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Canisius & Niagara hate good pitching

  • Posted on May 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Canisius BaseballJunior Steve McQuail hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to give the Canisius College baseball team an 18-17 victory over rival Niagara at the Demske Sports Complex on Wednesday. The Golden Griffins improve to 31-16 overall.

Canisius hit a school-record six homers in the day, with McQuail and senior Shayne Willson each hitting two with Perry Silverman and Brian Burton also hitting a homer. Willson reached base in all six of his plate appearances, to go along with five runs scored. Silverman was 4-for-7 with three runs scored, leading off the game with a homer. Senior Paul Panik was 2-for-5 with four RBI.

Canisius responded to Niagara’s first-inning run with four runs of its own in the bottom of the first. Silverman led off with a homer into the Canisius bullpen in center field. The Griffs then got a two-RBI single from Panik and RBI single from Drew Pettit to take a 4-1 lead.

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Mendola makes on-air debut for WECK tonight

  • Posted on May 5, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Nick MendolaNick Mendola, former WGR-500 radio personality and a friend to Buffalo Sports Daily, is making his debut this evening on 1230 WECK radio.  His show is titled “The Late Nick Mendola”.

It airs from 7-10pm this evening and scheduled guests include Buffalo-born national media personality Luke Russert and University at Buffalo football lineman Peter Bittner among others.

Mendola left WGR in late April after four years with the station. He takes over as an evening sports talk host at WECK on nights that the New York Yankees aren’t playing.  One of the things that most intrigued Mendola about switching positions is the University at Buffalo graduate will be part of WECK broadcasts of UB football and UB women’s basketball.

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Tim Kennedy fondly remembers ESG experience

  • Posted on May 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

Tim Kennedy Buffalo Sports DailyThe name Tim Kennedy is certainly a familiar one to hockey fans in Western New York.  A graduate of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, Kennedy became a left wing mainstay for the Buffalo Sabres this past season.  He was also a member of the Western Region hockey team that won the gold medal in 2002 and 2003.  During the games he scored a total of six goals and assisted on eight others.

Tim played several years of his youth hockey career with the Buffalo Regals, where he led his team with a future teammate at Michigan State, Chris Mueller.  He turned down a contract with the OHL because he wanted to play NCAA hockey.

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Bills have personnel to run hybrid defensive looks

  • Posted on May 5, 2010 at 7:01 am

Kyle WilliamsOne of the chief reasons that new Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey hired George Edwards as his defensive coordinator was because of his experience working in both 4-3 and 3-4 defensive alignments. We’ve known for about three months now that Buffalo would be switching its base alignment from a zone-based 4-3 to the 3-4, but given the sheer magnitude of that undertaking, we’ve also assumed that the team would be sprinkling in 4-3 looks as well.

GM Buddy Nix has focused on quantity this off-season, building competition across virtually every position on his young roster, throwing the proverbial noodles against the wall to see what sticks. As a result, Buffalo has numbers and options defensively, particularly along the defensive line and in the secondary, that should allow them to run 3-4 and 4-3 looks with ease.

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  • Posted on May 5, 2010 at 7:00 am

Chapman recovers to impress in Buffalo

  • Posted on May 5, 2010 at 6:59 am

Arodlis Chapman Buffalo Sports DailyTriple-A, meet triple digits. The Aroldis Chapman radar show made its latest stop this week as the much-discussed defector of Cuba dazzled fans with his cannon left arm en route to earning his second victory of the season when the Louisville Bats knocked off the Buffalo Bisons, 20-7 in an absolute hit-fest this past Monday night.

Despite the hometown Bisons being in first place, the 6,132 fans at Coca-Cola Field watched the lengthy lefty heave his first four pitches 97, 98, 99 and finally 100 mph before giving him an ovation nearly as warm as the heat he delivered to elicit such.

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Grogan earns reputation as fierce synchro competitor

  • Posted on May 5, 2010 at 6:30 am

Jessica Grogan Orchard ParkIt’s not easy to see at first glance, but Jessica Grogan is a fiercely competitive athlete. The Canisius College sophomore and 2008 Orchard Park graduate is among the most dedicated athletes in collegiate synchronized swimming.

In her second year on the Canisius College synchronized swimming team, Grogan continues to demonstrate the devotion and perseverance required to compete among the top athletes in the sport.

Synchronized swimming is true act of athleticism that challenges the body and mind. Competitors painstakingly practice routines to ensure the precision of their actions, because even the most minute misstep will result in a reduction of points. It is for that reason the synchronized swimmers spend 20 hours a week in the pool and countless hours outside the water practicing their techniques and creating masterful routines that exhibit their skills.

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Casting Call: Looking for quality writers

  • Posted on May 5, 2010 at 1:00 am

Buffalo Sports DailyBuffalo Sports Daily is searching for a few aspiring writers and/or columnists looking to build a portfolio and pad their resume by writing about some of the best local athletes and teams that Western New York has to offer.

We’re looking for writers willing to cover college, high school, golf and amateur sports as well as human interest topics.  Our goal is to continue expanding and provide our regular visitors with interesting stories and profiles that go far beyond just the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.

We’re also searching for a gifted columnist or two to pen their own running blog about anything Buffalo sports.

Experience isn’t necessary, but talent is.  If you’d like to get your work published and raise your profile on a website that’s seeing its readership grow on a daily basis, then this is the right gig for you.

If you’re interested in becoming part of the Buffalo Sports Daily team, send an email letter of interest and qualifications to

First place Bisons score walkoff victory

  • Posted on May 5, 2010 at 12:39 am

buffalo bisons logoThe Bisons showed a flare for the dramatic for the second time in three nights with a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Louisville Bats, on Tuesday night from Coca-Cola Field.

The Herd plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning -including the game-winner on a wild pitch- to storm back for their sixth win on their completed eight-game homestand.

Buffalo already showed their ability to win a game in their last at-bat as they scored four runs in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday to beat the Bats, 6-4. Two days later, the Herd used dramatics to re-capture first place in the International League North division.

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