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UB men lose, playoff seed to be determined Friday

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 11:19 pm

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team dropped its regular season finale to Miami (OH), 73-62 on Thursday evening at Millet Hall. Sophomore Mitchell Watt (Goodyear, AZ/Desert Edge) scored a career-high 17 points in the Bulls’ fall.

Mitchell Watt led the Bulls with a career-high 17 points and tying a career-high six rebounds. Senior Calvin Betts (Rochester, NY/Rush-Henrietta) pulled in 12 boards. Pierce converted seven straight free throws in the second half, scoring 16 points while tying Watt with six rebounds.

The Bulls’ journey in the 2010 MAC Tournament will be decided in the outcome of Friday’s Kent State-Akron contest at Akron. If Akron wins, the Bulls will receive a first-round bye as the fourth seed. If Kent State wins, the Bulls will enter as the fifth seed and will host Toledo on Sunday, March 7 at 2:00 pm.

Bills finally start making roster moves

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm

ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting that the Buffalo Bills have re-signed unrestricted free agent Bryan Scott to a two-year, $3-plus million contract.

The six-year veteran logged starts at both safety and linebacker in 2009, ending the season with 81 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. He did miss several weeks with an ankle injury before making the switch to linebacker, and also sat out the final two weeks of the season with a concussion.

Scott, 29, is likely to move back to strong safety as the team transitions to the 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator George Edwards. The decision to bring back Scott preserves the Bills’ depth at the position, as Scott’s physical style of play complements the skill sets of fellow safeties Jairus Byrd, Donte Whitner and George Wilson rather well.

Regarding Restricted Free Agents

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Section VI Semis: Clarence Stuns Orchard Park in OT

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm

While interviewing Jamestown star guard Carlos Rivera following his team’s semi final victory over North Tonawanda earlier in the night, he told me he was so excited to be playing Orchard Park on Saturday night to celebrate his birthday and try to win a Section VI Class AA championship.  While Rivera certainly meant no disrespect to the Red Devils of Clarence, he along with nearly everyone else assumed they would fall at the hands of top seeded Orchard Park in the other semifinal game.

Mr. Rivera… that is why they play the games.

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Section VI Semis: Jamestown too much for N.T.

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Carlos RiveraStanding a mere five feet, seven inches on a good day, Carlos Rivera hardly looks the part of an intimidating basketball player.

Rivera may be diminutive in stature but his play was gargantuan Thursday night, scoring 26 points from all over the gym to go with an assortment of steals, assists and body spills as his Jamestown Red Raiders advanced to Saturday’s Section VI Class AA final with a 57-34 throttling over North Tonawanda.

The senior scored 19 of those 26 points in the second and third quarters while the game’s outcome was still in doubt. It only seemed fitting he’d close the scoring with the game’s last three points on a long distance bomb as a Lumberjacks defender sent him crashing to the floor.

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NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Trent Williams

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Trent Williams (OT) -Oklahoma

6’4, 315lbs


Williams is a patient blocker and is very cautious not to make the first move. He will wait for the defender to make the first move and then counter it with ease. He has a great sense of awareness both pre-snap and as the play is going on. He is good at identifying blitzers and knowing what man to pick up depending upon the play call and blocking scheme assignments.

Williams has impressive strength, which he did not display at the NFL combine when he put up 225lbs only 23 times. However on the field he uses his strength to be very stout at the point of attack against bull rushes.

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LIVE UPDATES: Bills/NFL RFA tender and other news

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 10:56 am

There is going to be a lot of NFL news to come out today as the deadline for restricted free agent tenders is 4pm.  Far too many little nuggets to post individually—so what we’ll do today is open a live update board for all moves.

Comments are welcomed but PLEASE take note; I’ll be updating this throughout the day and won’t be around to publish all comments. I’ll get to questions and comments as time permits but don’t get aggravated if your comment goes unpublished for a long period of time (we got plenty of other stuff to work on, sorry)

Anyway, check back frequently throughout the day here for instant updates on Bills and related NFL news.

Source: Bills, McNabb not interested in each other

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

According to a source I spoke with on Wednesday there’s a decent chance Donovan McNabb will be traded before the NFL draft, despite claims otherwise made by the Philadelphia Eagles.

However, the same source says that if McNabb is dealt it will positively not be to the Buffalo Bills.

