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Kennedy spurns Bills, resigns with Vikings

  • Posted on March 13, 2010 at 7:08 pm

The Buffalo Bills had Jimmy Kennedy in for a visit over the past few days.  They hoped to sign the Minnesota Vikings reserve defensive tackle but were spurned on Saturday afternoon when Kennedy decided to resign with the Vikings.

It’s being reported the deal was for $6 million over two years.

Reports are saying Kennedy was looking to start for Buffalo but wasn’t promised anything by Buddy Nix.  At that point he decided Minnesota would be a better fit for him to return.

This is the second time in a week Buffalo has hosted a key reserve linemen and been unable to close the deal.  Last week the Bills tried recruiting Wade Smith, but he ended up signing a four-year deal with Houston.

There’s no confirmed players coming in for a visit to Buffalo on Sunday or Monday at this point.

Mancari headed back to Portland

  • Posted on March 13, 2010 at 11:37 am

Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 is reporting that Buffalo Sabres forward Mark Mancari has been sent back down to Portland.

Mancari has spent the past three games with Buffalo, amassing a goal and an assist in the Sabres 5-3 victory over Dallas last Wednesday. He’s a plus-three in four games with the team this year.

The move comes as a mild surprise.  Tim Kennedy was a candidate to be demoted.  The rookie from South Buffalo has struggled of late; he’s a minus nine over his last 11 games and hasn’t scored a point.

Buffalo is in Detroit tonight to take on the Red Wings.

NU Hockey Soars To The CHA Championship Game

  • Posted on March 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

Niagara LogoOn the strength of a goal by senior Egor Mironov, the Niagara men’s hockey team (12-19-4, 6-10-2 CHA) will play for the last College Hockey America championship, after defeating top-seeded and nationally-ranked Bemidji State (23-9-3, 14-3-1 CHA) at Dwyer Arena on Friday night.

The game-winning goal came halfway through the third period, when a shot from senior Ryan Olidis came off the endboards behind the Bemidji net and was tipped by Mironov off of a Beaver skate and in. Down 5-3 at that point, the Beavers pressed for the remainder of the game, only able to come within one by the time the final buzzer went.

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Bulls Split Opening Day of Long Beach State Invite

  • Posted on March 13, 2010 at 11:07 am

The University at Buffalo softball team kicked off their weekend campaign at the Long Beach State Invitational this afternoon, falling to Notre Dame, 1-0, but coming back to defeat San Diego, 5-3, as they move to 7-9 on the season.

Against Notre Dame, both teams played a strong defensive game, with the only run coming in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the first inning, with a Notre Dame runner on third, Kristen Gallipani made an impressive catch through the fence to prevent a two-run homerun and ultimately end the inning. The first six innings remained scoreless with Buffalo’s best chance at a score coming in the top of the fifth. Jaime Sheffler singled to right field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Andi Saucier. Alex Bejarano walked to put two runners on base, but the Notre Dame defense ended the inning before the Bulls could score.

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Griffs hockey wins game one in quarterfinals

  • Posted on March 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

The Canisius College hockey team won game one of a best-of-three Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal series, defeating Mercyhurst, 5-1, on Friday night. The Griffs move to within one win of reaching the conference semifinals for the first time since 2004.

“I don’t think the score was indicative of the play tonight,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “We got some fortunate bounces and Mercyhurst played really hard. We did enough to get the victory.”

Senior Josh Heidinger (Buffalo, N.Y.) led the Griffs with three points, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Classmate Carl Hudson (Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario) and freshmen Torrey Lindsay (Grosse Isle, Manitoba) and Preston Shupe (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) rounded out the scoring with a goal each.

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Sabres suffer ugly 3-1 loss to Wild

  • Posted on March 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

The Buffalo Sabres saw their three game winning streak end Friday night with a 3-1 home loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Patrick Lalime, getting a rare start in place of Ryan Miller in net, let a pair of bad goals in the net during the first period.  The Wild would eventually build a 3-0 lead before Thomas Vanek finally broke the shutout in the third period.

The Sabres have little time to dwell on their bad performance. They’re in Detroit tonight to take on the Red Wings.   Miller will be back in net for Buffalo.