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Buffalo Bandits forward Josh Byrne will achieve a lifelong dream on Friday. The young phenom will represent his home country of Canada and compete at the highest international level of the outdoor style of lacrosse, the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship, in Netanya, Israel. He – along with his 22 teammates – nearly didn't get the opportunity. Up until three weeks ago, it…

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North Dakota is coming to town. That’s the highlight of the Canisius College men’s hockey schedule released by the school on Tuesday. The Golden Griffins will host the eight-time national champion Fighting Hawks on Jan. 4-5 in HarborCenter. Niagara also announced its 2018-19 schedule on Tuesday. Coach Jason Lammers’ Purple Eagles will play 34 regular season games after o…

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Mike Terlecky  received many honors and held many positions as an umpire and referee, but his greatest distinction may have been the respect he earned from players and coaches for his fairness and enthusiasm. P. Michael Terlecky, Ph.D, of Williamsville died Saturday of cancer at age 74. The 1965 University at Buffalo graduate officiated many sports but was best known…

Kerry McDermott, a Nebraska native with more than three decades of experience, was named head men’s and women’s tennis coach on Monday, interim athletics director Brandi Guerinot announced. McDermott comes to Daemen after 36 seasons as head coach at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. A player for the Cornhuskers from 1976-80, McDermott served as assistant men’s tenni…

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Kerry McDermott will be named the new coach of the Daemen College men’s and women’s tennis teams, The Buffalo News has confirmed. An announcement is expected Monday. McDermott was coaching at his alma mater, Nebraska, but was let go after the team underperformed this season, according to the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star. McDermott took over as Nebraska’s head coach…

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While most college students are spending their summer completing internships or finding jobs, Ron John is preparing for the World Lacrosse Championships. John, a rising junior at the University of Albany and an Angola native, will represent the Iroquois Nation at the championships in Netanya, Israel July 12-21. He’ll be joined by two other Western New York natives, Zed …

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So a 6-foot-2 and 215-pound man should not be able to do this, right? University at Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson posted a video of a ridiculous athletic one-handed catch and flip on Twitter for #ThrowbackThursday. He said the video is from about a year ago. The response came quickly as fans and media outlets were retweeting and liking the clip. That type …

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Guard Antwain Johnson is transferring from Middle Tennessee State to the University at Buffalo, the News confirmed. The transfer was initially reported by CBS Sports. Johnson, who is listed at 6-2 and 194 pounds, averaged 10.3 points per game last season and shot 44.2 percent from the field. He played his way into the starting lineup late in January and averaged 12.5…

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Jovany Ruiz is a redshirt freshman wide receiver for the University at Buffalo football team from Fredonia. He might be known now as that "hamstring curl guy." Ruiz was the star of a video posted on Twitter by UB's football strength coaches Friday. It shows Ruiz finishing up a set of Nordic hamstring curls. Ruiz wears a chain around his neck to add more weight and ma…

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Coming home to Buffalo for his annual basketball academy always is special for Christian Laettner, but this time it had a different feel. Laettner's mother, Bonnie, died unexpectedly in November at the age of 74. Laettner's visit this week is the first time has been back since. The memorial service for Bonnie was held Sunday, the night before the start of camp. “That…

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Capitalizing on their successful run to the Sweet 16, the University at Buffalo women's basketball team landed one of its best non-conference opponents: Stanford University. The teams will meet for the first time on Dec. 21 in Alumni Arena. "In order to be the best you have to play the best and that is why we put Stanford on our schedule," head coach Felisha Legette-…

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Canisius forward Dylan McLaughlin has earned an invitation to the New York Rangers development camp, which begins Monday. Participation will not impact McLaughlin's NCAA eligibility but presents an opportunity to get exposure to what an NHL training camp will be like. His is the fourth Golden Griffins player to get an development camp invitation in the last five years. …

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Former St. Bonaventure shooting guard Matt Mobley has signed with the Utah Jazz to join their summer league team, his agent announced Sunday on Twitter. The 6-3 Mobley went undrafted last week, but leading up to the NBA Draft, he showcased his skills at the Portsmouth Invitational in addition to workouts with the Nets, Hornets, Lakers, Utah Jazz, Sacremento Kings an…

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It's safe to say it was meant to be for James Bassett – the mystery recruit – to wind up playing his college lacrosse at Merrimack College. During the recruiting process, Bassett attended an Under Armour camp on Long Island as a last-minute walk-up attendee. He performed quite well at the camp, catching the eye of Merrimack coach Mike Morgan. The only problem Morg…