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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.

Post Game Journal: Saints Trounce Bills

  • Posted on September 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

In week one we went with a live blog. Last week we decided to roll with a post-game live chat. Both were fun (for us) and pretty successful, but in an effort to keep changing things up-this week we decided to go with a running game journal.

I wish I hadn’t. There went three hours of my life I’ll never get back. The Buffalo Bills looked awful and anemic, especially offensively in their 27-7 lay-down to the Saints.

Am I surprised the Bills came out on the losing end ? Not at all. The Saints are a very good football team. I didn’t expect the Bills to win.

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Bills Inactives vs Saints

  • Posted on September 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Buffalo Bills have announced their inactives for the Saints game.

They are: Justin Jenkins, Ellis Lankster, Paul Posluszny, Jamon Meredith, Shawn Nelson, Chris Ellis, John McCargo

This means Josh Reed (knee) will be in uniform.  So will Stevie Johnson and Drayton Florence for the first time this season.

Sabres To Close Out Preseason… Spots Up For Grabs

  • Posted on September 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm
The Buffalo Sabres close out the preseason tonight when they travel to Air Canada Centre to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7pm. This is the second meeting with the Leafs this preseason. The Sabres won, 3-2 on September 23 at the HSBC Arena.While the game may be meaningless in the standings, don’t tell that to players on the bubble of making the team. For a handful of players, tonight is their last opportunity to showcase why they belong on the opening night roster.

The Sabres currently have 27 players on the roster (16 forwards, 9 defensemen and two goaltenders). That means four players on the roster today won’t be when the regular season opens October 3 against Montreal. In all likelihood two forwards and two defensemen will be sent to Portland or released in the coming days.

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The Unemployed Chef: Fried Pork Chops & Red Potato Mash

  • Posted on September 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

While you were smashing your Buffalo grilled wings last Sunday, I was watching the Bills smash the Bucs.

I’ll be watching the Bills take on the Saints this Sunday over some fried pork chops, mashed red potatoes, and ice cold beer. Hopefully we can zero in on Brees, and pray that Bush never touches the ball.. It’s gonna be an intense game.

I don’t want you to waste your time slaving over the stove or grill. And you won’t. The chops cook pretty quickly, and the potatoes can be done days in advance, so you don’t have to spend your tailgating time being a Kitchen Bitch.

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Happy Sunday! - Morning Links for Sept 27

  • Posted on September 27, 2009 at 8:00 am

¶ Larry Felser of the Buffalo News says players would pay a price of adding more games to the NFL schedule.

¶ Our buddies at Buffalo Rumblings have the Bills keys to victory against the Saints.

¶ Joe Buscaglia of WGR-550 gets you ready for the today’s game with this excellent Bills vs Saints primer.

¶ The potent Saints are a huge test for the Bills, says Rochester D&C  writer Kevin Oklobzija.

¶ Read a recap of last night’s Sabres loss to Montreal in this AP report on

¶ The Tonawanda News reports on St. Joes dissapointing blowout loss to Aquinas in high school football.

WGRZ-TV reports that Orchard Park remains unbeaten after easily handling Clarence, 37-14.

UB Weekend Sports Update

  • Posted on September 27, 2009 at 6:17 am

Bulls Pick Up First MAC Victory At Bowling Green

The University at Buffalo volleyball team came back from a tough loss on Friday night to pick up their first Mid-American Conference victory on Saturday afternoon as the Bulls defeated Bowling Green, 3-1, at Anderson Arena.  The win improves UB’s record to 10-5 on the season and 1-1 in the MAC.  The win against the Falcons was UB’s first against Bowling Green since 2003.

The Bulls took the match 25-19, 26-28, 25-15, 25-20 as UB hit .331 for the match, including .533 in the opening set.  The Bulls allowed Bowling Green to hit just .208 for the match.  Buffalo was led for the second straight day by junior Marisa Hornbaker, who had 21 kills, on a career-high 48 attempts.  Senior Dani Silvers added 14 kills and just three errors, while redshirt junior Kelsey Lueders had 10 kills and one error on 15 total attempts.

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Canisius Volleyball Defeats Saint Peter’s

  • Posted on September 27, 2009 at 6:15 am

Getting 15 kills from three separate players, the Canisius College volleyball team defeated Saint Peter’s in four sets at the Yanitelli Center on Saturday. The Golden Griffins won 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21 to improve to 5-8 overall and 2-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Junior Renee Lettow, sophomore Danielle Brawn and freshman Samantha Good each had 15 kills for the Griffs. Lettow (10 digs) and Brawn (14 digs) each had double-doubles for the Griffs. Freshman Allyson Severyn led the Griffs with 34 digs while sophomore Janelle Davis had 49 assists.

“It was nice to win our first conference away match, which is never easy,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “We got great execution and emotion from Jasmine Brennan, who played in the first full game of her career.

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Buffalo State Weekend Sports Update

  • Posted on September 27, 2009 at 6:02 am

Women’s Volleyball Posts First SUNYAC Win

Buffalo State (9-9/1-3) pushed Brockport to the limit today before falling in five sets and bounced back to sweep Oswego to complete the first round of SUNYAC Pool Play.

Brockport held off a hard-charging Bengals’ attack in the morning match, 25-16, 28-26, 26-28, 23-25 and 15-11. Bree McMahon (Tonawanda/Sweet Home) had a team-best 16 kills and 21 digs to lead the Bengals. Danielle Aurelio-Clark (Lancaster/Lancaster) had 42 assists, and Katelyn Grew (Lackawanna/Mt. Mercy) added nine kills, two aces and two blocks.

