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Darryl Talley Offers To Work With Ralph Wilson

  • Posted on November 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm

In the short-lived time since Buffalo Sports Daily has been launched, former Buffalo Bills great Darryl Talley has become our “go to” guy.  He was the first prominent athlete we conducted a one-on-one interview with.  In part, it’s because we consider him worthy of being in the NFL Hall of Fame conversation, and ensured more people would feel the same, as evidenced by our Jerry Noworyta’s brilliant Requiem for a Talley video.

So in the wake of the Dick Jauron firing bombshell this week, I thought it was only fitting to contact Talley and get his thoughts and insight.  As stated in my previous interview with him, Talley is one of, if not the most underrated player to ever put on a Buffalo uniform.  The franchise’s all-time leading tackler spent a dozen years in the organization as a player, and to this day has a heavy heart watching the Bills suffer defeats on Sundays.

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Niagara Opens Classic With Win Over Howard

  • Posted on November 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm

The Niagara men’s basketball team (2-1) opened the Glenn Wilkes Classic with a victory over Howard (0-3) on Friday, 82-77. Four Purple Eagles tallied double figures in the win, and every player made at least one field goal in the first half.

Niagara scored 50 points in the first half while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor (20-for-28). The Purple Eagles, who led from start to finish, took a 50-37 lead into the break after all eight players connected on at least one shot from the floor.

Junior Anthony Nelson (Plainfield, N.J.) led the quartet of double-digit scorers with 18 points. The point guard shot 5-for-7 from the floor, inlcuding a perfect 2-for-2 from behind the arc, while adding five assists and four rebounds.

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Patrick Kaleta: v2.0

  • Posted on November 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Patrick Kaleta’s role on the Buffalo Sabres since joining the team full time in 2007 has stayed pretty consistent, and has been pretty obvious. Hit hard, annoy people, draw penalties. And he’s been darn good at it too.

Since he’s arrived, Kaleta has led the league in penalties drawn for each 60 minutes played. As of now, he is at 5.6 per 60 minutes (around 1 every 10 minutes played). He is averaging 10 minutes and 6 seconds on the ice per game this year. Do the math there, and Kaleta is drawing around a penalty a game for a team that’s been pretty good at power plays this year. It’s a little known, but potentially game changing stat.

Combine into that Kaleta’s penchant for hitting anything that moves. Big hits rile up both the crowd and the team as much as a good fight, and can quickly rouse a slouching team.

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Stroud one of three Bills starters out for Sunday

  • Posted on November 20, 2009 at 3:01 pm

The Buffalo Bills, led by interim head coach Perry Fewell, will be looking for a win in Jacksonville without the services of three key starters.

Marcus Stroud did not practice all week with a knee injury and has been ruled out, potentially leaving the Bills with just two healthy defensive tackles on Sunday. Also ruled out were tackle Demetrius Bell (knee), linebacker Keith Ellison (thigh) and cornerback Ashton Youboty (ankle).

Stroud’s absence is of critical importance. The Bills have the NFL’s worst run defense, and they’re about to take on the NFL’s fifth-leading rusher in Maurice Jones-Drew without their most proven run defender. Exacerbating that issue is the fact that fellow defensive tackle Kyle Williams is on the injury report as well, listed as questionable with a knee injury that has caused him to miss Buffalo’s last two games.

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Crunching Numbers: Lack of Execution Costs Sabres on Wednesday

  • Posted on November 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm

The Sabres were riding high coming into the Florida game Wednesday with good wins against the Calgary Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers. They were knocked off their high horse by a team they probably should have beat. This is the kind of thing we have seen from this team time and time again.

I tried really hard to find one positive the Sabres could take from this game and couldn’t do it. Some players were worse than others, but ultimately this was a team loss. A few players were singled out during the game. They just need to forget and move on. Unfortunately we had a day between games and that gives us time to further pick apart the losing effort.

