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A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

Colleges

The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. Brockport football: Multiple former Section VI players came up big for Brockport again this weekend, helping propel the Golden Eagles to the Division III final four. Niagara Falls graduate DaQuan Hubbard caught five balls for 125 yards and former South Park star Tyree Br…

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University at Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson and linebacker Khalil Hodge were named to the All-Mid American Conference first team, the league announced Wednesday. UB defensive end Demone Harris was named to the second team; and center James O’Hagan and defensive end Chuck Harris were named to the third team. Johnson had a school-record 14 touchdowns to rank se…

Colleges

The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. St. Bonaventure men's basketball: Courtney Stockard hit a layup with 3.2 seconds remaining to complete the Bonnies' upset victory against previously unbeaten Maryland Friday at the Emerald Coast Classic. Stockard, who missed the previous two games with injury, scored a c…

Colleges

As the game clock ran down to zero and the University at Buffalo clinched bowl eligibility, UB coach Lance Leipold thought about his player that wasn't gleefully leaping on the sideline with him. UB defensive end Solomon Jackson died suddenly in 2016 following an offseason workout. His memory is draped all over the program. Jackson's No. 41 is painted on the field and w…

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Kickoff: 1 p.m. Friday. TV: ESPN3. Radio: ESPN 1520. Records: Buffalo 5-6 (3-4 in MAC), Ohio 8-3 (5-2). Gameday: Tickets are $14, a decrease from the normal price for the regular season finale. Stampede Square opens at 10 a.m. Last time out: Tyree Jackson became the first UB quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in three straight games in the Bulls' 40-24 …

Colleges

The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. Isaiah Reese: Canisius men's basketball's sophomore guard recorded the first triple-double in the program's 114-year history, totaling 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in the Golden Griffin's 104-84 victory against Youngstown State. Reese has surpassed the 20-point ma…

Colleges

The University at Buffalo’s hopes for a bowl game lives to see another week, thanks in most part to the duo of quarterback Tyree Jackson and wide receiver Anthony Johnson. The two hooked up for four touchdowns through the air Thursday night as the Bulls came away with a 40-24 win at Ball State. UB improved to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the Mid-American Conference, which …

Sports

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 …

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This young man insists he will no longer rumble. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson stunned the mixed-martial arts world Saturday night in Buffalo, where he announced his retirement. Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier victimized Johnson with the dreaded rear-naked chokehold in the UFC 210 main event at KeyBank Center. Johnson then grabbed the microphone and told everybo…

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Daniel Cormier defended his UFC light heavyweight championship by strangling Anthony Johnson into submission in the second round of their rematch Saturday night at KeyBank Center. The UFC 210 main event didn't provide many fireworks during the bout, but Cormier overtook the power-punching Johnson on the mat, delivered a succession of unreturned right hands to Johnson's …