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Bills to host DT Jimmy Kennedy on Thursday

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Jason La Canfora at is reporting that the Buffalo Bills will host a visit with free agent defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy on Thursday.

The 6′4″, 320-pound Kennedy, 30, has spent the past two seasons in Minnesota, where he backed up Pat Williams and Kevin Williams. During a stellar 2009 campaign, Kennedy racked up 18 tackles and three sacks in reserve duty. A first-round pick (No. 12 overall) in 2003, Kennedy has spent time with Minnesota, Jacksonville, Chicago and St. Louis.

Buffalo is in search of a nose tackle for the 3-4 defensive system they’ll be installing under new defensive coordinator George Edwards. Kennedy has never played in a 3-4 system at the NFL level, but he has the type of size required to man the two-gap nose tackle spot in that system. A sound run defender, Kennedy would likely work in tandem with incumbent Kyle Williams, who is likely to see most of his time at the nose tackle spot next season.

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For time being, Owens remains unemployed

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

It looks like  for the time being, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens will remain unemployed.   Owens visited the Cincinnati Bengals last night, but today the team went with Antonio Bryant, signing him to a four-year deal that could be worth as much as $28 million.

At this time no other teams have publicly expressed interest in Owens and word is Buddy Nix won’t consider bringing him back.

Still, don’t expect the eccentric receiver to be out of work for long.  Washington and Miami have already been looking at receivers and a few more will join the fray.

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UB adds two to football recruiting class

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm

University at Buffalo head football coach Jeff Quinn has announced the signings of two Michigan natives to his 2010 recruiting class.

Dalton Barksdale, a 6-3, 240-pound defensive end from Detroit (Cass Tech HS) and Jake Silas, a 6-8, 270-pound offensive tackle from Portland, MI (Portland HS) will join the Bulls in August.

Barksdale was an All-Metro and All-City selection at Cass Tech, and is also a member of the National Honor Society. ranked him among the Top 150 defensive end recruits in the nation after he recorded 12 tackles for loss in his senior season. His brother, Joseph, was a three-year starter at LSU.

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Steenhuis & Clancy receive weekly NLL honors

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm

buffalo banditsThe National Lacrosse League announced today that Buffalo Bandits transition player Mark Steenhuis was named Offensive Player of the Week as well as Overall Player of the Week, while rookie forward Kyle Clancy was selected as the league’s Rookie of the Week, for Week #9 of the 2010 NLL Season. The Week #9 NLL schedule consisted of games played on the weekend of March 5th -7th.

Steenhuis, the Bandits leading scorer scorched the Titans with 10 points (6+4) in a 12-10 upset win against Orlando on Saturday. Steenhuis paced the Bandits emotional win with a natural hat-trick to start the Buffalo scoring. Two of his six goals came on the power play while recording a season-high 17 shots on Titans goaltender Matt Vinc. The win was crucial for the Bandits, who entered the contest with a 2-6 record and needed to start the second half of their season on a strong note.

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Preview: Sabres aim to get offense going against Stars

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 11:45 am

Buffalo SabresWhen the Buffalo Sabres take the ice tonight at the HSBC Arena against the Dallas Stars, it’s no secret what Lindy Ruff would desperately like to see his club expand upon.

Putting the puck in the net.

Buffalo has been anything but a hotbed recently when it comes to putting  frozen rubber behind the enemy goal line.  Over their last 10 games the team has scored more than three goals exactly zero times.  None.. Zilch… Nada.

The primary reason is a power play that has been about as productive as Buffalo Bills no huddle drive. During the 10-game goal famine the unit has scored just once in 31 attempts.  For those not much in the mood for pulling out a calculator, that’s a success rate of 3.2%.

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James Starks to work out for Patriots

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 10:57 am

James StarksFormer University of Buffalo running back James Starks could soon go from being the popular local boy to sleeping with enemy, literally.

Starks has announced that the New England Patriots contacted him and the former Niagara Falls high school star will meet individually with the Patriots before the NFL draft, according to the All Access Football website.

Starks, who missed all of 2009 with a labral tear  in his shoulder, was impressive at the NFL Combine in February. He was seven among all running backs with a 4.5/40 time. He also finished fifth with a 6.89 time in the three cone drill.

