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Chapman on display as Bisons get battered, 20-7

  • Posted on May 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm

buffalo bisons logoMonday night at Coca-Cola Field was billed as the first look for Buffalo sports fans of mega-prospect Aroldis Chapman. It was, however, the Bats’ offense that stole the show.

Louisville scored more runs than any opponent ever has at the downtown home of the Bisons by plating 20 runs in a 20-7 victory over Buffalo. The Bats scored in each of the first eight innings, including a six-run fifth inning and five-run sixth.

The previous high for runs by a visiting team was set by Pawtucket in 18-6 win over the Herd on April 20, 1998. Louisville’s 24 base hits also set a Coca-Cola Field record for an opponent.

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Quinn’s cutting eight ECC programs draws anger

  • Posted on May 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

ECC GOLFJack Quinn, President at Erie Community College, recently decided to eliminate eight long established sports programs at the school in what’s widely being regarded as a detested move that threatens to send a large number of the school’s athletes scrambling to find new institutions to play for.

The eight sports soon to be eliminated are men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track, cross country and golf.

Quinn became the school’s tenth president in April 2008.  In less than two years the former Congressman is undeniably leaving his mark. Unfortunately it’s one that has numerous student-athletes among others raving mad.

These cuts, which become effective in the 2010-11 school year, make absolutely no sense at all, according to an ECC team head coach I spoke to. The eight combined sports eliminated account for just a little over $40 thousand dollars, according to a US Department of Education website.

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Sabres Free Agents: Who’ll be back?

  • Posted on May 3, 2010 at 9:51 am

As tough and seemingly premature as it is, Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier now has to turn his full attention to improving a team that won their division but bowed out of the playoffs after just six games.

A few heads may roll because of the Sabres postseason offensive implosion.  Tim Connolly and Derek Roy were exceedingly underwhelming and one or both could be dealt, along with chronic underachiever Drew Stafford.

The organization will try to add at least one forward via free agency and/or trade and possibly a defenseman to quarterback the power play.  But before Regier puts his focus elsewhere, he must first figure out what to do with his own free agents.

Buffalo has eight unrestricted free agents heading into the summer.  Here is a list of them and a quick evaluation of each player’s chances of returning.

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Bisons take over division lead with walkoff win

  • Posted on May 3, 2010 at 8:26 am

buffalo bisons logoFirst place belongs to the Buffalo Bisons.

The Herd took sole possession of the top spot in the International League North division with a thrilling 6-4, 10-inning victory over the Louisville Bats on Sunday afternoon from Coca-Cola Field. Chris Carter’s two-run walk-off home run capped a dramatic comeback as Buffalo collected its fourth consecutive victory.

The Bisons entered the game even with Syracuse with a 14-9 record, but the Chiefs lost 6-3 to Columbus. The last time the Herd was alone in first place was July 16, 2007 when they were 51-38.

Buffalo’s climb to the top on Sunday wasn’t easy, especially as the Bats took a 4-2 lead in the top of the 10th inning on Juan Francisco’s two-run home run. Surprisingly, it was a pair of hustle plays that got the Herd’s potent offense started.

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Regan, Young, Secky capture NYS Player of Year honors

  • Posted on May 3, 2010 at 7:00 am

High School Sports Buffalo Sports dailyThe New York State boy’s basketball All-State teams are out and Western New York is especially well represented.  Of the five class divisions, three represent an athlete from New York being named its respective Player of the Year.

Will Regan (Nichols) is the state’s Class-A Player of the Year while Darale Young (Middle College) captured the same honor in Class-C and Chris Secky (Maple Grove) in Class-D.

Regan and Secky were recently named the Western New York Co-Players of the Year by the Buffalo News.

Both Secky and Regan finished their careers by eclipsing the 2,000 point plateau.  Secky finished with 2.067 points, good for ninth all-time in Western New York while Regan ended with 2,008. Both were key members for their state championship winning teams.

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