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Alex Nylander showed why they call him the Snipe Show in Sweden's 3-1 win against Czech Republic in the World Junior Championship Thursday. The Buffalo Sabres prospect capitalized on a power play opportunity early in the third period with a laser from inside the left dot to the top right corner. The puck snuck through a pair of Czech sticks and hit the top corner with s…

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Niagara's Matt Scott has made a clear statement with his performance in non-conference play -- he's one of the more productive scorers in the NCAA. Scott is fifth in Division I basketball in points per game (23.9) entering the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule. He's been tremendously consistent, scoring 20 or more points in 11 straight games and scoring in dou…

Sports

Team USA's practice at New Era Field on Wednesday was a testament to the difficulty of keeping ice in good condition in 12-degree weather. Players and staff placed water bottles over divots in the ice throughout practice, steering skaters away from particularly beat up areas. There were around 10 scattered around the rink when the Zamboni was called out. Defenseman Q…

Bills

The Buffalo Bills' offense has struggled mightily in second halves recently, even in games the team has won. Buffalo hasn't scored a touchdown in the second half in the past five weeks, with the Bills' only post-halftime trip to the end zone coming in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts. The team has been shut out in the third and fourth quarters twice: the Colts ga…

Bills

Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula has publicly added himself to the list of people frustrated about the Kelvin Benjamin overturned touchdown call in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots. "Everybody I talk to, and they're not Bills fans, they're not necessarily anti-Patriots, but they're all baffled by that call," Pegula said Tuesday in an interview with WGR-550. …

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The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. St. Bonaventure men's basketball: Jaylen Adams scored 23 points and played the entire game as the Bonnies defeated Syracuse, 60-57, in overtime. It was St. Bonaventure's first victory against the Orange since 1981 and its first-ever  over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. Th…

Bandits

The Buffalo Bandits signed goalie Zach Higgins to a one-year contract, likely in response to Davide DiRuscio's injury Saturday at the Rochester Knighthawks. Higgins is a five-year veteran of the National Lacrosse League, spending time with the Swarm and Roughnecks. He has a .755 save percentage in 55 career games. Last season he played one game with Calgary, making 34 s…

Sports

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — The Canadians went as far as you can in the 2017 World Junior Championship without leaving victorious. The team was up two goals twice in the gold medal game. Even after losing both leads, the championship was up in the air in the second half of the five-round shootout. One shootout goal was the difference between gold and silver. That made it eve…

Bandits

Two games into the season, it's safe to wonder whether anyone can stop the Rochester Knighthawks. The Buffalo Bandits certainly couldn't Saturday night at Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks put on an offensive showcase and goalie Matt Vinc turned away 55 shots in Rochester's 21-11 victory against the Bandits. Buffalo, which earned an impressive win against Toronto in …

Bandits

The Buffalo Bandits couldn't slow down the Rochester Knighthawks' hot offense or beat stellar goalie Matt Vinc, falling 21-11 to their in-state rival Saturday. The Knighthawks scored the first five goals of the game, chasing goalie Alex Buque early and setting the tone for a busy night of celebration at Blue Cross Arena. Rochester's Dan Dawson led the way with nine p…

Bills

Colton Schmidt has been punting for the Buffalo Bills for four years, but it's safe to say the Bakersfield, Calif., native still isn't an expert on snow. "The last time it snowed in my hometown was 1998," Schmidt said. His lack of experience wasn't obvious in frosty conditions against the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago, especially when it came to his punt in the en…

Bandits

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 a.m. Records: Buffalo 1-0, Rochester 1-0. Last time out: Both the Bandits and Knighthawks are coming off impressive wins in their openers, with Rochester's being the most lopsided. The Knighthawks smothered the Calgary Roughnecks Saturday, as 11 players scored in a 17-6 victory. Buffalo, which had last we…

Bandits

A player ending his or her career with a rival team is jarring to the psyche, at least at first. Think Brett Favre on the Minnesota Vikings or Mike Modano with the Detroit Red Wings. For Buffalo Bandits fans, that's how it will feel Saturday night when Billy Dee Smith suits up in Rochester Knighthawks gear to face the team he played 15 seasons with for the first time. …

Colleges

The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. Cierra Dillard: The UB women's basketball star was three rebounds away from a triple-double in a 76-59 victory against St. Bonaventure on Friday. She had 14 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the first double-double of her career. 2. ECC men's basketball: Shaku…

Colleges

The University at Buffalo's CJ Massinburg has become one of the best players in Mid-American Conference basketball. He's averaging 20 points per game, good for second in the conference, and is arguably UB's best rebounder despite being a guard. UB coach Nate Oats said he recently got a call from an NBA scout about Massinburg. One might expect Oats to say this was all pa…