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Rodney Pierce named All-Mac First Team

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

Rodney PierceThe Mid-American Conference announced its all-league teams on Wednesday and both Rodney Pierce and Calvin Betts were awarded for their exceptional play. Pierce was named to the All-MAC First Team while Betts was named honorable mention.

Pierce earned first-team honors for the second straight year – becoming the first UB player to be named All-MAC First Team multiple times. He joins Turner Battle as the only Buffalo player ever named to the All-MAC First Team.

The Buffalo native leads the Bulls and ranks third in the MAC in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game. His 523 points scored on the year is the sixth best single-season effort in school history. Pierce also ranks second on the team in assists (92) and steals (42).

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Williamsville South, Olean capture Section VI titles

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 9:20 am

Section VI High SchoolThe Section VI Class A and B overall champions were crowned in high school basketball at Buffalo State College Tuesday night.  Williamsville South is the Class A champ after throttling East high school 65-46.  Olean won the Class B crown for the fourth consecutive year with a $@@# victory over Akron.

The South vs. East game had all the makings of a classic but never materialized into a close game.  Junior sharpshooter Joe Licata, who’s also the football star quarterback, drilled seven three pointers for a game-high 24 points as the Billies stormed out the gate and blew East away early.

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Bona advances in A-10 Tournament

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 8:33 am

Andrew NicholsonSenior Chris Matthews equaled a career-high with 28 points and sophomore Andrew Nicholson turned in his third straight 20-point outing to lead St. Bonaventure to a 83-71 win over Duquesne Tuesday night in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship at the Reilly Center.

The win is the fifth in six games for the Bonnies, who improve to 15-15 on the season. The Brown and White’s A-10 postseason win is their first since 2002, when they also defeated Duquesne in the first round.

St. Bonaventure advances to Friday’s quarterfinal round of the A-10 Championship in Atlantic City and will take on top-seeded and two-time defending tournament champion Temple. Gametime at Boardwalk Hall is set for noon.

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Scotty Bowman showcase set for March 29

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 7:00 am

Buffalo SabresThe Buffalo Sabres today announced the 6th annual Scotty Bowman Showcase will take place on Monday, March 29 at HSBC Arena. The Scotty Bowman Showcase consists of two all-star hockey games between high school aged players from Buffalo against their rivals from Rochester. The event will also feature a 20-minute Girls Showcase between games, featuring the top local high school girl’s players from the Buffalo-area club teams. Admission for the games is $5.

The first game will be at 6 p.m. with juniors from each city facing off against one another, followed by a game at 8:30 p.m. between seniors from each city. The winner of the second game will be awarded the Scotty Bowman Cup.

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Kourtney Brown picks up two major awards

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 6:45 am

Junior Kourtney Brown became just the second UB player ever to be named first-team All-MAC as the Mid-American Conference announced their postseason honors on Tuesday morning. Brown was also named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, while freshman Abby Dowd was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.

Brown becomes UB’s first All-MAC First Team selection since Tiffany Bell in the 2000-01 season. She is also just the second UB player to be named Defensive Player of The Year, following Sonia Ortega, who also picked up that honor in 2000-01. Dowd is the fourth UB player to be named to the All-Freshman team following Kim Kilpela (1999-00), Heather Turner (2004-05) and Jamie Schiebner (2005-06).

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Green brings experience, baggage to Buffalo

  • Posted on March 10, 2010 at 12:05 am

Cornell GreenTo the surprise of roughly no one, the first thing the Buffalo Bills did organizationally when free agency started was set out to upgrade their offensive line. The philosophy was astute as the Bills offensive line was anemic in 2009 and did themselves no favors with the rash of injuries the unit suffered.

Wade Smith was brought in on day two and although the team reported positive conversations the former Chief left the team last Saturday without a deal and has since visited Houston. He’s also reported to be headed to Arizona for a visit out west on Tuesday.

The Bills then quickly struck on Monday to land Oakland Raiders tackle Cornell Green. The team met with him in the morning and by the afternoon signed him to a three-year deal worth a reported $9 million.

The 12-year veteran said on a conference call Monday night that he had the chance to visit other teams, but the Bills presented him with the best opportunity.

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