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Flynn Has Struggles With Triangle Offense

  • Posted on November 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Flynn Face LogoWednesday night the Minnesota Timberwolves took on the Houston Rockets at home in the Target Center. The game ended almost identically to the all of the games Jonny Flynn and the Wolves have been playing recently. They lost 97-84.

As a whole, the Wolves roster were sloppy and inconsistent. Flynn mirrored this, in 23 minutes of game time he scored just 9 points, one rebound and 3 turnovers. Not only could Flynn not find the hoop himself, he did not help the rest of the Timberwolves get there either, as evidenced by his 2 assists for the whole night. Al Jefferson came back to the roster after taking time off to be with his family following the death of his grandmother. Jefferson scored 20 points, posted 10 rebounds and had 4 assists with only 10 more minutes of playing time than Flynn received, an indication the rookie has a lot of learning to do.

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Burgard/Riverside set for epic Turkey Title clash

  • Posted on November 20, 2009 at 1:39 pm

As expected, after two and a half months of gridiron churning, the cream has risen to the top of the Harvard Cup title hunt.  The first place Burgard Bulldogs and the defending champion Riverside Frontiers both advanced with playoff victories to the 106th Harvard Cup Championship Game on Thanksgiving Day at historic All High Stadium.

The two teams met back in September in Week 1 with the Blue Bulldogs prevailing by a score of 13-12.  Since that meeting, a considerable amount of talk among Harvard Cup pundits focused that the remainder of the regular season was nothing more than a speed bump on the way to a Turkey Day rematch between the pair. For a change, the pundits were right.

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College Hoops: Bulls Sink Midshipmen, 63-53

  • Posted on November 20, 2009 at 6:47 am

The University at Buffalo utilized a gutty defensive effort to defeat Navy, 63-53, at Alumni Hall on Thursday night. The Bulls held the Midshipmen to 30 percent shooting, forced 18 turnovers and blocked six shots to even their record to 1-1 on the season. The win snapped Navy’s nine-game home court winning streak against non-conference opponents.

The Bulls had a balanced scoring effort led by Mitchell Watt who had 13 points and added six rebounds and a pair of blocks. Calvin Betts added 12 points, eight rebounds and a career-best four steals. John Boyer added 10 points and five rebounds.

Jawaan Alston was a spark early for the Bulls and had one of the finest games of his career. The junior forward just missed out on his first career double-double with nine points and a career-best 10 rebounds. With Titus Robinson on the bench in foul trouble, Alston played a career-high 31 minutes.

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Women’s Hoops: Bonnies flies past Purple Eagles, 66-49

  • Posted on November 20, 2009 at 6:00 am

Sophomore Megan Van Tatenhove scored a career-high 18 points to lead the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team past Niagara 66-49 in an early afternoon matchup on Thursday during “Youth Day” at the Reilly Center.

St. Bonaventure survived its four games in six days, starting at 4-0 for the third consecutive season and the fifth time in program history. The Bonnies are now 2-0 against Big 4 rivals.

“Niagara played really hard, they executed their stuff, and they were still able to get the shots for their people where they wanted them to,” said head coach Jim Crowley. “I thought they did some things better than us, but we just found a way to put the ball in the basket a little bit more.”

The Bonnies shot 54 percent (28-52) from the field with Van Tatenhove leading going 9-of-14 from the floor. Senior Dana Mitchell hit double-digits with 15 points while sophomore Jessica Jenkins also hit double figures with 10 points.

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Jets Set to Face Cross-State Rival

  • Posted on November 20, 2009 at 3:20 am

This weekend will be a big weekend for the Jamestown Jets. They return home to face the Adirondack Predators after suffering losses in a pair of games last weekend to Team Ulysee in Quebec. The losses dropped Jamestown back to .500 with a 10-10-0 record.

The Jets are hoping a return home will be the recipe for success. They have a two game home winning streak after sweeping a weekend series with the Findlay Grrrowl at the beginning of November. “I think anytime you play at home, you expect to win and this weekend will be no different” Jets coach Dennis Canfield said.

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