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Sabres Look Punch Drunk In Shut Out Loss

  • Posted on December 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm

The Buffalo Sabres have been riding a roller coaster of streaks since starting the season 8-1-1. After tonight, they’re clearly heading back to the downward portion of the ride.

Buffalo was lifeless offensively Saturday in their 2-1  loss to the Rangers, but that was nothing compared to tonight. Forget offensively challenged, the Sabres were punch drunk in their 3-0 home loss to New Jersey.

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UB Softball Adds Five In Early Signing Period

  • Posted on December 7, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Buffalo softball received National Letters of Intent from five standout student-athletes during the early signing period for the 2010-2011 academic year. Current high school seniors Tori Speckman (Alvin, TX/Alvin), Tori Pettine (Schwenksville, PA/Spring-Ford), Sammie Gallardo (Chula Vista, CA/Otay Ranch), and Holly Luciano (Toms River, NJ/Toms River), as well as Haylee Land (Palm City, FL/Indian River CC) will be joining the Bulls next fall.

“This is one of the most talented classes that I have ever been a part of,” said second-year head coach Jennifer Teague. “We look forward to their contribution in the classroom and on the field as we strive to win MAC championships.”

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Bona Women Garner Vote in AP Top 25

  • Posted on December 7, 2009 at 7:08 pm

DSC_3663_thumbFresh off its 61-43 win against Marist on Sunday, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball received a vote in the most recent Associated Press (AP) Top 25 Poll released on Monday.

It marks the second time in the 37-year history of the program that the Bonnies earned votes in the AP Poll. Last year, the Bonnies earned two votes after the upset of then-#21/24 Michigan State.

St. Bonaventure’s recent exposure into the national spotlight is aided by its fantastic 8-0 start and a double-digit win against Marist at the Reilly Center on Sunday. The eight game-winning streak is the longest in program history, besting the last streak by two victories.

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Sabres Embark On Tough Week Tonight

  • Posted on December 7, 2009 at 11:59 am

While the Buffalo Sabres (16-8-2) have had a pretty good first quarter of the season, they’ve been prone to several peaks and valleys. A three game winning streak in November quickly turned into a four game slump, which turned back around into four victories in a row. Now the Sabres have another loss and, with a hard week ahead, need to avoid the routine fall back down.

A loss here and there is more than just acceptable, it’s expected. However, if every time Buffalo loses it morphs into three or four and a bad overall week, it’s a problem. These mood swings turn into big problems later on, especially when they are battling for a playoff spot and need to string together a few good weeks at season’s end.

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Time to turn to Hardy

  • Posted on December 7, 2009 at 9:23 am

Big things in both a literal and figurative sense were supposedly on the horizon when the Buffalo Bills drafted James Hardy in the second round (41st overall) of the 2008 NFL draft. Red zone woes were the primary reason the Bills tabbed the six foot-five goliath over smallish receivers Eddie Royal, who went to Denver with the next selection and DeSean Jackson, going to Philadelphia eight picks later.

While Hardy was hardly a big play machine his rookie season, he did show glimpses of becoming the go-to guy near the end zone.  He only had nine receptions in 2008, but two went for touchdowns, including the game winner late at Jacksonville in week two.  Unfortunately his season ended prematurely with a nasty ACL knee injury late in the season against the New York Jets.

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Manhattan Drops Canisius, 71-57

  • Posted on December 7, 2009 at 6:45 am

Manhattan College shot 50.8 percent from the field and junior Rico Pickett scored a career-high 21 points as the visiting Jaspers defeated Canisius College 71-57 Sunday afternoon in the Koessler Athletic Center. Manhattan moves to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in MAAC action, while the Golden Griffins slipped to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Pickett was one of three Manhattan players to post double figures on the final stat sheet after he went 9-for-16 from the field, 2-for-5 from 3-point range and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. Darryl Crawford came off the bench to add 19 points and six rebounds for Manhattan, while Andrew Gabriel posted 13 points and five boards in the winning effort.

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Strong second half sends Lady Bonnies past Marist, 61-43

  • Posted on December 7, 2009 at 5:02 am

Senior forward Dana Mitchell notched her seventh career double-double to help St. Bonaventure women’s basketball to 61-43 win against MAAC preseason favorite Marist on Sunday afternoon in the Reilly Center.

Mitchell led the Bonnies in scoring for the third time this season with 22 points and pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds. Mitchell moves into fourth place on the all-time scoring list with 1,584 points.

St. Bonaventure shot 44 percent from the field (22-of-49) and an impressive 12-of-13 from the line to improve to 8-0 on the season. The win adds to the program’s longest winning-streak.

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