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Add Another Loss for Flynn, Wolves

  • Posted on November 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm

After not doing it often in high school or college, Jonny Flynn and his Minnesota Timberwolves are starting to get a little too acquainted with losing. Wednesday night’s loss against the Portland Trailblazers was the 8th consecutive loss the Wolves have posted after being on the receiving end of a 107-84 whupping.

Pre-season hopes had been high for the Timberwolves, especially in the Twin Cities where fans thought that with a new GM, coach and roster the team would have a shot at a winning record. Sadly, those hopes are all but gone. Local critics are now saying they don’t have a realistic shot at winning more than a game or two until mid-December at the earliest, and in my opinion it could be well into the new year before they see consecutive wins.

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Loss Puts AHL Pirates In Foul Mood Headed To Buffalo Tonight

  • Posted on November 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm

This is setting up to be a long season for the Portland Pirates, and not in a way they would like either, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored six goals to defeat Portland, 6-1, in a fight-filled contest before 5,535 at Wachovia Arena on Wednesday night.

The loss dropped Portland to 1-8-0 on the road this season, their worst road start in franchise history, in a game that witnessed five fighting majors handed out to the Pirates, a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct, and a game misconduct for abuse of official by Pirates’ forward Hans Benson.

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More Dungy commentary on Vick-to-Buffalo speculation

  • Posted on November 12, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy made quite the splash Sunday night when he mentioned in passing the possibility of quarterback Michael Vick becoming a member of the Buffalo Bills in 2010. We discussed that story on Monday, but Dungy has now made further comments about what he terms “speculation” on Vick-to-Buffalo.

I’ve got three things to discuss briefly on the topic. After the jump: Dungy’s contradiction, Dungy’s opinion, and Dungy’s assertion.


Dungy’s contradiction
Here’s what Dungy said on NBC’s Football Night in America on Sunday night:

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Lady Bulls Sign Two For 2010-11 Season

  • Posted on November 12, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Fifth-year head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald has announced the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent as the early signing period began today. Rachel Bantelman (Olean, NY/Olean) and Kristen Sharkey (Manahawkin, NJ/Southern) will each join the Bulls for the 2010-11 season.

Bantelman is a 5-11 forward out of Olean High School and will fit in to play either the three or the four for the Bulls. Bantelman has won numerous awards for basketball and swimming in high school. She was named second-team All-State in 2009 as she helped lead her team to the New York State Final Four. She was also a first-team Big 30 All-Star and the CCIAC league MVP after an undefeated conference championship season. During the 2008-09 season, Bantelman led her team in points, rebounds, blocked shots and steals. The Olean, NY native has now led the varsity team in points and rebounds in each of her three seasons with the team. Bantelman has also served as team captain on the Olean High School swimming team where she has competed in the state championships in each of the last two years. Academically, she is in the top 10 percent of her class and has been a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete for the last five years.

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Sabres Hold On Against Oilers despite Penalties

  • Posted on November 12, 2009 at 9:47 am

With around six minutes left in the game and the Sabres holding on to a one goal lead, Clarke MacArthur gave the Edmonton Oilers a five minute power play after hitting Oilers forward Liam Reddox from behind.  Reddox went awkwardly into the boards and stayed down for a considerable amount of time.  MacArthur was assessed a major penalty for boarding, a game misconduct and all of a sudden, the Oilers were poised to tie the game with the man advantage.

Unfortunately for Oilers fans everywhere, Jochen Hecht and the rest of the Sabres penalty kill had other ideas.  The wily veteran was a thorn in Edmonton’s side every time he was on the ice in the closing minutes and ultimately closed the game down for the Sabres, intercepting an Ales Hemsky pass and scoring in the empty net.

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Bona: Sam Maheu highlights Atlantic 10 postseason awards

  • Posted on November 12, 2009 at 7:00 am

As the St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team readies for its first Atlantic 10 Championship appearance since 1999, the A-10 announced that senior Sam Maheu earned Offensive Player of the Year while three other players garnered postseason awards as voted upon by conference coaches.

Maheu also garnered a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team and Academic team. Classmate Tyler Bellamy earned a nod to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference second team and junior Brett Allen landed on the All-Conference honorable mention team. Junior Kevin Okapal was awarded for his work on and off the field garnering an Academic team spot. This is the first time in program history that four players have been honored with postseason awards.

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Canisius Hockey Hosts Connecticut for Two-Game Series

  • Posted on November 12, 2009 at 6:30 am

After an impressive two-game sweep of rival Mercyhurst, the Griffs return to the ice against Connecticut this weekend. Canisius will host the Huskies at the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Saturday and Sunday at 3:05 p.m. In addition, Tim Hortons will be providing fans with free hot chocolate and coffee before Saturday’s contest. The beverages will be handed out in the Buffalo State Sports Arena lobby, beginning at 2 p.m.


• The Griffs sweep against Mercyhurst last weekend not only brought the team back to the .500 mark in conference play, but also earned Canisius its first-ever weekend sweep against the Lakers.
• Canisius has played Mercyhurst more than any other school in program’s history. The sweep was the first for the Griffs in the 60-game, 21-year series.
• The Griffs also won consecutive games for the first time against the Lakers since Dec. 2, 1996 and Jan. 19, 1996. Canisius needed to play Mercyhurst 39 times at the Division I level before winning consecutive games in the rivalry.

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