Dean Eoannou admits he had his doubts at first. Wendy Casey was a UB freshman when she walked into his boxing gym at Clark Hall back in 2003, looking for a competitive outlet and a way to lose weight. She was sweet, but maybe too sweet. "When she first came to the gym, she was making cupcakes and stuff," Eoannou recalled. "I wouldn't put her in the ring. I said, 'This g…

Nov. 30, 1935-Jan. 19, 2017 Whether he was pitching for Riverside High School or on the mound for Syracuse University, Thomas S. Hallett was a standout throughout the 1950s. Good enough to sign with the Boston Red Sox, he would pitch seven years in the minor leagues and eventually go on to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. Hallett, 81, died Thursday at…

New Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has contributed to coaxing the best out of a selection of NFL quarterbacks that ranges from bad to good, with plenty in between. As the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos (two stints) and Houston Texans, Dennison worked closely with offensive-minded coaches Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak. Quarterbacks who operated i…

Leave it to David Bondrow and the Lancaster Opera House to give us something unexpected. The director’s latest production is another in a string of conceptual approaches for the typically conservative venue. Frederick Knott’s 1952 thriller “Dial ‘M’ For Murder,” now onstage through Feb. 4, remains a tame, formulaic murder-mystery for the ages, but in Bondrow…

The new commissioner of the National Lacrosse League has been on the job for a couple of weeks more than a year. Maybe Nick Sakiewicz will get to take a breath at some point. But it probably won't happen soon. "It didn't feel like there was an offseason. I don't think there is an offseason," Sakiewicz said during a visit to Buffalo Saturday to watch the Bandits play …

When immigration officials denied asylum to Noorullah Aminyar, his lawyer predicted almost certain torture and death upon the Afghan solider’s return home. “The blood will be on the hands of the U.S. government,” Buffalo attorney Matthew Borowski said at the time. A year later, Aminyar remains at the Federal Detention Center in Batavia, still fighting his d…

Although it's closing in on two years since the Rochester Lancers - an organization that drew some of its talent from the Buffalo area - ceased operations, there's still a bit of a local influence in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL), the highest level of indoor soccer in the country. The Syracuse Silver Knights represent the closest team to Western New York, and for…

Riding the momentum from a buzzer-beating three by Cierra Harrison, Cardinal O’Hara outscored visiting Jamesville-DeWitt 13-4 in overtime to take down the defending state Class A champions, 66-57, on Saturday afternoon. Harrison’s trey enabled the Hawks, ranked third among state Class AA teams, to improve to 4-0 since star guard Anndea Zeigler went out of the lineup…

No quarter-life crisis has afflicted Buffalo United Artists, the plucky Buffalo theater company now celebrating its 25th anniversary with charming a production of Mark Gerrard's comedy "Steve." The show, appropriately, deals with the ravages of age. And it sits right in BUA's sweet spot, combining a dash of soap opera with a pinch of sitcom and a touch of camp to p…

Good for David Oliver for having enough faith in Mary Shelley's original "Frankenstein" to let her creation speak. In adapting the original story for the Road Less Traveled stage, Oliver bypassed 200 years of rewrites that turned the anguished creature into a mute and macabre monster. Instead, the "Frankenstein" that stalks RLTP gives voice to both our better and ou…

Jack Capuano was fired in Brooklyn last week, a victim of the New York Islanders' woeful free agent summer. After winning a playoff series for the first time in 23 years, the Brooklynites' new ownership group got an eyeful from General Manager Garth Snow. Gone were Kyle Okposo (Sabres), Frans Nielsen (Detroit) and Matt Martin (Toronto). Replacing them with Andrew Ladd a…

By Susan Chira and Yamiche Alcindor WASHINGTON – The day after what many had assumed would be the inauguration of the nation’s first female president, hundreds of thousands of women flooded the streets of the capital and cities across the country in organized and at times jubilant rallies against the man who defeated her. It was the kickoff for what its leaders h…

Reading, taking uncomfortable naps, watching television and visiting the bar are common ways to waste time waiting for a flight to board. Buffalo's Shemika Charles, a two-time Guinness Book of World Records holder for the limbo, stays a bit more limber during her pre-flight routine. Her low-slung adventure under chairs in the waiting area of a Philadelphia airport earli…

LOCKPORT - Tony L. Moore hid 1.75 ounces of cocaine in a box of frozen pierogies. Now he is going to prison for  five years for that felony and two others. Moore, 35, was arrested July 28, 2015, when police executed a search warrant at his Niagara Avenue home in Niagara Falls and found the cocaine in the pierogies in the freezer. They also found an unlicensed, loaded …

Hundreds of people, women and men and some children, marched in Buffalo to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, as thousands marched in Washington, D.C., across the nation and in cities around the world.