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Bills sign undrafted guard Cordaro Howard

  • Posted on May 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Cordaro Howard Buffalo Sports DailyThe Buffalo Bills have signed an undrafted free agent with ties to former Georgia Tech and current Bills head coach Chan Gailey.  Offensive guard Cordaro Howard is a two-time All-ACC selection for the Yellow Jackets and was recruited to the school while Gailey served as head coach.

The 6-foot-4, 314-pounder will get a legitimate chance to compete for a roster spot behind starting guards Andy Levitre and Eric Wood.

In 2009 Howard helped anchor a Georgia Tech line that finished the season ranked first in the ACC in total offense, rushing yards per game and points scored per game.  During his college career Howard started 33 games.

Howard was the 18th ranked guard entering the draft, according to Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown.

Former NBA guard Michael Adams joins Bona staff

  • Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Michael Adams St. BonaSt. Bonaventure men’s basketball head coach Mark Schmidt announced on Tuesday that former 11-year NBA veteran Michael Adams will join the staff as an assistant coach.

“We’re fortunate to have a person of Mike’s caliber join our staff,” said Schmidt. “Mike’s resume as a coach coupled with his career in the NBA bring instant credibility to our program. Mike is the type of guy that will impact our team on the court and help us on the recruiting trails. Just as important as his basketball knowledge, Mike is a genuine person who has been a friend of mine for over 25 years. It’s exciting to have coach Adams join our basketball family here at St. Bonaventure.”

A familiar face in the Washington, D.C. region, Adams spent last season as the head coach of Archbishop Carroll High School in D.C., two seasons (2005-07) as an assistant coach under Gary Williams at Maryland, one year as the head coach of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics (2004), and four of his 11 seasons in the NBA as a player with the Washington Bullets (1986-87 and 1991-94).

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Grading The Bills Draft — Three Years Later

  • Posted on May 4, 2010 at 11:57 am

Marshawn Lynch Buffalo Sports DailyOne of my biggest pet peeves among sports print and online publications is seeing NFL drafts graded a mere 24-48 hours after that year’s picks are concluded.  I learned a painful lesson back in 2006 while writing a blog for Fox Sports.   Just days after the Buffalo Bills were done selecting the likes of Donte Whitner, John McCargo, Ashton Youboty and Ko Simpson…  I specifically remember penning a column stating the Bills just had their best draft in over a decade.

Obviously my assessment was erroneous and upon reflection, I’m quite embarrassed by it.

The unwritten rule of thumb to grading drafts is to wait three years before evaluating how an organization did. Going by said rule—that makes it the proper time to break down the Buffalo Bills 2007 draft.

After reading, you’ll see my grades aren’t quite as generous as they were in 2006.  The Bills had seven picks in 2007 and failed to hit a single home run.  In fact, I’m hard pressed to call one (Paul Posluszny) a triple.

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The case against Lindy Ruff

  • Posted on May 4, 2010 at 7:00 am

Lindy RuffLast Thursday  the Buffalo Sabres announced that they had picked up the option on head coach Lindy Ruff’s contract, extending the longest tenured coach in the NHL for another season.  Additionally, the team stated that general manager Darcy Regier would remain in his position for another year.

Unfortunately for me, the announcement came only a day after I had written an article decrying Regier’s job as GM with an argument against Ruff on the way.

Ruff has been with the Sabres since July 2, 1997 and has coached 984 games with the franchise, the third-longest tenure of any coach with one team. His 483 wins with the Sabres is fourth-best for a coach with one team, trailing Toe Blake (Montreal) by 17 for third.

Since Ruff became the Sabres coach in 1997 there has been 153 coaching changes in the NHL, a number sure to grow again.

Although the point is now moot, here’s why Buffalo made a mistake in extending Lindy— at least in this author’s opinion.

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Canisius Hockey Announces Postseason Award Winners

  • Posted on May 4, 2010 at 6:31 am

Cory Conacher CanisiusThe Canisius College hockey team recently recognized its 2009-10 award winners at the program’s annual postseason banquet.

Junior Cory Conacher (Burlington, Ontario) was named the Team MVP following a record-setting campaign. The Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year, Conacher recorded 53 points, 20 goals, 33 assists, seven power-play tallies and five game-winning scores. His 53 points, 33 assists and five game-winning goals are all school-record totals, while his 20 goals rank third in the program’s history.

Conacher finished the season ranked second in the country with 1.51 points per game and was the only player to rank in the top 15 nationally in both goals and assists per game. Conacher was also presented the Top Forward Award, the Three Stars of the Night Award, and the Top Scorer Award.

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Buffalo State College honors its best

  • Posted on May 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

buff state logoThe Buffalo State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recognized its major award winners last nigiht at its annual awards banquet on campus at the Social Hall in the Campbell Student Union.

Top honors went to Nicole Sabuda (Orchard Park/Orchard Park) and Willie Hordge (Houston, TX/Forrestbrook), who received the Ruth Houston and Hube Coyer Awards for outstanding career athletic accomplishments by female and male athletes, respectively.  Sabuda  also took home the Bengal Award for Female Athlete of the Year.

Sabuda closed out her outstanding career by leading the Bengals to a SUNYAC Championship and to within just one game of advancing to the program’s first College World Series.  In 2009, Sabuda was a first team All-NFCA All-American, SUNYAC Co-Player of the Year, All-SUNYAC and MVP of the SUNYAC Tournament.  She was second on the team with a .331 batting average and 37 RBIs.  She also led the team with 11 doubles and hit six home runs.  In addition to playing almost every position on the field, she posted a team-best 14-2 record as a pitcher with a 1.81 ERA and 81 strikeouts.  For her career, she finished with a .298 batting average, 34 doubles, 15 home runs, 101 RBIs.  In the circle, she was 43-13 with a 1.63 ERA with 10 shutouts and 210 strikeouts.  A two-time All-SUNYAC and All-Region honoree, she ranks in the following school record categories: 151 at-bats in a single season (3rd), 57 pitching starts (3rd), 43 pitching wins (3rd), and 10 shutouts (3rd).

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