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Sabres at Devils Game-Night Preview

  • Posted on October 28, 2009 at 12:48 am

The Buffalo Sabres handled their business during the Florida swing of their current road trip in handing the Panthers and Lightning losses.  Things will get decidedly harder as they conclude their road swing tonight when they take on the New Jersey Devils.  Both teams are off to hot starts early in the season; the Devils are 6-3 and the Sabres are 6-1-1.

It’s the first meeting of the season between the squads.  They split the four games last season and in what could be a good omen for Buffalo, the road team won every game.

Buffalo won at New Jersey, 4-2 and 2-0 last year while the Devils returned the favor at the HSBC Arena, 3-2 and 5-3.

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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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WWE Raw from Buffalo: our running Journal

  • Posted on October 26, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Fans of professional wrestling were delighted to see the WWE Raw brand invade Buffalo on Monday night.  To be honest, so was I.  A lifelong wrestling fan, I was excited to see what tonight’s live televised show had in store.  With the company’s pay-per-view (Bragging Rights)  held the night before, I had high expectations for the show, with some possible new (and interesting) “angles” to commence.

Unfortunately, the show didn’t live up to my expectation.  Furthermore, I can’t fathom how it lived up to anyone’s.  The bore-fest was 125 minutes of my life I can never retrieve.  From two Nascar guys hosting the show (sorry racing fans) to seeing the likes of Jamie Noble, Chavo Guerrero, Jillian Hall and some guy so white I was blinded compete in the same night, the show was horrendous.

If you want to use a wrestling analogy, Buffalo served as a jobber.

To make matters worse, I committed to running a live journal covering the festivities.  After the jump, see a full recap of all the night’s inaction.

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Bills’ Byrd continues scorching start to NFL career

  • Posted on October 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm

No player is more popular in Buffalo right now than Buffalo Bills rookie free safety Jairus Byrd.  A second-round pick out of Oregon in this past April’s NFL Draft, Byrd - a college cornerback making the switch to free safety in Perry Fewell’s Cover 2 defense - has been a revelation for a Bills defense that picked him simply because they had a desperate need for a playmaker defensively.  Byrd has started in four of his first seven career games - all in the past four weeks - and he’s recorded a whopping five interceptions in a three-game period, including two each in Buffalo’s last two games (both wins).

Byrd’s interceptions in and of themselves have been impressive, but they’ve been especially critical for a Bills team that struggles with giving up big yardage defensively, as well as scoring points offensively.  In the past two weeks alone - again, games in which Byrd has intercepted four passes - his big plays led directly to 21 points on the board for the Bills.  They’ve only scored 36 points in wins over the Jets and the Panthers.  Not only are Byrd’s picks big plays, but they’re clearly helping the Bills win close games.

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Buff State: Women’s Soccer to Host First-Ever SUNYAC Playoff Game

  • Posted on October 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm
Buffalo State’s women’s soccer team locked up the fourth seed in the SUNYAC standings and earned the right to host the first home conference playoff game in the program’s history. The Bengals will host No. 5 Geneseo in a quarterfinal match on Sat., Oct. 31, at 3:15 p.m. at Coyer Field

The Bengals clinched the fourth spot with a 2-0 upset victory over Brockport last Saturday, improving their overall record to 7-4-5 and concluding the conference regular season a 5-3-1 mark. Geneseo is 10-4-2 overall and finished two points behind Buffalo State in the conference standings with a 4-3-2 record in league play.

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Week 7 Harvard Cup Recap: Sparks in playoff hunt

  • Posted on October 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Week 7 of the Harvard Cup’s regular season only witnessed one game that could be considered an upset, while the league’s top two teams stayed true to form.  With two weeks left in the regular season, only Burgard and Riverside seem to have solidified a spot at the playoff table.  South Park, McKinley, Grover, Lafayette, and even Hutch-Tech have a mathematical shot at qualifying for the top four spots.

