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Flynn contributes to a much needed Timberwolves Win

  • Posted on October 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Niagara Falls high school alum Jonny Flynn and the  Minnesota Timberwolves gave pro-basketball fans in Minnesota something to be excited about last night.  Flynn and his teammates traveled to Detroit to take on the Pistons in The Palace of Auburn Hills and walked away victorious, 122-114.

Flynn played one of the best games he has had since joining the Timberwolves roster earlier this summer. Although the Timberwolves were down three at the half and quickly allowed the spread to grow in the third quarter, Flynn and the rookie roster (both Kevin Love and Al Jefferson sat the game out) regrouped and came out swinging. Analysts have commented that despite Flynn’s talent, the young star needs the leadership of older, experienced players like Love or Jefferson… last night quieted those voices.

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Bills may catch a little injury break themselves Sunday

  • Posted on October 23, 2009 at 10:23 am

The Bills have been ravished with injuries since the first week of the season.  When they take on the Carolina Panthers this Sunday, they may actually catch an injury break of their own.

According to the Carolina Observer, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis missed practice Thursday with a sore hamstring. Per the article, Coach John Fox wouldn’t say how serious the injury is, or when Davis hurt it

Davis is leading the Panthers in tackles this season with 48.  He also 1.5 sacks and an intereception.  If he can’t go, this could help a Bills’ offense that has dealt with plenty of injuries and adversity of their own.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will be making his first Bills’ start in place of injured (head) quarterback Trent Edwards.  Jamon Meredith will be making his second consecutive start at right tackle for Jonathan Scott (ankle).

Fantasy Friday: Nothin could be finer than the backs in Carolina

  • Posted on October 23, 2009 at 9:19 am

The Buffalo Bills’ defense has been a red carpet for opposing running backs, and it’s only going to get worse Sunday at Carolina.

Nobody needs to be told to start DeAngelo Williams, but it would be good idea to have Jonathan Stewart in your lineups, too.

Last week, as the Bills were being trampled to the tune of 318 yards, the Panthers’ pair of first-round draft picks totaled 262 yards and three touchdowns, with Stewart accounting for 110 yards on 17 carries. Can you say mismatch?

The Bills can show some game on the ground, too, since the Panthers are 29th in the league against the run. Marshawn Lynch has become the clear choice between him and Fred Jackson; over the last two weeks, Lynch has gotten over 20 touches a game to Jackson’s 15 in each, and Beast Mode has outgained him, 197 to 99. Jackson’s second-class status is confirmed by the fact that he’s become the primary kick returner.

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Kane Chronicles: The “Miley Cyrus of Hockey” ?

  • Posted on October 23, 2009 at 7:09 am

It’s been an exciting first few weeks for South Buffalo native Patrick Kane and his Chicago Blackhawks’ teammates. Chicago is off to a decent start, currently third in the Western Conference with 11 points and a 5-3-1 record. Kane has been a huge factor towards achieving that success, leading the team in shots on goal with 32. Chicago itself is second in the NHL in shots. And like Wayne Gretzky famously said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Kane is also second on the team in assists (5) and points (8).

There’s been quite a few Kane/Hawks stories flying around the world wide web during this October, here’s some of the best.

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NU Hockey Narrowly falls to #5 Michigan, 3-2

  • Posted on October 23, 2009 at 7:00 am

The Niagara men’s hockey team (0-3-1) pushed the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines (2-1-0) to the brink, but in the end couldn’t pull off the upset, falling 3-2 on Thursday night at Yost Arena.

With the Purple Eagles down 3-2 and desperately looking for the game-tying goal, Niagara buzzed around the net and Wolverines netminder Bryan Hogan. Niagara had a few chances at tying the game, but were unable to light the lamp.

“Our third period is typically our worst, but tonight was different,” head coach Dave Burkholder said. “We outshot the Wolverines, had several big chances and were playing the body well.”

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Erie volleyball team preps for WNYAC Tournament

  • Posted on October 23, 2009 at 6:50 am

The Erie Community College women’s volleyball team is seeded third for the Western New York Conference tournament to be held Saturday at Niagara County Community College.

Erie finished their regular season October 20 with a 3-1 victory over Alfred State College in the Orvis Activities Center in Alfred. It was Erie’s first win over Alfred State since 2003. Alfred is the defending Region III champion.

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Canisius Hockey Opens Atlantic Hockey Play versus Holy Cross

  • Posted on October 23, 2009 at 6:08 am

ryanAfter starting the 2009-10 season with four games against CCHA opponents, the Canisius hockey team returns home for a two-game series against Atlantic Hockey foe Holy Cross. The teams will meet at the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Saturday and Sunday at 4:05 p.m.

• As Canisius begins the conference season, the Griffs will be looking for a rare strong start.
• The Griffs are just 1-4-1 in Atlantic Hockey openers.
• The lone Canisius victory came during the 2004-05 season at Bentley, 5-3. That season, the Griffs finished second in the Atlantic Hockey standings.
• Canisius has played Holy Cross twice in conference openers, losing 3-1 in its first-ever Atlantic Hockey game and tying the Crusaders last year, 1-1.

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