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The Fire Jauron Movement is Close to Hastening

  • Posted on October 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm

While the greater part of fans… and a portion of the media would love to quicken the “Fire Dick Jauron” movement, there’s nothing from One Bills Drive suggesting a change is imminent.

That may change however should the Buffalo Bills drop Sunday’s game to their winless, divisional rival Miami Dolphins.
Jauron may play clueless on the sidelines and always occasionally at press conferences, but he’s not a mindless man. A loss to Miami all but eliminates Buffalo from serious playoff contention at just the quarter point of the season. At 1-3, The Bills would be 0-2 in their division, after going winless within last season, and right on pace towards carrying out a decade long playoff drought.

Buffalo State Volleyball Races Past D’Youville

  • Posted on October 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Buffalo State (11-9) equaled its win total from all of season with its 11th victory, sweeping visiting D’Youville (4-9), 25-23, 25-11 and 25-17, Thursday night at the Sports Arena.

Katie Sember (Buffalo/Kenmore West) led the Bengals with 10 kills and three aces. Bree McMahon (Tonawanda/Sweet Home) added seven kills and 11 digs, and Paige Ottaviano (Pt. Colborne, ON/Lakeshore Catholic) had 13 assists and seven digs.

Falicia Golden (Painted Post, NY/Corning-Painted Post) paced D’Youville with nine kills and two aces, and Siblea McFarland (Salamanca/Salamanca) had 16 assists and six digs.

Buffalo State will next host Hilbert on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Reasoning Behind McKelvin’s I.R. Move

  • Posted on October 1, 2009 at 7:19 pm
If you’re a football player on the Buffalo Bills, the front office has a very straightforward message if you plan on sticking around; don’t get hurt.
 In a somewhat surprising move, the Bills today placed Leodis McKelvin on the season-ending injured reserved list. McKelvin broke the fibula bone in his right leg this past Sunday against New Orleans, an injury he re-aggravated after initially hurting it against Tampa Bay the week prior.

Pirates finish preseason strong; receive Gerbe/Weber from Buffalo

  • Posted on October 1, 2009 at 9:46 am

On a night when the Portland Pirates finished out their exhibition schedule with a 4-2 win over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, they received news that forward Nathan Gerbe and defenseman Mike Weber were sent down from the Buffalo Sabres, getting to the mandatory 23-man roster before the NHL’s 3pm deadline.

Going into this morning’s practice, in Buffalo, there were 26 players left in camp and some very difficult decisions that had to be made, however, with the injury to Adam Mair and Drew Stafford, the Sabres have been afforded some room for movement.

Former Pirate Tim Kennedy earned a spot on the opening night roster, beating out some very stiff competition, but the Sabres really like how he progressed over the last month.

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The Whittling of Eric Wood

  • Posted on October 1, 2009 at 6:38 am
“With the twenty-eighth pick in the two thousand and nine NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills select…Eric Wood?”
Roger Goodell may not have ended the sentence with that particular punctuation, but I certainly did in my head. To me, Wood, a center for Louisville with 49 straight starts, was good but not first-round caliber. It was a bit of a mystery to me why the Buffalo Bills selected an interior lineman when solid offensive tackles such as Eben Britton and William Beatty were still on the board. After doing further research, however, Eric Wood became one of my favorite draft picks. According to the draft profiles, he was a mean, but very smart blocker. Louisville ran 391 passing plays in 2008, and Wood did not allow a sack or a pressure on any of them. The former Cardinal was also one of the only offensive linemen to hold his own against B.J. Raji at the Senior Bowl. Raji, the ninth overall pick in 2009, was widely considered to be the best defensive tackle in the draft.

Kane Chronicles: Pleasantly Uneventful Preseason

  • Posted on October 1, 2009 at 6:08 am

For Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks, a nice, quietly productive training camp was exactly what the doctor ordered. After an arrest hurt his image, but left his personal freedom and financial bottom line pretty much unscathed, the focus surrounding Kane is back on hockey. Which is exactly the way he, and his organization, like it. Kane’s Coach, Joel Quenneville, has talked quite a bit about the young wing’s improved speed and added size. I recently asked the star player himself about it. “I do feel faster, I feel like this is the hardest I’ve ever worked this past summer, so hopefully it will pay off on the ice,” he responded.

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Five Griffs Earn Team Canada Invitations

  • Posted on October 1, 2009 at 5:55 am

Five current and former Canisius College men’s lacrosse standouts have been invited to the Team Canada selection camp. Former Griffs Angus Dineley, Kevin Ross and Matt Vinc plus current players Dan Coates and Adam Jones are among the 58 players selected to try out for the 2010 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship, as Canada attempts to defend its championship.

Dineley played for the Griffs from 2004 to 2007. He played in 39 games with 28 starting assignments and ranks fifth in school history with 306 career saves, fourth with a .528 career save percentage and third with a 9.63 goals against average. During the 2005 campaign, Dineley recorded a save percentage of .595, the ninth-best mark in the NCAA.

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St. Bonaventure tops Buffalo, 2-1 in men’s soccer

  • Posted on October 1, 2009 at 5:47 am

The St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team continued on the winning side of things with a pair of goals against the Bulls en route to a 2-1 victory against Buffalo on a cold afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field.

The Brown and White’s victory is the first one against Buffalo since 2005. The second consecutive win improves the club to a 3-4 record with one more game before Atlantic 10 action. Buffalo’s loss to the Bonnies drops them to 4-5 overall.

“It was a great team effort. I think in past matches we have been inconsistent, not putting a good 90 minutes together. We’re now playing a solid stretch of 90 minutes,” said head coach Mel Mahler. “David [Flynn] played very well. Buffalo is a team that plays a direct style and Dave diffused a lot of those situations today.”

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