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NFLPA Needs Transparency for Retired Players

  • Posted on February 13, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Jeff NixonThe NFL Players Association Executive Director, DeMaurice Smith has asked retired players to join in with all the active players in our fight to get a Collective Bargaining Agreement that benefits all players. As part of his plan, he has decided that instead of calling us “retired” players, the NFLPA will now call us “former” players. That’s understandable when you consider that after leaving the NFL most retired players – from the early years of the NFL – had to go to work in the private sector to make ends meet. Heck, most of us had to take jobs in the offseason to pay the bills. We obviously couldn’t retire on the money we made in the NFL, so I guess it stands to reason you can’t call really us retired.

“D” as he likes to be called, wants us to be united with the active players and even started a program to have active players take us on a date a couple times a year so that we can share our stories and connect with them……because we have so much in common with today’s players. Do we go “Dutch Treat” or will they feel our pain and decide to be charitable and pick up the tab at the end of the meal?

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LIVE updates: UB knocks off MAC leader Kent State, 70-55

  • Posted on February 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

The UB men’s basketball team is at the Alumni Arena at noon taking on one of the hottest teams in the country in MAC rival Kent State.

Buffalo is 13-9 overall, 6-5 in the MAC and is coming off an 84-67 win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night. Rodney Pierce led the way for the Bulls with 27 points. He is averaging 19 points per game – good for second in the MAC.

Kent State is 18-7 overall, and has the best record in the conference at 9-2. The Golden Flashes have won eight in a row and are coming off a 76-42 win over Ball State on Wednesday. Kent State is led by Justin Greene who is averaging 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

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NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Russell Okung

  • Posted on February 13, 2010 at 8:00 am

OkungRussell Okung (OT)- Oklahoma State

6’5, 302lbs

Strengths:

Okung is gifted with picture perfect size for the left spot, has a good base yet is not over weight in his lower or upper body. The even distribution of weight and strength when combined with his incredible athleticism makes him an excellent left tackle prospect. Okung is also an experienced and durable leader on the offensive line. He’s been a starter since his freshman year in Stillwater and had 34 consecutive starts to his credit. For a mammoth tackle that’s impressive, considering men of that size tend to get nicked up when doing battle in the trenches.

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NU Women’s Lacrosse Slated To Finish Seventh

  • Posted on February 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

Courtney FormatoThe Niagara University women’s lacrosse team was picked to finish in seventh place in the 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Poll as voted on by the league coaches.

The Purple Eagles received 10 points, coming off of a 4-11season, where they finished 1-5 in the MAAC. Leading scorer Courtney Formato will be back this year for Niagara, after scoring 25 goals and seven assists for 32 points during the 2009 season.

Fairfield (48 points) was selected to win it all, with Canisius (39), Marist (34), Manhattan (28) Iona (21) and Siena (16) trailing them.

Niagara kicks off the 2010 season when they take on St. Francis (Pa.) on February 19, at 3 p.m.

Canisius easily handles Marist

  • Posted on February 13, 2010 at 2:01 am

Julius ColesJunior Julius Coles scored a game-high 18 points to lead four Canisius players in double figures as the Golden Griffins defeated Marist 71-56 Friday night in MAAC action in the Koessler Athletic Center. The win snapped the Griffs’ three-game losing streak to improve the team to 12-14 overall and 7-8 in league play, while the Red Foxes fell to 1-24 overall and 1-14 in MAAC action.

Senior Frank Turner was good for his second-straight double-double with 16 points and 10 assists, while junior forward Tomas Vazquez-Simmons registered his fifth career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Greg Logins came off the bench to add 16 points to the Griffs winning effort, as the Blue and Gold ended the night with 17 points off turnovers and 17 second-chance points.

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Niagara ends Siena’s nation longest winning streak

  • Posted on February 13, 2010 at 1:58 am

The Purple Eagles have been saying for the past few games that all they needed was one big win to get back on track. On Friday night, in front of a packed house and on national television, Niagara got that one win. And, boy, was it a big one.

The Purple Eagles (14-13, 7-8 MAAC) ended the nation’s longest winning streak, mauling Siena (21-5, 14-1 MAAC) 87-74 inside a raucous ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center and on ESPN2. Niagara led by two at the break, and used a 15-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from the nation’s hottest team.

The loss for Siena ended a 15-game overall win streak for the Saints and an 18-game streak against conference opponents. The win for Niagara gave the Purple Eagles their swagger back.

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