans. For the game, five passes went Owens way and none were completed. He had Jabari Greer beat long for what would’ve probably been a touchdown, but Trent Edwards overthrew him.

UB Soccer: Men & Women Both Fall Sunday

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 6:00 am

The University at Buffalo men’s soccer team concluded its two-game road trip by falling to Duquesne, 5-0 at Rooney Field.

The Dukes jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Josh Patterson scored in the third minute off a loose rebound. Tyler Tompkins added back-to-back goals in the 25th and 33rd minute to give the Dukes a 3-0 lead. The Dukes closed out the first half with a 4-0 lead as Stefan Lundberg tacked on a tally off a penalty kick in the 42nd minute.

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Steve Christie is guest on the Jeff Nixon Sports Report

  • Posted on September 28, 2009 at 4:20 am
nixonalumni2_subsq_000Steve Christie played for the Buffalo Bills from 1992 to 2000. In his 15 NFL seasons, Steve converted 336 of 431 field goals (77%) and 468 of 473 extra points (98%), giving him a total of 1,476 points. Steve had nine game-winning field goals in overtime, an NFL record he shares with former NFL placekicker Jim Breech. In Super Bowl 28, Steve set a Super Bowl record by kicking a 54-yard field goal. It is currently the longest field goal ever made in Super Bowl History. He was a key contributor in the Bills comeback win against the Houston Oilers, which occurred after the Bills trailed 35-3 early in the third quarter in a playoff game after the 1992 season.