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UB Adds Three Players During Spring Signing Period

  • Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

UB BasketballUniversity at Buffalo men’s basketball head coach Reggie Witherspoon has announced the signing of three more players for the 2010-11 season. Auraum Nuiriankh (Baltimore, MD/Arundel/Charis Prep), Jarod Oldham (Decatur, IL/Eisenhower) and Corey Raley-Ross (Charlotte, NC/Harding) will join the Bulls next season along with November signees Cameron Downing (Tulsa, OK/Memorial) and Javon McCrea (Newark, NY/Newark).

Nuiriankh is a 6-5, 195-lb. swingman from Baltimore. He played at Charis Prep in North Carolina last season for head coach Carlos Peralta where he averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game. He helped lead Charis to a 35-6 record last season. He graduated from Arundel High School in his hometown of Baltimore, MD where he played for Jeff Starr. He averaged 20 points per game his senior season en route to earning Baltimore Sun All-Anne Arundel County First Team honors. He participated in the Charm City Challenge in the Baltimore vs. United States game.

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Williamsville’s Lipsitz Leads Penn State to NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship

  • Posted on May 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

LipsitzLed by a match-high nine blocks from Williamsville native Max Lipsitz, the Penn State men’s volleyball team swept Cal. State- Northridge in the semi-final championship of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Final Four, 30-21, 30-23, 30-28, on Thursday night.
Lipsitz, a six-foot-seven middle hitter and 2006 Williamsville North graduate, was named a First Team All-American this season and the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Player of the Year.
Tom Comfort, a 2009 Orchard Park graduate, is an opposite hitter for the Nittany Lions. The freshman was a Second Team All-American his senior year at Orchard Park and helped the Quakers to a 34-0 undefeated state championship.

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Leonard to transfer out of Bona basketball program

  • Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

St. Bona LogoSt. Bonaventure men’s basketball head coach Mark Schmidt announced on Friday morning that junior Lewis Leonard (Philadelphia, Pa./Frankford) will not return for the 2010-11 season.

“It’s unfortunate that Lewis will not complete his career at St. Bonaventure, but I respect his decision to transfer” said Schmidt. “We wish him the best of luck with his future in basketball, school and in life. He has been a tremendous teammate during his time with our program and I’m proud of the way he’s finished the semester in the classroom.”

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Leonard saw time in nine games in 2009-10, averaging 0.9 points and 0.7 rebounds in his first year as a Bonnie after transferring from San Bernardino Valley College.

Schefter: Buffalo Bills want Gaither

  • Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

jared gaitherESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing NFL sources, is reporting via Twitter that the Baltimore Ravens are still expected to trade OT Jared Gaither prior to the start of the season - and that the Buffalo Bills are the leading suitor.

Schefter’s tweet in full: “NFL sources still expect Ravens OT Jared Gaither to be traded before season and Bills are most likely destination - they want him.”

Schefter’s ESPN cohort, Tim Graham, has embellished the report, claiming that the Bills have been “aggressively pursuing Gaither behind the scenes.”

Buffalo’s roster is currently devoid of top talent at the tackle position, and as it stands right now, Demetrius Bell, Jamon Meredith, Jason Watkins and rookie Ed Wang would all stand at least a small chance of being the opening-day starter at left tackle. Bell, thanks to his eight starts on the left side, is the most experienced option among that group.

Reports circulated prior to the 2010 NFL Draft that the Ravens were seeking a second-round pick for the 6′9″, 330-pound Gaither, whom the team has moved to right tackle to make way for Michael Oher on the blind side. Gaither had been Baltimore’s left tackle for the past two seasons. It’s unclear what sort of compensation they are seeking now.

Gaither, 24, a restricted free agent, was tendered at the first-round level in March. Whichever team acquires him will need to get a contract extension in place for him as well.

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Buffalo Sabres sign Nick Crawford

  • Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced  the Sabres have signed defenseman Nick Crawford to a three-year entry level contract. The Sabres selected Crawford in the sixth round (164th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.

Crawford (6’1”, 183 lbs., shoots left, 2/23/1990) led all Ontario Hockey League defensemen in scoring this season, finishing with career highs in points (70), assists (59) and goals (11) in 68 games with the Barrie Colts and Saginaw Spirit. Crawford was named to the OHL’s First All-Star Team, and finished second in voting for the OHL’s Defenseman of the Year. In addition, Crawford was selected as the league’s Best Offensive Defenseman in the annual OHL Coaches Poll.

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