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Buffalo Bills Media Day Coverage

  • Posted on October 14, 2009 at 4:40 pm
Having been around Brian Moorman for years, Buffalo Bills special teams coach Bobby April can appreciate sound special teams play when he sees it. Last Sunday he saw one of the best punting performances of his career— and it wasn’t courtesy of Moorman.
 Cleveland Browns punter David Zastudil had nine punts last Sunday. Seven of those were downed inside the 20. Three of them consecutively went inside the Bills 4-yard line. For his efforts Zastudil was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
April wasn’t the least bit surprised.

Sparks look to surprise in Harvard Cup’s second half

  • Posted on October 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Sometimes the tale of a football season isn’t simply told in the wins and loss column. No, the story of an improving football team is in the work and progress put in each day in practice. Veteran coach Art Serotte once said, “More games are won and lost on Tuesday and Wednesday than on Saturday afternoons.”

If that adage is truly the case, look out for the “hard luck” Sparks. After running through the gauntlet of the Harvard Cup’s leading teams in the first half of the season, the South Park from the heart of Buffalo’s Southside could be a surprise team in the Harvard Cup playoff run if the Sparks play their hand correctly.

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Great News Regarding Vanek Injury

  • Posted on October 14, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Just as Sabres fans were bracing for the worse in regards to the Thomas Vanek upper body injury suffered last night against Detroit, head coach Lindy Ruff sent a message that’s music to fan’s ears. Vanek is now only expected to miss a few days, rather than weeks.

“They thought he would feel a lot worse today, but he’s actually feeling a lot better,” Ruff told reporters following practice today. “He’s doing remarkably well which is good.. I wouldn’t even rule him out maybe for a game on the weekend, as well as he’s doing today.

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Source: Whitner to attempt to practice today

  • Posted on October 14, 2009 at 10:14 am
I’m told Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner will attempt to practice today. Whitner has missed the past two weeks after suffering a thumb injury against the New Orleans Saints.The injury required surgery, which took place on September 28.

Whitner hopes to be able to return as the sliding Bills (1-4) go to East Rutherford Sunday to take on the New York Jets.

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Luck of the Irish: Start Fitzpatrick

  • Posted on October 14, 2009 at 8:56 am
Will the real Trent Edwards please sit down? Out of the hundred questions swirling around the Stanford product this offseason, only one has been answered to date. Unfortunately, it’s the wrong answer to the right question: he’s not the quarterback of the future for Buffalo.
A lot of changes were made on the offensive side of the ball this past offseason. The offensive line was revamped, whether for better or for worse. The Bills’ most versatile weapon, Fred Jackson, was re-signed to a new contract. A legitimate starting receiver – what was his name again? – was brought in to draw coverage off of Lee Evans. The offensive coordinator, Turk Schonert, who apparently had attitude and communication issues with Edwards, was fired and the quarterbacks coach, Alex Van Pelt, was promoted. All of these were supposedly done to help the offense, whether anyone believed they were improvements or not.

Sabres Impressive In Victory, Injury Spoils Celebration

  • Posted on October 14, 2009 at 1:22 am

If Buffalo Sabres fans’ prayers are answered, this will be the victory that will establish the Sabres as a top contender in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo dominated the Detroit Red Wings for the entire game Tuesday night, outshooting the Stanley Cup Finalists 38-28 and 18-4 in the second period, en route to a 6-2 victory.

The Sabres utilized the same style of surgical puck possession that carried this same Detroit team to consecutive Stanley Cup Finals the past two seasons, locking down a touted Red Wings offense with a deadly fore-check and great back pressure.Thomas Vanek netted two goals, and Derek Roy tallied three assists to lead the offense as the Sabres finally managed to convert their chances and broke the game wide open in the second period.

Bona: Women’s Swimming competes against Penn State

  • Posted on October 14, 2009 at 1:21 am

The St. Bonaventure women’s swimming and diving team lost to Penn State 174-60 on Tuesday afternoon in the Reilly Center Pool. Seniors Allison Smith and Kara Small had impressive finishes to add to the Bonnies’ score.

Small competed in the 1000-yard freestyle touching for a second-place finish at 10:46.99. She then put in another second place finish in the 500-yard freestyle just edging out Smith with a time of 5:15.53. Small also competed in the 200-yard breaststroke, picking up a second-place finish, clocking in at 2:32.05.

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