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Sabres finally lose in marathon shootout

  • Posted on January 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm

When you’ve  been scorching like the Buffalo Sabres have lately, even the losses are of the productive variety.  After playing in flat-line mode through the first half of the game, the Sabres stormed back in the third period with a pair of goals to tie Colorado.  The Avalanche finally ended the Sabres six-game winning streak in a shootout, 4-3.

Twenty-two skaters into the marathon shootout, Matt Hendrik finally ended the game after beating Patrick Lalime with a backhander.  11 Sabres took part in the shootout with Tim Connolly, Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht scoring.

Buffalo is still 6-0-2 in their last eight games.

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Bulls Take MAC Opener Over Miami, 73-55

  • Posted on January 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team defeated Miami (OH), 73-55, in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams at Alumni Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Bulls jumped out to an 18-3 lead and never looked back en route to their largest margin of victory over the RedHawks since joining the conference in 1998.

Rodney Pierce scored 21 points to lead UB scorers. It marked the sixth straight game that the senior guard surpassed the 20-point plateau.

Calvin Betts notched his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Buffalo (8-4, 1-0 MAC) led by as many as 17 in the first half before the RedHawks cut the lead to eight by halftime. Miami whittled the lead to three with 15:52 left in the game. A jumper by Pierce and a three-pointer by Betts quickly extended the UB lead to eight.

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Bad day for women’s college hoops

  • Posted on January 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm

The Niagara women’s basketball team lost to the Manhattan Jaspers, 70-54, in its MAAC home opener on Saturday afternoon at the Gallagher Center. Niagara (3-11, 0-3 MAAC) forced 27 turnovers, which are one short of tying a season-high, and scored 21 points from those turnovers. However, the Purple Eagles had 23 turnovers themselves and some ended potential runs

Liz Flooks (White Plains, N.Y.) led NU with 15 points; Flooks, entered the game seventh in the NCAA in 3-point percentage, was only 1-for-6 from behind the arc. Kayla Stroman (Syracuse, N.Y.) had seven assists for the second-straight game to outduel her counterpart, Michelle Pacheco, who had three assists.

Over at Canisius, Iona scored the opening 11 points of the game and forced the Canisius College women’s basketball team into nine turnovers during the first nine minutes en route to defeating the Golden Griffins 60-48 in the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday. Canisius falls to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, losing its seventh straight contest.

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Kourtney Brown 2nd fastest to 1,000 points ever for Lady Bulls

  • Posted on January 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Junior Kourtney Brown became the second fastest player in school history to reach the 1,000 –point mark, however the Bulls fell 72-56 on Saturday afternoon to the Akron Zips at Rhodes Arena. Brown finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

The Bulls got off to a quick start to the game, as they held a four-point lead with 13:04 left in the opening half. However, following an Abby Dowd three with 11:50 remaining in the half, the UB offense would go cold, failing to record another field goal for the rest of the half. Brown was able to keep the Bulls in the game though as she went 8-for-11 in the opening 20 minutes from the free throw line.
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Second Allegation Against Lynch in 24 Hours

  • Posted on January 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Oft-troubled Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch is already in hot water after a Buffalo News story reported he allegedly took $20 from a Buffalo Police Sergeant’s wife at a TGI Fridays in Hamburg last December 7.

Doug Hendrickson, agent for Lynch, vigorously denied the allegation via an email to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Hendrickson told Florio the allegation was “totally false and malicious.”

He may soon have more explaining to do.

Buffalo Sports Daily has learned the Hamburg incident isn’t the first time Lynch allegedly helped himself to someone else’s money.  According to a very angry Steve Lapsley, Lynch pulled something similar this past August.

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Source: Cowher “nearly a lock” to coach in 2010

  • Posted on January 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

A source I spoke with this morning told me that Bill Cowher is “nearly a lock” to coach in the NFL again in 2010.  But Bills fans shouldn’t get excited quite yet.  Just because the Buffalo is the only team with a help wanted sign hanging on their head coaching door, it doesn’t automatically equate to Cowher roaming the sidelines in Orchard Park next season.

“All my Cowher sources say no way”.  The same source said, but also admitted there’s so much conflicting information out there they could be wrong.

Although there ‘s no other openings other than Buffalo at this moment—or at least once Pete Carroll is officially named Seattle Seahawks coach, that could still change in the coming days.   Dallas hosts Philadelphia tonight in a wild-card round matchup and should the Cowboys lose there’s speculation Wade Phillips could get sent packing.

While on the surface it appears the Seattle opening has no direct effect on the Bills, in reality it possibly will.  With Carroll taking the job there’s now an vacancy at USC and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that USC athletic director Mike Garrett tried to hire Jeff Fisher in 2001.

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Stampede open home slate with Rochester tonight

  • Posted on January 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

Prior to their upcoming season home opener tonight at Canisius College’s Koessler Athletic Center, the Buffalo Stampede have signed center Garrett Schmidt to the roster.

Schmidt, a 6-foot-11, 275-pound center, played his collegiate ball at Urbana University (NAIA). His prior professional experience includes stints with the Yamill Highflyers and Central Oregon Hotshots of the IBL (International Basketball League).

To make room for Schmidt the Stampede released Jonathan Battle.

The Stampede’s home opener tonight will feature their in-state rivals, two-time PBL champion Rochester Razorsharks. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Greg Gamble, former University of Buffalo star and one of 10 local players on the team, says Rochester doesn’t think much of Buffalo.

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More legal trouble for Marshawn Lynch

  • Posted on January 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

Early this past week, news broke that Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was facing a lawsuit stemming from his 2008 hit-and-run incident. This morning, the news gets worse on the Lynch front, as The Buffalo News is reporting that Lynch has been accused of stealing $20 from a woman in Hamburg last month.

The woman is the wife of Buffalo Police Sgt. William Crawford. Lynch allegedly took a $20 bill from the woman, and when her girlfriend confronted Lynch and asked for the money back, he threatened her.

Crawford filed a complaint against Lynch, and with the former Pro Bowl running back out of town after a disappointing 2009 season, a statement has since been given against Lynch. Crawford told the News that his wife and her friend are “terrified” of Lynch, whom he referred to as a “predator.” Crawford’s hope is that the case lands before a grand jury.

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Sabres beat Leafs for 10th straight time

  • Posted on January 9, 2010 at 2:21 am

Right now there’s three things life that are certain; death, taxes…  and the Buffalo Sabres beating the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Despite piling up a half century amount of shots on Ryan Miler, Toronto could not steal a win.   Miller made a career-high 48 stops and Tyler Myers supplied the offense with a pair of goals as the Sabres pulled out a 3-2 victory.

The win is the Sabres 10th straight against the frustrated Leafs.  Friday night’s victory was also Buffalo’s sixth straight overall; their longest since December of 2007.

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