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Miller anchors Americans to 2-0 start

  • Posted on February 18, 2010 at 5:40 pm

For the second consecutive game United State goaltender Ryan Miller gave up just one goal as the Americans moved to 2-0 in Olympic play with a resounding 5-1 victory over Norway on Thursday afternoon.

The Buffalo Sabres netminder stopped 10 of 11 Norway shots and has turned away 24 of 26 opponent chances through two games. For good measure he assisted on a goal after being robbed of another during the opening win against Switzerland Tuesday.

While Norway didn’t have a lot of shots, they did have a handful of great scoring chances and Miller was up to task on all but one of them.

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Breaking: Brad Butler announces retirement

  • Posted on February 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

In what could only be described as shocking breaking news, the Buffalo Bills have announced that offensive tackle Brad Butler has decided to retire from football.

In an official statement to the team, Butler had the following to say.

“I would like to thank Mr. Wilson, my teammates and the entire Bills Nation for giving me the opportunity to represent the Buffalo Bills for the past four years. Playing in the National Football League has been a tremendous opportunity and a great blessing. However, my passion for education, country and community is something that I am ready to devote my full attention to. I believe the best way to pursue these spheres of interest is to step away from the game of football at this point in my life. I will always remember my time spent in Western New York with great affection. I wish my teammates and Bills fans the best of luck next season and into the future.”

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Former Buffalo Bill named NFL VP of Player Development

  • Posted on February 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent has been named NFL vice president of player development for active players, the NFL announced Thursday.

According to the press release, Vincent’s “primary role will be to oversee the continued implementation of a broad array of support programs for players and their families, including the Rookie Symposium, Conduct Management Program and LifeSkills, and the design of new programs responsive to the needs of incoming and current NFL players. As part of his role, Vincent will work closely with NFL clubs, coaches and players to ensure that these and other programs are both effective and fully utilized.”

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Canisius College baseball preview

  • Posted on February 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm

There’s no denying the amount of production and experience lost from the 2009 baseball team.

It can be seen in the record books from the batters box (five of the top eight in career hits) to the pitching mound (four of the top five in appearances). It can be seen in the numbers of victories (113) by the winningest class in program history. It can be seen in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft — Kevin Mahoney (23rd round, New York Yankees) and Kevin Mailloux (45th round, Seattle Mariners).

Despite all of those losses, one sign on how far the Canisius College baseball program has come under sixth-year coach Mike McRae is that after graduating the most productive class in program history, the Golden Griffins were picked third in the preseason MAAC Coaches’ Poll.
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Fine, Palmer quickly find new jobs

  • Posted on February 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

A pair of now former Buffalo Bills who were released less than 48 hours ago has already found work.  Tight end Derek Fine was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Rams while linebacker Ashlee Palmer was picked up by the Detroit Lions.

Fine caught nine passes in eight games last year  for just 64 yards.  The fourth round pick from Kansas in 2008 had 19 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown during his two seasons in Buffalo.  Cleveland and Jacksonville also submitted claims but St. Louis was awarded Fine based on a worse 2009 record.

Palmer made the team last year as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi. He had 11 tackles last season according to Stats. Inc and a rash of injuries temporarily forced him into the starting lineup.

Pirates moving is now becoming political

  • Posted on February 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

Portland PiratesA day after Sen. Susan Collins released a statement about the Portland Pirates situation, Senator Olympia Snowe has now weighed in on the Portland Pirates potential relocation to Albany, NY.

“The Portland Pirates are a tremendous economic asset to the region and part of the fabric of the greater Portland Community. It is vital their home remains in Maine,” said Sen. Snowe in a statement.

The comments come after it was revealed last week in the Albany Times Union that it was Pirates organization that could be heading to Upstate New York, replacing the Albany River Rats, who will relocate to Charlotte, NC next season.

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Free Agent Files: Nick Eason

  • Posted on February 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

nick eason(We’re running a series profiling players that could fit into the Buffalo Bills’ plans leading up to the start of free agency on March 5.  Today we look at Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Nick Eason)

First and foremost, if you’re waiting for profiles on big splashy free agent names you’re going to grow at least a year older than you are now. The reality for the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the NFL is a glaring lack of impact players who’ll be obtainable on the free agent market, and that talent pool is diminished even further without a collective bargaining agreement in place.

Had there been one, Ray Edwards and Marcus Spears could’ve been two defensive end prospects the team would’ve been interested in signing.  But with no deal in place, both are restricted and Buffalo isn’t yielding precious draft choices for either.

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Nichols win regular season crown with destruction of Canisius

  • Posted on February 18, 2010 at 8:29 am

greg plumb nicholsWhen the top two teams in Western New York boy’s high school basketball squared off Wednesday night with a regular season title hanging in the balance, there was plenty of drama to be expected.  But by a few minutes into the third quarter the only mystery remained a question of who would win a coin flip.

Will Regan scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his final regular season game and point guard Ron Canestro looked good with seven points less than halfway through the first quarter as top ranked Nichols completely rolled over second-ranked large school Canisius, 77-54 in front of an over capacity Nichols crowd.

When I say over capacity I’m not exaggerating; Fire Marshals were on hand to make sure no more people would pack into the gymnasium.

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Niagara’s Bauer Nominated for Kazmaier Memorial Award

  • Posted on February 18, 2010 at 7:14 am

Jenni BauerJunior goalie Jenni Bauer has been nominated for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award announced today by USA Hockey. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recognizes the accomplishments of the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey each season.

Bauer has started in net in every game this season for the Purple Eagles and has a 2.16 goals against average and .919 save percentage. Bauer has earned three College Hockey America (CHA) Defensive Player of the Week awards this season with the latest coming on Feb. 1 after a splendid weekend in net against then-No. 1 Mercyhurst. She stopped 83 of 85 shots and limited the nation’s top offensive squad to one goal in each game.  She had a season-high 44 saves in Niagara’s 2-1 win over Mercyhurst. The win was NU’s first over a top ranked team and snapped the Lakers’16-game unbeaten streak.

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Bandits’ Tavares, Goodleaf earn NLL honors

  • Posted on February 18, 2010 at 6:00 am

Calgary Roughnecks goaltender Mike Poulin was named the National Lacrosse Leagues Overall Player of the Week for Week #6 of the 2010 NLL Season.The Week #6 NLL schedule consisted of games played on the weekend of February 12-14.

With his club hosting the Eastern Division leading Toronto Rock and trailing 5-1 in the second quarter, Poulin entered the game in place of starter Matt King. Poulin stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced, holding the Rock to three goals in the games final 42 minutes of play. The Roughnecks rallied to defeat Toronto 10-8 on Sunday.

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