>Games to watch
* Ready for some hoops? The Big 4 kicks off with home games galore. On the men's side, St. Bonaventure opens the Mark Schmidt era at 7 p.m. Monday versus Binghamton. On Tuesday, UB hosts South Florida at 7 p.m. and Canisius entertains Colgate at 7:30 p.m. On the women's side, Bona opens Friday with a 7 p.m. game against Bucknell. UB hosts Youngstown State at 2 p.m. Sunday; Canisius hosts Colgate at 7 p.m. Monday and Niagara begins the Kendra Faustin era against Youngstown at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
* A men's soccer showdown between the University at Buffalo and Canisius ends the regular season tonight (Wednesday) for both teams. The non-conference game begins at 7 p.m. at UB Stadium. The Griffs are 6-11 overall and finished 5-4 in the MAAC, good enough for fourth place in next week's conference tournament. UB, 9-5-2 overall and at 3-2-0 in the MAC, received a bye into next week's conference semifinals.
* Buffalo State concludes its football season with its annual I-90 Bowl showdown with Brockport. The Bengals are 2-7 and Brockport is 4-5. Game time at Coyer Field is 1 p.m. Saturday.
* Also at Buffalo State this weekend, the Bengals' men's hockey team hosts fifth-ranked Plattsburgh at 7 p.m. Freshman Nick Petriello leads Buffalo State with nine points in six games. He was named the SUNYAC Rookie of the Week for the second time in three weeks.
* St. Bonaventure freshman Chris Stoddard (Southwestern) was named the Atlantic 10 golf rookie of the week. He capped an impressive fall season by being Bona's top finisher at the Old Dominion Seascape Invitational. He fired rounds of 72 and 73 to finish tied for 21st at 5 over par.
* UB junior Mickey Moran and senior Mike Ragusa won their weight classes to kick off the wrestling season at the annual UB Open. Ragusa won four matches by a combined score of 62-19 on this way to capturing the 174-pound title. In the final, Ragusa defeated Don Ross of Clarion, 9-3. Moran took the 184-pound title, pulling out a 4-3 decision in the final over Andrew Silber of American International.
* Canisius softball coach Mike Rappl will be inducted into the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame on Friday. Rappl is in his 20th year as head coach of the Griffs with a career record of 651-362-2. A six-time MAAC Coach of the Year, he has helped Canisius to 11 regular-season conference titles, 10 tournament titles and nine NCAA Division I tourney appearances.
* Buffalo State soccer players Dan Corti and Barb Kiliszek (Lancaster) were recognized as Third Team All-Conference selections by the State University of New York Athletic Conference. Corti, a junior goalkeeper, helped the Bengals to an 8-6-4 overall record and an appearance in the SUNYAC playoffs, posting a 1.01 goals against average and four shutouts. Kiliszek, a freshman, led the team with 11 goals and 25 points in 18 games.
* For the second straight year, Niagara's Brittany Bisnott was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Women's Soccer First Team as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team member, the senior from Ontario carries a 4.03 GPA in criminology and criminal justice.