Last week’s Intense Milk Harvard Cup Radio “Game of the Week” between the South Park Sparks and the Lafayette Mighty Violets was anything but intense for three quarters of play.  Finally, midway through the fourth quarter, the elusive Alex Woodfork was able to materialize an end around reverse play 46-yards to give South Park a lead.

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WWE Raw Rolls Into Buffalo Tonight

  • Posted on October 26, 2009 at 12:35 pm

lg_wwe_logo732114The superstars of WWE roll into Buffalo at the HSBC Arena tonight for a live edition of Monday Night Raw.

John Cena remains on the Raw roster after beating Randy Orton last night in an ‘Iron Man” match to win the World Heavyweight title and remain on the Raw roster.

According to the WWE, stars scheduled to appear tonight include Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho and the Big Show.

RAW has “celebrity” guest hosts each week, and this week from Buffalo is the NASCAR tandem of Kyle Busch and Joey Logano

Check back with Buffalo Sports Daily later tonight as we’ll be providing live coverage and updates for all  area wrestling fanatics.

Taboo Time: Let’s Give Jauron Some Credit

  • Posted on October 26, 2009 at 11:29 am

While the Buffalo Bills offense is hardly a juggernaut , the defense is starting to earn themselves quite the reputation.  Their “bend but don’t break” philosophy is working, in large part because they’re  extremely opportunistic.

The Bills have picked off nine passes in the past two games.  They give up yards in piles, especially in the running game.  But they seem to come up with a big stop when they need it most.

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Bills QB Fitzpatrick to start Week 8 vs. Houston

  • Posted on October 26, 2009 at 9:30 am

In his routine Monday morning press conference, Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron confirmed that starting quarterback Trent Edwards will miss his second straight start as he continues to recover from the head injury he sustained in a Week 6 victory over the New York Jets.  With Edwards sidelined for another week, Ryan Fitzpatrick will make his second start at quarterback in a Bills uniform.

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Bills’ Owens still has value despite struggles

  • Posted on October 26, 2009 at 8:40 am

The Buffalo Bills shocked the football world way back on March 7, 2009 when they made by far their highest-profile free agent signing in franchise history by inking WR Terrell Owens to a one-year, $6.5 million deal.  The move was heralded as the Bills’ boldest move towards fielding a winning team and an explosive offense, and with Owens lining up next to Lee Evans, visions of big plays danced in Bills fans’ heads.

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Canisius Women’s Soccer Ends Season With Tie

  • Posted on October 26, 2009 at 7:00 am

Freshman Brooke Bandazian scored her second collegiate goal as the Golden Griffins finished their season with a 1-1 tie against Fairfield at the Demske Sports Complex Sunday afternoon. The Griffs complete the season with a 12-3-3, 4-3-2 MAAC record, while Fairfield finishes their season with a 9-8-3, 4-2-3 MAAC record.

Bandazian’s goal came in the 39th minute on a pass from sophomore Tracey Lynk, who registered her first collegiate assist on the play. Lynk crossed the ball right one yard through two defenders to Bandazian, who beat another two defenders and shot the ball into the top middle of the goal to up the score 1-0 in favor of the Griffs. The goal was her second in back-to-back games.

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Bears send Pirates home licking their wounds

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Portland PiratesOne day after the Portland Pirates won their first road game of the season, they’d give up a short-handed goal midway into the third period as the Hershey Bears prevailed 3-2 in front of a 10,727 at the Giant Center on Sunday afternoon.

Portland held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play for only the second time on the road this season, but couldn’t covert that into a win as the Bears tied the game early in the third period.

At 5:52, Andrew Gordon fired a bullet between the legs of Pirates’ goalie Jhonas Enroth as the Bears tied game at 2-2.

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Opportunistic Bills Pounce on Panthers, 20-9

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm

There’s still a pulse in Buffalo. The Bills turned a pair of rookie Jairus Byrd interceptions into 14 points and played excellent overall defense in defeating the Carolina Panthers, 20-9.  They improve to 3-4 on the season.

