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Pirates comeback falls short in Syracuse

  • Posted on March 6, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Portland PiratesIt was 2000 when the Portland Pirates last visited the Syracuse Crunch, and if they had their way it would have stayed that way.

The Crunch bolted out to a four goal lead and held on to a late game surge by the Pirates to win 4-3 win in front of 5,526 at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.

The game was nearly tied with seconds remaining, but referee Chris Cozzan waived the goal off indicating time had run out.

The Pirates including head coach Kevin Dineen was clearly in dispute of this decision.

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Lady Bulls upset bid falls short in MAC Tourney

  • Posted on March 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Kourtney BrownWith just about 13 minutes left in Saturday afternoon’s MAC First Round game, it looked like the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team was poised to make the tournament’s first upset, however the host Eastern Michigan Eagles were able to come back for a 66-56 victory at the Convocation Center. UB’s season comes to a close at 7-23.

The Bulls were led by 19 points and a game-high 16 rebounds from junior Kourtney Brown. With her 19 points, Brown broke her own school record for single-season scoring as she finishes the year with 535 points. Last season, Brown had 532 points. The Solon, OH native already broke the school record for rebounds in a season and finishes the year with 346 boards, the third highest total from a player in Mid-American Conference history. Brown also added five blocks on the day, giving her 63 on the year, the second most in school history.

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NU Women Lose to Marist in MAAC Semis

  • Posted on March 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm

The fifth-seeded Niagara Purple Eagles were eliminated in the 2010 Citizens Bank MAAC Tournament Semifinals by top-seeded Marist, 69-47, on Saturday afternoon from the Times Union Center.

“We woke up this morning believing we had a chance to play for a MAAC Championship tomorrow and that is huge step in the culture of our program,” head coach Kendra Faustin said.

Niagara (13-18), which was playing in its first MAAC Semifinal game since 2005, was going against a tournament experienced Marist (25-7) team that is the four-time defending tournament champion. NU was competitive throughout the game in its bid for its first championship game appearance in 13 years.
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Sabres recall Mark Mancari

  • Posted on March 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

The Buffalo Sabres recalled Mark Mancari on Saturday. Mancari was the Portland Pirates leading scoring with 62 points (22g, 40a) in 61 games and was a plus-14.

He recall comes as a result of an injury suffered by Drew Stafford, in which, Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said in the Buffalo News, “He’s not doing very good. It looks like this groin injury is going to be a good period of time.”

Portland is already shorthanded due with Tyler Ennis (concussion) and Brad Larsen (lower body) out with injuries, and Travis Turnbull and Matt Generous serving their two-game suspensions.

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Bills tendered Gaddis and Corto

  • Posted on March 6, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I spoke to Christian Gaddis and although the Buffalo Bills haven’t announced it, the team has tendered the offensive lineman as an exclusive rights free agent.

Gaddis has been a member of the Bills on and off since 2007 when he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Villanova. He’s also spent time in the Cleveland and Indianapolis organizations.

He spent part of 2009 with the New York Sentinels of the United Football League before resigning with Buffalo. He appeared in one game for the Bills last year.

I can also confirm that Jon Corto has also been tendered.’

I haven’t been able to confirm if the other exclusive rights free agents were tendered: Marcus Buggs, Justice Hairston, Cary Harris and Jonathan Stupar. I asked Gaddis about them and he told me he didn’t know.

Wade Smith leaves Buffalo without a contract

  • Posted on March 6, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Wade SmithI’m going out on a limb here and predicting that in your office pools or various message board contests, few if any had the Buffalo Bills making their first free agent target Wade Smith.  In fact, don’t be embarrassed if you’ve never heard of him at all, many haven’t.

As fans spent the majority of opening free agency day Friday hitting the refresh button on Twitter, KFFL and various other tracking websites every other minute, an impressive lineup of free agent signings and visits immediately began to take shape.

Julius Peppers, Chester Taylor, Anquan Boldin, Karlos Dansby and Antrel Roelle were among the big names changing teams on day one.

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Niagara takes on Iona tonight in MAAC Tourney

  • Posted on March 6, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Bilal BennNiagara takes on Iona in the MAAC Quarterfinals on Saturday night to begin its quest for the Purple Eagles’ third title in six seasons. Head coach Joe Mihalich owns a 15-9 record in the MAAC Tournament and has reached the MAAC Finals five times in the last eight seasons. The Purple Eagle mentor led Niagara to the 2005 & 2007 MAAC Title.

NU has reached the MAAC Semifinals eight times in Joe Mihalich’s 11 MAAC Tournaments. The season’s first win over Iona would give NU its ninth appearance.

Saturday evening’s quarterfinal contest will air live on MSG. Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy will have the call live starting at 10 p.m.

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UB to Host Toledo in MAC Tournament on Sunday

  • Posted on March 6, 2010 at 11:19 am

UB LOGOBuffalo learned on Friday night that it will be the fifth seed in the 2010 First Energy Mid-American Conference Tournament and will host 12-seeded Toledo on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm at Alumni Arena.

With Kent State defeating Akron on Friday night, the Bulls lost the tiebreaker with Miami (OH), who also finished 9-7 in conference play, and the RedHawks earned the first-round bye.

The Bulls defeated Toledo, 65-59, back on Feb. 6 at Savage Hall.

Tickets are available at the UB Ticket Office or by calling 1-877-UB-THERE.

  • Filed under: Bills have interest in LB Larry Foote

  • Posted on March 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

After a pretty busy day one of NFL free agency given the circumstances, Larry Foote’s name is one of the biggest left on the market. The veteran 3-4 inside linebacker has drawn interest from the Buffalo Bills, according to Ed Thompson of

There’s one problem, however - the Bills have stiff competition for Foote’s services. He’ll travel to D.C. to visit with the Washington Redskins (another team switching to the 3-4) on Monday and Tuesday, and then will head to the left coast to visit with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday. As of this morning, Foote does not have a visit scheduled with the Bills.

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Griffs Defeat Marist to Advance to the MAAC Quarters

  • Posted on March 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

Making 10 3-pointers and getting at least six points from seven players, the Cansius College men’s basketball team defeated No. 10 seed Marist 72-54 at the 2010 Citizens Bank MAAC Championship in the Times Union Center on Friday night.

The Golden Griffins (15-16) advance to the quarterfinal round and will take on No. 2 seed Fairfield at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. In Buffalo, the game will be available on Channel 87 on Time Warner. The game can also be seen on Fox Sports Atlantic.

Junior Elton Frazier had a team-high 17 points while junior Greg Logins had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Alshwan Hymes had 11 points, including 3-for-7 shooting from behind the arc as Canisius was 10-for-25 as a team on 3-pointers.
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