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Bandits place Montour on injured reserve

  • Posted on April 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Ken MontourBuffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced goaltender Ken Montour was placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to March 18. Steve Priolo will take Montour’s active roster spot. (pending league approval)

Priolo, Buffalo’s second-round pick in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft has posted seven points (0+7) in nine games; while collecting 22 loose balls.

Montour, the 2009 NLL Goaltender of the Year, appeared in seven games this season posting a 2-4 record. He stopped a season-high 46 shots against Rochester on January 9 before suffering a concussion at home against the Toronto Rock on February 6.

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Sabres could lock up Northeast tonight

  • Posted on April 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Buffalo Sabres Toronto Maple LeafsBy the time this evening is complete, the Northeast Division race could be officially over.  A Buffalo Sabres win tonight over Toronto and Ottawa home regulation loss to Carolina would result in the Sabres having a new banner to hang at the arena.

Buffalo has an exceptional chance to do their part.  They face a Leafs team they’ve skated against five times this year and won each meeting.  In fact the Sabres have won the past ten times they’ve squared off to tie a franchise record (they beat Washington ten times in a row from 1981-84).

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Bandits Going Pink On Saturday For Cancer

  • Posted on April 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm

buffalo bandits logoThe Buffalo Bandits and the National Lacrosse League are proud to announce “Black Out Breast Cancer” this Saturday, April 3 when the Bandits square off against the Colorado Mammoth at 7:30 p.m.

“The National Lacrosse League is proud to join the fight against breast cancer,” said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. “Our fans are very passionate about lacrosse, and we know they will rally behind this cause as well.”

The Bandits will wear pink helmets in honor of “Black Out Breast Cancer.” Each helmet will be signed by the player and then auctioned off next Saturday, April 10th vs. Toronto. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Western New York affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

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Sabres Alumni to put up $20k at home finale

  • Posted on April 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association president Larry Playfair announced today that fans attending Tuesday’s regular season home finale against the New York Rangers will have the opportunity to win a guaranteed prize of $20,000 in the Sabres Alumni 50/50 Raffle.

Tickets are only $1 each, with proceeds going to support the Buffalo Junior Sabres, the Alumni Scholarship Program and the Sabres Foundation. Tickets will be sold through the end of the 2nd period, and the winning ticket number will be announced during the 3rd period.

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Whitner, Florence tweet April Fool’s pranks

  • Posted on April 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

A couple of Buffalo Bills players have taken to twitter today to partake in a little April Fool’s Day fun.  If you weren’t aware and guarded of what today is when you woke up, shame on you.

First, Donte Whitner tweeted this morning that he’s been traded to Philadelphia.

“Just got wind that I’m getting traded in a package deal for McNabb…thanx for everything Buffalo.”

Around the same time, cornerback Drayton Florence tweeted that Aaron Schobel’s career was over.

“another sad day at 1 bills dr Aaron Schobel will announce his retirement today @ 3pm thus guy was a true pro will be missed!!”

What’s odd is that the majority of Bills fans probably wish both were true, especially in Whitner’s case.  Pranks are fun, gentlemen.  However, I don’t think Donte’s fan base will increase after today—and I can only imagine the comments he’s receiving from it.

10 years of no playoffs tends to lessen a Bills fan sense of humor.

Three Reasons The Bills Won’t Take Tebow

  • Posted on April 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

Given the fact he’s quite possibly the most talked about college prospect in the history of the NFL draft, I won’t bore you to tears with how I feel about Tim Tebow.  I’m not going to get into his leadership, pedigree or throwing mechanics… or lack thereof at this present time.

Even though anything with an opinion about Tebow is a lock to get site hits and a slew of comments, I’m refraining from offering any further perspective and since I won’t weigh the merits of selecting him, I’ll leave all the probing and scrutinizing to you.

Instead, I’ll keep it short and sweet.

The Buffalo Bills are not going to draft Tebow—and here are the three reasons why.

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Softball Home Opener To Promote Breast Health Awareness

  • Posted on April 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

The Niagara softball team’s 2010 home opener against archrival Canisius on Saturday, April 3 will be the inaugural “Pitch for Pink” series between the two softball programs. The “Pitch for Pink” games are an effort to bring local awareness to breast cancer.

The softball team will be the third women’s team to promote breast health awareness through games this season.  The doubleheader will have a pink theme, just like the basketball’s “Pink Zone” game and the hockey’s “Pink the Rink” game. Niagara will don pink shirts during the game, while Canisius will wear white shirts with pink lettering.

Several members of the softball team have family members affected by breast cancer. Junior infielder Maggie McDonald’s mother, Michelle McDonald, is a breast cancer survivor and will throw the first pitch to her daughter.
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Mets option rising star back to Buffalo

  • Posted on April 1, 2010 at 7:35 am

The New York Mets announced that they have optioned Fernando Martinez to the Buffalo Bisons.

Martinez, 21, challenged for a big league job by hitting .383 (18-47) with four doubles, two triples, three home runs and 11RBI in 21 spring exhibition games with the Mets. He led New York this spring with nine extra-base hits and 11RBI and was second on the club with 18 hits.

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UB edges Niagara in baseball, 8-6

  • Posted on April 1, 2010 at 7:30 am

The University at Buffalo baseball team edged Big Four rival Niagara, 8-6, in a midweek contest on Wednesday at the Amherst Audubon Field. Reliever Jeff Thompson recorded his first career victory in the Bulls’ win.

In the bottom of the first, the Bulls captured a 1-0 lead as senior Rob Lawler crossed home off a bobbled fielding error by Niagara second baseman Brian Deering.

To start the bottom of the second, senior Charlie Karstedt smacked a leadoff home run to deep center field to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead. With two outs, senior Adam Skonieczki also belted a solo shot, this time to left field, extending the Bulls’ lead to 3-0.

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Canisius stays hot in baseball

  • Posted on April 1, 2010 at 7:00 am

Jumping out to an early 4-0 lead, the Canisius College baseball team rebounded with a 16-4 win at Youngstown State on Wednesday. The Golden Griffins improve to 15-9 on the season.

Sophomore Drew Pettit had a game-high four hits, one of five Golden Griffins with multi-hit days. Senior Perry Silverman was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBI while junior Brian Burton was 2-for-6 with three RBI and a home run.

Four Canisius pitchers saw action on the day, with redshirt freshman Nathan Linseman making his first start of the season. Linseman threw four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Freshman Billy Martin (2-3) allowed one run in three innings of relief.

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