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Nichols goes on second half tear to earn title shot

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Timon FansAfter a run of Manhattan Cup playoff crowds that could be described as docile, the faithful from Timon made the voyage to the Koessler Athletic Center and were  rowdier than ever. Suddenly the neutral site quickly had the feel of a South Buffalo home game.  Fans battered Nichols players with insults long before the opening tip.

It didn’t matter.

Nichols stars Will Regan and Ron Canestro get most the ink and deservedly so, but on this night it was Stan Wier who would earn the headlines.  Wier scored a game-high 21 points, including several big buckets while the outcome was still in doubt as the Vikings ended up rolling over Timon, 76-50.

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Manhattan Cup: Canisius dominates to reach title game

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm

About an hour or so before tipoff of their Manhattan Cup semifinal playoff game both Canisius and St. Mary’s were on their respective sides of a mostly empty gym getting loose.  At one point Canisius players Blair Helton, Jimmy Gaines and CJ Coatsworth were taking turns showing off athletic prowess with an assortment of dunk attempts.

The Lancers pretty much stood around watching and admiring—maybe too much.

Maybe they weren’t in awe on Canisius.  But on this night they sure played like it.  Helton nearly outscored St. Mary’s by himself in the half, dropping in 15 on his way to a game-high 22 points as the Crusaders stormed to a 79-56 win to earn a berth in the Manhattan Cup title game Sunday.

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LIVE UPDATES: Manhattan Cup Semis at 6pm

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

We’re down to the final four contenders for the Catholic league’s prestigious Manhattan Cup.  No. 3 St. Mary’s takes on No. 2 Canisius at 6pm, followed by No. 4 Bishop Timon against top seeded Nichols.  Both games are taking place at Canisius College.

Stop right here beginning at 6pm for instant live updates, scores and statistics for both games.

Miller has game on—and off the ice

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

Through three games on the ice Ryan Miller has been the talk of the Winter Olympics.  Miller stood on his head Sunday night, making 42 saves as the United States stunned heavily favored Canada in their own backyard.

The Buffalo Sabres netminder is now seeing his celebrity rise in sporting circles daily, and  it’s spreading out to the entertainment social media as well.  Turns out Miller has quite the hot girlfriend.

It’s now being reported that Miller has been dating actress Noureen DeWulf since May.  DeWulf, 25, has been in recent movies like “The Goods” and “Oceans Thirteen” and has a host of television credits to her resume.  She’s also been featured in Maxim magazine Hot 100 as one of the most desirable females.

Buffalo now has an actual celebrity.  Can you imagine how much his star will rise if the Americans win the gold?  You go, Ryan!

**UPDATE** Would anyone mind if we stickied this post at the top forever?

Free Agent Files: Chad Clifton

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

(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 Green Bay Packers left tackle Chad Clifton)

Like many other positions, the pickings at offensive tackle in free agency appear to be slender.  More so than other spots, the lack of a collective bargaining agreement hinders the talent pool, which would’ve included Jammal Brown and Marcus McNeil among others.

One intriguing veteran for the Buffalo Bills when the shopping spree commences could be Green Bay Packers tackle Chad Clifton.  Let’s not kid ourselves here; Clifton’s best days are long behind him and he’s no lock to stay healthy for a full season at 34 years old. But when he’s on the field he’s one of the more steadfast tackles in the game and could be a quality short term asset for the club.

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Manhattan Cup Semi Final Preview

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 6:30 am

Canisius College tonight is the venue for a pair of intriguing Manhattan semi final matchups in boys high school basketball.  St. Mary’s of Lancaster will try to prevent Canisius from defending their title at 6pm followed by a rubber match between Bishop Timon and Nichols, the top ranked large school in Western New York.

While conventional wisdom suggests it will be the two top seeded teams advancing to Sunday night’s final, this has been a wildly unpredictable high school season where anything can—and plenty of times did happen.

Nichols, Canisius and Timon all went 1-1 against each other on the year and while St. Marys failed to beat Canisius or Nichols they did upend Timon on the final day of the regular season on the road to finish seeded higher.

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Bills Roster Review: Cornerbacks

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 6:15 am

Terrence McGee Buffalo Sports DailyChan Gailey’s first, and already his boldest, move as new head coach of the Buffalo Bills has been to install a 3-4 defense, led by defensive coordinator George Edwards. While no one’s sure exactly what that 3-4 system will look like, it’ll be a fairly dramatic change for a Bills team that has run the 4-3 as its base defense since Gregg Williams’ arrival as head coach in 2001.

While the majority of that overhaul will take place in the defensive front seven, perhaps Gailey’s smartest coaching hire came in the retention of defensive backs coach George Catavolos. Hired by Dick Jauron in 2006, Catavolos has decades of experience coaching in the secondary, and having spent four years in Buffalo already, he’ll be keenly aware of exactly what type of talent the team possesses in the defensive backfield.

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Playing Bills GM- Volume III

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 6:05 am

(Admitted hot head fan/blogger Joe Pinzone AKA “JoeFromNYC” has a blueprint to solve the Buffalo Bills woes.  Many won’t agree with his views–and we probably won’t either.  But they’re still interesting enough to publish.  This is the third in a series of moves he would like to see the Bills make to return to respectability)

Is it getting hot in here or is it just me? I already sense the disdain towards my first two moves as Buffalo Bills general manager. The people have spoken and they said I’m crazy to trade Lee Evans. I made my points perfectly clear that Evans is overpaid and the Bills need draft picks. I’m also having people say that Evans is a key marketing tool for the Bills.

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BSD Briefs: Local College Athletes Honored

  • Posted on February 23, 2010 at 5:55 am

Several area colleges announced their respective school’s and/or conference athletes of the week. Here’s a run down.

Canisius College

After moving to the top of the Canisius College hockey team’s record book, senior Josh Heidinger was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on Monday.

Heidinger tallied six assists during the weekend and now ranks first in the program’s Division I history with 123 career points. The senior surpasses the previous standard of 119, held by David Deeves (1998-02).

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