Byrd continued his superb rookie season in the first quarter, picking off an overthrown Jake Delhomme pass and returning it to the Panthers seven. Two plays later Marshawn Lynch scored an easy touchdown on a seven-yard run to give Buffalo the 7-0 lead. It was the Bills first rushing touchdown in 213 attempts, going all the way back to last season.

After a punt by Jason Baker pinned the Bills inside the five, followed by a false start by Demetrius Bell backing them another two yards, Fred Jackson was tackled in the end zone by Hollis Thomas for a Carolina safety.

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Your Bills/Panthers Preview

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 12:06 am

♦  Don’t be surprised to see newly acquired linebacker Chris Draft starting at weak side linebacker in place of Ashlee Palmer.  He’s been taking first team reps and the team was impressed with his performance in limited playing time at New York last week.  Draft had a sack, making him the only linebacker on the roster besides Kawika Mitchell to bring down a quarterback this season.

♦  Buffalo will only dress two tight ends for the game as Shawn Nelson has now been officially ruled out of the game.  This means Derek Fine will start as usual, but Jonathan Stupar will see extensive action in two tight end sets.

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Jeff Nixon: “Circling the Wagons”?

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 12:05 am

ESPN’s Chris Berman has always been a strong backer of the Buffalo Bills. This sentiment is echoed in Berman’s on-air phrase, “No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.” I think he says this because he likes the way they deal with controversy when the chips are down and the media have doubled down their bets that the Bills will fold.

I think he also identifies with our blue collar city where the fans have always been quite vocal and passionate about their team.

Well, if there was ever a time the Bills needed to circle ‘em up, then this week would be it. The natives are restless and they want Dick Jauron’s scalp.

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UB Bulls Lose To Western Michgian In OT Again

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 12:01 am

The University at Buffalo football team had deja vu all over again in a 34-31 overtime loss to Western Michigan at Waldo Stadium in a Mid-American Conference class on Saturday.

The Bulls squandered a lead with less than five minutes remaining and lost in overtime for the second straight season to the Broncos in a hard-fought game that had dozens of momentum swings. The Bulls trailed the entire game until tailback Ike Nduka – who matched his career-high with 172 yards – dashed 56 yards with 5:16 remaining to give the Bulls a 28-24 lead. That score erased what had been a 10-point second half deficit and seemingly had the Bulls (3-5, 1-3 MAC) in position to get a huge road victory and set up a wild end of regulations and overtime that saw both teams score in the final two minutes before WMU’s John Potter kicked a 28-yard field goal to win it in overtime.

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Sabres shock Lightning in shootout, 3-2 (Web Links)

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 12:00 am

The Buffalo Sabres were all-but-done.  Down 2-1 in the waning seconds, Drew Stafford took a shot with 16 seconds remaining from a bad angle that still got past Tampa goaltender Mike Smith to tie the game.  Neither team scored in overtime and the game went to a shoot-out.  After 11 Sabres and Lightning skaters failed to put a single puck past Smith or Ryan Miller, rookie Tyler Myers took stage.

Myers, who now has about as good a chance of being sent back to Juniors as Dick Jauron does of becoming Buffalo’s next mayor, lit the lamp and the Sabres completed their improbable comeback win.  Buffalo moved to 6-1-1 on the season and have won each of their three road games.

A sampling of web-links reporting on the thrilling finish..

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Buff State’s Men’s Soccer Playoff Hopes Dashed

  • Posted on October 24, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Senior Steve Fox (Oswego/Oswego) netted his first career goal, but it was not enough as Buffalo State (7-9-1/3-5-1) fell 2-1 at Brockport (9-4-2/7-2), officially eliminating the Bengals from SUNYAC playoff contention.

After the Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute, Fox evened the score in the 36th minute with a pair of assists from Tom Fusillo (Whitesboro/Oriskany) and Steve Orfanos (East Meadow/East Meadow). Brockport netted the lone goal of the second half in the 53rd minute and hung on for the victory, outshooting the Bengals 16-10 for the game. Brian Dudek (Niskayuna/Cheshire Academy) made three saves in the loss.

Buffalo State will close its season on Wednesday against Daemen at Amherst High School at 4 p.m.