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Former Canisius College pitcher John Axford, who has spent most of the last eight years in the big leagues, has signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invitation to the team's major-league camp. The contract means Axford could pitch for the Buffalo Bisons this season if he does not make the Blue Jays' major-league roster. Axford, 34, i…

Business

Citigroup is a major local employer, with about 1,900 workers at its complex in Getzville. But without a branch network in the region, Citi is not as visible as some other banks serving the region. Anthony Vazquez would like to change that. Vazquez, the site head at Citi's facility in CrossPoint Business Park, wants to raise awareness of the company's presence throug…

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Christmas Eve is a time of peace and reflection. And then there is the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve vigil Mass. It is the Super Bowl of the liturgical calendar. Convenient for families with kids, it is the most widely attended Mass for Christmas. This Christmas Eve, the faithful face a fresh distraction: The Bills vs. the Patriots. As congregations start tackling "O Co…

Canisius won its second consecutive game at the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase in Stockton, Calif., beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 81-58, late Saturday night. On Friday, Canisius outlasted Texas State, 68-62. Against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Isaiah Reese and Takal Molson each scored 19 points for the Golden Griffins (3-3), and the Canisius shot 55.8 percent from the fi…

Colleges

Isaiah Reese had 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half as Canisius earned a 68-62 victory against Texas State on Friday night in the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase at Pacific's Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif. Canisius (2-3) shot 68.2 percent in the second half of the school's first game in the state of California since a 1989 matchup against Princeton a…

Colleges

The Canisius College women's basketball team will raise their arms and hold hands during the playing of the national anthem before games this season, a school spokesman said Thursday. The gesture was captured by a Buffalo News photographer before Wednesday's 71-69 overtime victory against St. Bonaventure at Koessler Center. The gesture "is our women’s basketball prog…

Colleges

One of the top men's lacrosse programs in the country will be making its way to Buffalo this weekend. The University of Notre Dame is set to scrimmage Team Canada at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday at All High Stadium behind Bennett High School on Main Street. Canisius College will play Team Canada beforehand at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults. Children 10 and under ar…

Sports

In the battle of Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famers turned managers, Torey Lovullo has sent Dave Roberts a mighty big message come October. Lovullo's Arizona Diamondbacks have become the talk of the National League. Roberts' Los Angeles Dodgers, once on the road to breaking the all-time record of 116 wins in a season, have become a sudden enigma. The Diamondbacks had a …

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I'm old enough to remember the days of manual typewriters, carbon paper, glue pots and air tubes in the floor to send stories to the composing room. As if it was part of an old movie reel, and not the real-life 1980s. Things are so different now that I spent part of Wednesday night live streaming a mascot race over my phone. Talk about two ends of a journalistic spectrum. …

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…

Sports

Canisius and Niagara have released their hockey schedules for the 2017-18 seasons as both begin new chapters with new head coaches. The teams play home-and-home Dec. 8-9, meeting for the first time in Dwyer Arena on Dec. 8 with the series shifting to HarborCenter on Dec. 9. The two clash during the regular season finale with Canisius hosting Feb. 23 and Niagara hosti…

Local News

John J. Hurley, the president of Canisius College, emailed a letter to alumni asking them to register opposition to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s free college tuition proposal. The letter includes a link to a website sponsored by the New York Student Aid Alliance, an advocacy group for private education, that will produce a letter to be forwarded to members of the Legislature.…

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The Cultivate Cinema Circle has become a cinephile must-attend in only a few months, screening such classics as Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt” and Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy.” For its fall season, Cultivate has chosen to honor French New Wave icon Agnes Varda, a wonderfully fitting figure for a season-long focus. First up is 1962’s stunning “Cléo from 5 to 7.” Varda’s sec…

Theater

The Thursday Theater Roundup features current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks: "Talley's Folley," through June 7 in a Red Thread Theatre production in the Marie Maday Theatre at Canisius College. ★★★ "House at Pooh Corner," through June 7 in a Theatre of Youth production in the Allendale Theatre. ★★★ "The Un-A…

“People are eggs,” Matt Friedman says, “they’re fragile and separate, but also alike and ready to hatch into new life if all goes well.” Sally Talley lets this metaphor, the latest one from this odd, quirky would-be suitor, sink in. Uh, oh, she thinks, he’s making sense.Lanford Wilson’s sweet and graceful little play, “Talley’s Folly,” a Pulitzer Prize winner back in 1980,…