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South Buffalo Team Earns Spot in Labatt Blue Pond Hockey

  • Posted on January 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm

A team from — and called — South Buffalo recently earned a spot in the elite division in the third annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament held on Lake Erie. South Buffalo defeated Inergex Icemen, 20 to 13, to win the Labatt Blue Winter Classic Outdoor Tournament on New Year’s Day, which subsequently advanced the team to the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament. The defeated Inergex Icemen won the Winter Classic and a trip to the Buffalo event last year. The Time Warner Classic Rink in East Aurora hosted the tournament both years.

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Report: Bills trying to set up interview with Frazier

  • Posted on January 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm

**Update** It’s happening.  Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweeted the Bills are en route to Minnesota to interview Leslie Frazier.

WGRZ’s Adam Benigni is reporting that the Buffalo Bills are working to set up an interview with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier regarding the team’s head coaching vacancy. Benigni’s report indicates that, per his source, an interview could be conducted as soon as Thursday.

Per league rules, Buffalo must seek permission from the Vikings to interview Frazier. As Minnesota is currently in the midst of a bye week heading into their home divisional playoff game, any interview with Frazier must take place prior to this weekend, as he will be unable to interview for coaching positions again until after the Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs.

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WGR Report: No contact between Billick and team

  • Posted on January 6, 2010 at 12:10 pm

In the never-ending saga that is becoming Brian Billick, WGR 550’s Nick Mendola reports the Buffalo Bills have not contacted Billick and no interview has been set up with the team.

Mendola cites the radio station has spoken with Billick and he said he doesn’t know new Bills general manager Buddy Nix and never has worked with him, but as the report stated Billick said he “would be interested if the right partnership is here.”

Billick has been tied to the Bills in several recent reports, though it’s never been confirmed he’s had contact with the Bills. Now, Billick confirms himself that hasn’t happened.

If nothing else the organization has been successful at keeping any plans under wraps.  The only thing we know is at this time nobody knows what the Bills are up to and any reports should be treated as little more than speculation.

Sabres hope to earn Ruff big milestone tonight

  • Posted on January 6, 2010 at 11:02 am

The Buffalo Sabres have been able to achieve a lot through the first half of the 2009-10 NHL season.  One thing they haven’t accomplished is winning five straight games.  They’ll try to change that tonight as the Sabres put their four-game winning streak on the line against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the HSBC Arena.  Game time is scheduled for 7pm.

The blue and gold have been riding the unrelenting pads of Ryan Miller all season long and recently a pair of embattled forwards has stepped up the offense.  Tim Connolly has points in six straight games and has nine during the streak, including the lone goal in Buffalo’s 1-0 shutout over Montreal on Sunday.  Jochen Hecht has chipped in with five points in his last four games.

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The Case For Marty Schottenheimer

  • Posted on January 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

I’ve been quietly running a series of Buffalo Bills head coaching possibilities, making a case for each to become Buffalo’s next head honcho.  I’ve already built arguments for Mike Martz and Brian Billick, though I’ll be honest—I don’t really want either, especially the former. No worries, Bills fans. Martz definitely won’t be the next coach. Billick on the other hand is a different story.

But the guy I’d really like to see in Buffalo is the man I’m making a defense for right now.  Although he’s currently retired, if Buddy Nix can lure Marty Schottenheimer off the couch onto the sidelines, he’d be the ideal fit here in Western New York.

Before beginning let’s address Bill Cowher.  He’s clearly the people’s choice and deservedly so. I’d probably dance a jig  if Cowher came to Buffalo.  Hell, I even launched a campaign on our website to erect a billboard on the thruway calling for Cowher’s services (with all proceeds going to charity, by the way).

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High School Wrestling Tourney Coming to NCCC

  • Posted on January 6, 2010 at 9:30 am

The prestigious Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association wrestling tournament will be held once again at Niagara County Community College on January 8th & 9th. This will be the 29th year of the tournament which is voluntarily run by the wrestling officials from the NFWOA. Thirty-two teams will compete at NCCC over the two days including five of the top ten ranked large schools and seven of the ranked western New York small schools. Among the ranked schools are number one Niagara Wheatfield and defending champion Lancaster.

Wrestling will begin at 1 pm on Friday January 8th and the Saturday session will begin at 10 am.

An interesting feature this year will be the match between NCCC and Mercyhurst North East held between the high school tournament consolation finals and the championship finals at approximately 5 pm. Coach Eric Knuutila’s Trailblazers are 3-3 on the season including competition against several four year scholarship teams.

Report: Billick wants Tice on his staff

  • Posted on January 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

In a report by WGRZ-TV sports anchor Ed Kilgore, Brian Billick has contacted Mike Tice about the possibility of joining him should he get the Buffalo Bills head coaching job.  Tice is currently the assistant head coach/tight end coach with Jacksonville and coached with Billick in Minnesota when he was offensive coordinator in 1997-98.

Tice became head coach in Minnesota when Dennis Green was fired in 2001 and held that post until 2005, compiling a 32-33 record.  He’s been an assistant with Jacksonville since 2006.

While this hardly means Billick is already a lock to be the next Buffalo head coach and claims the organization hasn’t contacted him yet, it’s serious indication that he’s ready to coach in the NFL again this year.

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08 IL MVP Hessman joins Mets

  • Posted on January 6, 2010 at 7:00 am

Photo by Brent HugoThe New York Mets today announced the signing of six players to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training. The list includes 2008 International League Most Valuable Player and All-Time Toledo Mud Hens Home Run King INF Mike Hessman and 2009 Buffalo Bisons Most Valuable Player, OF Jesus Feliciano.

Two-time International League All-Star INF Mike Cervenak has also been signed by the Mets as well as INF Russ Adams, INF Andy Green and RHP R.A. Dickey.

Hessman, 31, has spent the last five seasons in Detroit’s organization, playing 29 games with the Tigers and 591 games with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. The Mud Hens’ All-Time Home Run King hit 140 homers in a Toledo uniform, more than twice as many as any other player in the team’s 113-year history (Erve Beck, 67, 1896-1900).

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Buffalo State drops OT heartbreaker

  • Posted on January 6, 2010 at 6:00 am

T.O. Jackson (Bronx/Bronx Regional) had 25 points and 17 rebounds, but it was not enough as Buffalo State (1-5) dropped a 99-97 heartbreaker in double-overtime at Hobart (6-4) tonight in a non-conference battle.

Jake Simmons (Rochester/School of the Arts) scored 21 points for the Bengals shooting 8 of 23 from the field, but just 1 of 10 from 3-point range. Justin Mitchell (Buffalo/Bishop Timon) chipped in 14 points, and Antonio Samedi (St. Albans/Queens Vocational) added 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.

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