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Bulls Prevail In Five-Set Marathon With Akron

  • Posted on October 8, 2009 at 11:02 pm
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The University at Buffalo volleyball team came back from a 2-1 deficit on Thursday night as the Bulls defeated Akron, 3-2, at Alumni Arena. In what was an even match through out the night, the Bulls took the fifth and deciding set, 18-16, as they improve their record to 12-6 and 3-2 in the MAC. UB’s MAC start is its best ever through the first five conference matches.

The Bulls took the contest 25-18, 24-26, 24-26, 25-21, 18-6 even though Akron narrowly outhit them. After cruising to a first set victory, the Zips fought back in the second set, taking an early 5-2 lead. The Bulls then went on a run of their own and took a 12-9 lead. The Bulls were up 19-15 when the Zips came back to tie it at 22. The two teams exchanged points before Akron took two straight with the set tied at 24.

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Running Diary— J.P.’s Debut

  • Posted on October 8, 2009 at 9:52 pm

sandlerA first half UFL running blog featuring the J.P. Losman quarterbacked Las Vegas Locos debut, because frankly we don’t have anything better to do.

Get familiar with that refresh button, friends.

9:03pm- Doug Flutie commentating and Kordell Stewart a sideline reporter? This is going to be good.

9:12- Dennis Green is coaching California. Talk about a ‘relaxed” shirt. Denny looks like he’s ready to get his club on in Vegas after this game.

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Week Five Harvard Cup Preview

  • Posted on October 8, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Week 4 in the Harvard Cup Football League was touted as the week to separate the haves from the have nots. Instead of sorting out the first stage in the road to the playoffs, what was learned by last week’s games was that some teams aren’t as good as they thought while others aren’t as bad as we thought either.

The Burgard Bulldogs remain the cream of the Crimson crop, but five teams are bunched within one game of qualifying for the fourth and final playoff spot. Here’s a look ahead at this weekend’s full Harvard Cup slate:

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The J.P. Losman era begins—again

  • Posted on October 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Buckle up those seatbelts and brace yourself, Buffalo sports fan. The J.P. Losman story reaches chapter two tonight, and all eyes- or a few anyway, will be on the former Buffalo Bills first round bust gunslinger.

Losman is set to make his United Football League (UFL) debut tonight at 9pm as the Las Vegas Locomotives play host to the California Redwoods.

Losman, who spent the past five seasons chucking balls to Asante Samuel, Darrelle Revis and Rodney Harrison-while consistently handing off to Jason Taylor, Shaun Ellis and Richard Seymour, will have a new set of weapons at his disposal.

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Who’s the Boss?… The Fan!

  • Posted on October 8, 2009 at 3:09 pm
As a player I used to get a little depressed and down on myself when there was something critical written about me in the Buffalo News, or said about me on TV or radio. It didn’t happen too often, but fortunately for me there were no Bills’ chat rooms and discussion Forums and other Internet sites that could blast me 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As my Coach Chuck Knox used to say “You’re never as bad as they make you out to be… and you’re never as good as they make you out to be”. That’s good advice for anyone. 

Learning how to deal with the media is an important part being a professional athlete. It’s not always easy to deal with criticism, especially if you don’t believe it is justified. Most of the time a player knows when they’ve screwed up and when they deserve harsh criticism. But then there are times when it’s not so black-and-white and opinions are all over the place, bombarding players from every media outlet and communication portal.

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Bona Women prepared for A-10 weekend in Philly

  • Posted on October 8, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Off to its best Atlantic 10 start in program history, the St. Bonaventure women’s soccer team will look to add to its three-game win streak this weekend as it heads to Philadelphia for a pair of conference showdowns.

One of just three teams still unbeaten in A-10 action, the Brown and White sport a 6-6 overall record under fourth-year head coach Manoj Khettry. Over their last 11 A-10 regular season contests dating back to last year, the Bonnies have compiled a 9-1-1 record.

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Gameday: Your Sabres/Coyotes Preview

  • Posted on October 8, 2009 at 2:29 am

Tonight the Phoenix Coyotes come to town, breaking the Sabres’ six day layoff with their second home game of the season. This stretch of downtime should give the Sabres plenty of time to reflect on their overtime loss against Montreal at home last Saturday. There, defeat stemmed largely from the team’s anemic offense, totaling only one goal, a power play tally by Tim Connolly.

The Sabres scoring woes came despite peppering Canadiens’ net minder Carey Price with thirty-five shots and dominating the flow of play for long stretches at a time.

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D-Line Turnaround Starts With Sanders

  • Posted on October 8, 2009 at 2:24 am
Last season, Buffalo’s defensive ends may as well have been placed on the official endangered species list. They were rarely seen, and almost never heard from. Any semblance of a pass rush was a rarity. Non-threatened quarterbacks held pocket picnics waiting receivers to spring open. It was practically a mini bye week for opposing offensive linemen.
The 2008 Bills’ pash rush can be spelled out in candid terms. It reeked. The ends were usually pushed comfortably back and out of the picture when trying to create pressure. Defensive tackles rarely shoved blockers towards the quarterback’s face. With the exception of last year’s home opener against Seattle when the defense recorded five sacks, the rest of the season served as a bleak wasteland of quarterback chasing. The Seattle game ended up accounting for a whopping 21% of the 24 sacks this defense got… for the year

UB to Host Coaches Clinic Featuring Dan Gable

  • Posted on October 8, 2009 at 12:24 am

University at Buffalo head wrestling coach Jim Beichner announces the appearance of former Iowa head wrestling coach Dan Gable as a special guest clinician at the seventh UB Coaches Clinic on Thursday, October 22 from 4:30 pm until 9:30 pm at Alumni Arena. Regarded as one of the most dominant wrestlers and coaches in the history of collegiate wrestling, Gable will be making his first appearance in Western New York.

In his prep years, he went undefeated in 64 matches before competing at Iowa State where he compiled a 118-1 record. By the end of Gable’s collegiate athletic career, he compiled an impressive record of 182-1. His lone defeat came in the NCAA finals of his senior year. Gable finished his career at Iowa State as a three-time All-American and three-time Big Eight champion.

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