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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.


Sports

It wasn't supposed to end this way for Breanna Knight. The Buffalo State Bengals' winger returned to the fold following the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance, her sterling career record of 39-13-9 and selection to the All-SUNYAC first team glistening reminders of recent success. But after an 0-5 start to conference play and a 3-9-1 record overall in 2017, a …

Music

Eminem erupted in the Twittersphere for his anti-Donald Trump cypher, prerecorded then unveiled Tuesday at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, where the rapper did not mince words in expressing his beliefs on the present political state. Overshadowed by the national reaction to Eminem's passionate clip was a second video of Buffalo hip-hop artists Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine …

Gusto

Roughly a month ago, Tim Hortons' Buffalo locations were the first in the country to roll out shiny new espresso machines that create a more legitimate latte, where milk is steamed until frothy and the espresso is more potent than the previously tepid mix. Is the espresso as high quality as the creations of Buffalo's New Wave coffee establishments? Probably not. Is it b…

Gusto

1) HRVST Festival, 1 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $25 for a limited time with the code "EATRITE," but are otherwise $55 in advance and increase to $65 day-of. Commentary: The stage is set - albeit in a new location - for the inaugural HRVST Festival, a seven-band indoor show presented by 103.3 FM The Edge in RiverWorks. Frenc…

Sports

Since beating Cortland in SUNYAC play in 2013, Buffalo State's recent history against the Red Dragons has been memorable - and not in a good way. The Red Dragons have ended the Bengals' last two seasons in the conference playoffs; Buffalo State had dropped five straight against Saturday's foe, four by shutout. Despite the foreboding history, Mark Howlett's Bengals we…

Sabres

The popularity of team Twitter accounts has added another dimension to following a hockey game. The social media voices of professional sports franchises are now increasingly ripe with personality; they inform, engage, promote and - occasionally - banter. Spurred by the Los Angeles Kings' pioneering of the trend, many National Hockey League teams are on board, seeking t…

Music

Due to production issues, the debut of 103.3 The Edge and After Dark Entertainment's HRVST Festival has been moved from the Cumulus radio station's grounds to Buffalo RiverWorks, at 359 Ganson St. The music, food and beer event, slated for 1 p.m. Oct. 14, features an impressive lineup of bands: Phoenix, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Manchester Orchestra, Joywave, Pvr…

#viralWNY

For those who've explored Canalside this week, a tubular structure covered in tarp has piqued curiosities. A representative from Canalside has explained that a Sabres Goal Light has been constructed between HarborCenter and the Courtyard Marriott, courtesy of Try-It Distributing and Budweiser. The red lights situated atop a tower roughly 20-feet tall will be activate…

Gusto

1) Ellicottville Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 7 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Village of Ellicottville (Monroe Street). Festival is free to attend, although there's a cover for entrance to Ellicottville Brewing Co. Commentary: Ellicottville is gorgeous in the fall, but that's just part of the reason why the village's fall festival is a wild time. …

Soccer

Look out, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Canisius Griffins are flying. The Griffs men avoided the drama of their first two conference matches with a 5-0 trouncing of Niagara University in the annual Battle of the Bridge rivalry meeting Wednesday at Demske Sports Complex. The Griffins haven't lost to the Purple Eagles since 2013 - they're now 2-0-2 in that span …

Soccer

Eight Australians, six Englishmen, four Scots, two Spaniards, one Nigerian and one Irishman. That international contingent makes up 22 of the 30 roster spots - and often nine of the 11 starters - on Micky Blythe's Medaille Mavericks, who came one win shy of reaching the NCAA Tournament last fall. It's not that Blythe is against recruiting Western New York - he stress…

Music

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is no stranger to the Buffalo area, but it's still exciting when a rock legend books a show here. Dylan will stop at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.) for a show with opener Mavis Staples. Tickets, ranging in price from $52.50 to $119.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 6. They'll be available online at…

Soccer

It wasn't pretty, but the Fredonia men's soccer team earned a hard-fought point in a 1-1 draw versus Buffalo State on Saturday at Coyer Field. Less than two minutes after Buffalo State's August Finn broke a scoreless second-half deadlock by lifting a rebound over committed Fredonia goalkeeper Ty Bentham, Blue Devils' sophomore Matt Belardi pounced on a Bengals mistake a…

Soccer

It's common for parents and fans to wonder why a certain player isn't seeing big minutes. In many cases, coaches' reasons extend far beyond the player's ability on the soccer field. In Robert Williamson's first two seasons at Buffalo State, the defender started just 15 of 38 games, appearing in 26 altogether, although many in spot duty. Entering college, the Fishkill, N…