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It's still the preseason but the Buffalo Sabres were up to the same old tricks that enabled them to win the Presidents Trophy last year.They failed to score on the power play. They had trouble with the penalty kill. But all of that didn't matter as Derek Roy's second goal of the game enabled the Sabres to earn a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in …

Brian Rolston scored both Minnesota goals and Wild goalie Josh Harding held off a late game flurry for a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night in their NHL exhibition game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.Rolston's game winner came at 3:14 of the third period. He scored from between the circles on a pass out from the corner by Eric Belanger.Rookie winger Phillip …

It's never too early to start practicing come-from-behind victories.The Sabres pulled one off Sunday night in their second preseason game, taking a 3-2 shootout win from the Blue Jackets in Columbus. The win leveled Buffalo's preseason record at 1-1; the Blue Jackets took Friday night's game between the teams in Buffalo.The Sabres trailed, 2-1, with less than five minutes …

CORTLAND -- Ray Miles passed for four touchdowns rallying Cortland (2-1) from a 17-point deficit to a 30-27 victory over Buffalo State (1-2) Saturday afternoon in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.The Bengals built a 17-0 lead in the first 18:44, and led again, 27-23, late in the third quarter but could not hold on. Three of the four Cortland scores came on drives of 71, …

It was a win over a nationally ranked conference opponent on the road, and as far as Erie Community College football coach Dennis Greene is concerned his Kats haven't even reached their peak yet.Behind a school-record performance from freshman quarterback Andri Barbosa and an impressive run defense, ECC earned a 20-13 win over No. 13 Nassau Community College."These kids, t…

Aaron Valentin set the Erie Community College record for the most receiving yards in a game as the Kats coasted by Berean, 53-0, at Jim Ball Stadium Saturday afternoon.Valentin had three catches for 128 yards, becoming the first ECC player to have more than 100 receiving yards in a game. He had two touchdown catches. His second -- an 85-yard play with quarterback Andre Bar…

While the Buffalo Bisons would have liked to have had something more than individual milestones on the line Monday at Frontier Field, two Bisons achieved history during the Herd's season-ending 8-5 loss to the Rochester Red Wings.Outfielder Ben Francisco, who was called up by Cleveland late Friday, won the International League batting title, while veteran Herd pitcher Jaso…

CINCINNATI -- It's not often that your kicker/punter is your most valuable player in the game.But John Rachuna demonstrated why special team units are so important to winning football games.Rachuna scored what proved to be the winning point by hitting his extra point with 2:30 left to give Erie Community College a 14-13 win over Harmony Community School Saturday afternoon.…

MORRISVILLE -- For the second straight year, Buffalo State opened its football season with a win over Morrisville State. And for the second straight year, the offense looked good in doing it.The Bengals racked up 432 yards en route to a 37-14 win at Drake Field Saturday afternoon. Last year they gained 372 yards.Senior quarterback Dan Aquilio (Depew) threw for 260 yards, …

The neighborhood rivalry between the Buffalo Bisons and the Rochester Red Wings takes on extra meaning this weekend.With both teams chasing Richmond for a wild-card berth in the International League playoffs, the four-game regular-season finale series that starts tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1230 & 1330 AM) at Rochester's Frontier Field is the biggest series between the Thruw…

George Kottaras, who may eventually replace Jason Varitek as the Boston Red Sox catcher, tossed a huge monkey wrench into Buffalo's International League playoff hopes Wednesday night with a game-tying three-run homer off Mike Koplove in the bottom of the ninth.Then Brandon Moss drove home Jed Lowrie with the winning run in the 10th inning off Juan Lara to send the Herd to …

Jeremy Sowers will be the center of attention tonight at Dunn Tire Park and not just because it'll be Jeremy Sowers Bobblehead Night.With 13 games left in the season, the Buffalo Bisons are in desperate need of a win and will turn to the left-handed Sowers (3-5) to keep their International League playoff hopes alive. The Herd kicks off its final seven-game homestand of the…

After battling back from a three-run deficit, the Buffalo Bisons let a crucial game get away from them Monday night at Lynx Stadium.The Ottawa Lynx scored twice in the eighth inning and pinned a 5-3 loss on the Herd, which saw a four-game winning streak snapped.The loss dropped Buffalo (68-60), three games behind idle Durham (71-57) and one behind Rochester (70-60) in the …

OTTAWA -- Buffalo Bisons starter Aaron Laffey may not have been impressed with his outing, but it was good enough to add his name into the team's record book after a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Lynx on Sunday afternoon.Laffey (9-3) allowed just one run in six innings for his ninth straight win. It's a Bisons modern era record for a starter and only the third time any pitcher h…

The Buffalo Bisons helped their chances in the International League wild-card race with a 10-6 victory over the Ottawa Lynx on Saturday night in a game that included two rarities -- an inside-the-park home run and a triple play.The Bisons got a three-run inside-the-park home run by Joe Inglett in the fourth inning to break the game open and added two more runs in the sixth…