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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 University at Buffalo men's basketball team will have one more piece to work with on its roster this season. Josh Mballa, a transfer from Texas Tech, will be eligible to play for the Bulls this season, a UB athletic department spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Mballa received a waiver from the NCAA that grants him eligibility for this season. Mballa is a 6-foot-8…

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Canisius College guard Malik Johnson was named preseason second-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for men's basketball on Tuesday. The Canisius men were picked to finish seventh in the 11-team MAAC, while the Niagara University men were picked to finish 10th. Iona College, which has won the last four MAAC tournament titles, is the preseason pick to win the men…

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Kyle Vantrease will now run the University at Buffalo football team’s offense. UB coach Lance Leipold said Tuesday that Matt Myers, who started the Bulls’ first five games at quarterback, will no longer play this season because of injury. Vantrease will start for the Bulls (3-4, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) when they host Central Michigan (5-3, 3-1) at 3:30 p.m. Satu…

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Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, InfoCision Stadium, Akron, Ohio. TV: ESPN 3. Radio: ESPN 1520. Records: UB 2-4, 0-2 Mid-American Conference; Akron 0-6, 0-2. Last time out: Ohio defeated UB, 21-20, in overtime Oct. 5 at UB Stadium. UB quarterback Kyle Vantrease threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 16-for-23 passing in his first start in nearly two years. Ke…

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This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 13-member class will be inducted Nov. 7. Tickets are available at GBSHOF.com.  Professional baseball in the United States blossomed in the 1860s. In the early 1870s, a pair of brothers from Caton, a tiny town just north of the state line with Pennsylvania, became prof…

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The first time Evan Finegan put weight on his right leg, he was overjoyed. The second time he did it, the University at Buffalo punter wanted to make it a habit, though he understood the restrictions. He had to be mindful of the process that would allow his tibia — his shinbone, held together by a rod and five screws — and fibula to properly heal. Nearly six weeks af…

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University at Buffalo football coach Lance Leipold said he hasn’t determined a starting quarterback for its game Saturday at Akron. He simply hasn’t had much time to evaluate UB’s candidates. “We really haven’t had everybody practicing yet,” Leipold said Tuesday. The Bulls (2-4, 0-2 Mid-American Conference) are coming off a bye week, and Kyle Vantrease is recovering …

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Davonta Jordan knows the obvious differences for the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team this season. The Bulls have a new coach in Jim Whitesell. They have new personnel, too. But the roster changes mean UB has a fraction of the experience the Bulls had last season. UB lost five seniors to graduation, including MAC Player of the Year CJ Massinburg and Nic…

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First, the Buffalo Sabres cracked the code against Dallas goalie Ben Bishop. A pair of second-period goals ended Bishop’s lengthy personal shutout streak against the Sabres. Then, instead of defending a lead, the Sabres attacked while holding one. The strike-first mentality was a far cry from the way they would have played in previous years and it became the defining fa…

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This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 13-member class will be inducted Nov. 7. Tickets are available at GBSHOF.com.  Len Jankiewicz could have made a living playing professional baseball, but that career might have been short-lived. Instead, Jankiewicz made a career in education, combined it with sport…

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When Mark Alnutt needed to hire a new basketball coach at the University at Buffalo last spring, the obvious goal was to hire the best candidate. The second-year athletic director also understood the limitations that faced him. Alnutt wanted the right fit, but he was realistic when it came to what UB could pay potential coaches and personnel. UB couldn’t offer the flash…

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University at Buffalo football coach Lance Leipold has to a lot to consider in the wake of a 21-20 loss to Ohio in overtime on Saturday at UB Stadium. He has to evaluate his special teams personnel, particularly its kickers. True freshman Jackson Baltar missed a pair of field goals, including a 46-yard attempt that would have given the Bulls a 17-14 lead with less than …

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Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Saturday. TV: ESPN Plus. Radio: ESPN 1520. Records: Ohio 1-3, 0-0 Mid-American Conference, UB 2-3, 0-1. Last time out: Louisiana defeated Ohio, 45-25, on Sept. 21 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. Bobcats quarterback Nathan Rourke threw for 277 yards and a touchdown on 18-for-38 passing, but was intercepted three times. Miami (Ohio) defeat…

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University at Buffalo quarterback Matt Myers did not practice Wednesday, the third consecutive day he has been held out of practices. UB coach Lance Leipold said Tuesday that Myers sustained an upper-body injury in a 34-20 loss Saturday at Miami (Ohio) in UB's Mid-American Conference opener. Myers left the game in the third quarter, and was replaced by Kyle Vantrease. …

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Asa Beyah, a 6-foot-3-inch guard from Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, has verbally committed to play college basketball at Canisius College. Cheshire Academy announced Beyah's commitment Tuesday on Twitter. https://twitter.com/CACats1794/status/1179025059156881409 Beyah is the first player to commit to the Golden Griffin's 2020 recruiting class. Beyah is original…