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Miller struggles as Sabres lose to Pens

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

There is so much to say about the Sabres 5-4 loss at Pittsburgh Monday night that I don’t know where to start. I could commence with the Penguins fast start, the Sabres coming back and taking control of the game, Pittsburgh coming back to win the game, the poor play of Ryan Miller or the HEROICS of Sidney Crosby.

On second thought, let’s start with this important nugget. How many times do the Sabres have to be burned before they realize they can’t take so many chances?

There’s no doubt in my mind this team will never learn when they should pinch and when they shouldn’t. The first Penguins goal was scored in the game’s opening minute and it came via a two-on-one break. I would love to give credit to Penguins for earning the advantageous opportunity but it was direct result of an awful play in the offensive zone by Craig Rivet. The Sabres captain pinched in despite three forwards already being pinned in deep and when he couldn’t retrieve the puck it was quickly turned into an odd man rush that put them behind the eight ball early.

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Bills need to avoid reaches come April

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm

After the Super Bowl this Sunday, is that IT? Is the NFL season over? For football fanatics, a stupid question. Sure, either the Saints or Colts will be crowned world champions, but as the champagne corks launch, so unofficially does the 2010 season.

Around the bend…the Scouting Combine in February. It gets some press. But it’s only a snack compared to the media feeding-frenzy that surrounds the biggest offseason spectacle in all of sports, the NFL Draft. For most fans it’s a time when excitement meets anticipation for the future.

For Bills fans in recent years, it’s been an annual rite of passage when confident front office decisions morph into agonizing blunders.

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UB Bulls thumped at home by Western Michigan

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm

The defensive struggles continued for the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team as the Bulls fell to another hot-shooting opponent at Alumni Arena on Monday night. Western Michigan shot 58.5 percent from the field to defeat the Bulls, 85-70.

Western Michigan (12-9, 4-4 MAC) made five of its first six shots and led the game from wire to wire. Trailing 23-14, John Boyer connected on a three-pointer and Max Boudreau followed with a conventional three-point play to cut the lead to three. However, Western Michigan closed the half on a 14-5 scoring run to take a 47-33 lead at the break.

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Canisius draws James Madison for ESPN Bracketbuster

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

The Canisius College men’s basketball team will play host to James Madison of the Colonial Athletic Association in the eighth annual ESPN BracketBuster series, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference office announced today. The Golden Griffins and the Dukes will play in the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 20, with a game time to be announced.

The match-up resulted from Canisius’ participation in the original pool of teams under consideration for the ESPN BracketBusters. The Golden Griffins will play a return game at James Madison next season.
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NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Jimmy Clausen

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Jimmy Clausen, QB (Notre Dame)

6,2, 223lbs

Positives:

Jimmy Clausen came to Notre Dame like  folklore legend. He was the #1 recruit in the nation, spurning arch rival USC to choose Notre Dame. He even arrived in a limousine to his announcement conference. Needless to say he had the ego to fit in very well at South Bend.

He carries that swagger with him on the field and it’s something most teams want in a NFL quarterback. You can’t be afraid to make a mistake and it’s never been an issue for a supremely confident Clausen. He has the ability to easily shake off a bad throw or turnover for the next series and come out gunning.

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Looming dates coming up for Sabres

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

There’s only seven games left until the Olympic break and perhaps more importantly to most fans, only eight until the trade deadline.  Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff (and whoever else is in on these decisions) have a limited amount of time to make any final decisions about who or what they need to make a serious run in the playoffs this year, and with Ruff part of the coaching staff for Team Canada in Vancouver, you better believe they’re already having some serious talks now before the coach heads off to work for his country.

Speculating on what Darcy plans on doing at the deadline has always been a precarious prospect to say the least. If the last five years or so prove anything, he will almost definitely make some sort of move, but probably not an earth shattering shake-up like what we saw yesterday with the Toronto Maple Leafs(17-28-11) and the Calgary Flames(27-20-8). That is probably a good thing. The Buffalo Sabres(32-14-7) appears to be only a piece or two away from a real Stanley Cup contender, and it seems as if their style of play (strong, good defense, winning close, one-goal games) could definitely suite them well if previous playoffs are any sort of indication. A solid scorer, and a backup goalie they can depend on enough to play in a playoff situation, might be all they need to get over that hump into “elite” team status, whatever that’s worth.

