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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…

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Former St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams wasn’t selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft but found a landing spot less than 24 hours later. The 2018 co-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year signed a two-way contract with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. Two-way contracts, first introduced by the league last season, allow players to spend up to 45 days with the NBA franchise. Once a playe…

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Jaylen Adams hasn't stayed in one place for long this spring. The former St. Bonaventure point guard has worked out with 13 teams from coast-to-coast in preparation for Thursday night's NBA Draft at the Brooklyn-based Barclays Center  (7 p.m., ESPN). Let's run down the list: The Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Atl…

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Earning your first NBA workout is nerve-racking enough. Having to also perform in front of Magic Johnson, one of the best players in NBA, takes it to another level. Former Niagara basketball star Kahlil Dukes said he took it in style. "Magic is somebody that I've always looked up to, watched highlights of him, documentaries of him," Dukes said. "The impact that he's …

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Canisius women’s basketball coach Scott Hemer announced the addition of Linda Hill-MacDonald, Christina Weaver and Lea Sobieraski to his coaching staff Tuesday. Hemer, hired April 23 after 11 seasons as the head coach at SUNY Geneseo, said the three additions will join Megan Shoniker, who has served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the past fou…

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Ryan Schmelzer, a former captain for the Canisius men's hockey team, has agreed to terms with the Binghamton Devils on an American Hockey League contract for the 2018-19 season. Schmelzer, a Buffalo native, was a two-time All-Atlantic Hockey Conference selection and the league's top defensive forward in the 2016-17 season. He started playing for the Adirondack Thunder, …

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The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team has been selected to play in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas. The Bulls, coming off of the most successful season in program history, will join Baylor, Louisville, Arizona State, Hartford, Georgetown, San Diego State and Southern Illinois in the tournament. It will take place at the South Point Hotel a…

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University at Buffalo football players Anthony Johnson and Khalil Hodge have been named preseason All-Americans by Athlon Sports. Johnson, a senior wide receiver, was named to the third-team offense. He is coming off of a breakout season for the Bulls, with 76 catches for 1,356 yards and a school-record 14 touchdowns in 2017. He was an All-Mid-American Conference first-…

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced Monday that it has officially introduced St. Bonaventure as an associate member for men’s lacrosse for the 2018-2019 season. This will be the Bonnies first official year with a Division I lacrosse program. The Bonnies were unanimously voted in by the MAAC Council of Presidents and will be a full league member for men’s la…

Luke Pavone, a two-time All-SUNYAC selection as a midfielder at SUNY Buffalo State, has signed a two-year contract to play professional soccer in Liga Leumit, the second division league in Israel. Pavone will play for Hapoel Petah Tikva FC. He produced 19 goals and nine assists for 47 career points in 2015 and 2017 for Buffalo State after transferring from UMass Amherst…

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Shortstop Greg Cullen of Niagara University received his most prestigious honor yet Saturday when he was named first team All-America in NCAA Division I by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings team. The team selected by the ABCA is considered the official All-America team, much like the Associated Press teams are in college football and college basketball.…