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FORT MILL, S.C. -- It took 12 innings over the span of nearly four hours, but the Charlotte Knights eventually completed a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Bisons at Knight Stadium on Thursday.Justin Hampson came on in relief for the Herd in the bottom of the 12th and threw just one pitch, which Charlotte's Mark Teahen ripped into center field a…

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Buffalo Bison Andy Marte provided all the offense for his new club as the Indianapolis Indians held on to defeat the Herd, 3-2, on Friday night.Marte gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI double.The Bisons tied the game in the fourth on a single to center by Michael Fisher but Marte's two-run home run to left field in the …

INDIANAPOLIS -- Brian Sweeney pitched six scoreless innings, picking up his first win of the season and leading the Buffalo Bisons to a 5-1 victory over the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday afternoon.Sweeney gave up four hits with four strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. The only run he gave up came on a solo homer by John Bowker in the seventh.Valenti…

LOUISVILLE -- A dominating performance by Chris Schwinden helped guide the Buffalo Bisons to a 6-1 win over the Louisville Bats in an early game at Louisville Slugger Field on Monday.After giving up two hits in the first inning, Schwinden retired the next 16 batters he faced. In all, Schwinden (3-1) scattered five hits in seven scoreless innings. He struck ou…

It was another struggle for the Buffalo Bisons on Saturday. The pitching staff was inconsistent and the offense couldn't bring runners around. It added up to an 8-3 loss to the Louisville Bats at Louisville Slugger Stadium.It was the third straight loss for Buffalo, which has dropped six of its last eight games.The Bats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning,…

LOUISVILLE -- Veteran Casey Fossum has proven he can be effective as a relief pitcher in 2011.Starting has been a different story, and the Buffalo lefty's struggles in that role continued Friday night at Louisville Slugger Field in the Bisons' 15-7 loss to the Bats.Opposing batters came into Friday's game hitting .313 off Fossum during his starts. The numbers…

The Buffalo Bisons will open an eight-game home stand Thursday night against the Louisville Bats feeling good about their starting pitching.For the third game in a row Tuesday, the Herd received a strong starting pitching performance. However, it went to waste in a 3-2 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the morning finale of their four-game International Leagu…

ROCHESTER -- It was a difficult outing for Buffalo Bison starter Pat Misch.The lefty gave up eight runs, seven earned, as the Bisons lost their second straight game to the Rochester Red Wings, 8-6, at Frontier Field Thursday night.Misch gave up 13 hits in five innings, nabbing only one strike out as his earned run average jumped to 7.64.The Herd took a 1-0 lead …

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The Buffalo Bisons owned a 3-3 record when they left for a five-game road trip last week. They come home to face the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field tonight at 6:05 after four straight losses and sit in last place in the North Division of the International league.The Herd (4-7) dropped a pair of games Sunday to the Pawtucket Red So…

MOOSIC, Pa. -- There has been no blueprint to the Buffalo Bisons' games so far this season. Inconsistency on the mound and at the plate has the team at .500. On Thursday, the see-saw act continued as the Bisons lost at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6-2.After weathering an early-season hitting slump, the Bisons bats had come to life of late. This night, Buffalo produced…

TORONTO -- The Buffalo Bandits have grabbed the edge in the race for first place in the National Lacrosse League's East Division.The Bandits rallied in the second half and defeated the Toronto Rock, 11-8, before 15,084 in the Air Canada Centre on Friday night.Buffalo (9-4) moved into a virtual tie for first, but now has the edge over the Rock (10-5). The Bandit…

Cory Conacher has gotten off to quite a start as a professional hockey player.After his collegiate career with Canisius ended in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs, Conacher signed a pro contract with the Rochester Americans and scored one goal in two games, then moved to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.That in itself is not unusual for quality college players …

COMMACK Olympic bobsledding gold medalist Steve Mesler of Buffalo and six others were inducted into The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday in ceremonies at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center.As a pushstarter, Mesler helped the four-man sled to the first U.S. gold medal in the sport in 62 years after breaking a 50-year drought in the World Cha…

ESBJERG, Denmark -- It was a difficult day for Patti Lank and her U.S. team at the World Women's Curling Championships on Wednesday.After a win over Norway in the morning, a difficult sixth end against China led to a lopsided 14-5 loss.Lank, from Lewiston, is skip of the U.S. team with her daughter, Mackenzie, and teammates Debbie McCormick and Jessica Schult…

DANVILLE, Ill.-- The championship run came to an end for the Erie Community College men's basketball team late Friday night.The Kats dropped a 90-72 decision to Lincoln (Ill.) College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II Tournament at the Danville Area Community College.Lincoln, the defending national champions, used a 12-3 run in the final three minute…