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Gladstone to Discuss Controversial Book in Buffalo

  • Posted on December 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Bitter Cup of CoffeeDouglas J. Gladstone, the author of A Bitter Cup of Coffee; How MLB & The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees A Curve, will read excerpts from his book at The Dog Ears Bookstore on Friday, January 14, 2011, beginning at 6 P.M.. Mr. Gladstone will also take questions from the audience and sign copies of the book for all those individuals who purchase it that evening.

With a foreword written by the Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, Dave Marash, A Bitter Cup of Coffee tells the true story of a group of former big-league ballplayers denied pensions as a result of the failure of both the league and the union to retroactively amend the vesting requirement change that granted instant pension eligibility to ballplayers in 1980. Prior to that year, ballplayers had to have four years service credit to earn an annuity and medical benefits. Since 1980, however, all you have needed is one day of service credit to qualify for health insurance and 43 days of service credit for a pension.

Here’s, in part, what the Midwest Book Review had to say about the book in its official review, which was published in May:

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Licata Continues Historic High School Career With Another Record

  • Posted on December 30, 2010 at 12:28 am

Joe Licata Williamsville ( it’s all said and done, Williamsville South’s Joe Licata will go down as having one of… if not the greatest high school sports careers in Western New York history.

Already the most prolific passing quarterback in WNY history as well as the 2010 Connolly Cup winner (given to the area’s best football player), Licata smashed another record Wednesday night, this time on the basketball court.

Licata sunk seven three-pointers as South defeated Williamsville North, 61-46 to win the Jolly Boys Tournament.  In the process, Licata set the all-time WNY career mark for three-pointers with 288.  City basketball legend Ritchie Campbell (Burgard) previously held the record of 285 in 1990.

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Stevie Johnson Worried About Improving, Not Contract

  • Posted on December 30, 2010 at 12:02 am

Steve Johnson End ZoneSometimes there’s a price to pay for individuals in the NFL when your team isn’t successful.  Such is the case with charismatic Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson.  Toiling in obscurity after being planted near the bottom of the depth his first two years in the league, Johnson went ballistic in 2010 with a memorable season on the field… and similarly unforgettable off it.

On the field Johnson is on the verge of making Bills history.  He has 10 touchdown catches with Sunday’s game remaining against the New York Jets.  If he can take one more pass to the end zone from Ryan Fitzpatrick (or Brian Brohm if Fitzpatrick can’t go), he’ll tie the team-record of 11 TD receptions set by Bill Brooks in 1995.

As it stands he’s one of just four Bills receivers ever to accumulate 10 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards receiving in the same season (Eric Moulds, Andre Reed, Elbert Dubenion.)

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WNY Native Worthington Gets Shot With Bucs

  • Posted on December 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Doug WorthingtonAnother Western New York native is set to get his shot at NFL stardom.   The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday announced that defensive end Doug Worthington has been promoted from their practice squad to the active roster.

Worthington is from WNY and played his high school ball at St. Francis, where he was a first-team, All-State selection at defensive end in 2005.

On Thanksgiving Day 2007 Worthington was named to the first-team 50th anniversary All-Western New York football team.

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College Corner: A Holiday Look at the Big Four

  • Posted on December 29, 2010 at 6:25 am

College Corner LogoIf St. Bonaventure basketball coach Mark Schmidt’s Christmas present was a healthy Marquise Simmons, perhaps his New Year’s resolution will be an end to overtime games.

Again the Bonnies went toe-to-toe with a power conference team, this time Virginia Tech — picked to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference by their respective coaches —  and the Hokies needed an extra session to finally put away the shorthanded Bona squad.

This Bonaventure team that erased an early 21-5 deficit, and a team who played a four-overtime game just five days earlier, had nothing left in the tank after regulation ended. With star forward Andrew Nicholson already cramping for much of the second, Bona lost 76-68.

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USA Improves to 2-0 in World Junior Play

  • Posted on December 29, 2010 at 5:33 am

World JuniorsKyle Palmieri scored two first-period goals and added an assist, as the U.S. National Junior Team topped Slovakia, 6-1, in its second preliminary-round game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. Team USA improved to 1-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and currently sits in first place in Group A.

“I was happy with our power play tonight getting three goals,” said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. “We hope to continue to improve as the tournament goes on so that we’re at our best at the end.”

Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Chris Kreider chipped the puck through the neutral zone to spring Charlie Coyle on a two-on-one rush. Coyle fed Palmieri in the crease for a tip-in goal.

