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Former Griffs’ Hall of Famer Robert Kelly Dies

  • Posted on October 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm

kellyBob Kelly, a member of the Canisius College basketball teams during the 1950s, passed away on Oct. 25.

Bob, one of the all-time great Canisius College basketball players, was inducted into the Golden Griffin Hall of Fame in 1984. During his three years with the Canisius varsity he was regarded as the team’s top defensive player. The 6-1 guard out of Philadelphia (West Catholic) averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds during his career. He averaged 9.5 points in six NCAA Tournament contests and tallied 14 in the Griffs epic four overtime triumph over second ranked North Carolina State in the 1956 tourney. Canisius was 46-28 during Kelly’s three years on the varsity. He was the Griffs’ captain during his senior year

(Source: Canisius athletic dep’t)

Volleyball: Bulls Sweep Canisius, 3-0

  • Posted on October 27, 2009 at 9:41 pm

The University at Buffalo volleyball team completed its non-conference season on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over cross-town rival Canisius at the Koessler Athletic Center. The Bulls improve to 15-9 on the season and their 15 wins are the most since 1997 when they had 17.

The Bulls took the first set 25-22 as UB was able to build an early lead and hold on for the victory. Senior Ellen Robertson had two service aces in the opening set, while Dani Silvers added five kills in the first.

UB took the second set by a more comfortable 25-16 margin. Junior Marisa Hornbaker had seven kills in the set, including kills on the last three points of the set. As a team, UB hit .481, committing just three hitting errors all set.

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NU Men’s Hoops Tabbed Second In MAAC Preseason Poll

  • Posted on October 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm

The Niagara men’s basketball team was picked second in the 2009-10 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Coaches Poll announced on Tuesday from the ESPN Zone in Times Square. Niagara, who earned a bid to the 2009 National Invitational Tournament (NIT), boost two Preseason All-First Team members in seniors Bilal Benn and Tyrone Lewis.

Niagara  finished the 2008-09 season with 26 wins, the second most in school history and most since the 1921-22 season (27 wins). The Purple Eagles were rewarded with an invite to the NIT where they hosted a postseason game for the first time at the legendary ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center.

The Purple Eagles return a senior laden team, including Benn and Lewis.

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Buffalo Bills: “10 Point” Tuesday

  • Posted on October 27, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Every Tuesday at Buffalo Sports Daily we reflect back on 10 Buffalo Bills points.  This week we discuss the possibility of an unhappy Fred Jackson, John Wendling becoming a Pro Bowl candidate, the crappiness of losing your job to injury and the scary thought of Owen Daniels, among others.

1. Freddie Unhappy?: I’ve heard whispers that running back Fred Jackson is becoming dejected with his diminished role in the offense.  This is supported, at least in part by Buffalo News writer Allen Wilson.  According to Wilson in his live chat yesterday, Jackson was the first Bills player to leave the locker room following the Panthers game.  Wilson said “that NEVER happens”.

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NU Women’s Hoops Slated Last In MAAC Preseason Poll

  • Posted on October 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm

The Niagara women’s basketball team was selected 10th in the 2009-10 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches Poll announced Tuesday at the ESPN Zone in Times Square. Junior forward Liz Flooks  was named to the Preseason All-MAAC Third Team.

Niagara finished last season winning two of its final four games, including topping Rider in the first round of the MAAC Tournament. The win over the Broncs was the Purple Eagles’ first win in the MAAC Tournament since 2006. Niagara returns nine players, including the top two leading scorers in senior guard Jennifer McNamee  and Flooks. Last season, Flooks averaged 10.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, shot 85 percent from the free throw line and earned 2008-09 All-MAAC Third Team honors.

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Whitner enrolled in offender program

  • Posted on October 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm

donte whitner Steve Chichon of WBEN-930 radio reports that Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner is in Cleveland, Ohio enrolled in an intervention program for first time offenders.  Whitner was charged in April of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after a night club incident in Cleveland this past April.

In Chicon’s report he says “Whitner is accused of rushing into an unruly crowd, against police orders, and pushing past cops who tried to stop him outside a Cleveland nightclub. Whitner was shocked with a taser, cuffed and booked. Within hours of the incident, he issued a statement apologizing to all involved.”

Whitner has an opportunity to have the charges permantely dismissed from his record once he completes the program. He is due back in court January 26.

It’s been a long year for Whitner both on and off the field.  Besides the arrest he’s also had his Hamburg, NY house burglarized in September.  On the field he’s battled thumb and ankle injuries.  Whitner has only been able to play parts of three games this season.  His return for Buffalo against Houston this Sunday is questionable, as head coach Dick Jauron is now labeling the ankle injury day-to-day.

Bills Beat Carolina: Week 7 Film Session

  • Posted on October 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

I could get used to this.  I know I shouldn’t, but I definitely know, one hundred percent, that I can get used to re-watching Buffalo Bills victories.  Buffalo’s most recent victory, a 20-9 win over the Carolina Panthers, puts the Bills at 3-4 on the 2009 season - and while they aren’t playing anywhere near playoff-caliber football, they’re keeping themselves alive despite a pitiful start to the season.

There’s a lot to cover in this particular installment of our weekly film session.  Let’s go.

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Soccer: Bulls Play Griffs to 1-1 Draw in Home Finale

  • Posted on October 27, 2009 at 8:43 am

The University at Buffalo men’s soccer team closed out their 2009 home regular season schedule in double overtime by tying Big Four rival Canisius, 1-1 on Monday evening at UB Stadium. On Senior Day, the senior connection of Mateo Escobar and Dan Bulley brought the Bulls back from a one-goal deficit in the first half to tie the contest at 1-1 in the 56th minute.

Photo of Dan Bulley
Dan Bulley

As each team battled to gain possession, the Golden Griffins seized an opportunity to break the scoreless contest in the 15th minute. Leading goal-scorer Alan McGreal sent a low ball between two Bulls’ defenders over to midfielder J.J. Hughes, positioned on the left wing. Dribbling the ball in from 15 yards out, Hughes faced off one-on-one versus Buffalo goalkeeper Nick Fetterman from eight yards out. The midfielder tucked the ball, low inside the left post and out of Fetterman’s reach for the Golden Griffins’ 1-0 lead.

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