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J.P. Losman: He’s Baaaaack

  • Posted on September 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm
No that’s not Adam Sandler. It’s none other than former Buffalo Bills bust quarterback J.P. Losman.
 The UFL is officially open for business as training camp commenced for all of its four franchises. Losman, who couldn’t find a backup job to his liking, officially goes from first round flop to UFL hopeful. He’s now calling signals for the Las Vegas Locos, coached by former New York Giants boss Jim Fassel.
While the UFL is hardly the threat the USFL was when it launched in 1983 (and proceeded to last all of three years), the league and Las Vegas roster is splattered with names many football fans will recognize.

Rumor: Probable Bills Inactives

  • Posted on September 26, 2009 at 10:05 pm
I’ve been told these will be the Buffalo Bills inactives for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. As usual Gibran Hamden will be the the third quarterback.
Inactives: Paul Posluszny (injured), John McCargo (injured), Shawn Nelson (injured), Jamon Meredith, Ellis Lankster and Justin Jenkins.

Although McCargo and Nelson haven’t officially been ruled out, I’m told it’s highly unlikely either will play. Of the two, the Bills would much rather Nelson on the field. With him out they’ll only have two active tight ends (Derek Fine and Jonathan Stupar).

Josh Reed is “extremly questionable”. If he can’t go then Stevie Johnson will be activated for the first time this season. Otherwise Johnson will be press box bound for a third straight week. As of now, the team is not expecting Reed to be able to go.

This also means Chris Ellis and Drayton Florence will make their regular season on-field debuts.

Sabres sign Mancari; headed to Portland

  • Posted on September 26, 2009 at 7:45 pm

The holdout is over for Mark Mancari as he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres reportedly worth $575,000.

Mancari, 24, was a restricted free agent, requested a trade this summer because he felt that his chances of making the NHL with the Sabres were limited. Sabres’ GM Darcy Regier attempted to trade the disgruntled forward, but there were no trading partners available for Mancari.

“We’ve worked on that, but to no success, and so we’ll continue,” Regier told the Buffalo News. “We’d love to have him as part of the organization and have him in training camp, but right now we don’t have a contract.”

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College Football: UB Stumbles at Temple

  • Posted on September 26, 2009 at 6:36 pm

The University at Buffalo football team rode a game-changing, and season-changing, play to beat Temple last year at UB Stadium in a Hail mary finish. In the rematch, the Owls used a similar game and momentum changing play to seize control and go on to a 37-13 victory in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams at Lincoln Financial Field.

Trailing 13-6 late in the first half, the Bulls embarked on a long drive that appeared might tie the game at halftime. Quarterback Zack Maynard completed six straight passes on the drive for 59 yards to move the Bulls to the Temple 21-yard line. However, on a second-down play, Maynard was intercepted by Elijah Joseph at the five-yard line, and the linebacker weaved his way down the sideline for a 95-yard touchdown with just :07 left in the half. The potential 14-point swing was too much for the Bulls to overcome.

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Buffalo State Gets Win in Homecoming

  • Posted on September 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Willie Hordge had 26 carries for 107 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Buffalo State (1-2/1-1) to a 37-26 homecoming victory over visiting Western Connecticut State (0-3/0-2) in an NJAC contest Saturday at Coyer Field.

Buffalo State outgained the Colonials 390-215. Kenny Murphy (Lancaster/Lancaster) was 13 of 29 for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Eddie Weiser (Grand Island/Grand Island) led the Bengals’ defense with 12 tackles, including 3.5 for loss. Jermaine Rose (Niagara Falls/Niagara Falls) had four tackles including three sacks for a loss of 27 yards.

James Williams (Wolcott/Wolcott) led West Conn’s offensive attack, going 14 of 25 for 122 yards and a touchdown, and also had nine rushes for 51 yards. Javaris Brown (Cromwell, CT/Cromwell) was the Colonials leading tackler with nine stops.

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BSD Exclusive: Bills/Saints Video Preview

  • Posted on September 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Courtesy of our own Sal Capaccio.  Enjoy

St. Bonaventure Sports Update

  • Posted on September 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm

The St. Bonaventure women’s tennis team finished its first day at the Eastern Tennis Invitational on the campus of the United States Military Academy in West Poing, N.Y.

Junior Maria Barousse lost in the first round to Fairleigh Dickinson’s Elmine Botes, 6-0, 6-1. She competes in day two against Lauren Bates from Binghamton.

Freshman Kathryn Kvas dropped her match in the second singles position to West Virgina’s Emily Mathis, 6-4, 6-3. She moves to the consolation bracket to take on Fairfield’s Paulina Rys in the quarterfinal round.

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Bills’ defensive ends face stiff challenge Sunday

  • Posted on September 26, 2009 at 11:38 am

The Buffalo Bills were bad at the defensive end position in 2008.  Aaron Schobel was lost for most of the season with a foot injury, and reserves such as Chris Ellis (who saw very limited action) and the now-departed Copeland Bryan were not able to keep starters Ryan Denney and Chris Kelsay fresh.  With that in mind, Buffalo used its first-round selection in this past April’s NFL Draft on Penn State end Aaron Maybin.  With Schobel’s return to health, the Bills would once again have depth at the position.

Through two games, that depth has been apparent - Bills ends are staying fresh into the fourth quarter, and though their production has not yet hit a point where they’re revered league-wide (by any means), they are a far more active group than they were in 2008.  That’s a start - but clearly, it’s not enough for a Bills defense that, based on the type of scheme they play, need as much pass rush from their front four as they can muster.

The “start” of the season is over.  In case you hadn’t heard, Drew Brees and his high-scoring New Orleans Saints are coming to town, and if the Bills are to pick up a win, they’ll need to show at least a small degree of competency in slowing that offense down.  These Bills defensive ends have a tall task ahead of them on Sunday, as Buffalo’s No. 28-ranked defense tries to slow down a team putting up 46 points per game.

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