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NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Ndamukong Suh

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 10:07 am

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
6′4, 302lbs

(#1 Prospect , #1 Defensive Prospect, #1 Defensive Tackle)

Suh does what we haven’t seen a defensive tackle do since Tommie Harris or Warren Sapp were in college. He completely takes over football games and has the ability to dictate how the opposing offense is going to operate based almost solely about how he looks early in the game.

His combination of explosiveness and strength are unparalleled in this class among his tackle peers. He has the power to completely bull rush a 320-pound guard and knock him down backwards while at the same time he can take on two blockers and hold up at the point of attack.

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The Bflo News High School Basketball Poll

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 9:17 am

The Buffalo News released their weekly high school boy’s basketball poll Tuesday.  With Nichols losing at Timon last Friday there’s a new number one at the top of the large schools. Jamestown (11-0) is the area’s lone undefeated school and inherits the top spot.  Nichols, which would’ve likely dropped farther after a loss to Canisius last night had the poll already not been set, falls to number two.

The Monsignor Martin Association dominates the large school poll with four schools (Nichols, Timon, Canisius, St. Joes) ranked in the top ten.  Two of them clash this Sunday at 4pm when Canisius takes on St. Joes.

Among the small schools, Grover Cleveland and Lackawanna have a chance to make a huge statement today when they face off at Lackawanna high school at 5:30pm.

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Bills Roster Review: Quarterbacks

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 8:27 am

Trent Edwards Buffalo Sports DailyWe wanted to start this series earlier but as only the Buffalo Bills can do, an overdrawn head coach search consumed your thoughts as much as it did ours.

Now that we at least know Ralph Wilson Chan Gailey will be calling the shots, at long last we can begin to examine the roster of which he inherits.  As we’ve stated multiple times over the past few weeks; Vince Lombardi, George Halas or Bill Walsh could’ve taken the job and it wouldn’t matter until they find more talented players.

This is the first of a 10-part series that will take a look at the current makeup of the Bills roster by position, identifying the core talent and exploring where they need the most help.  Consider yourself forewarned; most sections won’t be appealing.

Today we commence with a look at the quarterbacks.

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BSD Briefs: January 26

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

Yesterday I touched on being told that Jim Bates, a 4-3 based defensive coordinator remained the leading candidate for the Buffalo defensive coordinator job.  The way the Bills have operated this offseason, I’d be hard pressed to believe Buddy Nix himself if he got on the podium and declared he wanted Bates.

Buffalo hasn’t mastered winning on the field but they’ve taken the art of false leaks and media fooling to a whole new level. So we’ll have to see.

But Baltimore’s hiring of Dean Pees as linebackers coach Monday could give insight to the Bills defensive plans in regards to scheme.  Pees was reported by Pro Football Talk to be in the Bills mix for defensive coordinator and as poor the perception is league-wide in Buffalo, I find it hard to believe a guy with area connections would take a demotion to go to Baltimore if the gig in Buffalo was really his for the taking.

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Canisius H.S. edges Nichols in battle of large school giants

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 7:15 am

The way things have went in boy’s high school basketball this season, it was merely a formality Nichols and Canisius would come down to a final possession.

In the game’s most critical sequence, Canisius forward James Gaines grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw with 20 seconds remaining and then sunk both of his own after getting fouled, giving the Crusaders a three-point lead as they’d hold on to defeat Nichols, 51-50 in front of a rabid home crowd.

Playing for one shot to tie and down three, Nichols guard Dieter Clauss scored on layup to cut the lead to one with four seconds left.  The problem was they were out of timeouts and Canisius didn’t have to inbound the ball before the clock ran out.

Wisely, they didn’t.

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Sabres conclude road trip with loss to Vancouver

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 7:10 am

The Buffalo Sabres finally concluded their season-long seven game road trip late Monday night with a 3-2 loss to Vancouver.

Buffalo concluded the two week journey 2-3-2.

Thomas Vanek and Adam Mair scored for the Sabres.  Tim Connolly picked up an assist on Vanek’s goal for a point in his 16th consecutive game— tied for the fourth longest in franchise history and just two behind Gilbert Perrault’s record of 18 games in 1971.

The Sabres lost for their second consecutive time after scoring the game’s first goal after going 21-2-3 on the year before Saturday when scoring first.

