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Miller’s performance goes far beyond silver medal

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Ryan Miller USAAs everyone knows by now, the bad news is Ryan Miller and his United States teammates fell just short of capturing the gold medal in an epic final showdown with Canada.  If Sabres fans didn’t already despise Sidney Crosby before, they certainly will now.  But lost in the immediate aftermath of obvious disappointment is that the city of Buffalo gained a sporting star on a worldwide level.

Miller already was popular in Buffalo but his performance in Vancouver over the past few weeks has him elevated to cult hero status.  Everybody knows Miller now, which of course means everybody knows his girlfriend.  Give it a few days and we’ll know his favorite television shows and what’s in his Ipod.  That’s what happens when you become famous and wanted by the social media.

He may not have gone to the Olympics looking for personal stardom but he sure came away the sport’s version of a rock star.

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Nichols captures Manhattan Cup with win over Canisius

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Nichols“I’ve played in, maybe four championships in my life and I’ve never lost one.”

That’s what Canisius guard Blair Helton, MVP of last year’s Manhattan Cup told reporters in the days leading up to this year’s final between his second ranked Crusaders and top ranked Nichols.

Unfortunately for the talented senior guard, he learned Sunday night there’s a first time for everything.

Helton scored a team-high 21 points but it wasn’t nearly enough for Canisius to compete with a totally balanced Nichols team. The Vikings never trailed after the first two minutes of the game and were rarely threatened en route to easily defeating Canisius 73-50 to capture this year’s Manhattan Cup.

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Niagara loses regular season finale at Fairfield

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

The Niagara men’s basketball team (17-14, 9-9 MAAC) dropped its regular season finale to the Fairfield Stags (20-9, 13-5 MAAC) in overtime on Sunday, 80-74. The Purple Eagles used a furious comeback to force overtime, but shot just 13-for-28 from the free throw line in the game.

“The good thing about (Sunday) was that it was almost a practice for what we are going to see next week,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said. “We were playing a good team in a playoff setting, and we almost pulled it off not playing well. But we can’t shoot 13-for-28 from the foul line and win.”

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LIVE CHAT: USA vs. Canada at 3pm

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 10:24 am

In one of the most anticipated games American fans have ever seen, the United States takes on North American rival Canada this afternoon with a gold medal at stake.

Join us and our friends over at for a live chat during the game beginning at 3pm.  Share your thoughts and conments as the USA faces the daunting task of beating Canada for a second time on their home ice.

Stampede can’t get past Rochester

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 10:17 am

The Buffalo Stampede played a much better road game Saturday, but it still wasn’t enough to get a victory. Rochester used strong first and third quarters to take big leads and the Razorsharks went on to beat the Stampede, 105-91.

Andy Robinson led Buffalo with 19 points despite going just 3-for-12 from the floor.  Corey Herring added 18 points while Robert Shape and Mike Norwood each chipped in with 13.

The loss pushes Buffalo down to 3-9 on the season while Rochester improved to 8-3.

Buffalo  next travels to Vermont for a game on March 6 before returning home six days later for a date with Puerto Rico.

Bills to move on from Owens, Reed, Denney

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

The Buffalo Bills have announced that the team has informed wide receivers Terrell Owens and Josh Reed, as well as defensive end Ryan Denney, that the team will not pursue re-signing them. All three players are unrestricted free agents, and will be seeking employment elsewhere come March 5.

For Owens, it’s the end of a one-year marriage gone wrong. One of the most decorated receivers in NFL history, Owens struggled in 2009 as a Bill, hauling in 55 passes for 829 yards, with five touchdowns. Owens’ biggest accomplishment in his one year in Buffalo was recording his 1,000th reception in a Week 16 loss to Atlanta. He’ll be one of the biggest names available via free agency this year.

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Bills Roster Review: Safety

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 8:15 am

Chan 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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Manhattan Cup Title Preview: Canisius vs Nichols

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

With no disrespect intended for Section VI and their exciting playoff season now in full swing, Sunday night is as good as it gets for boys high school basketball.  The Koessler Center at Canisius College is the venue 6pm Sunday as the top two ranked large schools in Western New York square off.

Number one Nichols faces second ranked Canisius in a rubber match and this time it’s for all the marbles.  The winner will be crowned 2009-10 Manhattan Cup champion.

The teams have met twice this season.  Canisius held serve at home in a squeaker and Nichols won the rematch in a big way at their own gym to end the regular season.  The Vikings lost while Ron Canestro was nursing a broken pinky but was back for the second meeting.

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UB rallies to beat Ohio on senior night

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 7:00 am

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team erased a 10-point deficit in the game’s final seven minutes to defeat Ohio, 72-69, at Alumni Arena on Saturday night. It was fitting that Saturday was senior night as the six Bulls’ seniors, who were honored prior to the game, played huge roles in the victory.

Ohio (16-13, 6-9 MAC) led by six at the half and built it’s lead to 63-53 with 7:48 remaining. Following a missed shot by Buffalo (17-10, 9-6 MAC), Ohio looked to build its lead to a dozen. However, Kenneth Van Kempen’s layup attempt was blocked from behind by Rodney Pierce and Max Boudreau drained a jumper at the other end to cut the lead to eight. The play seemed to spark the Bulls’ rally. Calvin Betts came up with a steal on Ohio’s next possession and Pierce capitalized with a layup to cut the lead to 63-57 with 6:35 left.

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Bona scores huge upset over Rhode Island

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 5:00 am

Over the last two games, free throw shooting has nearly cost the Bonnies a pair of victories. Saturday at the Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure’s 21-of-23 performance at the charity stripe, including a perfect 14-for-14 performance in the second half, helped it survive a second half run by Rhode Island for an 81-74 Atlantic 10 win at the Reilly Center.

The win moves the Brown and White’s A-10 win streak to three games, it’s longest since the 2001-02 season. The Bonnies four victories in February improve their overall record to 13-14 overall and 6-8 in the A-10 heading into the final week of the regular season.
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Bandits fall to 2-6 with loss to Wings

  • Posted on February 28, 2010 at 4:58 am

It was a fight to the finish as the Buffalo Bandits lost to the Philadelphia Wings 15-11 tonight at the HSBC Arena.

The Wings came out strong early in the game with goals from Drew Westervelt, Josh Sims, Kyle Wailes and David Mitchell.

However the Bandits would work to close that gap late into the second quarter with strong showings from John Tavares and Billy Dee Smith to bring the game within two.

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