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Tavares named NLL Player of the Week

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Buffalo BanditsThe National Lacrosse League announced today that Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares was named Offensive Player of the Week as well as Overall Player of the Week, for Week #10 of the 2010 NLL Season. The Week #10 NLL schedule consisted of games played on the weekend of March 12th -14th.

Tavares scored the Bandits game-winning overtime goal in both weekend games against Toronto and Boston; posting 11 points tallying 7 goals, 4 assists and 15 loose balls. On Friday he recorded six points (3+3) and picked up 9 loose balls in an 11-10 (OT) road win against the Rock. The following night he scored five points (4+1), while collecting six loose balls in a 9-8 (OT) road win at Boston. Tavares registered four power play points (2+2) over the weekend. Since his return on Feb. 13 @ Philadelphia, Tavares has 12 points (4+8) on the man advantage, rejuvenating the Bandits power play that went 8 for 28 in the first six weeks of the season.

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Fan Poll Results: Bulaga chosen as best Bills pick

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Buffalo Sports Daily PollWe’ve run a poll over the last week asking Buffalo Bills fans who they’d prefer the team takes with the ninth overall selection of the draft.  We included six candidates we think should be on the board when the Bills were on the clock.

For that reason you didn’t find names like Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy or Eugene Okung. They’re almost all certain to be gone.

After over 900 votes the results are in and Bryan Bulaga was chosen to be the pick by a large margin.

Bulaga received over one third of the total votes (37%).  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen finished second with 23% of the vote while defensive tackle Dan Williams was third at 18%.  Thirteen percent of you preferred offensive tackle Trent Williams.

Only four percent of voters wanted to see the Bills draft wide receiver Dez Bryant or defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

Sabres AHL team to remain in Portland

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Buffalo SabresPortland, Maine - The Cumberland County Civic Center Board of Trustees announced today that they have agreed to a two-year lease extension with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

The extension, announced in a joint statement following the Civic Center Board of Trustees Meeting held at the Civic Center this morning, will carry the two sides through the 2011-12 season.
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Turner Gill makes a quick impression in Kansas

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Turner GillFormer UB football coach Turner Gill certainly put his stamp on the Bulls football program both on and off the field.  Now it seems the man in charge of turning around the University of Kansas’ football team isn’t changing much philosophically.

In an excellent article published in the Lawrence Journal-World, Gill is implementing several changes to the football program for both players and coaches.  One of them was hiring coaches with a no cursing philosophy.

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Flynn finds out what giving up 152 points feels like

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Jonny FlynnBefore Jonny Flynn came to the Minnesota to play in the NBA for the Timberwolves, nearly every time he was part of a blowout it was on the winning end.  His legendary Niagara Falls high school teams would often destroy opponents and his Syracuse teams often got the better of the opposition as well.

So being on a team as a NBA rookie that makes losing regularly an art has been a huge culture shock for Flynn.  But nothing to this point compares to what went down in Phoenix last night.

Flynn took the floor against two-time former MVP Steve Nash and simply put, the Suns ran all over the helpless Wolves.  By the time it was over, Flynn walked into the visiting locker room on the heels of a 152-114 blowout loss.

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Ennis, Mancari lead Pirates in shootout

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Portland PiratesThe Portland Pirates extended their Atlantic Division lead to six points with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Lowell Devils on Tuesday night in front of 3,904 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

“That was a good hockey game by us,” said Portland Pirates Head Coach Kevin Dineen. “It wasn’t an offense blizzard by any stretch, but I thought we played a very strong game even when we made a big mistake in the second period to give up a goal.”

With the Pirates down 2-1 with five minutes to play in the game, Tyler Ennis notched his 21st goal of the season past Devils goalie Mike McKenna to force the game into overtime.

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Sabres & Sens struggle while Montreal catches fire

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Buffalo SabresThe roller coaster that has been the Buffalo Sabres season since the calendar flipped to 2010 has been crashing down recently.  Buffalo has dropped three straight games and earned just a single point in the process, the overtime loss at Detroit last Saturday.  They’re 4-4-2 in their last 10 and stand at 82 points with 14 games left to play.

Fortunately for the Sabres, Ottawa has been even worse of late.

Not long ago when the Sabres were struggling and the Senators were world-beaters it looked like Ottawa would run away with the Northeast Division.  But the Senators are starting to show signs of collapsing, losing their last three and going just 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.

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Dan Bishop update is promising

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

Dan BishopOn March 6, 2010, University at Buffalo wrestler Danny Bishop suffered a major spinal injury while competing at the Mid-American Conference Championships at Central Michigan University.

He underwent emergency surgery at St. Marys Hospital in Saginaw, MI that night to relieve the inflammation on his spinal cord after it was determined that a fracture had occurred between his C5 and C6 vertebrae and that damage to one of his major arteries had also occurred. Doctors performed successful surgery that included fusing the two vertebrae back together and installing a metal plate and permanent screws to support the spine. At the time of the surgery, Bishop had lost feeling to all of his extremities.

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Nix proves Bills serious about change with deals

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 12:39 am

Dwan EdwardsI’m perceived by most as having a rather negative perception of the Buffalo Bills and I’m fine with it.  In fact, I think it’s mostly well deserved- but that’s another discussion for another time.

One thing I’ll give myself some credit for is not being afraid to admit when I’m wrong.  And after the events that took place at One Bills Drive on Tuesday, I now confess to being wrong about Buddy Nix—and this new front office.

The names of the two latest Bills acquisitions may never appear on a billboard on the thruway but make no mistake about it; the team became a much better defensively in a mere 24 hours.

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Sabres drop third straight at Atlanta

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 12:21 am

)The Buffalo lost their third consecutive games, falling in Atlanta 4-3 in front of a crowd that literally had more Sabres fans than for the home team.

Jim Slater broke a 3-3 tie at 13:16 of the third period on a shot by Niclas Bergfors that was directed off Slater’s leg past Patrick Lalime.

Buffalo played a horrible first period, particularly in the first period as they fell behind 3-1.  Ryan Miller was pulled after allowing three goals on Atlanta’s first five shots.

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Updated Report: Edwards will ink deal Wednesday

  • Posted on March 17, 2010 at 12:20 am

National Football Post reporter Aaron Wilson reported on his twitter late Tuesday night that free agent defensive end Dwan Edwards will sign a contract to join the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday.

According to Wilson the contract will be for four years and $18 million.

“It looks like I’m going to be a Buffalo Bill.” Edwards told Wilson  Tuesday night.  “It would have been nice to stay in Baltimore, but it’s a business.”

So hopefully by the time you’re on your first or second cup of coffee at the office, the ink will be drying on Edwards’ new contract.