They host New Jersey on Wednesday night.

Reviewing the Bills 2009 Draft

  • Posted on January 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Anyone who’s paid attention to my discussing this year’s Buffalo Bills rookie class can distinguish my belief of it being premature to judge the path each career is heading on. It’s impractical to discern if injuries are an unlucky occurrence or a lingering part of their career (e.g. Jairus Byrd, Eric Wood).

No one knows how a player might respond to a different position, such as a certain first-round draft pick moving to a 3-4 outside linebacker role. Does a feeble rookie season mean the draft pick was wasted and all hope should be given up?

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Two Former Bulls On Way To Super Bowl

  • Posted on January 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Former University at Buffalo football standouts Jamey Richard and Drew Willy are headed to the Super Bowl.

Richard, a center who saw special teams action in the Indianapolis Colts 30-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday, and third-string quarterback Drew Willy are headed to Miami as the Colts will play in Super Bowl XLIV against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, February 7.

They join all-time Bulls’ great Gerry Philbin as the only UB players to ever participate in a Super Bowl. Philbin won Super Bowl III with the New York Jets, who, ironically, upset the Colts in that game.

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Gamenight Preview: Sabres at Canucks

  • Posted on January 25, 2010 at 9:21 am

The Buffalo Sabres are close to finally returning home but first there’s the business of wrapping up their seven-game road trip tonight at Vancouver (10pm).  The Sabres haven’t been home since January 8th and by the time they take the ice at the HSBC Arena this Wednesday against New Jersey, they may need to refamiliarize themselves with their home facilities.

Buffalo is 2-2-2 on their road adventure that’s spanned well over 3,000 miles but went winless during the three-game California swing with a shootout loss to Los Angeles sandwiched by regulation defeats to Anaheim and San Jose.

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BSD Briefs: January 25

  • Posted on January 25, 2010 at 6:45 am

I’m told that Jim Bates is still the leading candidate for the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator job.  Despite Chan Gailey’s statement at his introductory press conference saying he’s open to running a 3-4, I don’t expect them to convert to that scheme.

The reality is the Bills would need more than one year to get the personnel necessary to effectively run the defense.  A more realistic scenario would be installing a more bulked up 4-3 defense.  Regardless if it’s Bates or someone else, I’d be surprised if the Bills switched this year.

We’ll be taking a long look this week at the type of transformation and personnel the Bills would need to effectively install the 3-4.

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UB wrestling finishes third in NYS Championships

  • Posted on January 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

The University at Buffalo wrestling team recorded a third place-finish at the 41st annual New York State Intercollegiate Wrestling Championships held Sunday at Newman Arena on the campus of Cornell University. The reigning champion Bulls scored 149.5 points behind Army (158) and sixth nationally-ranked host Cornell (194). Sophomore John-Martin Cannon captured the 165-pound crown by upsetting 16th nationally-ranked Justin Kerber of Cornell, 3-1 in overtime.

Cannon captured the Bulls’ lone individual crown of the championships at 165. On Saturday, Cannon scored a fall followed by a major decision to reach the semifinals. In the semifinals, the sophomore posted a 6-4 decision over Matt Kaylor of Binghamton in the second overtime period to reach the championships. After finishing in third place last year, Cannon earned his first trip to the finals where he would record the biggest victory of his career, defeating 16th nationally-ranked Kerber of Cornell in the first overtime period, 3-1.

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Niagara, Canisius continue hoops struggles

  • Posted on January 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Visiting Saint Peter’s shot 47.4 percent from 3-point range, and the MAAC’s top defensive unit held Canisius to 30.4 percent from the field, as the Peacocks took down the Golden Griffins 68-55 Sunday afternoon on Hall of Fame Day in the Koessler Athletic Center.  The win was Saint Peter’s fifth straight and improved the team to 12-8 overall and 7-3 in the MAAC, while Canisius slipped to 10-11 overall and 5-5 in league play.

Four Canisius players scored in double figures in the losing effort, led by senior Frank Turner and his game-high 18 points. Junior Elton Frazier was credited with 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss, while fellow junior Greg Logins was credited with a double-double after he came off the bench to score 11 points to go with 10 rebounds. Julius Coles posted 11 points as well for Canisius, which shot 30.4 percent from the field, 25 percent from 3-point range and 69.6 percent from the free-throw line.

