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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges, baseball and hockey for The Buffalo News since 1999. An endurance athlete, she has completed an Ironman along with numerous marathons and half-marathons.


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Emily Pfalzer is back. The two-time captain of the Buffalo Beauts signed with the club on Thursday for her third season in the National Women's Hockey League. Pfalzer, a Buffalo native and alumnus of Nichols School, was with the U.S. national team last season, winning gold with Team USA at the 2018 Olympics. Pfalzer was part of the Isobel Cup-winning team in Buffalo …

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Last year, she was the only American on her team. The goaltender was Canadian, but other than that, every woman on HC Lugano spoke Italian, part of the multilingual experience of living and working in Switzerland. It was a challenge Blake Bolden went searching for, knowing that the best way to improve, whether it be in hockey or in life, is to get out of your comfort zo…

Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts added another defender to their roster for the upcoming season, welcoming Blake Bolden to the fold. The 27-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio, is returning to the United States after playing last season with HC Lugano in Switzerland. Bolden has set many firsts during her hockey career, including being the first African-American selected in the first rou…

Bisons and Baseball

Vladdy watch It didn’t take long for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to earn his first Triple-A honor. He took International League Batter of the Week honors, going 11 for 24 (.458) with four home runs, five RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage. He is the third Buffalo Bisons player to earn a weekly IL honor this season. Ryan Borucki (June 18-24) and Sean Reid-Foley (July 16-22) …

Bisons and Baseball

They were having the classic sports discussion one day in Double-A. What’s the hardest thing to do in all of sports? “We came up with get a hit. Not just hit the ball but get a hit, or returning a tennis serve competitively,” Buffalo Bisons outfielder Jonathan Davis said. “Those two things are kind of hard to do.” Because it’s not just about hitting the baseball. Tha…

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Nate Oats is used to being out in public. That's part of the job description for a Division I men's basketball coach. You are out in front, taking the questions, sometimes taking the heat, while shaping the direction of the program. So while the cancer diagnosis of his wife, Crystal, in 2015 was an intensely personal family matter, it also was natural for Oats to talk a…

Bisons and Baseball

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has found his groove in Triple-A. The third baseman homered for the Buffalo Bisons — his third straight game with a home run — as the Herd earned a 5-4 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Coca-Cola Field Friday night. Guerrero's solo shot to left field in the bottom of the first tied the game, 1-1. Toledo took a 4-1 lead in the third but the Herd ch…

Toronto Blue Jays fans will always remember the catch. In Game 3 of the 1992 World Series, Devon White made a leaping catch in center field, denying David Justice of the Atlanta Braves a hit. The famous catch secured White into the memory of Blue Jays fans, who to this day recognize him whenever he's in Canada. "I have a great relationship with the fans of Toronto," …

Bisons and Baseball

Vladdy update Heading into the week Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has made a nice adjustment to the Triple-A level. The 19-year-old third baseman, and the top prospect in all of minor league baseball, is batting .286 (4 for 14) through his first six games with the Bisons. He has driven in two runs, scored three, with one double. He’s drawn eight walks and struck out just twice …

Bisons and Baseball

Baseball wasn’t fun anymore for Sean Reid-Foley. And if he’s being completely honest, he didn’t feel like playing the game anymore as his 2017 season unfolded with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. But Reid-Foley kept playing, even as his results looked on the border of disastrous – at least for a pitcher with major league aspirations who is ranked among the top 1…

Running

Allie Kieffer felt a little bit like a fraud. Here she was, a fifth-place finisher at the New York City Marathon with more opportunity in running than she ever had before, and she was sidelined with a stress fracture. She finally had a platform to talk about body image and the complicated relationship between runners and weight, and she was back battling her own demo…

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Jeff Skinner had a no-trade clause in his contract. But as Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell looked to move the veteran forward, he knew a deal with the Buffalo Sabres might be able to work. "He was going to make the decision whether he goes or not," Waddell said in a conference call with reporters Thursday night. The decision, apparent…

Bisons and Baseball

In all honesty, it was the most fun that Jacob Waguespack has had pitching a baseball game all season. All right, so the loss wasn't fun. Nor the fact that Lehigh Valley got eight hits off him. But striking out 12 of his former teammates? That was definitely fun. Waguespack took the loss in his Buffalo Bisons debut Thursday afternoon as the Herd dropped a 6-4 decisio…

Bisons and Baseball

Dalton Pompey has not been around the Buffalo Bisons' clubhouse this week. The reason: The outfielder has been suspended by the Toronto Blue Jays. "He's serving a suspension right now," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said after the Herd dropped a 6-4 decision to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Thursday afternoon. "Just a team policy violation. We're all taking care of it…

Bisons and Baseball

The Buffalo Bisons used the long ball to end a three-game losing streak to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the second half of a doubleheader Wednesday night. Danny Jansen hit a two-run shot while Jonathan Davis notched his first Triple-A homer as the Herd earned a 3-2 win in front of 7,135 at Coca-Cola Field. The win came after the Bisons were shut out, 1-0, in the fir…