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Bills formally announce DeHaven, Cortez, Hixon hires

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:29 am

The Buffalo Bills have finally confirmed reports from over the weekend that the team has hired Bruce DeHaven as its special teams coordinator and George Cortez as its quarterbacks coach.

Bills also announced that Stan Hixon will be the team’s wide receivers coach and  Adrian White would retain his defensive quality control assistant role.

Cortez comes to Buffalo via the CFL and the collegiate ranks, where he’s coached prominent names such as Kyle Boller, Aaron Rodgers and Jeff Garcia. DeHaven returns to Buffalo a decade following a 13-year stint with the club that ended following the “Music City Miracle” in Tennessee.

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Gamenight: Sabres vs Penguins

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:26 am

The Buffalo Sabres go to Pittsburgh tonight for a clash with the defending Stanley Cup champions.  It’s the third meeting of the season between the teams and the first in Pittsburgh.  The teams split two games at the HSBC Arena earlier this season; Pittsburgh wining in a shootout on December 19 and Buffalo victorious in the rematch ten days later.

Buffalo has had two days off since their 2-1 victory over Boston on Friday night while Pittsburgh may have some tired legs.  They skated to a 2-1 shootout win against Detroit Sunday afternoon to move to 6-4 in their last 10 games.

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Flynn experiences rare back to back wins

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:18 am

There are many catch phrases that can describe the Minnesota Timberwolves. “Back-to-back winners” is not typically one of them.  But that wasn’t the case over the weekend as Western New York native Jonny Flynn and his Wolves pulled off a pair of victories.

On Friday the Wolves took on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Target Center in Minnesota. Flynn who has streaky throughout his rookie season, came through strong with 19 points, 8 assists as his team went on to the 111-97 win.  In a rare show of dominance, Minnesota at one time led by as much as 23 points, the largest they’ve seen all season.

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Defensive Coordinator vacancy reaches another week

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:01 am

Names have floated around as potential defensive coordinator in Buffalo at the same rate as when the team had a head coaching vacancy last month.  One of those names was former Baltimore Ravens linebacker coach Vic Fangio.

You can formally scratch his name off the Bills list.  Fangio signed on over the weekend to become defensive coordinator at Stanford under head coach Jim Harbaugh, who apparently rejected a Buffalo offer to become head coach in mid January.

Fangio was speculated to be a candidate for the Bills defensive coordinator, though it’s not known if the organization actually contacted him.

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BSD Briefs: February 1

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

For the first time since his gruesome injury months ago, the Buffalo Bills have finally released some information about Eric Wood, and the news seems mostly good.

Bills.com lead journalist wrote about Wood on the website this morning and says that while Wood still has a long recovery ahead of him, he’s targeting training camp for his return.

“I’m walking finally, which was a long time coming,” Wood told Brown. “It feels pretty good. I’m not pushing it real hard, but at the same time I’m kind of in a rush to get back and try to help this team. We’ve got a new coaching staff and I have to re-earn my job and I’m looking forward to the challenges that are ahead.”

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Niagara uses balance to take out Loyola

  • Posted on February 1, 2010 at 8:22 am

The Niagara men’s basketball team (12-12, 5-7 MAAC) used a balanced effort in the scoring column and a big second-half spurt to get back in the winning column with an 86-77 over Loyola (10-12, 3-9 MAAAC) on Sunday. Six Purple Eagles scored at least nine points in the victory.

“We had a difficult January, but we finished it up the right way,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said. “We need to use this win to have a great February.”

Senior Demetrius Williamson bounced back from a scoreless contest at Canisius to lead all scorers with 20 points, and Anthony Nelson helped will the team to victory lane with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor and and 6-of-8 from the line.

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