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Ben Tsujimoto

I'm Ben. I smiled a little too aggressively for my profile picture. I do digital things for The Buffalo News, live off of Hertel and attended Houghton College.


Soccer

In a match with serious playoff implications, FC Buffalo sparkled. Goals from Troy Brady, Gary Boughton and Keane McIvor, plus a clean sheet from Steve Casey, helped the Wolves to a comprehensive 3-0 win over the Rochester Lancers Friday night at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium. "Overall, just a real solid game," remarked FC Buffalo head coach Frank Butcher. "[We're]…

Soccer

The story of how Buffalo State men's soccer star Luke Pavone landed his first professional contract is one of Jewish descent, the support of a best friend and teammate, personal resilience and a fierce commitment to training. On June 25, the second-team NCAA Division III All-American will land in Petah Tikva, Israel, to prepare for training with the city's second-divisi…

Gusto

One thing you may not know about Silo City owner Rick Smith is his love for soccer. The Buffalo businessman, whose dedication to smartly "regenerating" a section of the city's grain elevators has drawn the attention of the New York Times and a few international outlets, visited Tottenham years ago and took in a Spurs match; he's been a supporter ever since. A short d…

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After four summers in the parking lot near the Burger King at Hertel and Delaware avenues, the North Buffalo Farmers Market will set up at a new location for the 2018 season, which kicks off from 4 to 7 p.m. June 21 and runs every Thursday through October. The front lawn of North Park Community School No. 50 (formerly the North Park Academy), at 780 Parkside Ave., is th…

Soccer

The evolution of the Western New York Flash organization from repeat professional women's soccer champions to a well-rounded soccer academy of both girls and boys teams, capped by a semi-professional United Women's Soccer side, has taken time, but the reinvention is making progress. Take the Flash's three Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) girls youth teams that have qu…

Gusto

Inspired by his brother's story and what he considers a broken system for treating autism, Max Muscato has worked tirelessly for more than a year, playing dozens of local shows to raise money for autism awareness and to prepare for the debut of his Rock Autism Music Festival. Muscato's work nears fruition, as he and the rest of the Rock Autism organization have announce…

Gusto

Bad news, Buffalo-area concertgoers. Portugal. The Man, one of the most buzzy bands booked for Western New York this summer, has canceled its show scheduled for Aug. 1 at Artpark. Here's the band's explanation, via a release from the venue: "Sorry for this news, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we need to cancel our show in Lewiston, NY. Please know, this is n…

Sports

Over the first three weeks of the FC Buffalo season, the Wolves attack was missing something. At first glance, it seemed an unstable crew of forwards was at least partly responsible. Kendell McFayden's suspension for the first game and Akean Shackleford's late arrival from college meant Isaiah Wilson, deployed as a winger at St. Bonaventure, was thrust into major minute…

Bills-Free

Kyle Williams: A traitor to Buffalo sports? Maybe – at least in jest. Thursday night marks the first of a four-game homestand in which the Buffalo Wings – the temporarily rebranded Buffalo Bisons – face the Rochester Plates, known usually as the Rochester Red Wings, at Coca-Cola Field. Following a minor league baseball trend where teams adjust nicknames to reflect re…

Festivals

1) Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle, gates open at noon, music begins at 1:45 p.m. June 16 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets are $35 plus fees for general admission, $50 plus fees for premium view; more details here. Ticket prices rise to $55 on the day of the show. Commentary: Kerfuffle is beloved for several reasons: it unites indie music fans on Buffalo's waterfron…

Gusto

What a beautiful wedding! A musical marriage between Panic! at the Disco and Buffalo is scheduled for the second leg of the band's North American tour, at 7 p.m. Jan. 10, 2019, at KeyBank Center. Tickets for the general public go on sale at noon June 22, range in price from $35.25 to $75.25 and may be purchased at the KeyBank Center box office, through tickets.com or…

Soccer

With respect to Argentina and maybe France - two nations included in our World Cup pretenders list - three countries have separated themselves as favorites for the 2018 World Cup, which kicks off June 14 and runs through July 15. This trio of contenders appeals for different reasons: one is the reigning world champion with a refined approach and frightening pool of tale…

Soccer

As host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia kick off the 2018 World Cup on Thursday, soccer fans around the globe will gleefully prepare for a month of seemingly nonstop action. Thankfully for viewers' sake, there's no clear favorite - but a slew of contenders who, with some good fortune, breakout performances and steady play, could hoist soccer's biggest prize on July 15. …

Soccer

Outside of favorites such as Germany, Brazil and Spain, the tiny country of Iceland is a trendy team to root for during World Cup 2018. In a group with Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia, the country that shocked the world by reaching the Euro 2016 quarterfinals is back to prove its last surge wasn't a flash in the pan. Iceland, a Nordic island nation with a population of j…

Gusto

Two of the biggest names in hip-hop, Nicki Minaj and Future, will tag-team a Buffalo stop at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the KeyBank Center as part of the NickiHndrxx Tour. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 15, with costs ranging from $56 to $157. They will be available online at LiveNation.com, Tickets.com or by phone at 1-888-223-6000. While Future appears in the Buffalo …