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Report: Pegula Purchasing Sabres a Done Deal

  • Posted on December 29, 2010 at 1:38 am

Peluga Forbes PhotoBuffalo Sabres fans holding a glimmer of hope for a brighter future may have gotten it Tuesday evening.  According to a report by, it’s expected to be announced that Tom Golisano has sold the Buffalo Sabres to billionaire businessman and Sabres fan Terry Pegula shortly after the World Junior Hockey Championships concludes play next week.

In their report, Scott Brown cites a source that tells him the timing of the announcement is being dictated by Golisano.   Pegula will purchase the Sabres for approximately $175-million when the sale is finalized and made public.  Golisano will end up profiting close to $100-million for his investment in 2003 that brought the Sabres out of bankruptcy and very likely saved their existence in Buffalo.

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Bonnies Defeat Siena, Claim First Franciscan Cup

  • Posted on December 29, 2010 at 1:30 am

Bonnies CupAndrew Nicholson led all scorers with 26 points, Michael Davenport scored 15 of his 20 in the second half and Ogo Adegboye added 18 as St. Bonaventure (7-4) overcame a nine point deficit to defeat Siena (4-7), 82-79, and win the inaugural Franciscan cup Tuesday night at the Reilly Center.

After trailing for much of the first half, the Saints (4-7) regained a 42-41 lead on Kyle Downey’s 3-pointer with 14:59 left and built the advantage to as many as nine, 55-46, on a Downey layup with 10:26 to play.

From there though, the Bonnies were sparked by 3’s from Adegboye and Davenport to go with a traditional 3-point play on a two-handed dunk from Nicholson on consecutive possessions to cut Siena’s lead to two, 57-55. The teams traded a pair of buckets before St. Bonaventure embarked on an 8-0 run and held Siena scoreless for a 3:42 span to lock up the victory.
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Niagara Destroyed by Drexel, 84-39

  • Posted on December 29, 2010 at 12:40 am

Anthony Nelson NiagaraThe Niagara men’s basketball team lost to the Drexel Dragons, 84-39, on Tuesday to snap its three-game win streak against the Dragons.

Niagara’s (3-10) early season woes continued, especially on the offensive end, as Drexel’s (9-2) size disrupted the Purple Eagles on both ends. The Purple Eagles were held to 1-for-17 shooting from the field in the opening 12 minutes as the Dragons went on an 18-0 run en route to a 44-15 halftime lead. NU shot 15 percent in the first half and finished the game with a season-low 29.4 percent from the field and season-low one 3-point field goal.

Senior Anthony Nelson led the Purple Eagles with 14 points and was 7-for-11 from the free-throw line. Philadelphia natives, Kashief Edwards and Scooter Gillette, scored eight and five points, respectively.
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Mike Weber Carries Sabres In Much Needed Win

  • Posted on December 28, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Sabres old logoThe Buffalo Sabres bounced back from a poor effort in Calgary Monday with a much-needed 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night at the Skyreach Center.

Edmonton got on the board just 1:27 into the first period when Dustin Penner got a puck past Ryan Miller, but rookie Luke Adam scored his second of the season for Buffalo to tie the game at 1-1 late in the second.

Sabres defensemen Mike Weber scored the first NHL goal of his career in the second period to give Buffalo its first lead, 2-1.

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H.S. Hoops Holiday Tourney Round-Up

  • Posted on December 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Dave Scarcello Timon Takes It To the NetBishop Timon St. Jude remained undefeated in boys high school basketball Tuesday evening, easily defeating Iroquois, 69-41 to win the third annual Mark F. Scarcello Memorial Classic in front of their home South Buffalo crowd.

Timon improved to 7-0 on the season and outscored Iroquois and Buffalo Science Academy over the past two nights by a combined 151-67.  While skeptics will point, quite accurately to their lack of quality opponents on the early portion of the schedule, there’s no denying the Tigers are one of the area’s most explosive teams.

Timon roared to a commanding early lead as Junior Jordan Williams matched the point output of the entire Iroquois team in the first quarter (nine).

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Kyle Williams Snubbed From Pro Bowl Roster

  • Posted on December 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Kyle-WilliamsThe NFL announced its Pro Bowl rosters this evening and amazingly, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams was snubbed from the roster.  Instead it’s Haloti Ngata, Vince Wilfork and Richard Seymour going as the interior defensive linemen.

It’s the first time no one from the Bills was voted to the Pro Bowl since 1986.

Despite being in the middle of the worst run defense in the NFL, Williams is easily having the best season of his career.  The fifth-round pick of the 2006 draft leads the Bills with 5.5 sacks and his 52 solo tackles are second in the NFL among defensive tackles to only Ahtyba Rubin (Cleveland).

