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Ben Tsujimoto

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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.

Squandering three prime scoring chances in the first 10 minutes of a match - then conceding against the run of play - can send a talented team into a foul mood; the resilient squads find a way to recover, while the others self-destruct. Buffalo United Soccer Stars (BUSS) scuffed and scowled through the first 50 minutes of their Tehel Cup quarterfinal against Buffalo Ban…

Ezana Kahsay's athleticism has never been questioned. Not at Buffalo's International Prep, Westside International Soccer, Black Watch Premier, BUSS of the Buffalo & District Soccer League or even college soccer power University of Akron. You could even argue the refugee from African nation Eritrea has the ideal soccer body - he's blessed with long legs, rapid accele…

A month ago, BN Soccer tracked which National Premier Soccer League players in the Midwest Region's Great Lakes East Conference stood out from among their peers in the first half of the season. Now, as the Erie Commodores and Dayton Dynamo prepare for their playoff match-up at 7 p.m. July 22 at Gannon University, it's time to recognize whom we think are the most valuabl…

1) Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, noon to midnight July 21, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 22, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 23 on both sides of the Erie Canal. The festival is free to attend, and you can see the site map here. Commentary: The biggest festival of the weekend straddles Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, where you can order souvlaki – beef or chicken – crafted as you wa…

"Grey's Anatomy" actor Jesse Williams was announced Tuesday as the Undergraduate Student Choice for the 2017-18 University at Buffalo Distinguished Speakers Series, but he had a pressing question on Twitter. https://twitter.com/iJesseWilliams/status/887488697792253952 While Williams' query - perhaps a slight dig at Buffalo stereotypes - drew expected responses such a…

Former Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell announced his retirement from the National Hockey League today, and if there was one specific moment that sticks out from his eight years in Buffalo, it's his thunderous hit on the Philadelphia Flyers' R.J. Umberger in overtime of Game 1 of the 2006 Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Watch the video of that hit, below: https://ww…

It wasn't FC Buffalo's goal this year to play spoiler, but their 3-1 home win Friday over AFC Cleveland - which knocked the defending National Premier Soccer League champions out of the 2017 playoff race - was a storybook ending for a non-playoff team. "It's an incentive," said FC Buffalo head coach Frank Butcher of his team's desire to knock the Royals out. "We want to…

The odds were stacked against Akean Shackleford from the beginning. He was born in a tiny town called Queen Street, but spent his childhood in Savanna-la-Mar, a beach town in Jamaica's Westmoreland Parish, one of the poorest on the island. One-third of the families there lived in poverty in 1998, a relative improvement on the 50 percent six years prior. Lonely Planet…

1) Cobblestone Live!, 2 p.m. until late July 15 and 16 on main Cobblestone District stage, plus performances in Buffalo Iron Works and Lockhouse Distillery. A one-day pass is $25, while admission for both days can be purchased for $45. All ticket details here. Commentary: It's exciting when a brand-new event finally arrives, especially when it's an indie music festival …

Buffalonians eager to see how the Galbani Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival will translate to the Outer Harbor will have to wait a little longer. Originally slated for 11 a.m., the event has been pushed back to 5 p.m. Thursday due to heavy rains and flash flood warnings, the Buffalo Police Department announced on Twitter. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/88551446…

1) Taste of Buffalo, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 8 (Niagara East beer tent stays open until 11), and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 9 in Niagara Square and along Delaware Avenue. The event is free to attend, while tickets used to buy food run for 50 cents apiece, sold in $5 sheets. Commentary: For me, the most exciting thing about the Taste of Buffalo is scouring the menu and then …

The biggest youth soccer club in the City of Buffalo has made a major hire, as Delaware Soccer Club announced Monday that Brendan Murphy would become the organization's new director of coaching, beginning July 7. "I am grateful to Delaware Soccer for granting me the opportunity to take on the role," Murphy said in a statement. "I have great respect for all of the people…

Laura Dougall has never been to Trinidad, but the Caribbean nation has presented her with the opportunity of a lifetime. The starting goalkeeper for the University at Buffalo women's soccer team has been recalled by new Trinidad & Tobago women's national team head coach Carolina Morace for a training camp that begins July 10. The Women Soca Warriors are expected to …

FC Buffalo received bad news just a few hours before their rivalry match with the Erie Commodores: captain and all-time appearances leader Chris Walter would miss the match due to yellow card accumulation. There was debate whether his previously served one-game suspension for a red card would erase any of his earlier bookings this season. It wasn't so. The leadership vo…

Toss aside big-picture discussions - the disappointments of the regular season and the unlikelihood of competing in the postseason - when FC Buffalo hosts the Erie Commodores in the Erie County Derby. The rivalry match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. June 30 ($7 here or $8 at the gate) at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium, is always a spirited affair, transcending win-loss rec…