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Conacher Named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year

  • Posted on March 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Cory ConacherJunior Cory Conacher of the Canisius College hockey team earned Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year honors, as voted on by the conference’s head coaches. Conacher is the first player in the program’s history to earn Player of the Year accolades.

Conacher was also named to the All-Atlantic Hockey First Team, while senior defender Carl Hudson earned second-team honors and junior forward Vincent Scarsella was named to the third team. The Griffs’ three selections to the all-conference team are the most in the program’s history.

Conacher, who was also presented the regular-season scoring trophy, led Canisius with 53 points, 20 goals and 33 assists during his junior campaign. His 53 points and 33 assists are both the highest marks in the program’s Division I history, while his 20 goals rank third in the school’s record book.

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Joe D’s Open Letter to Drew Brees

  • Posted on March 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Joe DeLamielleureFormer Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure has long been an advocate for retired NFL players.  In recent years he’s fought for more rights for retired players and has clashed with many current players in the NFLPA.  One of them is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

The following is an open letter from the former Bills great to the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

Dear Drew:

At the NFL Players Association convention in Hawaii this past Sunday, you presented a resolution that would give former players two seats on the NFLPA Board of Player Representatives.

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Bills work out OLB Thaddeus Gibson

  • Posted on March 19, 2010 at 8:20 am

Thaddeus GibsonThe Buffalo Bills have met with Ohio State University OLB/DE Thaddeus Gibson, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Gibson moved from outside linebacker to defensive end for the Buckeyes but projects to be a 3-4 linebacker in the NFL.  His stock rose at the NFL combine last month when he ran a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash.

Gibson had 40 tackles last year, including 13 for a loss to go with four sacks and an interception.

He’s regarded as extremely athletic with the ability to make game changing plays.  He’s too small to play defensive end with the NFL at just 240 pounds.  In fact, he entered college even smaller.  He’s put on nearly 35 pounds since entering Ohio State in 2006.

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Tipoff for NCAA Tournament in Buffalo today

  • Posted on March 19, 2010 at 7:00 am

For the fourth time, the NCAA men’s basketball March Madness has come to Buffalo.  Six games featuring eight teams are in display at the HSBC Arena today and Sunday and when it’s over Buffalo will have sent two teams on to the “Sweet Sixteen”.

Four teams each from the West and East brackets will take the floor, featuring Big East powers Syracuse and West Virginia.

Of course with its close proximity to Buffalo, Syracuse will probably have the most fans at the arena.  Syracuse is heavily favored against 16th seeded Vermont but the Orange will be hurt by the loss of big man Arize Onuaku.

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Pominville’s hat trick lifts Sabres to 6-2 win

  • Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:55 am

Buffalo SabresDuring our pregame preview earlier Thursday we stressed that the Buffalo Sabres needed to get off to a better start against Tampa Bay if they wanted to end a three game losing streak.  Entering the game Buffalo was second last in the league with just 59 first period goals on the season, so it was crucial to jump out in the game’s first 20 minutes.

Boy did they ever.

Jason Pominville scored twice and Tyler Myers added another as the Sabres erupted for three opening period tallies en route to a 6-2 victory over the fading Lightning.

Pominville closed the scoring with 34 seconds remaining to pick up his second career hat trick.

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BSD Briefs: College News & Notes

  • Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:30 am

Buffalo Sports DailyCanisius College senior Frank Turner has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District I Second Team for the 2009-10 season, the NABC announced today. The NABC recognizes the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes, and honorees are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.

The 240 honored student-athletes from 24 districts are eligible for the State Farm Division I All-America teams, to be announced Saturday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at Bracket Town in the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., during the NABC Convention and NCAA Final Four.

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Bonnies get WNIT win over Robert Morris

  • Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:30 am

St. BonaventureBehind a combined 49 points from senior Dana Mitchell and sophomore Jessica Jenkins, St. Bonaventure pulled away late in the first half and never looked back en route to a convincing 76-50 win against Robert Morris in the opening round of the WNIT on Thursday night at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies equal last year’s single-season record win total of 23 and in the process move onto play Northwestern in the second round. St. Bonaventure welcomes the Wildcats to the Reilly Center on Monday at 7 p.m.

The Colonials, who won the NEC Regular Season title, finish the season with a 23-9 record. RMU earned an automatic bid into the WNIT for winning their regular season crown and failing to win the conference tournament.

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