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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…

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…

Colleges

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

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Thursday. TV: CBS Sports Network. Radio: ESPN 1520. Records: Buffalo 4-6 (2-4 in MAC), Ball State 2-8 (0-6). Last time out: The Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak last Tuesday, downing Bowling Green 38-28. Quarterback Tyree Jackson was prolific, throwing for 406 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Theo Anderson ran for 133 yards …

Colleges

As the mike linebacker and defensive signal caller, University at Buffalo's Khalil Hodge has to be aware of everything on the field. He says he's like the defensive quarterback. Hodge gets the play from the sidelines, reads the offensive set and adjusts the defense accordingly. Once the ball is snapped, he has a split second to make a decision, find the ball carrier and…

Sports

The shadow of Khalil Mack looms over the University at Buffalo in many good ways and one bad way. The Oakland Raiders All-Pro sackmaster obviously is UB's most famous football alumnus. He's a source of pride for everyone who cares about the Bulls. Two mannequins sporting Mack's No. 46 are front and center in the UB football offices as an unquestionable recruiting tool. …