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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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Jake Schum, the former Frontier Central High School and University at Buffalo punter, is heading back to pro football. Schum was selected Wednesday on the second day of the XFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Vipers. The final phase of the two-day draft was for specialists and any remaining free agents. The XFL season begins in February. Schum has been a member of the Browns,…

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Former University at Buffalo guard CJ Massinburg has signed with the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced. Massinburg becomes the first UB player to sign with an NBA team and join a training camp since Mitchell Watt signed with the Golden State Warriors in 2014. He played for the Brooklyn Nets in July in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 4.8 points in limited action i…

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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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Former University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson was drafted in the ninth round, 65th overall, in Phase 1 of the XFL draft on Tuesday by the DC Defenders. Oddly enough, the Defenders' other quarterback also has Buffalo ties as Bills' 2016 fourth-round pick Cardale Jones was among the eight assigned quarterbacks before the draft began. Jones spent one season with t…

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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…

North Dakota completed a sweep of Canisius, with a 8-1 hockey rout on Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D., after a 5-0 win Friday. Canisius got the game’s first goal when Austin Alger scored at 4:05. David Melaragni had the assist. Mark Senden, Collin Adams, Gabe Bast (power play) scored in the second period for UND. Jacob Bernard-Docker, Harrison Blaisdell, Andrew Peski, Co…

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Canisius played North Dakota University hard but fell to the Fighting Hawks, 5-0, Friday night before 11,068 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. Dixon Bowen had two goals for North Dakota. Gabe Bast, Grant Mismash and Shane Pinto rounded out the Hawks’ scoring. Matt Ladd made 28 saves for Canisius. He was replaced by Jacob Barczewski later in the night.…

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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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Louisville forward Jordan Nwora, a Park School graduate, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Player of the Year in men's basketball on Thursday. Nwora received 95 points in voting of media members, ahead of Duke's Tre Jones (89 points) and North Carolina's Cole Anthony (81). Nwora was named the ACC's Most Improved Player last season with a 17.0 scoring …

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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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Niagara University ice hockey coach Jason Lammers has received a contract extension through the 2023-24 season, the school announced Friday. The Purple Eagles enter Lammers' third season coming off their first appearance in the Atlantic Hockey championship game and 17 wins, the most since 2012-13. Niagara was picked to finish last in the preseason poll before last seaso…

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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. …