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As Jim Whitesell has progressed through a coaching career that began nearly 40 years ago in North Dakota, he’s abided by one philosophy: Just win the next one. Along the way, Whitesell has won a few games as a head coach at the Division I, II and III levels. He reached a milestone in his 19th game as UB's head coach. Whitesell won his 400th game as UB defeated Wes…

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The choreographed moves Majesty Brandon makes at the free-throw line aren’t just for show. The routine he does before each shot puts him at ease. It isolates the noise and it allows him to get into a certain frame of mind. “It blocks everybody out,” said Brandon, a junior guard on the Canisius College men’s basketball team. “You’ve got people from the other team screami…

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With the conference standings as tightly packed as the Mid-American, any night on the schedule can be pivotal in the battle for seeding in the men’s postseason tournament. Tuesday is a good example. The University at Buffalo will go for its fourth MAC win in a row after two opening losses in league play when its hosts Western Michigan at 7 p.m. in Alumni Arena. Th…

Canisius shot 61.8% percent in the first half and nearly matched it in the second on Sunday in a surprisingly easy 95-86 victory over Rider before 1,254 at the Koessler Athletic Center. In winning their third straight in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play the Golden Griffins (8-10, 3-4 MAAC) kept themselves in position to challenge for a first-five finish in the le…

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Greg Paulus is a little hesitant to say if late-game heroics are becoming a standard for the Niagara men’s basketball team. Yet less than 48 hours after the Purple Eagles defeated Rider on Marcus Hammond’s buzzer-beater, they earned a 72-71 win against Siena on account of a goaltending call against the Saints with less than a minute left in regulation. Sunday at the …

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PITTSBURGH – Each time Jordan Nwora came off the court at Park School, he found the open seat on the bench closest to his coach and immediately started pleading his case as to why he belonged back on the court. “He’d tell me, ‘Put me back in!’ ” said Mike Battaglia, Nwora’s coach at Park. “ ‘I won’t just shoot! I’ll rebound! I’ll pass the ball!’ He wouldn’t immediately …

Canisius (6-12-4, 5-7-4 Atlantic Hockey) ran its unbeaten streak to eight games with a 5-2 victory over Sacred Heart (14-8-2, 13-6-1 AHA) at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. Freshman Keaton Mastrodonato scored twice in the first three minutes of the game for Canisius. The second goal was shorthanded. Matt Long made it 3-1 midway through the first period. Freshman…

Niagara County Community College’s women’s basketball win streak was ended at 49 on Saturday in an 80-46 loss to Monroe College in the MLK Classic hosted by Monroe in New Rochelle. The Thunderwolves had not lost a regular season game or a Region III playoff game since the final game of the 2017-18 Regional playoffs to Monroe County Community College of Rochester, not to…

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St. Bonaventure, playing without center Osun Osunniyi, was no match for VCU on Saturday afternoon, losing to the Rams, 91-63, before a sellout crowd of 7,637 in Richmond, Va. It ended the Bonnies four-game win streak in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Osunniyi, the Bonnies’ 6-foot-10 sophomore center, missed the game “due to concussion symptoms” according to the Bona Twitt…

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The University at Buffalo football team has announced future games against Minnesota and Army. UB will visit Minnesota on Aug. 28, 2025, and will play a home-and-home series against Army. The Bulls will travel to West Point on Sept. 12, 2026, and the Black Knights will play at UB Stadium on Sept. 11, 2027. Army handed UB one of its two regular-season losses in 2018, …

Three hockey players from Canisius and one from Niagara have been named candidates for the 2020 Hobey Baker Award. Canisius seniors Matt Hoover, Nick Hutchinson and Matt Stief, along with Niagara junior Brian Wilson, are four of the 79 players nominated during phase one of the award selection process. The Hobey Baker Award is awarded annually to the top men’s ice hoc…

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College was fun for Malik Johnson. A point guard on the Canisius men’s basketball team, he spent his first two years working on his degree in sports management and enjoying the spoils of college life. But he considered some of the excess as he entered his third year of college. Johnson knew there was room to get serious – personally, academically and athletically. He…

St. Bonaventure overcame early foul trouble and 28 points by Massachusetts freshman Tre Mitchell in an 74-59 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over the Minutemen on Wednesday night at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. The Bonnies led nearly the entire game but had to sweat out some moments late in the first half when Mitchell seemed to take over. The 6-9 center from Pittsburg…