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Stampede lose to Rochester in Damone Brown’s debut

  • Posted on January 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm

The Rochester Razorsharks defeated the Buffalo Stampede 131-110 Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. The loss dropped the Stampede to 1-3 on the year after losing to the defending PBL champs for the second time this season.

Rochester was led by Maurice Crouch who had an outstanding game with 32 points. Keith Friel added 29.

Buffalo played the Razorsharks very tough throughout the first half and were leading by 10 points at the intermission break. The Stampede had six players in double figures with Wake Forest alum Cameron Stanley leading with 25 points and 5 rebounds.

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Sabres fall apart in third period of San Jose loss

  • Posted on January 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Perhaps the Buffalo Sabres are getting a little homesick and worn down.  After playing the San Jose Sharks, the NHL’s best steam tooth and nail for two periods Saturday night, the Sharks showed over the final 20 minutes why they occupy the league’s top spot as they skated off with a 5-2 victory.

After Buffalo went into the second intermission tied 2-2 the Sharks scored three goals in the final period.

The line of Tim Connolly, Jason Pominville and Jochen Hecht continued to be red hot, accounting for both Buffalo goals.  Connolly got the scoring goal in the first period as Buffalo outshot the Sharks 14-5 but could only take the one-goal lead into the locker room.

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Bandits off to worst start ever at 0-4

  • Posted on January 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm

The Buffalo Bandits are in unprecedented territory.  After losing 11-7 to the Edmonton Rush Saturday night the Bandits are off to a 0-4 start, something hasn’t happened since their debut season in 1992.

Noticeably absent from tonight’s contest were veterans John Tavares and Roger Vyse.  Tavares is currently day-to-day with a lower body injury and looks to get back in action soon.

“I’m hoping to play next weekend” Tavares told last night. “I have skipped the warm up this week and am feeling good.”

The Bandits are back in action this Saturday, January 30 at the HSBC Arena against the Minnesota Swarm at 7:30 p.m.

Source: Buffalo

Bona falls on last second three to Duquesne

  • Posted on January 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Melquan Bolding’s three-pointer with 3.4 seconds left helped Duquesne overcome a career high-tying 29 points from St. Bonaventure sophomore Andrew Nicholson for a dramatic 70-69 win on Saturday night at A.J. Palumbo Center.

Nicholson tallied 20 of his 29 points in the second half, including 20 of 24 during a key stretch in the second half to help the Bonnies erase a 15-point halftime deficit and take a 68-64 lead with 1:13 left in the game.

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UB drops consecutive games for the first time this season

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm

For the second straight Mid-American Conference road game, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team ran into a red-hot shooting team, this time dropping a 99-77 decision to Ohio University in the Convocation Center before 10,689 fans.

Ohio (10-9) shot 52 percent for the game from the field and 50 percent (11-of-22) from beyond the arc. The Bulls lost despite hitting 13 three-point field goals, including a career-high six by senior point guard John Boyer, who led the Bulls with a career-best 20 points.

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Report: Bills to name Modkins offensive coordinator

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix is reporting that Arizona Cardinals running backs coach Curtis Modkins will become the next offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills.

Modkins has a long history working with new Bills head coach Chan Gailey. Working on an NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship in 1999, Modkins spent time learning under Gailey while the latter was in his final season as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He then worked with him at Georgia Tech in each of Gailey’s six years there, coaching running backs and defensive backs. Upon Gailey’s firing from Tech, Modkins followed him to Kansas City in 2008, where Gailey became offensive coordinator and Modkins coached running backs. Modkins spent the 2009 season in the same position under Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona.

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Report: Pees in mix for Bills D-Coordinator job

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

The Boston Herald is reporting today that former New England defensive coordinator Dean Pees is in the mix for the same role with the Buffalo Bills.

Pees was expected to take the coordinator job in Denver but the report says linebackers coach Don Martindale will get the gig and has been telling people he got the job already.

The report even suggests that Pees coming to Buffalo could be the reason why new Bills coach Chan Gailey is “open to the 3-4 look.”

