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HS Hoops: David Scarcello’s explosion leads Timon to rout

  • Posted on January 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Buffalo Sports DailyAfter a string of taxing Monsignor Martin Association match ups over the past few weeks, Bishop Timon was almost set up for a letdown against independent small school Tapestry Charter.  It became clear early as the first-year varsity program pounced on the Tigers for an early eight point lead and were up 15-9 after the first quarter.

Then David Scarcello personally made sure an upset would not be in the making.

The junior swingman exploded in the second frame, hitting shots all over the gym as he put up 19 points, including five three pointers in the second quarter alone as Timon turned the early deficit into a 13 point lead before halftime.

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Buffalo Bills Now! UStream Show 9:05pm

  • Posted on January 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Join Sal Capaccio as he discusses the latest Buffalo Bills news, including the addition of five new coaches and retention of two others. What’s next? Listen in live tonight to see what Sal has to say, and as always you’re invited to call into the show as well.

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Live Blog: Devils at Sabres (6:45pm)

  • Posted on January 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Join our friends at, Gooses Roost and Buffalo Blog for tonight’s live blog as the Buffalo Sabres finally return to the HSBC Arena for a match up with the New Jersey Devils.  Follow the game and chime in with your comments and questions.

Bills announce five new coaches, retain two

  • Posted on January 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm

buffalo-rumblingsIt took roughly a week, but the Buffalo Bills have officially announced the first five hires of Chan Gailey’s tenure as head coach. Two coaches that spent the 2009 season in Buffalo have also been retained.

Curtis Modkins is the new offensive coordinator and running backs coach. He comes to Buffalo via Arizona, where he spent the 2009 season working with Cardinals running backs. Modkins has coached with Gailey in three separate locations - Dallas, Georgia Tech and Kansas City. He replaces Alex Van Pelt and Eric Studesville.

Bob Bicknell is the new tight ends coach, coming over from Kansas City. He coached tight ends there this past season, and was the offensive line coach under Gailey and Herman Edwards in 2008. He replaces Charlie Coiner.

Joe D’Alessandris is the new offensive line coach. If you’re sensing a pattern here, D’Alessandris, too, comes over from Kansas City, where he was fired earlier in January. He, too worked with Gailey. He replaces Sean Kugler.

Kevin Patullo is the new offensive quality control coach. Yep - he worked with Kansas City, too, in the same capacity. He replaces Nathaniel Hackett.

Giff Smith has been hired as a defensive assistant. Note the lack of the words “outside,” “linebackers” and “coach” there. As we know from yesterday’s report, Smith worked with Gailey at Georgia Tech as a recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach.

George Catavolos has been retained as the team’s secondary coach, and Bob Sanders will stay on the staff as well as a defensive assistant, though it does not appear that he has been given an official title.

Source: George Catavolos will return

  • Posted on January 27, 2010 at 9:53 am

As mentioned yesterday, I’m reporting that the Buffalo Bills want to retain defensive backs coach George Catavolos to their 2010 coaching staff.  A source tells me new head coach Chan Gailey  asked Catavolos to return and  he will accept the position.

“He’s the reason why Buddy Nix and the Bills put out a statement denying the entire coaching staff was fired, but instead were free to pursue other jobs,” the source said.

Catavolos helped coach the Buffalo defense to 28 interceptions last season, second most in the NFL behind only Green Bay (30). The job was even more impressive considering major secondary injuries to Leodis McKelvin, Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott.

One of the most respected secondary coaches in the NFL, the 64-year old Catavolos is largely credited with the development of rookie Jairus Byrd, who finished tied for the second in the league with nine interceptions last season.

Bills Roster Review: Running Backs

  • Posted on January 27, 2010 at 9:38 am

Fred JacksonBuddy Nix likes running backs. Or, at least, the team he last worked for before he came to Buffalo (San Diego) really likes running backs. During Nix’s tenure out west, the Chargers drafted running backs particularly well. That’s not to say that they drafted a lot of running backs; they nabbed just three in the eight years that Nix spent there. You might recognize those three names, however: LaDainian Tomlinson, Michael Turner and Darren Sproles were all scouted by Nix.

Chan Gailey likes running backs, too. He’s worked with some of the greatest in league history, including Emmitt Smith and Jerome Bettis. Most recently, Gailey was part of a Kansas City organization that spent a third-round pick on Jamaal Charles, who exploded onto the scene with a 1,417-yard, 8-TD season in 2009 (albeit in Todd Haley’s offense, and not Gailey’s).

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HS Hoops: Grover survives Lackawanna 82-79

  • Posted on January 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

Ricky AlejandroTwo heavyweights of the small school class squared off Tuesday night as fourth-ranked Lackawanna played host to third-ranked Grover Cleveland.  After the teams traded plenty of punches in the second half, it was Grover’s Ricky Alejandro who finally threw the knockout punch.

The senior guard scored 13 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter as the Presidents knocked out a 12-point deficit and went on to a hard fought 82-79 victory.

“We’re taught never to give up,” Alejandro said.  “The game’s never over.  We’re a team and some people don’t know what a team is.”

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