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MINNEAPOLIS – Sloane Martin took her spot inside U.S. Bank Stadium for the Minnesota high school football championships in November of 2016. As she prepared to speak her first words into a headset as a broadcaster for KSTC-TV’s broadcast of the nine-man championship game between Grand Meadow and Cromwell-Wright, she came to a realization. “I told myself, ‘This is where …

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Atlanta Falcons defensive end and Buffalo native Steven Means is out for the season after suffering a noncontact Achilles injury Monday during organized team activities, the team announced Wednesday. Means, who played at Grover Cleveland High School and for the University at Buffalo, played in eight games with four starts and had 14 tackles, three tackles for loss and a…

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The University of Alabama announced Tuesday that James Rojas, a forward from Jamestown, will join the Crimson Tide basketball team. Rojas, a 2017 All-Western New York first-team forward, will join Nate Oats' first recruiting class at Alabama as a junior-college transfer. Rojas originally committed to UB in November, during his second season at Hutchinson (Kan.) Communit…

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Conner Morro got the phone call on a Friday morning in February, and his roommate’s voice was frantic. Their apartment on Loring Avenue had been broken into the previous night, while the Canisius baseball team traveled to Durham, N.C., for a three-game series at North Carolina Central. At least $2,500 worth of valuables had been stolen, including a piece of jewelry: …

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The Niagara men’s basketball program will add another forward to its incoming recruiting class. Miami Dade College announced Monday that Nicholas Kratholm, a 6-foot-8 forward, has verbally committed to join the Purple Eagles. Kratholm averaged 10.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 29 games at Miami Dade. He also had 29 blocks and shot 41.2 percent from the field (103 for 250)…

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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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John Urschel needs little introduction around Buffalo. The Canisius High School graduate, a former Penn State and Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, continues to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT. And he’s written a book, “Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football,” which went on sale Tuesday. The memoir was co-written with his wife, journalist Louisa Thomas, …

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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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Nate Oats, former head coach of the University at Buffalo men's basketball team, is putting his classic Tudor-style home on Grand Island up for sale as he departs for the Crimson Tide of Alabama. The three-story house on West Oakfield Road, which has waterfront views, a 60-foot pool and a vintage bowling alley, drew plenty of interest when Oats bought the home in August…

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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…