Williams’ play has earned league-wide respect throughout the season from opposing players and coach’s  despite being less than ideal size for a nose tackle (Williams is 6-feet-1 and weighs 305-pounds).  He’s clearly been the best player on the defense and arguably the most consistent on the entire roster.

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Six New Faces Highlight Bandits Roster

  • Posted on December 28, 2010 at 7:30 am

buffalo bandits logoBuffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team’s 23-man roster for the 2011 National Lacrosse League season.

The Bandits return 17 players from their 2010 squad including veterans John Tavares and Mark Steenhuis. There will be six new faces on the roster: forwards Tracey Kelusky, Brenden Thenhaus and Chad Culp, defensemen Scott Self and rookie Travis Irving, and faceoff specialist and transition player Jay Thorimbert.

This will be the second tour of duty with the Bandits for Thenhaus, Self and Thorimbert.
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VandeBovenkamp Named MAAC Rookie of the Week,

  • Posted on December 28, 2010 at 6:02 am

GriffsCanisius College women’s basketball freshman Courtney VandeBovenkamp was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday. VandeBovenkamp is the fourth Golden Griffin to receive the honor in seven weeks this season.

Prior to this season, Canisius never had more than two freshmen receive the weekly honor in the same season. Also, the four Griffs to win the award set a new MAAC record. The previous record was three, most recently accomplished by Manhattan and Fairfield in 2004-05.

VandeBovenkamp led Canisius with 19 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes at Bowling Green on Monday. The 6-foot-1 forward set a career high in scoring against the Falcons, going 5-for-6 from the floor and 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. VandeBovenkamp recorded six or more rebounds for the fourth time and also didn’t commit a turnover for the first time this season.
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Gil Perrault to Sign Autographs Today

  • Posted on December 28, 2010 at 4:58 am

Sabres old logoThe Buffalo Sabres announced that Hall of Famer Gilbert Perreault will appear at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery tomorrow from 2-4 p.m. to sign autographs. Perreault’s appearance coincides with the “Forty: The Sabres in the NHL” exhibition currently on display at the gallery.

The exhibition features more than 200 photographs and film documenting the team’s history and character, along with a new and innovative video installation, NHL in 360°. The installation gives audiences a glimpse of the thrill that hockey players experience during the game—the required skill, brute physicality, and elegance of skating at great speed.

Admission to the Gallery during this special exhibition is $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and students (ages 13 and up); $5 for children 6–12; and FREE for Gallery Members and children 5 and under. All admissions include a special souvenir program.

Sabres Lose on Road to Calgary, 5-2

  • Posted on December 28, 2010 at 12:54 am

Sabres old logoThe good news is that the Buffalo Sabres offense looked pretty much the same as it had before leading scorer Derek Roy suffered a torn quadriceps.  The bad news is that offense was pretty bad to begin while he was in the lineup.

The Sabres went to Calgary Monday night and put together another anemic offensive effort.  They scored first but saw the Flames run off four of the game’s final five tallies as Calgary easily handled Buffalo, 5-2.

Drew Stafford and Patrick Kaleta scored the Buffalo goals.  Tyler Myers had the flu and missed the first game of his career.

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Timon, Iroquois Dominate in Scarcello Memorial

  • Posted on December 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Dave Scarcello TimonBishop Timon St. Jude played host to the third annual Mark F. Scarcello Memorial Basketball Classic Monday evening in South Buffalo.  As expected, the Tigers had no problem advancing to Tuesday’s final.

Ranked eighth among large schools in Western New York, Timon dominated from the opening tip against an outgunned Buffalo Academy of Science Charter squad, exploding to a 34-point lead at halftime and coasting to an 82-26 victory.

Juniors Kyle Kobis and Jordan Williams keyed a one-sided first quarter that saw Timon (6-0) take control, 22-10.  The two combined for 18 points in the first eight minutes with Kobis springing for 13 on his own.

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Bflo News Comes Up Big With Pair of Holiday Gems

  • Posted on December 27, 2010 at 10:58 am

While I try to not make it a daily routine to plug stories that have nothing to do with Buffalo Sports Daily, I’m first and foremost a fan of outstanding writing and feel I’d be ripping you off I didn’t share quality stories regardless of the source.  There were a pair of sports-related stories in the Buffalo News recently you may have missed because of the holidays.  If you’re reading BSD today I felt compelled to share them with you.

Keith McShea of the Buffalo News wrote a touching story on Christmas Eve about Meghan Redenbach; a former volleyball player at Royalton-Hartland High School.  Sadly, Meghan lost her battle with cancer on Christmas Eve.  I got the opportunity to meet her once while she was battling this dreaded disease and I can’t express how special this young woman was.

