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The Buffalo Bandits have acquired defenseman Reid Acton from the Georgia Swarm for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2019 National Lacrosse League Draft, the team announced Monday. The Bandits also signed forward Bryce Brochu to a one-year deal, pending league approval. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Acton was taken 21st overall in the third round of the 2013 draft. He'…

Niagara was slotted fourth in the MAAC preseason poll, behind defending regular season and tournament champion Fairfield, Quinnipiac and Marist. This is the highest the Purple Eagles have been picked in the preseason since being slotted second in 2012. Niagara received 69 votes in the preseason coaches' poll, compared to Marist's 73, Quinnipiac's 84 and Fairfield's 98. …

2016 champions: Singles: Eileen Wang, Williamsville North; Doubles: Kristen Zablonski and Lauren Karoglan, Orchard Park; All-Catholic singles: Zoey Liu, Buffalo Seminary; All-Catholic doubles: Carly Coppola and Amanda Schmiel, Nardin; Lancaster (ECIC), Sacred Heart (Monsignor Martin A Division), St. Mary's (Monsignor Martin B Division) The area’s best player won’t p…

Brothers from St. Joe's took home gold at the Royal Canadian Henley last weekend in Ontario. Charlie and Jack Pratt, of Grand Island, won gold while competing with St. Catherine's, their summer rowing team out of Ontario. Jack is a rising sophomore at St. Joe's. He raced in the U17 Coxed 4 and the U17 8. The St. Catharine's U17 8 won gold over teams from Argonaut Ro…

Nichols grad Emily Janiga was taken in the Canadian Women's Hockey League Draft on Sunday by the Vanke Rays. The center was taken in the fifth round with the 35th overall pick. Janiga graduated from Nichols in 2012 and played four seasons for women's college hockey powerhouse Mercyhurst. She was named the 2015 College Hockey America Player of the Year after leading t…

Joe Kelly, the father of Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, died Monday. Jim Kelly posted about his father's passing on Instagram, including the following caption underneath a picture. “Words cannot possibly describe how much I loved my father and how deeply broken-hearted our entire family is right now,” he wrote. “I am the man I am today becaus…

Lions, Tigers and Bulldogs with wearing differnt colored jerseys: Oh, my Scrimmage Saturday is around the corner for Western New York's scholastic football teams. The scrimmage extravagana begins at several sites at 9 a.m., as it's a chance for teams to hit players not on their own squad for the first time since practices began Aug. 14 throughout the state. Teams' pl…

During his 56-game hitting streak in 1941, Joe DiMaggio struck out five times. In his last 56 games, rookie Aaron Judge has struck out 88 times. On Sunday, he extended his MLB record by striking out in his 37th consecutive game. That's troubling for Yankee fans, who have watched Judge go from an MVP favorite to a flailing mess since the All-Star break. Judge, who was hi…

The old cliche that a football player is doing his job when he’s not noticed is usually reserved for offensive linemen. But in the case of the Buffalo Bills, it fits for safety Jordan Poyer. “You hit the nail on the head – he’s been flying under the radar,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “His role on this defense is vital. He communicates well back ther…

This is a two-point commentary: 1. I’m sad to see Usain Bolt retire. 2. Bolt’s retirement makes me marvel even more at Tom Brady. The connection? Bolt closed his sprinting career at the IAAF World Championships last week in London. He’s 30 years old. He’s still great. Why is he retiring? He’s tired of grinding to the degree that is required to be the best in t…

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was working the crowd full of kids Sunday night in Williamsport, Pa., and had to know MLB hit a home run. The Little League Classic was about far more than the Pirates and Cardinals playing an official game in a heavily renovated Class A ballpark. It was a daylong celebration of the game the big-league guys played as kids and the scenes ever…

AdPro Sports already has a robust business making custom-branded merchandise for sports teams and corporations. But its president, Ron Raccuia, believes AdPro can reach greater heights now that Kim and Terry Pegula have bought a majority interest in the company. "It's rocket fuel for us," said Raccuia, noting the Pegulas' "stature in the sports world" and the "expert…

2016 champions: Section VI: Clarence (Class AA), Grand Island (overall Class A), Iroquois (Class A-2), I-Prep (Overall Class B), Lackawanna (Class B-2), Allegany-Limestone (Class C), Pine Valley (Class D). Monsignor Martin Association: Canisius (large schools), St. Mary’s/Lancaster (small schools). IAC: Christian Central. Grand Island lost, 2-1, in the state final, whil…

Anquan Boldin did not wake up Sunday morning and decide to retire. The now former Buffalo Bills' receiver said Monday in an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio that it was something that he has been wrestling with for a couple of years. "It wasn't a decision that I made all of the sudden," Boldin told hosts Vic Carucci and Ross Tucker. "It was something that I had been …