I asked the source if there was even a remote realistic possibility that with a need for a quarterback not to mention a needed draw at the box office and a high pick in Aprils draft that McNabb could be lured to the Bills.

“Nope, it’s not going to happen,” the source said.  “Donovan wouldn’t have any interest in coming to Buffalo and even though he doesn’t have a no-trade clause, he’d never agree to an extension.”

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NFL 1st Round Picks: $834 Million in Salaries & Bonuses in 2009

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

Jeff NixonAs we all know, the NFLPA and the NFL were unable to come to an agreement on increasing retired player pensions. The NFL proposed a new rookie wage scale for this year’s draft, with players paid a fixed amount based on draft slot and the NFLPA countered with its own rookie salary proposal, but tied it to a two-year extension of the current CBA.  The savings generated from either of those proposals would have been used to boost retired player’s pensions.  Any hope of that happening will evaporate on Friday, March 5, 2010….. the day the Salary Cap Dies.

The League already has a rookie salary cap within the overall salary cap, but a rookie is only a rookie for one year, and they sign contracts that typically extend between four and six years, so the rookie salary cap in its present form does little to limit the compensation of players coming into the league. The owners have opted to continue the current rookie salary cap system, but it will be interesting to see if the owners are as generous as they were to last year’s top draft picks.

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Regier comfortable with Sabres going forward

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 9:05 am

Darcy RegierThe Buffalo Sabres have been besieged with defeats lately.  After showing so much promise through the first half of the season the team has taken several steps back of late, particularly since the start of February.  They’ve won just one of their last nine games and offensive woes that have plagued them at times are front and center more frequently.

They remain in relatively good shape in the standings; trailing Ottawa for first in the Northeast Division by just a single point with two games in hand.  Barring an epic collapse Buffalo will return to the post season for the first time in three seasons.  They hold a 10 point lead over ninth place Boston with 20 games remaining.

But with the brand of hockey they’ve played of late it’s debatable if they’ll get out of the first round, especially if they fail to win their division and secure home ice for at least the first round of the playoffs.

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Report: Bills tender Keith Ellison

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 9:00 am

The Buffalo Bills have tendered restricted free agent linebacker Keith Ellison, according to a report by WGR550. The level of tender hasn’t been released but its believe to be a low tender, which would entitle Buffalo to a sixth round pick if a team signed Ellison to an offer sheet and Buffalo didn’t match.

Ellison had solid numbers last year with 68 tackles in only eight games but on the surface seems severely undersized to play linebacker in the new 3-4 scheme.  He’s only listed at six feet and 229 pounds.

Perhaps the Bills still value him as a reserve for when they run pass defense packages, or maybe the team hopes another squad that uses a cover two defense will sign him so Buffalo can pick up an extra late draft pick.

The deadline for tendering free agents is 4pm today and we expect the Bills to make several more tenders.

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Bona wins fourth straight on senior night

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 7:58 am

If this was their final game at the Reilly Center, seniors Jonathan Hall and Chris Matthews made it count. The senior duo combined to score 34 and sophomore Andrew Nicholson poured in 21 points to lead St. Bonaventure to a crucial 92-80 win over Duquesne Wednesday night at the Reilly Center.

The victory is the fourth straight in conference play for the Brown and White, marking their longest A-10 win streak since the 1999-2000 campaign. With the win, St. Bonaventure evens its record at 14-14, but more importantly moves into sole possession of eighth place in the A-10 standings.

The win also makes the chances of hosting an A-10 Tournament first round game next Tuesday, March 9 a reality. The Bonnies will need a loss by George Washington at Temple on Saturday and Rhode Island to finish above Charlotte and Dayton in the standings in order to return to the Reilly Center as the No. 8 seed.
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Playing Bills GM- Volume VI (Draft)

  • Posted on March 4, 2010 at 12:05 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 sixth in a series of moves he would like to see the Bills make to return to respectability)

Well, we are coming down the stretch for reshaping the Bills roster. Free agency is over and done with. The undersized defensive players are in different uniforms. Trent Edwards is flipping burgers or playing in the CFL. The waste has been wasted. In the process, I’ve been able to bring in some new blood to the team via free agency. I have to say, it has really been fun being the Bills GM for the last two weeks.

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