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Flynn pumps in career-high 29 in key win

  • Posted on January 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

A struggling Johnny Flynn and his Minnesota Timberwolves took their home floor Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers.  Determined to not continue the losing path his team has been on all season long, the Niagara Falls native had the best game of his brief career.

Flynn pumped in a career-high 29 points, double his season average in 43 minutes as the Wolves upended Philadelphia, 108-103.

Flynn also tied a career-best with 9 assists and added 4 rebounds to solidify his best all around game as a young pro.

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Studesville headed to Denver

  • Posted on January 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that former Buffalo Bills running backs coach Eric Studesville will take the same position with the Denver Broncos.

He will replace Bobby Turner.

Studesville had been the Bills running back coach since 2004.  He previously served in the same capacity with the New York Giants and Chicago Bears.

Studesville is the latest in a long line of Bills coaches from a year ago having no trouble finding another job.  Bobby April is now the special teams coach in Philadelphia, while Perry Fewell will run the Giants defense and Sean Kuglar the Pittsburgh offensive line.

Preview: UB at Kent State

  • Posted on January 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

UB is in a place they have never been, 3-0 in conference play and they have arguably taken care of the two other teams most likely to win the East (Akron and Bowling Green). What remains before cross division play ensue is a road trip to Kent, and Athens for matches against two teams currently sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Division.

Should UB manage to win these games they can hit Western play with a 5-0 mark, huge for a team that punted away a game to the Jacksonville Dolphins less three weeks ago.

As much as I’m looking forward to an undefeated UB possibly facing down a loss less NIU in late January (a nice east west power showdown happens rarely in Basketball) MAC Road wins are always hard earned and record aside Kent it not all that bad a team. Bull Run’s own Hoops Czar Brandon had them as his second best team in the pre season power rankings and their two conference losses are by a total of eight points. Miami needed overtime to beat them and Bowling Green was trailing until there was a scant 1:30 left on the clock. Out of conference play both teams beat Green Bay (The Flashes needed overtime).

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Gailey’s first moves hold critical importance

  • Posted on January 20, 2010 at 9:10 am

Clearly, when you’re a head coach in the NFL, every decision you make, no matter when or where, carries some degree of importance. Every decision carries some degree of magnitude when your job is as high-profile and high-demand as leading a professional football organization from the sidelines.

New Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey, simply because of his job title, has important decisions to make. But his decisions won’t be of run-of-the-mill importance; in case you missed it at the beginning of this paragraph, Gailey is the new coach of the Buffalo Bills. Gailey inherits the reigns of a team that has not made the playoffs in ten straight years amidst a level of fan angst rarely seen in these parts. There are holes to be filled at the most important positions on this roster. Without improvement in several key areas, Buffalo will not win many games in 2010, regardless of how much effort and creativity Gailey puts into his first year on the job here.

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Casting Call: High School Writers

  • Posted on January 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

Are you from the Western New York area, have a talent for writing and enjoy high school sports?

If the answer to these is yes, and you’d like to build your writing portfolio and get your work exposed to a readership that is growing leaps and bounds daily, then we’re looking for you.

It’s time to step up our high school coverage at Buffalo Sports Daily and I’m searching for a few quality writers to help make that happen.

I’m looking for someone with talent; regardless of age and experience who’s interested in covering and perhaps anchoring our high school sports coverage.  I want people willing to cover the area’s best games and profiling some of its biggest stars.

If you’re interested, send an email to pmoran@buffalosportsdaily.com

Niagara to induct three into Hall of Fame

  • Posted on January 20, 2010 at 8:37 am

The Niagara University Athletics Department will induct three new members into the Niagara Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 13, as part of a special Hall of Fame Weekend. The 2009-10 class includes Chris Begg (baseball), Eva Cunningham (women’s basketball), and Dick McCarthy (football).

Chris Begg
Begg, a 2001 graduate of Niagara, was the 2001 MAAC Pitcher of the Year. He holds the NU record for career strikeouts (195), complete games (13) and shutouts (3), as well as the single-season record for wins during the 2001 season with eight. Begg led Niagara to the 2001 MAAC Championships with an 8-3 record and 86 strikeouts. His 3.61 career earned-run average still ranks second in the schools career annals.

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Sabres rally falls short in Anaheim

  • Posted on January 20, 2010 at 8:22 am

Anaheim pummeled starting goaltender Patrick Lalime for four goals in the first 10:26 of the game and then held off a furious Sabres comeback to send Buffalo to their first regulation loss in 11 games Tuesday night, 5-4.

After seemingly getting blown off the ice after the four-goal deficit, coach Lindy Ruff pulled Lalime in favor of Ryan Miller.  Buffalo came out in the second period on fire, using goals by Tim Connolly and Clarke MacArthur in the first minute to cut the lead in half.

Steve Matador made it 4-3 just 6:12 into the second with his third goal of the year before Jonas Hiller was finally able to put a muzzle on the Sabres’ scoring.

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