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PITTSBURGH – St. Bonaventure knew what was coming Friday against Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals. It wasn’t as if Rams coach Danny Hurley had some secret game plan stashed away in a vault at the Federal Reserve. Plan A: Get the ball inside. Plan B: See Plan A. Rhode Island flexed its muscles and exploited its distinct advantage before …

CLEVELAND -- Felisha Legette-Jack wasn't exactly overwhelmed by Stephanie Reid's physical gifts when Reid arrived at UB as a freshman in December of 2014, just a few weeks after graduating from high school in her native Melbourne, Australia. "She couldn't shoot the ball well," UB's head coach recalled Thursday. "She was really undersized. But there was something about h…

PITTSBURGH – Mark Schmidt stood before his players in preparation for Massachusetts and shared his theory on the defense geared specifically to stopping Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley. Really, no matter how effective, the message from UMass was an affront to everyone else in the program. “It’s telling those other three kids: ‘You stink,’ Schmidt said. “It’s …

PITTSBURGH – Mark Schmidt laughed about the possibility Saturday after watching his team struggle in a victory over Massachusetts. He was asked about the advantage teams gain when playing early in the Atlantic 10 tournament over teams earning a bye based on their record. Davidson played an early game last year and carried its competitive edge into its second game be…

Well, we're into March, a great month for sports fans. College basketball tournaments have begun. So has baseball's spring training. The NBA and NHL playoff races are heading into the stretch run. Pro golfers are gearing up for the Masters. So what's the biggest issue in the mail this week? The NFL Combine, of course. People can't get enough of the NFL. They're obses…

ALLEGANY – OK, so the victory was hardly one for the ages. Mark Schmidt isn’t going to waste time scouring video of the Massachusetts game Saturday to show at the postseason banquet. The Bonnies grabbed an unsightly win, secured a bye and turned their attention to next week. In that sense, they arrived at their intended goal with a 60-56 victory over a stubborn UMas…

UB honored its seniors Friday evening with a brief ceremony before playing Bowling Green in Alumni Arena, so it would be appropriate to start with them. None of the five has ever lost a Mid-American Conference tournament game, and they would like to keep it rolling when the stakes are raised next week in Cleveland. Seniors Blake Hamilton, Willie Conner, Raheem Johnson a…

UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball quickly evolved into one of the nation’s best players and a likely finalist for Player of the Year. He’s a 6-foot-6 point guard, a complete player who was averaging 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game. He’s a certain NBA lottery pick, a baller. If you haven’t heard of him, just ask his father. LaVar Ball has been running h…

March Madness, the best time of the year for college basketball fans, has finally arrived. Actually, it began before the calendar flipped. The Atlantic Sun and Big South began their conference tourneys early this week. On Thursday, the MAAC Tournament starts in Albany. On March 16 and 18 (Thursday-Saturday), the KeyBank Center will host first- and second-round NCAA men'…

Quite a tease, the Sabres. They win three in a row to draw close to a playoff spot, then lose three straight, including back-to-back losses to the worst teams in the league. But all we heard was how the poor Sabres had to play at high altitude in Denver the first game back from the bye. True, the bye has hurt teams. That doesn't explain the third-period collapse in Ariz…

Tim Murray had an easy time immediately after he was named Sabres general manager in 2014 because he was taking over a team in ruins. His job called for making a terrible team worse and rebuilding the Sabres from scratch with the idea they would be better in the long run. Murray continued dismantling the roster and made sure the Sabres finished in last with a series of …

With five final words to her husband, she stayed true to her selfless spirit until drawing her last breath. John McFall is convinced his wife, Andrea, knew she was in trouble, that her organs were shutting down and the end was near, when the medical staff whisked her to the operating room. “Tell them I love them,” she said. McFall had been with his wife since the…

The decision would have been much easier when the calendar flipped to December and Evander Kane’s scoring slump reached a dozen games. He was an unproductive winger with a troubled past, making him trade bait assuming the Sabres could find a team foolish enough to take him. In truth, they had no better option. Kane’s stock had reached an all-time low after he was ch…

Several days have passed since former WNBA star Candice Wiggins revealed she was targeted by other players for being openly heterosexual (and popular) during her career. She claimed she was bullied by players who enforced different rules for her in an effort to get her to conform. Wiggins’ accusations ran Monday in the San Diego Union-Tribune. She stood by her comment…