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You are currently browsing the archives for 21 November 2009

Sabres Lose to Ottawa, 5-3

  • Posted on November 21, 2009 at 9:56 pm

The Buffalo Sabres were playing their third game in four nights.  After a good opening 20 minutes of hockey, they resembled a team that..  Was playing their third game in four nights.

Careless skating, inopportune penalties, a few weak goals and lazy puck movement all contributed to the Sabres 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators Saturday night.

After Thomas Vanek scored his seventh goal with under a minute left in the first period, the Senators threw up five unanswered goals past Patrick Lalime, who got his second start of the season in place of Ryan Miller.

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Defense Keys Niagara Hoops Victory, 63-46

  • Posted on November 21, 2009 at 6:50 pm

The Niagara men’s basketball team (3-1) used a lock-down defense to earn its third-straight victory of the season on Saturday, 63-46 over Central Florida (3-1) at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Purple Eagles forced 23 turnovers and held the Golden Knights to 31.6 percent shooting from the floor.

“I am very proud of our team,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said. “We just beat a very good team (Saturday) and our team defense was the key.”

Niagara’s aggressive team defense set the tone from the opening tip. UCF was held off the scoreboard for the first four minutes of action and only connected on one field goal in the final five minutes of the first half.

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Bulls Earn Maryland Sweep with Overtime Win over Towson

  • Posted on November 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team earned its second straight road win with a 78-69 overtime victory at Towson on Saturday afternoon. The Bulls shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half and overtime to pull out the win.

Buffalo (2-1) had four players score in double-figures led by Rodney Pierce who scored 18. Calvin Betts earned his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mitchell Watt added 12 points and Jawaan Alston had his second strong game in a row with 11 points.

John Boyer had one of the finest all-around games of his career with five points, eight rebounds and a career-best 12 assists. His 12 assists tied for the 10th for a single game in school history.

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Bandits: Individual Tickets On Sale Nov. 30

  • Posted on November 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

The Buffalo Bandits announced today that individual game tickets for the 2010 regular season will go on sale Monday, November 30 at 9 a.m.

The Bandits open their home slate of the 2010 NLL season Saturday, January 16 against their I-90 rival the Rochester Knighthawks. This season all eight 2010 Bandits home games will be played on Saturday night. The Orlando Titans (formerly New York) will make their first ever appearance at HSBC Arena as the Orlando franchise on March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets are on sale now, contact account services at 1-888-467-2273.

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WIVB: Gruden was Bills’ first choice as Jauron’s replacement

  • Posted on November 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm

The Buffalo Bills have begun their coaching search after firing Dick Jauron on Tuesday. Since that day, the Bills have been linked to two of the biggest names available in the coaching market; the team will meet with former Denver coach Mike Shanahan next week, and there are reports that Bill Cowher is on their short list as well.

According to a WIVB report, you can add Jon Gruden’s name to the list, too. Then you can go ahead and cross it off again.

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How to Declaw the Jaguars

  • Posted on November 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

As he watches the game on TV, a certain ex-Bills head football coach may be surprised to discover that run, run, pass, and punt does not win football games. In fact, punting is often not the focal point of any game plan that leads to victory. Unless, of course, you are the Cleveland Browns and your opponent is indeed Buffalo.

Sunday’s game against Jacksonville would appear to be much easier to win if it was in Buffalo. Jacksonville has not played well on the road compared to their home performances. David Garrard just threw his first touchdown on the road last week against the Jets, while throwing twice as many interceptions when traveling. On the other hand, Garrard has six touchdown passes and three picks at home. In addition, anyone can see from the minimal number of passing touchdowns and interceptions that Jacksonville’s quarterback does not take many chances.

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Niagara Volleyball Dominates All-MAAC Awards

  • Posted on November 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm

The Niagara volleyball team picked up plenty of accolades at the All-MAAC Postseason Banquet on Saturday, which was held at Canisius College. The Purple Eagles picked up three major awards, including the 2009 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year Award, which went to third-year head coach Susan Clements.

A pair of Purple Eagle sophomores also garnered major recognition, as Hannah Hedrick (Cincinnati, Ohio) collected 2009 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and Michelle James (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned 2009 MAAC Setter of the Year. Both student-athletes also earned First-Team All-MAAC.

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Bonnies fight off slow start to down Binghamton, 66-40

  • Posted on November 21, 2009 at 9:29 am

A 35-6 run that stretched from the end of the first half through the opening 12 minutes of the second half helped the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team shake off a slow start en route to a 66-40 win over Binghamton on Friday night at the Reilly Center.

The 40 points giving up is the best defensive effort since Jan. 7, 1995, when the Brown and White held Appalachian State to 32 points at the Reilly Center. It also marks the first time the Bonnies have held a team under 50 points since an 84-44 win over Rhode Island in 2000.

The Bearcats managed just six points over 15 minutes and 41 seconds that crossed over from first to second half. The Bonnies forced 19 Binghamton turnovers that led to 22 points.

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Canisius Signs Manhertz to letter of intent

  • Posted on November 21, 2009 at 8:42 am

Canisius College men’s basketball coach Tom Parrotta announced that Chris Manhertz (Bronx, N.Y.) has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Golden Griffins’ roster for the 2010-11 season.

Manhertz is currently a senior at Cardinal Spellman High School in New York City. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound forward averaged 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks per game last season for the Pilots and head coach Fred Opper. An all-league selection, Manhertz received an overall rating of 80 is rated as the No. 152 power forward by Scouts, Inc. and’s college basketball recruiting tracker.

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Sabres Fade in Second; Get Second Overtime Loss of Season

  • Posted on November 21, 2009 at 4:17 am

After a strong first period, the Buffalo Sabres fell off in the second and never got back up.

After a disheartening loss to the Florida Panthers Wednesday, Buffalo was hoping to get back on the winning horse tonight, and got an early lead in the first to start the night off. But after the first intermission, the Boston Bruins seemed to have the Buffalo scheme worked out, and attacked hard.

While the Sabres only gave up one goal that period, and for the rest of regulation, they never seemed to get back the upper hand. They killed the last period off, and 47 seconds into overtime allowed Patrice Bergeron’s first OT goal in three seasons. Paul Gaustad was Buffalo’s only scorer, at 4:20 into the first.

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