Rather than get into more details, I think McShea wrote everything perfectly—-so read the article by clicking here.

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What They’re Writing About The Bills

  • Posted on December 27, 2010 at 9:35 am

HackerJerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News wrote that when the Bills were confronted by a bully, they ran and hid.

Among other things, Nick Mendola (WECK-1230) is not a fan of Drayton Florence’s play.

ESPN AFC East blogger Tim Graham said it simple and perhaps best; Tom Brady is the clear-cut MVP this season.

Brian Galliford of Buffalo Rumblings keeps it short but hammers home a critical point- Ryan Fitzpatrick was responsible for five turnovers and the Bills will never beat another team when that happens.

Leo Roth of the Rochester Democract  & Chronicle hands out report card grades and Chan Gailey gets a big, fat “F”.

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe tweeted throughout the game. In this gem, he insinuates Fitzpatrick leads the league in “buddy” passes.

WGR’s Paul Hamilton thinks Sunday proved the Bills aren’t ready to be up for a big game yet.

Bills Game Balls

  • Posted on December 27, 2010 at 7:30 am

gameballsLGWin or lose, I’ve made it a weekly tradition to hand out “game balls” to four Buffalo Bills players who I thought performed the best.

I gotta tell you… I’m really scratching my head right now to come up with four. Frankly I’ve been stuck since I came up with two… and I’m completely grasping for straws with the last selection.

It goes beyond logic had bad the Bills play whenever they face the New England Patriots.  This marks 15 games in a row Buffalo has been handled by the Patriots and over their last six home games, Buffalo’s been outscored, 183-36 (thanks for that stat, Sal Maiorana.)

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Bills Better Off Losing

  • Posted on December 27, 2010 at 5:25 am

EnimenHad the Buffalo Bills been able to knock off powerhouse New England Sunday in Orchard Park, surely my mindset would be different.  They’d have won five of seven games and I’d be all about them ending the season six for eight by handing the New York Jets a defeat to end the season, regardless of draft order consequence.

But after witnessing first-hand how far the Bills have to get in New England’s league, I’ll finally say something (at least publicly) I haven’t all season long.

I hope the Bills lose their last game.

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Americans Survive Finland in World Juniors Opener

  • Posted on December 27, 2010 at 12:02 am

World JuniorsIt took going beyond regulation time, but the United States earned an overtime opening night win over Finland, 3-2 in front of a boisterous and quite relieved American crowd Sunday evening at the HSBC Arena as the World Hockey Junior Championships opened in Buffalo, New York.

Nick Bjugstad slid a puck between the legs of the Finnish goaltender Joni Ortio to give the Americans the win with 1:42 left in overtime after they twice blew one-goal leads earlier in the game.

Justin Faulk and Jason Zucker also scored for the Americans, who were outshot 43-30 by Finland.

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Patriots Humble Bills Again, 34-3

  • Posted on December 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

pats bills logo1Williamsville restaurateur Russell Salvatore gave area fans of the Buffalo Bills a colossal pre-Christmas present Thursday morning after buying up the remaining 7,000 tickets so viewers all over the region could watch the Bills take on the New England Patriots Sunday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

While questionably owed a nice debt of gratitude for his actions, plenty of Bills fans may wish Salvatore hadn’t been so generous.

If the true measure of the Bills progress comes down to how they fare against the Patriots, it was exploited wholeheartedly Sunday Buffalo still has miles to go.

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Bills Catch Break With Hernandez Inactive

  • Posted on December 26, 2010 at 11:10 am

Bills HelmetWe’re back from our mini Christmas vacation. We hope you enjoyed the holiday. Now, it’s time to get back to business.

The Buffalo Bills will catch a huge break this afternoon as New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will miss the game as he nurses a hip injury.

A rookie, Hernandez torched the Bills the first time the teams met in week three; a 38-30 Patriots victory.  Hernandez had a game-high six catches for 65 yards in that game and also ran an end around for 13 yards.

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Merry Christmas… And Thank You!

  • Posted on December 25, 2010 at 5:00 am

Santa ClausMost say Christmas is a day for giving, but frankly, I much prefer receiving.

This year I’ve been the beneficiary of an abundance of receiving,  as the support of many have helped Buffalo Sports Daily continue to grow into a reputable source of sports news, stories and information around the Western York Region (though some will surely disagree).

Despite a year of ups and downs, I feel blessed for being able to remain captaining this little ship of ours. I’m also conscious and indebted to the time and effort of several people  that continue to make this website of ours slowly flourish.

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