Pees, 60, had been the Patriots defensive coordinator since 2006 and previously was their linebackers coach in 2004-05.  Before that he spent 24 years coaching in college.

Turner leads Griffs to win over Rider

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 11:11 am

Canisius College held visiting Rider to nine points in the game’s final 12:13 and senior Frank Turner scored a game-high 21 points as the Golden Griffins defeated the Broncs 74-58 in a MAAC contest Friday night in the Koessler Athletic Center. The win improves Canisius to 10-10 overall and 5-4 in the MAAC, while Rider dropped its third straight to fall to 10-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play.

Turner added six assists and six rebounds to his 21 points, while not turning the ball over. As a team, Canisius was charged with a season-low seven turnovers, while outscoring Rider by a 42-16 margin in the paint. Junior Julius Coles chipped in 20 points and nine rebounds to the winning effort, while fellow junior Elton Frazier was credited with 11 points and seven rebounds. As a team, Canisius shot 42.2 percent from the field and 88.2 percent from the free-throw line.

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NU still can’t get on track in loss to St. Peters

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 11:08 am

The Niagara men’s basketball team (11-10, 4-5 MAAC) dropped a 74-65 decision against Saint Peter’s (11-8, 6-3 MAAC) on Friday night inside the ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center. Senior Demetrius Williamson led all scorers with a career-high 23 points.

“I thought (Friday night) that there were a lot of plays where we were out toughed,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said. “I think we did a good job defensively in the first half, we just didn’t rebound the ball well enough. Without Tyrone, there really was no room for error.”

The Purple Eagles were playing their ninth game of the season without a First-Team All-MAAC player, and sixth game without the MAAC’s leading scorer, Tyrone Lewis (shoulder).

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Timon Shocks Top Ranked Nichols, 64-60

  • Posted on January 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

Western New York high school basketball continues to be as unpredictable as ever.  Just two days after a disappointing loss to St. Francis, Bishop Timon returned home and knocked off Nichols, the top ranked large school, 64-60.

Timon didn’t get lucky with a last second win; they took it to a heavily favored Nichols squad from the opening tip.  The Tigers led by eight after one, 11 at the half and 14 after the third before Nichols came back to make it a close game.

Sophomore Kyle Kobis led Timon (12-3, 3-1) with 22 points, including five three pointers.  Dut Dour added 16 points.

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Who will be “the next Bull in” at Quarterback?

  • Posted on January 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Zach Maynard is gone and according to the Bob DiCesare at the Buffalo News Maynard’s high school coach said that he (Maynard) was most disappointed with the fact Quinn did not meet with him until 12 days after he started. The Article at the Buffalo news is a good read so I won’t get too much into it other than to say if that’s the reason Maynard is leaving than this kid really has to learn how life works. Quinn had a staff to assemble, recruits to contact, and he still met with players on the tenth, Maynard was unable to attend the team meeting.

As much as Turner Gill said Maynard would have to earn the job last spring we all knew it was his, Gill burned his red shirt in 08 when Drew Willy went down in Mount Pleasant (thankfully only for a few plays) before Maynard took the helm, Willy was the known starter for three years.

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Bisons to host Triple-A All-Star Game in 2012

  • Posted on January 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

This is big news, Buffalo. Big.

The 2010 Buffalo Bisons annual Hot Stove Luncheon for season ticket holders was shaping up to be no different than any other past lunch.

A special guest speaker or two, a look at new merchandise and plenty of baseball talk as fans look forward with optimism to the new season.

Then the Herd released an email alert Thursday stating the team would be making a major announcement.

That announcement is that Buffalo will host the 2012 Triple-A All-Star game featuring the stars of the International League as they take on the best of the Pacific Coast League

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Buffalo Bills Daily Links

  • Posted on January 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

As new Bills coach Chan Gailey is making decisions on how will be on his coaching staff, here is a sampling of some of the best Bills articles on the net this Friday.  If any news comes out of One Bills Drive we’ll have it for you, but for now you can feed your appetite with this.

♦ Brian Galliford of Buffalo Rumblings, also a contributor here at Buffalo Sports Daily, started his annual State of the Bills examination yesterday with the quarterbacks.  Today he takes a look at the running backs on the roster. lead journalist Chris Brown rights that the QB evaluation process will take some time.

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