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Kats basketball sweeps Mercyhurst to end regular season

  • Posted on February 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm

The Erie Community College basketball teams swept the Mercyhurst Northeast Saints on February 18 to end their respective regular seasons.

The men started slowly but still managed to jump out to a 40-29 halftime lead.  Sophomore Terrell Williams led the team with 13 points and six rebounds at the break.  He was 3-5 from the three-point arc.

In the second half, the Kats faltered but did not relinquish the lead as the Saints got within three points at 54-51.  The Kats then stepped on the gas and outscored Mercyhurst 41-15 in the last 12 minutes for a 95-66 victory.

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Mayock rates the offensive tackles

  • Posted on February 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Mike MayockEver since the spring of 2006 when he was the only draft “expert” to correctly forecast Donte Whitner going to Buffalo with the eighth overall pick, Bills fans in particular put a lot of stock into what NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock says.

The Bills already were a near certainty to take an offensive tackle early in this April’s NFL draft, quite possibly with the ninth overall selection. After Brad Butler’s sudden retirement yesterday their hand may be forced.  Even if they manage to make a tackle move via trade or free agency signing, it’s quite obvious the team will be looking at a college prospect to man at least one of the tackle spots next season.

Mayock breaks down the top offensive linemen available in this year’s class.  He rates Russell Okung as the top choice, followed by Bryan Bulaga, Anthony Davis, Trent Williams and a three way tie for fifth between Charles Brown, Bruce Campbell and Vladimir Ducasse.

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Black eye on city hoops championship game

  • Posted on February 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Here is a disturbing report regarding Friday evening’s Yale Cup league championship game between East and Middle College.  According to a report by Keith McShea of the Buffalo News, the game has been moved from East to the Grabiarz School in North Buffalo because of safety concerns.

McShea reports that Buffalo Public Schools athletic director Dave Thomas will only allow adults and media to the game “in the interest” of safety because significant threats from students of both schools had been made concerning the game.

As McShea precisely commented, “This is obviously bad news. An integral part of high school sports are passionate crowds, and unfortunately it seems some students went over the line in anticipation of a huge game. This is not the way championship games should be decided — in a gym with no students.”

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Free Agent Files: Kevin Walter

  • Posted on February 19, 2010 at 9:30 am

Kevin Walter(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 Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter)

Let’s face facts.  Without a collective bargaining agreement in place before the start of free agency, the talent pool available to teams eager to plug holes is diminished.  At certain positions more than others the cupboard becomes really bare.  At t wide receiver there are very few players capable of making an instant impact.

Kevin Walter is one of them.

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UB Softball to Start 2010 Campaign

  • Posted on February 19, 2010 at 9:00 am

Having laid the groundwork for change within the UB softball program, second-year head coach Jennifer Teague looks to continue to improve upon last year’s impressive season after tying a school record for most wins in a single season with 25. The main focus in 2010 is the team’s overall game mentality. The team will be challenged early, in which Teague hopes will prepare the team for conference play. Teague will be backed up by second-year assistant coach, Jessica Jones and Angela Churchill, who will begin her fifth season with the Bulls.

Teague’s first recruiting class will hit the field in 2010, and are going to make an immediate impact on the UB softball program. Six newcomers, along with a solid group of returning players will make up the Buffalo roster. Leading UB will be four seniors, Sharon Barr, Kristen Gallipani, Katie Ivancich and Jaime Sheffler. Barr will see a considerable amount of innings on the mound for the Bulls, after earning 11 wins in the circle last season. On the offensive side of the game, Barr had three home runs and seven doubles off 30 hits throughout 2009, and will go into her senior season with veteran experience.

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Niagara, Canisius women to tangle on court tonight

  • Posted on February 19, 2010 at 6:30 am

Niagara travels across the Grand Island Bridges to face archrival Canisius on Friday night to continue its season-long four-game road trip. The Purple Eagles are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

The Purple Eagles topped the Golden Griffins in the last meeting in front of a sold out crowd at the Gallagher Center in the midst of their five-game winning streak. Niagara held its rival to its lowest point total in the series in 32 years en route to snapping its four-game skid against Canisius.

Niagara now visits a Canisius team that has lost three of its last four games and the Purple Eagles look for their first regular season sweep of the Golden Griffins since the 2006-07 season.

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Could Lynch get moved to San Diego?

  • Posted on February 19, 2010 at 12:10 am

marshawn lynchTwo years ago, if someone were to tell you Marshawn Lynch would be on the Buffalo Bills trading block, you’d have considered it a stupid joke. A real bad one. Lynch seemed to be on the fast track to NFL stardom after trucking his way to consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his professional career. He was the sure-fire guy to have a long career in Buffalo. No way he’d be traded.

But two law run-ins and a suspension later, Lynch’s stay in the Queen City doesn’t seem as definite. To compound his “walking-on-thin-ice-situation”, Lynch lost his starting job to Fred Jackson when Perry Fewell was named interim head coach in November. In his 5-10 carries a game, he shockingly became ineffective. During the last third of the season with the Bills out of the playoff conversation, Jackson exploded as the Bills’ feature back, tallying a 1,000-yard campaign of his own. His tough running style and versatility won over the Bills faithful, something Lynch had done in his two years before. Jackson was diving ahead for first downs, while Lynch danced away from contact.

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