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Sabres lose to Isles in shootout, 3-2

  • Posted on January 16, 2010 at 10:51 pm

The Buffalo traveled to Long Island Saturday night for a skate with the red-hot (7-2-1 in their last 10) New York Islanders. It was the second stop for Buffalo in their season-long, seven-game road trip.

Buffalo trailed 2-0 before goals by Mike Grier and Drew Stafford tied the score, eventually sending the game to overtime and then a shootout before the Islanders finally prevailed, 3-2.

Even with the loss the Sabres have now earned at least a point in 10 straight games and haven’t lost in regulation since falling to Washington on December 23. They’re 7-0-3 in their last 10 and with 64 points are tied with Washington for second in the Eastern conference, two points behind leader New Jersey.

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Niagara men drop third in a row

  • Posted on January 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm

The Niagara men’s basketball team (10-9, 3-4 MAAC) dropped a road MAAC contest against the Iona Gaels (12-6, 4-3 MAAC), 64-47, on Saturday night. The Purple Eagles were held to a season-low 47 points and shot a season-low 28.0 percent from the field.

Niagara has lost three in a row for the first time since the beginning of the 2006-07 season during a 1-6 start. That team rebounded to win the 2007 MAAC Tournament and reach the NCAA Tournament.

Iona started the game on a 13-4 run and never trailed in their first home game since December. Nine different Gaels made a field goal in the win.

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Coles’ three pointer gives Griffs OT win at Manhattan

  • Posted on January 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Canisius junior Julius Coles hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 5.8 seconds left on the clock and Manhattan’s last second shot to tie hit the from rim as the Golden Griffins secured a 63-61 overtime victory over the Jaspers Saturday afternoon in the Draddy Gymnasium. The win improves Canisius to 9-9 overall and 4-3 in the MAAC, while Manhattan fell to 7-10 overall and 2-5 in league play.

Coles led the Griffs with a team-high 15 points as he returned to the starting line-up for the first time since Jan. 2. Junior Tomas Vazquez-Simmons posted his third career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Frank Turner and junior Elton Frazier chipped in 12 points apiece in the winning effort.

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Report: Harbaugh turns down offer to be Bills head coach

  • Posted on January 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm

On the CBS pregame show Saturday night, Charlie Casserly cited multiple sources that told him the Buffalo Bills offered their head coaching position to Jim Harbaugh, and the current Stanford  coach turned it down.

If the organization hasn’t already hit rock bottom they’re certainly flirting with it.  Candidates who’ve publicly declared their aspiration to be a NFL coach are turning down jobs and in Brian Schottenheimer as well as possibly Ron Rivera and Russ Grimm’s case, interviews.

Yes, this organization’s league-wide perception is at an all-time low.

At this rate it’s almost certain Leslie Frazier will become the next Bills head coach, if for no other reason he seems to be the only candidate willing to take the job.

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Women college hoops pick up 3 of 4 wins

  • Posted on January 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Saturday was a kind day to local women’s college basketball.  Niagara, Canisius and the University of Buffalo all picked up key victories, with the Griffs and Bulls winning conference games for the first time this season.  Only St. Bonaventure came out on the losing end of the stick, dropping a 76-65 decision to Dayton.

The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team scored the first seven points and led wire-to-wire on Saturday afternoon as the Bulls picked up their first conference win, defeating Ohio, 76-62, at Alumni Arena. For the first time this season the Bulls had four players in double figures in scoring as UB improves to 5-12 on the season and 1-3 in the MAC.

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Sabres top prospect suspended indefinitely

  • Posted on January 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Zach Kassian, the Buffalo Sabres first round (13th overall) pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft, is in hot water with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)

The current Windsor Spitfires forward has been suspended indefinitely by the league for a dirty open ice hit against a defenseless Matt Kennedy (Barrie) on Thursday night.  The hit gave Kennedy a concussion and forced doctors to use stitches and staples to close his facial wounds.

“I wasn’t trying to hurt him.” Kassian told the Windsor Star.  (We’d hate to see the result had he been).

While Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is sure to look down on this kind of play, it also serves little doubt this kid will be a physical presence in the Buffalo lineup someday.

Kassian has nine goals and 19 assists in 34 games this year.

Take a look for yourself at the brutal hit.

Niagara scores huge college hockey win

  • Posted on January 16, 2010 at 11:36 am

Six consecutive goals by the Niagara men’s hockey team (6-12-2, 2-3-1 CHA) made sure the Purple Eagles would go down in CHA lore as the only unbeaten team in league history, as the Purple Eagles upset the No. 11 Bemidji State Beavers (14-5-2, 8-1-0 CHA) on Friday night at Dwyer Arena.

Niagara’s first victory over a ranked foe since a 4-3 defeat of No. 14 Clarkson at home last season made sure that the only team that will ever have finished a season of CHA play unbeaten is the 1999-00 Niagara team that went 15-0-2 en route to a berth in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

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Critical weekend for Bills coaching search

  • Posted on January 16, 2010 at 11:14 am

The Buffalo Bills went after the big fish in starting their head coaching search. Mike Shanahan was wooed way back in November, and Bill Cowher was wooed much more recently. Buffalo’s backup plan included formally requesting permission to interview three of the league’s most respected coordinators. With the NFL’s divisional round of playoffs set to begin today, the Bills enter a critical weekend in their coaching search, even while not participating themselves.

Shanahan is in Washington, and Cowher appears comfortable waiting for other opportunities beyond 2010. One candidate the team interviewed, Perry Fewell, is the Giants’ new defensive coordinator. One coordinator has already turned down Buffalo’s interview request; Brian Schottenheimer is happy where he’s at. A second, Arizona’s Russ Grimm, is likely to follow suit.

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