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Ben Tsujimoto

I'm Ben. I smiled a little too aggressively for my profile picture. I do digital things for The Buffalo News, live off of Hertel and attended Houghton College.


The last time the University at Buffalo women's soccer team won its first Mid-American Conference game came in 2014, when just two of the Bulls current players were part of the squad. Shawn Burke's team reversed recent history with a well-rounded 2-0 win over the Western Michigan Broncos at UB Stadium on Friday. Captains Carissima Cutrona and Julia Benati potted the goa…

The Niagara Purple Eagles men's soccer team is significantly better than its 1-6-1 record indicates. As with most young, inexperienced teams, staying focused for a full 90 minutes has been a challenge - game-altering mistakes occur when minds switch off - but maturation in certain phases can quickly swing a team's trajectory. Bill Boyle's side turned a corner in Niag…

1) Buffalo Beer Week kickoff parties: NYS Fall Beer Fest at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson). Beer Week Opening Gala at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Adam Mickiewicz Library (612 Fillmore Ave.). Ballpark Brew Bash, 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.). Commentary: It's fitting that Buffalo's Beer Week is 10 days long. S…

Bill Boyle's Niagara Purple Eagles have started their non-conference slate in unusual fashion, competing in three tournaments - in Nashville, Tenn; Burlington, VT; and Oneonta, NY - before tussling with James Madison last weekend. Aside from a 2-1 win over Robert Morris University in Oneonta, Niagara has struggled at both ends, scoring a total of four goals in the other…

Upscale Spanish restaurant Aro Bar de Tapas served its last meal on Sept. 16, owners Jeremy and Christina Horwitz announced on the restaurant's Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. "Unfortunately, a combination of serious medical issues and other factors have made it impossible for Aro to remain open," co-wrote the ownership duo. "Over the past 2 years, both of our owner…

There were cartwheels, back-flips and one remarkably smiley picture. The Villa Maria women's soccer team, in just its second year of existence, notched the first win in the history of the college's soccer programs, a 2-0 blanking of SUNY Cobleskill Sunday. The Vikings had lost 12 straight games - and scored just one goal in total - since their formation last fall. Th…

Buffalo State men's soccer head coach Mark Howlett was proud of his team for more than the Bengals' 2-1 win over Medaille; it was the fashion in which his side triumphed. "We've had two good seasons the last two years, but we've never been able to come back from a goal down," Howlett said. "We haven't done it - this is the first time. It's not good. That's what we talke…

Look north to Monteagle Ridge, and you'll see an early success story in Western New York college soccer. The Niagara University women's soccer team has jumped out to a 4-2-1 start before Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play begins Saturday against Monmouth. That's a far cry from the 1-5-1 start to the 2016 campaign, but the explanation for the turnaround is relativel…

"This is going to be a nightmare," John Rivera remembers thinking as he peered at the flashing police lights behind him. The Yonkers, NY, resident and diehard Bills fan had been pulled over near East Rock Park in New Haven, Conn., after shooting photos for his photography business. After presenting his license and registration, Rivera waited nervously in his vehicle …

It's incredibly difficult to start a college sports program from scratch. Villa Maria College is learning that harsh reality, as athletic director Don Silveri confirmed the men's team would not be able to continue its season due to a lack of players. Here's the statement that was sent to alert the opponents' athletic directors and coaches: "I want to make all awar…

Amid all the scrutiny and expectations that accompany multi-million dollar contracts, it's easy to forget Sabres forwards Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart are just kids in their early 20s. With Sabres players returning to Buffalo to prepare for the onset of training camp - the first on-ice practice is Friday - the two talented youngsters made a splash in their means of tran…

No one should wish the ignominy of the Bills' four Super Bowl losses on anyone, but fans of one amateur Gaelic football squad have suffered an even greater plight than Buffalo's football team. Mayo, a county in Ireland along its west coast, has lost three All-Ireland finals since 2012 - a whopping eight since 1989 - without winning a title. The tormented Gaelic Athletic…

1) Resurgence Brewing Oktoberfest, noon to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at 1250 Niagara St. Free to attend. Commentary: One of the best parts of fall? No, not pumpkin spice or apple cider, but stein-hoisting competitions! All those forearm squeezes can pay off. Resurgence's Oktoberfest holds challenges for both men and women on Saturday, plus $10 steins (as you can see from t…

The high school soccer season is three weeks old, and a crop of contenders for the Prep Talk Player of the Year award for boys soccer is taking form. Following in the footsteps of Pa Lu, Troy Brady, Shane Greene and Brandon Galanti, the next player to receive the honor might not be a forward or attacking midfielder. In fact, the first two players on this list - which…

The second day of training camp isn't the only obligation on Jack Eichel's calendar for Sept. 16. The Buffalo Sabres' young star will appear from 4 to 6 p.m. that day at one Dave & Adam's location (8075 Sheridan Drive, Clarence) to sign autographs for fans who spend more than $60 on Eichel Collection Apparel. Tickets, limited to 200 for the two-hour window, can b…