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UB’s Dan Bishop Returns Home To Continue Recovery

  • Posted on April 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm

University at Buffalo wrestler Dan Bishop, who suffered a life-threatening spinal injury at the Mid-American Conference Championships in early March, returned to his home in Whitehall, NY today.

Bishop was released from the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady today where he has stunned – and won over – staff with his rapid recovery. From the time he arrived there in mid-March, Bishop has gone from standing with help, to walking with a walker and now is walking on his own.

“Yesterday I walked 45 minutes without a walker,” said Bishop. “It kicked my butt, but I was really happy to go that far. I feel great and have no pain at all, outside of getting tired pretty quickly.”

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Griffs’ McQuail Named ECAC Player of the Week

  • Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Chad McQuialCanisius College junior Steve McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.) earned his second award in as many days when he was named the ECAC Division I Player of the Week. McQuail was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

In five games last week, McQuail hit .562 (9-for16) with 10 runs scored, three home runs, 15 RBI, a .619 on-base percentage and a 1.250 slugging percentage. The junior had two home runs in the 22-2 win at Saint Peter’s on Saturday. McQuail also had a tie-breaking grand slam in the fifth inning of Sunday’s 13-4 win over the Peacocks.

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Trio Of Blue Chippers Have Visited Bills

  • Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:14 am

In a report published by Scout.com senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson, he reveals that the Buffalo Bills have had a trio of first round prospects visit with the team over the past week; offensive tackles Russell Okung and Charles Brown as well as defensive end/linebacker Jason Paul-Pierre.

All three visits come across as curious given their draft stature and considering  the Bills hold the ninth pick with none a likely destination at that spot.

Okung is almost certain to be the first tackle taken in the draft and will almost certainly get gobbled up by Washington with the fourth pick.  Regardless if he’s a Redskin or not, there’s no way he’ll be on the board at nine.

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NFL player agents a roadblock for rookie wage scale?

  • Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:43 am

Matthew StaffordOnce upon a time, paying rookies high salaries and bonuses was a necessary part of doing business in the NFL. That was back in the days when the NFL actually had to compete for football players.

When the AFL came into existence and started offering rookies higher salaries to play in their League, they were able to steal some marquee players away from the NFL. As the AFL grew in strength and started putting a competitive product on the field, the NFL Owners were forced to do one of two things: Pay higher salaries, or do what many big corporations in America do; buy out your competitor and merge the companies. We know how that story ended.

The USFL and the World Football League, in their brief tenures, were able to attract some rookies – with NFL talent – and pay them enough money to play for their league, but by that time it was too late, the NFL had already grown too powerful – due in large part to the anti-trust exemption they received from Congress. We all know how the USFL and WFL ended.

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Five Free Agents Buffalo Should Target Post-Draft

  • Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

Unless you’re the New York Jets and Santonio Holmes falls from the sky into your lap, the rest of the NFL front offices and coaching staffs are firmly entrenched and focused on the upcoming draft.  Buddy Nix, Tom Modrak and the rest of the Buffalo Bills brass are working meticulously on their final board, making that list and checking it twice.

This is annually the time of year when free agents who’ve actually performed in the league and weren’t gobbled up in the first month of shopping season are forced to wait impatiently for their phone to ring.  In many ways after years of service, it’s like waiting to be drafted all over again.

Take former Bills receivers Terrell Owens and Josh Reed.  Quite obviously they are talented enough to find employment, yet with barely a week before the draft remain with no team to play for.  Neither guy is ready to retire and become the next analyst for ESPN- Albuquerque, so they wait… and wait… and wait.

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Carpenter first UB diver ever to earn All-American honors

  • Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:21 am

Meili Carpenter UBUniversity at Buffalo diver Meili Carpenter became the first swimmer/diver in the school’s Division-I history to earn All-America status, after an outstanding performance at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving meet where she placed in the top 16 in the country in both the one and three-meter events.

Carpenter was named All-America honorable mention after placing 11th in the three-meter dive and 12th in the one-meter event at the 2010 NCAA meet, held at Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center on March 8-10. The top eight finishers in each event are named All-America, while ninth through 16th place finishers earn All-America honorable mention. Carpenter is the first swimmer/diver to accomplish this feat in UB’s Division-I era, and only the second female at UB to do so, the first being Shelly Hamilton in 1998.

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