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All Big 4 women's soccer teams kicked off their 2017 seasons on Friday, but only one of them took home a win in the opener. Canisius was the lone team with a victory Friday night, topping Youngstown State, 1-0, in overtime. Madeline Beaulieu scored the winner in the 103rd minute with an assist from Emily Czechowski. The goal came off a corner kick, which Beaulieu headed…

Mike Roberts has been named the new University at Buffalo head softball coach, UB Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced Thursday. The fourth head coach in team history, Roberts comes from the University of Washington, where he served as the Huskies' pitching coach for the last two seasons. UW went 50-14 last season with Roberts' help, advancing to the College Sof…

Quate J. McKinzie, the University at Buffalo basketball player accused of attempting to strangle his girlfriend and intimidate her, pleaded guilty Thursday in City of Tonawanda Court to a misdemeanor charge of criminal contempt. Tonawanda Judge Mark Saltarelli sentenced McKinzie, 20, to a conditional discharge that requires him to refrain from offensive contact with the…

Canisius High School graduate and first team All-Western New York volleyball selection Devin Joslyn will represent USA Volleyball in the FIVB Boys Under-19 World Championship tournament. The event begins Friday and runs through Aug. 27 in Bahrain, which is situated between the Qatar peninsula and north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. The 6-foot-6 Joslyn is an outside …

University at Buffalo women's swimming and diving head coach Andy Bashor announced Thursday the hiring of Ian Walsh as an assistant coach. Walsh comes from Cal Berkeley, where he spent one season as an assistant. "I want to take this opportunity to welcome Ian Walsh to the UB Swimming and Diving family as the next assistant coach of the program," Bashor said in a releas…

Niagara announced its full 13-game non-conference slate on Thursday, which includes games against Big Ten, Atlantic 10 and West Coast Conference opponents. “We have a challenging out of conference schedule that begins with a traditional rivalry at St. Bonaventure,” Purple Eagles' head coach Chris Casey said in a release. “The Barclays Classic will feature two road…

The University at Buffalo basketball player accused of domestic related charges in July now faces an additional charge. Quate J. McKinzie was booked Thursday on a charge of criminal contempt, a felony. McKinzie, 20, of Amherst made several phone calls to the victim while in custody, Tonawanda City police reported. McKinzie was accused of domestic related charges J…

For Joe Collier, whose connections to Buffalo and the old American Football League go back more than 50 years, this particular loss involved far more than a game. Dick MacPherson died Tuesday in Syracuse, at 86. He earned his greatest fame as head coach at Syracuse University, where he breathed new life into a once-elite program that had fallen off the map. His 1987 Ora…

University at Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson doesn't have to look further than his own family picnics to find motivation for his football career. Johnson is a cousin of NFL stars Jadeveon Clowney and Johnathan Joseph of the Houston Texans and of former Bills safety Jonathan Meeks. "It motivates me," Johnson said Tuesday at UB's preseason media day. "All of us …

Senior linebacker Jarrett Franklin has received the honor of wearing No. 41 for the University at Buffalo football team this season. No. 41 was worn by defensive end Solomon Jackson, who died after a heart-related collapse during a conditioning workout in February 2016. UB coach Lance Leipold started a tradition last year of awarding Jackson’s number to one player eac…

Kiefer Douse, who was voted the team's Most Improved Player by his Canisius College men's basketball teammates last season, has signed a professional contract with the Leicester Riders of the British Basketball League. Douse, a guard from Brampton, Ont., played in all 34 games for the Golden Griffins in 2016-17 and ranked fourth on the team in scoring at 10.9 points per…

During summertime, the heat and humidity are so oppressive and the mosquitoes so unforgiving near the Bayou that it's almost unbearable. Tim Roberts grew up on its fringes and frequently spent the free time of his youth swinging on ropes and dropping himself into waters heavily populated by alligators. It made for quite a feeding frenzy, as you can imagine, but not in …

St. Mary's graduate Leah Meyer of Duke has been selected to the Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball team. Meyer, who will be a junior, earned first team All-ACC last year after leading the Blue Devils in blocks, blocks per set and ranking second in total kills and hitting percentage. Meyer helped St. Mary's go unbeaten during her senior season. Duke…

Stacey Smith, a former volleyball standout at Eden High School who went on to play collegiately at the University of Georgia and Syracuse, was named women’s volleyball coach at Hilbert College Thursday. Smith, 25, had been serving as the Hawks’ top assistant since 2015. “Stacey has shown a passion for coaching the sport over the last few seasons,” said John C…

Canisius College tapped a former player to take over its men's lacrosse program, naming Mark Miyashita as head coach Thursday. Miyashita succeeds Randy Mearns, who stepped down in June after guiding Canisius for 19 seasons and two NCAA Tournament berths to take over as coach of the new men's lacrosse program at St. Bonaventure. Miyashita, the fourth coach in Griffs h…