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Brandon still the key in Cowher Chase

  • Posted on December 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm

On Tuesday night Sal Capaccio came out in the open on his “Buffalo Bills Now!” UStream show that a source outside the Bills organization revealed to him Cowher is very impressed with the Buffalo Bills organization, and in no way would automatically rule out becoming the next head coach if the Bills were to come calling.

And according to Capaccio, the Bills have.  His source told him he “wouldn’t be surprised if they are talking today.”

Buffalo Sport Daily was the first to convey Capaccio’s comments, and by Wednesday morning the news was all over the nation, literally., WGR, Pro Football Talk, National Football Post and among others published stories, citing the report.

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NEW DIRECTION: Nix will build through draft

  • Posted on December 31, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Buddy Nix knows he won’t be Mr. Popular. He knows he is not what people wanted.

At his press conference Thursday, Nix glanced around the media room, absorbed the somber mood and quickly addressed the elephant in the room.

“I can see a little disappointment on your faces that a genius isn’t standing up here,” Nix said. “But it’s kind of like getting up in the morning after the draft and reading the newspaper and seeing a A-plus…and two years later you’re fired.” Agreed. On the surface, Nix is not the outsider Buffalo needs. He was part of the self-destruction at One Bills Drive this season. But really, he wasn’t. Instead, Nix’s claim to fame is bringing back the San Diego Chargers.

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Buffalo Sabres New Year’s Resolutions

  • Posted on December 31, 2009 at 11:58 am

We all have our New Year’s resolutions.  Some want to lose weight, advance in their job, travel to exotic locations.  Regardless of what, we all have them.

That includes the first place Buffalo Sabres.  Sure, they’ve been one of the league’s most pleasant surprises as 2009 comes to a close, but don’t think each and every player isn’t striving for bigger things when the calendar hits 2010.

I’ve been able to obtain a top-secret list of Buffalo Sabres New Year’s resolutions and in the spirit of giving thought I’d share them all with you.

Ryan Miller: To finally be considered an elite goalie.

Mike Grier: To remind this team what winning is like.

Nathan Paetsch: To learn how to play goalie, too, just in case Coach needs it.

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Bona fends off Little 3 rival Canisius, 82-75

  • Posted on December 31, 2009 at 10:37 am

Behind a season-high five players in double figures and a great all-around performance from senior Jonathan Hall, St. Bonaventure was able to fend off Little 3 rival Canisius for an 82-75 win on Wednesday night at the Reilly Center.

The win snaps a two-game losing streak and a three-game slide against Little 3 opponents for the Bonnies and improves their record to 7-5. The Brown and White are a perfect 5-0 on Bob Lanier Court this season and are currently riding a nine-game home win streak that dates back to last season. The loss snaps a two-game win streak for Canisius, as they slip to 6-7.

Hall became the first Bonnie this season to lead the team in all three major statistical categories, finishing with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The Miami, Fla., product went 10-of-16 from the floor and chipped in three blocks and two steals over his 38 minutes of work.
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Pierce’s career-high 31 leads Bulls to win over Liberty

  • Posted on December 31, 2009 at 6:00 am

All-Tournament selection Rodney Pierce scored a career-high 31 points to lead Buffalo to an 81-64 win over Liberty in the consolation game of the UCF Holiday Classic.

Pierce led a trio of double figure scorers by hitting 11-of-22 shots and matched his career-high with five three-point field goals. He became the first Bull since Calvin Cage, who had 30 points in the 2006 Mid-American Conference Tournament versus Ball State, to score 30 or more points in a game. For his 57 points in the tournament, Pierce was named to the All-Tournament team.

Pierce has now scored 86 points (28.6 ppg) in his last three outings and has gone over 20 points in five straight games, the first Bull since Cage pulled off the feat in 2005-06. The Buffalo native had plenty of help, as fellow seniors Calvin Betts and JOhn Boyer each had 15 points. Betts added eight rebounds, while Boyer had nine assists, including eight in the first half alone.

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