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You are currently browsing the archives for 16 February 2010

Miller anchors Americans to opening Olympic win, 3-1

  • Posted on February 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Ryan Miller USAIt may have come a little closer than the casual hockey fan expected, but the United States Olympic hockey team got the ball rolling with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland Tuesday afternoon in the opening game for both teams.

Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres got the start for the Americans as expected and turned in a sharp opening performance.  He stopped 14 of 15 shots as the U.S. scored the game’s first three goals before Switzerland broke the shutout just before the mid-mark of the third period.

Miller admitted in his post-game interview that he had butterflies in his stomach before the puck dropped.

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Bills release seven including Fine, Jenkins and Wendling

  • Posted on February 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm

The Buffalo Bills have officially released 7 players from their roster:  TE Derek Fine, DE Jermaine McGhee, LB Ashlee Palmer, DT Marcus Smith, S John Wendling, WR Justin Jenkins and C Marvin Philip.

As first glance it immediately looks obvious that the news staff isn’t going to keep many players around that use special teams as their primary contributions.   Wendling and Jenkins in particular are special teams stand outs.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the early release of Fine. It was assumed he’d at worst be the third tight end and have a chance to compete in training camp, but apparently Chan Gailey saw enough of Fine he didn’t like on tape to release him early.

None of the moves really have anything to do with saving salary.

Bisons release 10-game exhibition schedule

  • Posted on February 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm

buffalo bisons logoThe Buffalo Bisons today announced their 2010 Spring Training schedule. The Herd will play a total of 10 games against the Triple-A affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins from March 19 - April 2.

Click HERE to view the entire 10-game schedule.

The New York Mets will open their 2010 Spring Training at Port St. Lucie, FL when pitchers and catchers report on Thursday, February 18. Position players are scheduled to arrive at Tradition Field on Tuesday, February 23. The Bisons are scheduled to break camp on Friday, April 2.

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Will the Bills be players for another Edwards?

  • Posted on February 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Dwan EdwardsThere’s still roughly two and a half weeks before the start of the free agency and the Buffalo Bills coaching staff, particularly on the defensive side is still getting acclimated to each other.  We know new coordinator George Edwards will implement a 3-4 switch, but other than that nothing should be taken for granted.

With so much time in the coaching search lost, the Bills staff alongside Buddy Nix and Doug Whaley is working around the clock evaluating the current roster and combing the forthcoming free agent and trade markets for others.  At this early stage it’s impossible to predict where they’ll lean come March 5.

One thing we know is certain is the roster and particularly on the defensive side will have turnover—Plenty of it.

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Niagara’s Clements Named National Coach of the Year

  • Posted on February 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

susan clementsNiagara head volleyball coach Susan Clements was named 2009 National Coach of the Year by College Volleyball Update ( The third-year head coach led Niagara to its first ever MAAC title this season.

Clements guided the Purple Eagles to the biggest turnaround in the NCAA this season. NU earned a 6-24 record last year with a 4-14 mark in conference play last year as the youngest team in the nation, but the third-year leader coached the squad to a 14-4 mark in MAAC play in 2009, and a 23-9 overall mark, both school records.

Playing in their first MAAC Tournament, the Purple Eagles knocked out the four-time defending champion Siena in five sets before sweeping Marist in the MAAC Championship. Niagara won its first ever conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time, facing Michigan.

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Could Marc Bulger be the solution at quarterback?

  • Posted on February 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

bulgerThe Buffalo Bills undoubtedly are at least contemplating an upgrade at quarterback, and a significant signal caller may soon be hitting the open market.  According to Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger has cleaned out his locker in anticipation of being released.

As Balzer points out, the rebuilding Rams owe Bulger $8.5 million in salary in 2010, making it nearly impossible to acquire anything for him via trade.

Should the Bills choose to roll the dice, Bulger could be a high risk, high reward acquisition.  He’s been injured plenty in recent years and hasn’t made it through a full 16-game schedule since 2006.  In fact it’s the only time in his eight years in the league he’s played a full slate of games uninterrupted.

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Wild Conclusions in store for Catholic, Yale Cup leagues

  • Posted on February 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

highschoolsportsIf you thought the 2009-10 boys’ high school basketball season has been a wild ride, you haven’t seen anything yet.

The final week of the regular season concludes over the next few days and to say there’s still plenty at stake in the Monsignor Martin Association and Yale Cup is an understatement.

Let’s start with the Catholic schools.  Number-two Canisius travels to top-ranked Nichols Wednesday night in the game of the year that will decide the top seed for the Manhattan Cup playoffs.  If Canisius, who defeated Nichols earlier this year is victorious they’ll earn the top seed.  But if Nichols wins, then things really get interesting.

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BSD Briefs: February 16

  • Posted on February 16, 2010 at 6:55 am

Buffalo Sports DailyWe ran a poll recently on Buffalo Sports Daily asking fans if they would be happy if the Buffalo Bills traded for Michael Vick.  After 356 cans casted their ballot the results were a little closer than anticipated.  By a small margin the answer was no.

56% of fans voted no as compared to 44% yes. Ultimately I don’t think it will matter.  I do feel Vick will get traded when deals can commence on March 5, but I don’t think it will be to Buffalo.

Although former great Jim Kelly is hardly a decision maker at One Bills Drive, you have to figure he’s at least “friendly” with Ralph Wilson, and with his very public statements saying he doesn’t Vick here I find it hard to believe the team would make a move for him.

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Winn among three in Bona 2010 HOF class

  • Posted on February 16, 2010 at 6:45 am

St. Bona LogoTom Lemmon (2000), Kevin Paulsen (1992) and Tim Winn (2000) will make up the 33rd class that will enter St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall Of Fame when the trio is inducted on Friday, February 26.

Each of the four inductees not only had remarkable individual achievements, but also helped their respective programs achieve remarkable team success. The Hall of Fame will now have 113 members, including four from men’s soccer, nine from men’s swimming and diving, and 36 former men’s basketball players and coaches.

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Mitchell becomes first Bona woman to have number retired

  • Posted on February 16, 2010 at 6:30 am

Dana MitchellSt. Bonaventure senior Dana Mitchell has helped the women’s basketball program reach new heights in her four seasons. On Wednesday, the spotlight will be on Mitchell as she becomes the first player in program history to have her jersey retired.

Mitchell’s No. 5 jersey will find its way to the Reilly Center rafters, right next to the 2009 WNIT banner that was raised earlier this season. The ceremony takes place during the halftime of the men’s basketball game that is scheduled for 7 p.m. after the women face Richmond at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the Reilly Center.

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