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Sabres scorching start leads to easy 5-2 win

  • Posted on October 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm

The Buffalo Sabres came into their contest against the Panthers seething after their first regulation loss of the season to Atlanta this past Saturday. They next go to Tampa Bay on Friday playing as hot as the Florida sun.

Buffalo (5-1-1) wasted virtually no time in disposing the Florida Pantheres, putting a five-spot on the board before the first period was over. From there they hit cruise control as they went on to an easy (final score) victory.
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Tori Beckman Named To Collegiate Volleyball Top Performer List

  • Posted on October 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm

University at Buffalo freshman Tori Beckman was one of 11 players named as a Collegiate Volleyball Update Top Performer for her play this past weekend, the website announced this morning. The award is a first for the UB volleyball program.

Beckman, who was the only freshman honored this week, averaged 33.5 digs per match as she became the first UB player to record 30 digs in a match since 2006 as she had 31 in the loss to Northern Illinois. That career high lasted for all of a day as she had 36 digs in UB’s five-set win over Western Michigan. The 36 digs were the most by a UB player since Rebecca Meade had 33 digs against Youngstown State on Sept. 5, 1999.

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Bills’ Edwards misses practice Wednesday

  • Posted on October 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards missed practice on Wednesday as he continues to deal with the effects of the second career concussion he sustained in the Bills’ Week 6 victory over the New York Jets.

Edwards, who suffered a concussion in a Week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in 2008, was not even on the sidelines today as the Bills began prep work for their Week 7 tilt with the Carolina Panthers.  Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took all of the first-team reps at quarterback, and considering the facts currently present, the chances that Fitzpatrick makes his first career start at quarterback for the Bills are enormous.

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Niagara Announces Men’s Basketball Radio Partnership With WGR

  • Posted on October 21, 2009 at 11:24 am

Niagara Athletics has announced a new exclusive partnership for men’s basketball games with WGR SportsRadio 550.

The award-winning radio station will broadcast all Purple Eagle contests on either WGR 550 AM or its sister station, WWKB 1520 AM. Todd Callen returns to the airwaves for his fourth season as “The Voice of the Purple Eagles”.

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He’s baaaack. James Hardy returns

  • Posted on October 21, 2009 at 11:02 am

Like the words of the Sam Cooke song read, “It’s been a long time coming, but a change is gonna come.”

James Hardy returns to the practice field for the Buffalo Bills Wednesday for the first time in nine months since having major ACL knee surgery.

Hardy was the second round draft pick (41st overall) of the Bills last year. He enjoyed early success, scoring the game winning touchdown in week two as Buffalo won at Jacksonville. But his contributions were few and far between after that, catching only nine passes for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns before having his season cut short with the major knee injury suffered against the New York Jets late in his rookie season.

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On the Sabres trade of Paille

  • Posted on October 21, 2009 at 10:19 am

The Buffalo Sabres announced they have traded Daniel Paille to the Boston Bruins for a third round draft pick and a conditional draft pick.  The move effectively alleviates the Sabres roster dilemma when Andrej Sekera returns to the lineup.There are always going to be positives and negatives when you make a trade. 

The trade means that Tyler Myers and Tim Kennedy should remain with the team for the season and that is good news.  It also means the Sabres gave up on a former first round draft pick that was never really given a chance. It also gives a division rival a capable player that might be capable of more than we have ever seen out of him. That’s not so good.

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The Two Faces of the Buffalo Defense

  • Posted on October 21, 2009 at 9:52 am

How proficient is Buffalo’s defense? Will we ever know? How good could it have been without all the injuries? This unit, run by much maligned Perry Fewell, can’t seem to make up its mind. Stop the run or stop the pass? Watching them week to week is almost as fun as watching a kid decide on an ice cream flavor.

Over the first two weeks, the opposing team had 674 passing yards (337 per game) and 130 running yards (65 per game). The next four games were the complete reverse: 429 passing yards (107 per game) and 961 rushing yards (240 per game) allowed.

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