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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges, baseball and hockey for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed an Ironman along with numerous marathons and half marathons.


For four years, everyone wondered if a dynasty was really a good thing for a new league.The Houston Comets had won the first four Women's National Basketball Association titles - three times over the New York Liberty. Could anyone else play this game?The Comets were to the WNBA what the Chicago Bulls were to the NBA in the 1990s. Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes did for w…

His voice is soft and humble. His prizes placed around the corner office at the Buffalo Medical Group like ordinary decorations intended to personalize the doctor's office decor.No, David O'Keeffe doesn't trumpet his competitive running career.He's just a guy who runs, simple as that. Just another piece of daily living fitted among his other endeavors as a sports medicine …

Hawaii or Europe?Decisions, decisions for the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team.The Bonnies were scheduled to play an in-season tournament in Hawaii in 2001-2002. But when new head coach Jan van Breda Kolff swept into town, he gave the team a different option -- spending August on a European tour.Eventually, the team decided to nix its trip to the 50th state (the senio…

Blaise MacDonald bolts for Lowell, Mass., and needs a scheduling favor. Who's the first person he calls?Dave Burkholder, of course.The new Niagara hockey coach agreed to do the old Niagara coach a favor by switching the date of the Purple Eagles game with UMass-Lowell.Instead of traveling to Massachusetts twice -- once at the beginning of the year to play UMass-Amherst and…

He doesn't want to sound bitter. He doesn't want to sound negative, either. But after 25 years as the Canisius College baseball coach, Don Colpoys has some serious concerns about the Griffs' commitment to baseball and to athletics in general.First-year Canisius Athletic Director Tim Dillon announced last month that Mark Notaro, a former Griff infielder who is a 1994 gradua…

By lunchtime Thursday, the question had already been asked.Is he ready?Is Charles Nagy ready to return to the major leagues as the all-star pitcher he once was?If his 8 2/3 shutout innings are any indication, his trip westward on the 90 to Cleveland may come sooner rather than later.Nagy gave up just five hits and two walks while striking out nine to help pace the Buff…

It was a remarkable performance on the mound.Charles Nagy, making his third injury rehabilitation start for the Buffalo Bisons, struck out eight batters, gave up two walks and five hits en route to shutting out the Toledo Mud Hens, 3-0, at Dunn Tire Park today.The 10:35 a.m. start, for the club's annual School Kids Day, saw Buffalo snap a two-game losing streak to Toledo a…

There's usually a joke about getting old when a coach reaches a victory milestone.After all, you can't get to 500 wins unless you've been around for awhile. And Mike Rappl has been around the block a few times at Canisius College.But you also have to be good.In his 21 years as the Griffs' softball coach, the only one in program history, Rappl has had just one losing season…

With just under nine minutes left in the second period, Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr had endured enough of Curtis Brown. So he hugged the Sabre center around the neck and pulled him down to the ice.Both players spent two minutes in the penalty box for roughing.But Brown clearly was the victor."No question, Brownie's been real good for us this playoffs," said Buffalo forward S…

Mark Lewis was a ball player without a team. After spending last season with Cincinnati and Baltimore, Lewis joined spring training late with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Seeing the writing on the wall that he would not make the big club, Lewis asked for his release and went home."My main thing was I wanted to play in the big leagues. I didn't want to swallow my pride. I didn't…

Last spring, Marie Curran crossed Millersport Highway to the outdoor fields at the Amherst Pepsi Center to take in the New York State high school softball hitting competition.It was there the University at Buffalo head coach saw Breanne Nasti, from Baldwin, on Long Island, belt two home runs. So Curran, in the midst of preparing for Buffalo's second season of Division I so…

The Buffalo Bisons apparently have developed a taste for the dramatic.After getting a win in Rochester on Wednesday courtesy of a ninth-inning, two-run double by center fielder Mark Budzinski, the Bisons used a single by Karim Garcia in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 7-6 win over the Richmond Braves on Thursday at Dunn Tire Park.The victory extends the Bisons' winni…

Baseball too often is the forgotten sport among the Big 4 college lineups. As with most schools in the Northeast, building a solid baseball program -- and getting the corresponding attention -- can be challenging, what with all those "ppd, snow" or "ppd, rain," and the long underwear weather early in the season.But on a peculiarly warm Tuesday in Olean, with only two weeke…

The Pittsburgh Penguins do one thing very well -- they score goals.Obviously offense is their strength, right? What with hockey's greatest 1-2 punch in Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, they're certain to work on outgunning their opponents, filling them with fear and awe.But what's this -- Lemieux backchecking?That's him, No. 66, first one back in his own zone, pushing the B…

He's back.Gary Bettman, that is.The National Hockey League commissioner made his first return to Buffalo since the 1999 Stanley Cup finals. You remember. The no-goal game.Feel the love."I'll take your word for it that was the last time I was here," Bettman said. "I don't recall. I'm in a lot of buildings in the course of a season and I try, in the course of a season, to ge…