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Rachel Lenzi - Buffalo, NY

Rachel Lenzi is a college/high school sports enterprise reporter at The Buffalo News. She has worked newspapers in Texas, Colorado, Maine and Ohio, and in digital in Michigan, covering high school, college and professional sports.


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The WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks have waived Cierra Dillard, a former University at Buffalo women's basketball standout. Dillard posted Saturday on her Twitter account that she was leaving Los Angeles, five days after the Sparks claimed her off waivers from the Minnesota Lynx. "Thank you LA for the experience & lessons," Dillard posted. "Also getting to know what I …

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Jalen Poyser, a backup guard on the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team, will forgo his final season with the Bonnies. A St. Bonaventure athletic department spokesman confirmed Friday to the News that Poyser will not return to St. Bonaventure. A report by NorthPoleHoops.com, a website that tracks Canadian basketball prospects, stated that Poyser will pursue other opti…

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Jordan Nwora, a forward on the Louisville men's basketball team and a former Park School standout, will not fully participate in the NBA combine because of a calf injury. Louisville coach Chris Mack told the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal on Thursday that Nwora was dealing with a "small injury preventing him from participating fully at (the) combine." Mack did not giv…

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Candice M. Jackson will join the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team as an assistant coach, the athletic department announced Thursday. Jackson coached for five seasons at the College of Charleston, and replaces Cherie Cordoba, who joined the women’s basketball staff at LSU earlier this week. Jackson played at Michigan State from 2000-04. UB coach Felisha L…

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The University at Buffalo football team has scheduled a six-game series with Massachusetts, beginning in 2022. The UB athletic department announced the series Thursday; UMass will host UB on Oct. 15, 2022, at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass. The series will take a one-year hiatus in 2023, then resume in 2024 when UB hosts the Minutemen on Sept. 14, 2024, at UB Stadium.…

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The University of Alabama's board of trustees on Wednesday approved the contract for Nate Oats, who became the men's basketball coach at Alabama on March 27, after four seasons as head coach at the University at Buffalo. The News obtained a memorandum of understanding in March that outlines Oats' contract terms at Alabama through an open records request. Oats will earn …

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Jaren English, a 6-foot-4-inch guard from Michigan, will play basketball at St. Bonaventure. English announced his commitment to the Bonnies on Tuesday night, and will sign his national letter of intent on Wednesday at Romulus (Mich.) High School. English played for one season at Ranger College in Texas, about 90 miles west of Fort Worth. He started 33 games in 20…

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Nick MacDonald made a decision while considering his next step in basketball when he was a senior at Canisius High School. He could take the sure thing and join his father’s team at Daemen College in the fall of 2018. Or, he could take another year and play basketball at a prep school with the goal of earning a scholarship to play Division I basketball. MacDonald too…

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The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA announced Monday that the organization has claimed Cierra Dillard off waivers from the Minnesota Lynx. Dillard, a former University at Buffalo guard, joins the Sparks two days after she was cut by the Lynx. https://twitter.com/CDillard24/status/1128073803622494208 Earlier in the day, the Sparks waived guards Loryn Goodwin and Gab…

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The changes continue for the Niagara men's basketball program. First-year coach Patrick Beilein confirmed Monday that Dom Fragala, a redshirt freshman, and Ousmane Diop, a freshman, have entered the transfer portal. Fragala, 6-foot point guard from Virginia, averaged 2.9 points in 28 games in 2018-19. Diop, a 6-10 forward from Senegal, did not play last season. Ke…

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Patrick Beilein’s week began when he looked at his phone and saw the news had broken that his father, John, was going to coach in the NBA. The first-year Niagara men’s basketball coach knew his father was getting serious about NBA coaching opportunities. But he didn’t expect to wake Monday morning to the announcement that John, who coached at Canisius from 1992 to 1997,…

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MINNEAPOLIS — Cierra Dillard did her best to put on a good face in her WNBA debut. It wasn’t much of a debut. On the bench for all of the first half, the former University at Buffalo guard sported her Minnesota Lynx warmups and her trademark headband. Dillard raised her voice when she didn’t agree with a call by the officials late in the first quarter. She cheered when …

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March 20, 1924 — May 11, 2019 Whether it was a basketball game, a lacrosse match or a swim meet, Rev. Paul J. Dugan would join the huddle of athletic teams representing Canisius College prior to their contests, and he would bless them. Each blessing ended with his trademark phrase. "St. Peter Canisius …" he would say, inviting teams to finish the statement. The…

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The Minnesota Lynx announced Saturday morning that Cierra Dillard has been cut from the WNBA team's preseason roster. Dillard, a former University at Buffalo guard, was the first player cut from the Lynx's 19-player preseason roster. Dillard was a second-round pick by the Lynx in the WNBA draft in April, and was one of seven rookies to start training camp with the Lynx.…

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Niagara men's basketball coach Patrick Beilein officially has completed his staff. The Niagara athletic department on Thursday announced Beilein's coaching staff, which includes former Duke men's basketball captain Greg Paulus as an assistant coach and Madison Hahesy, a former LeMoyne women's basketball player, as Niagara's director of basketball operations. Paulus p…